I love when weddings with bright pops of colour like Asha & Greg’s brighten up my inbox. They really do make me smile! However I love them even more when the people behind the wedding seem like just the kind of guys I’d like to be friends with…if only they didn’t live in Australia! “We didn’t have a theme as such because we didn’t want to confine our choices,” Asha told me. “We found things we liked, which suited our style, and I suppose a loose theme just organically grew from there. My parents collect a lot of old antique trinkets so we used those as the starting point for our reception decorations and added lots of bright fresh flowers. We also wanted to incorporate some music references because music is what really brought us together.”
The wedding reception was held at Eves on the River in Teneriffe, Brisbane. “Looking through wedding magazines I mostly discovered what I didn’t want to do,” Asha continued. “We didn’t want our wedding to feel too contrived or over-planned – we just wanted to get our friends together and eat and have fun. Since we were on a budget, we picked apsects of the wedding that we really important to us and were willing to spend more money on (like our incredible album cover invites).”
“The things we weren’t fussed about, like fancy wedding cars, were omitted. For transport we decided since both our ceremony and reception venues were on the river and right next to a ferry stop, we should take the citycat (public transport boats). It cost us a couple of dollars each and made for great pictures! Fortunately, we didn’t have to skimp on photos because our fabulous photographer and her husband are good friends of ours and offered to do the photography as a wedding present.”
“We made the pinwheel cake toppers ourselves after realising the amazing topper I ordered from etsy was too big for the cake. We made the pinwheels using double-sided origami paper in contrasting colours. I had planned to do much more DIY for the favours but the week of the wedding I got sick (embarrassingly, on a girly spa day I threw up in the nail salon!) Luckily, my Mum, sisters and bridesmaid rose to the occasion. We made the favours by dipping fortune cookies in white chocolate, then edible glitter and stars. And we all spent days folding chatterboxes!”
Beautiful weddings like Jaq & Patto’s constantly remind me why I got into this wedding blogging game in the first place – to inspire others to create a wedding perfect for them. Sure it’s just a day and it’s just a party, but honestly, there’s just something about seeing events like these that makes my heart sing! Call me soppy, call me overly romantic but awww ain’t love grand?!
The beach wedding was held at a friend’s private residence on Roches Beach, Tasmania. They had only 45 guests and kept the whole affair really personal and intimate. The lucky couple were able to set up a marquee in a paddock on the property and really put their own stamp on the day. Everything was handmade by Jaq & Patto. Every line of bunting and every paper heart. Each table had origami paper and instructions to keep people entertained and the wine was donated from the Winery where Jaq works.
“We found inspiration in so many places,” Jaq wrote, “in Frankie magazine, on Pinterest, and searches for eco weddings on the net. We always wanted it to be a relaxed affair, with just really close friends and family. We both love vintage, retro and eco/ natural ideas so we chose this theme because it is just ‘us’. I also love to be creative and really enjoyed making the decorations and searching for ideas.”
“We wanted to do as much as possible ourselves to personalise it. We chose the marquee and had it at friends property because we wanted to feel relaxed and we wanted everyone else to relax too. We wanted people to have the option of camping, to be able to take our time to set up, and pack down, to hold a ‘hangover cure’ cook-up the next day, to be able to party into the early hours without time restraints. Also having a marquee meant that we could create our own little world inside…it was like a blank canvas so we could make it just how we wanted it to be. We were trying to create a romantic, natural, playful and relaxed vibe when making up the decorations.”
Jaq wore a dress purchased from Claire Louise Bridal in Brisbane with a vintage lace necklace that she found at a local gallery. “I chose the dress because it was simple and elegant but I didn’t want a meringue” Jaq continued. “I couldn’t afford the lace/vintage style that I would have loved and this one was within budget. I hate shopping do didn’t want to shop around too much so when I saw it and tried it on it looked good so I bought it then and there! I think the designer was a bit shocked at my quick decision and it was only about the fourth dress I had tried on.”
Ruby & Emmanuel’s sweet wedding took place on a private residence in Adelaide. The bride wore a 1930s vintage wedding gown with a vintage headpiece. Even her bridesmaids wore vintage dresses.
The couple locally sourced things where they could including the food their served and the flowers the used to decorate the marquee. The bride’s sister made all their stationery and paper goods. The wedding was a really personal and intimate affair. “Our focus was really just on our family,” the bride explained. “We handcrafted our wedding with, of course, some true vintage touches.”