High-school sweethearts Cassandra and Tyler’s country Victorian wedding was a heartfelt celebration of love, life and family. The couple chose photographer Caroline Sada to capture the day, after instantly connecting with her emotive and natural style.
When Cassandra’s step-father David sadly passed away before the wedding, the decision to be married at his favourite place in the world came naturally. His Derrinal property, fondly referred to as the ‘Ranch’, was both meaningful and organically beautiful. “Our ceremony was so emotional for everyone there. We draped a large piece of white cotton over the branches of David’s tree, to create an arch, and we were married under it. We didn’t need any more decorations than that, the tree and the setting itself provided everything we ever wanted. And we knew that David was with us, in that moment.”
With their venue under the open sky, surrounded by the subtle colour palette of country Victoria, a natural theme for the styling was the perfect choice. A mixture of gum leaves and native foliage picked on the day, was combined with various candle holders collected from op shops in the months leading up to the wedding.
Cassandra fell in love with her gorgeous Mariana Hardwick dress as soon as she put it on. “People had told me to not make my expectations too great, and that crying when I see ‘the one’ was not really going to happen. But it did. I couldn’t help but let out a tear, it was so perfect and I didn’t think I would find something that matched our ‘theme’ and my personality so well.” It ended up being a good thing that she had picked a custom dress, as not too long after she found out she was expecting! The girls at Mariana Hardwick kept her bump in mind right up to her last fitting just a few days before the wedding!
Joella and Dan’s original plans for an outdoor garden ceremony became the inspiration behind their foliage-filled indoor wedding, captured by Hannah Bird Photography. A July date in New Zealand called for a cosy alternative, and the pair and came to a compromise, bringing the garden aesthetic inside.
The ceremony was held in a stone church, nestled in the Port Hills of Christchurch, strewn with bunches of silver dollar eucalyptus. After they’d said their forevers, Joella and Dan decided to do something symbolic that they would remember as the years passed, so decided to plant a tree on their wedding day. “There had recently been big bush fires in the Port Hills so we planted our tree where others had been burnt down.”
Wanting a venue where they could bring in their own caterers and have let their creativity run free, a quaint hall on the beach at New Brighton ticked all their boxes. Creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere for the reception and bringing the garden inside, they styled the space with soft lighting and plenty of foliage.
This creative couple had the DIY thing down pat, even hand-sanding Jenga sets for each table of guests. Teams of friends and family put together everything from the teeny tiny succulent favours, to the glass terrarium gardens. Joella had some sound advice when it comes to wedding day DIY endeavors. “Delegate, delegate, delegate! Rather than take everything on yourselves, get the people who love you involved. Friends are there for you and want to be involved with your big day, it’s not a disservice to ask them to help out.”
While strolling through the laneways on a visit to Melbourne, Bekki stopped on Hosier Lane to take a picture of a particularly pretty piece of street art, before realising that it was actually her proposal! Captured by Ashleigh Sky Photography, Brad and Bekki’s laid-back Perth wedding was all fun and games with a ton of creativity.
After such an imaginative proposal, their wedding was destined to be a celebration of what makes them unique. The ceremony and reception were both held on a vacant plot of land owned by Bekki’s dad, giving them a blank slate to do whatever their hearts desired. They brought elements of their life together into the styling, using antiques and vintage items from their home and the local café that Bekki owns.
Family and friends banded together for the DIY effort, achieving a rustic vintage vibe. “We made everything ourselves! From the signage, the lighting, the flower cones. Mum spent weeks sewing all the floral bunting and my father in law made the back drop out of pallets.”
Doing things their own way continued right down to choosing their wedding party. Bekki wanted her best (guy) friend of 15 years and brother to be with her the whole day, so she went ahead and made them part of her bride tribe. “The boys definitely embraced the once in a lifetime ‘bridesman’ position, didn’t let go of their bouquets all day!”
When it comes to wedding day stress, Bekki has some tips for staying chill. “What isn’t done the week of the wedding, leave. If it means you’re playing UNO on the morning of your wedding with your bridesmaids, then why not! Do what you want to do, don’t follow traditional guidelines and follow your heart, you won’t regret a thing!”
Lee and Chloe’s love story began in a cafe, and continued in one! Their modern industrial wedding captured by Pierre Curry was held at the Mordialloc breakfast spot they opened together, Hendriks Cafe.
Lee met Chloe when he was a cafe barista, and she was a frequent customer. “It turned out we both had crushes but were both incredibly shy and couldn’t find the courage to talk to each other. A year of silent staring from across a cafe later and we finally started dating”.
In 2015 they opened the doors to Hendriks Cafe. “It was a labour of love that took us over 8 months to finish with the help of our amazing families. Because we put so much of ourselves into Hendriks we couldn’t think of a more perfect place to have our wedding than the place we built together.”
With free rein of their converted 1950s factory venue, Lee and Chloe chose to enhance the space with floral installations and arrangements, transforming the cafe from day to day to something special while keeping with the industrial style. “Our initial concept was to use deep pink and burgundy flowers on a base of rich green foliage. Megan of Mordialloc Florist took that idea and made it incredible. She knew exactly what arrangements to highlight with colourful flowers and which arrangements to pare back to create texture and not overpower the space.”
There are DIY touches and then there are DIY weddings… Joana and Brett planned and executed every aspect of their WA nuptials themselves, with a little help from their family and friends of course.
The small ceremony oozed the couple’s organic personalities and was held where they both grew up, on the banks of the Murray River. Brett and Joana chose to walk down the aisle together, write their own vows and provide guests with gum leaves to throw as confetti.
Tanya Voltchanskaya captured all the day’s excitement – from the first kiss to the first dance, Joana operating the deep fryer and Brett cooking up a feast on the BBQ!
Their venue was fitting of the laidback affair, held in a wooden lodge named Timbarra, at Nanga Bush Camp, WA. Fairy lights and candles twinkled, with mass greenery draped from one side of the room to another, thanks to a little help from friend and florist, Bianca and Honey.
Two miniature cows may not seem the obvious choice for a wedding gift, but that’s exactly what sheep farmer Marcus gave his bride Cass, setting the scene for a relaxed wedding day on the family farm at Riverina, captured by Long Way Home Photography.
With the couple living on a 64,000 acre family merino stud farm, there was no question about the venue for this wedding. “We decided that there was nothing more sentimental and special than getting married at our own home,” Cass and Marcus share.
For the ceremony they made use of the stunning private lake vista, keeping décor simple with an arbour made by Marcus himself, adorned with blooms in neutral tones with pops of deep red. Cass says the idea behind the flowers was to add some romance to the otherwise subdued palette.
After cocktails and canapés on the lawn, the party moved into the marquee decorated by friends and neighbours, using foraged foliage and flowers. Rattan place mats brought back from Bali by a friend, together with grey crockery and linen, created a textured and inviting tablescape.
The night ended with the bride surprising her groom with a fireworks display, and we think it’s safe to say that Cass and Marcus achieved their goal which was to show off their bit of the world and give their guests a great time.
Here it is! The biggie… Your top 10 most loved weddings of 2017. And it’s one deliciously mixed bag.
We’ve spent the week looking back at popular styles for bridesmaids and grooms, beautiful bouquets and of course bridal fashion, but today is all about the real weddings that YOU, our wonderful readers, loved the most.
From country wed fests to sophisticated soirees and everything in between, the range of weddings in 2017 certainly kept us on our toes. We’d like to say a heartfelt thank you to all the beautiful couples who shared their stories with us, and the talented photographers and vendors who keep us constantly inspired. Let’s be honest – without you, we’re nothing!
We’re looking forward to more awesome things to come in 2018, but for now… the best from the year that was.
Andrea and Matt exchanged their forevers on an ocean-view cliff in Attunga Reserve, with Zoe Morley Photography along to capture the view. Andrea’s Lover skirt and top ensemble paired with that stunning berry-toned bouquet by Shady Fig won many hearts, securing a spot in your most loved!
See Andrea and Matt’s vintage-inspired garden wedding in full here.
With the Waitakere Ranges in their backyard, greenery and nature played a big part in Alex and Sheena’s day, which was captured by Madeline Ireland. Two Foxes Styling worked with their organic theme, adding pops of colour with plenty of lush blooms. Both brides wore custom two-piece dresses by Hera Couture, Sheena mixing it up with a navy skirt.
See Alex and Sheena’s New Zealand rainforest wedding in full here.
With a couple is this cute, it’s no surprise you fell in love with Georgia and Brent! Vibrant blooms by Pomp & Splendour popped against Gather & Tailor’s industrial setting, with a little neon thrown in for good measure. Sayher Heffernan’s fresh photography aesthetic was perfect for this fun, contemporary wedding. And let’s not forget the bride’s gorgeous off-shoulder number by Ellery. Heart eyes!
Catch Georgia & Brent’s warehouse wedding in full here.
Knowing a day wouldn’t be enough to celebrate their long-awaited nuptials, childhood sweethearts Kate and Blake threw a three day wed fest to remember at the groom’s family farm. Jason Corroto came along to captured the fun, which included plenty of live music and feasting in KataLane tipis, an epic recovery party and the odd helicopter ride!
Catch Kate and Blake’s festival wedding in full here.
Through Beck Rocchi’s lens, Meg and Jamie’s sensational celebration played out at a beach side villa in Bali. Meg’s lacy Helen English playsuit and sheer chiffon skirt made waves on social media, as did her gorgeous all-in-white bridal party.
See Meg and Jamie’s epic Bali wedding in full here.
Relaxed, simple and down to earth, Katie and Matt’s Whangamata wedding rolled all of life’s best bits into one gorgeous day. Captured by Bespoke Photography, the pair adopted an organic theme with plenty of raw textures, DIY details and abuntant greenery courtesy of Arrow Florist.
With grand entrances on helicopters and horses, this glittering wedding was luxe meets country, with some epic blooms for good measure. Vicki and Josh threw away the rule book and crafted a day that captured who they are and what they love most, with SB Creative Co behind the lens and along for the ride!
The whole affair was held on Vicki’s parent’s cattle property at Green Hut Station near Townsville (Josh’s parent’s property was just down the road!) “There is no way we could have gotten married anywhere except home. The Ceremony was out in the paddock, in a spot that Josh and I have always said we would one day like to build a house, where the grass is beautiful, long and golden and there is always a lovely breeze.” In addition to being a helicopter pilot, Josh is a talented carpenter so added his own touches to the day, including the iron ceremony arch and the awesome saloon bar for the reception.
The pair opted to do away with a theme and just go for what represented them best. The result was an eclectic mix of colour and texture, lush florals and bunches of originality. The couple brought elements of their much-loved rural lifestyle to the styling of the day, including legit cowboy/cowgirl vibes! “We also agreed that anything we saw and gave us happiness, we wanted at our wedding. We didn’t need to have a set theme, we just wanted a big celebration of all things that were truly us.”
With wild New Zealand scenery, botanical vibes and Avosa behind the lens, not even the so called “Tasman Tempest” storm was a match for Phillip and Laura’s loved-up family homestead wedding. Celebrating over a decade together, these high school sweethearts honoured their history and toasted to their future.
Originally planning for an open air ceremony, but with the storm threatening a downpour, last minute plans to pop up a marquee were made. The mother of the bride crafted their foliage wall by torch light on the day of the wedding! Doing away with tradition, they decided to celebrate what was important to them as a couple. “We chose to walk each other down the aisle as after 11 years we see our marriage as a continuation of the relationship and lives we have already created together.”
The theme for the day was tropical botanical, with a whole bunch of foliage and copper accents. Laura opted for a clear marquee from Silver Fern Marquees for a glasshouse feel, with tables hired from Vitrine and Maree and Co wicker chairs. Thanks to help from friends and family, and plenty of greenery, they well and truly achieved their styling goals. “The biggest challenge, and a vision from the very beginning were the suspended foliage arrangements. With the skills of many people combined in different aspects, we constructed these entirely ourselves.”
These two ended the party with a surprise for their guests, and made the day even more special. “We had a huge secret we kept from everyone except our parents until our joint Bride & Groom speech. We loved to be able to announce to all of our treasured friends and family at the same time that we were 12 weeks pregnant!”
Keen festival goers, Matt and Jenna went about creating one of their very own to celebrate their wedding. With Captured by Keryn behind the lens and plenty of dancing in gumboots, this epic two-day New Zealand wedstival was just the ticket.
Despite the worst rain they’ve ever seen, their TopKata tipi tents provided a cosy and stylish setting for their ceremony and reception, set up on Jenna’s mum’s farm. “We never had a weather-bomb rain plan. Who knew! In the end the rain made our wedding. It highlighted the beautiful people in our lives and how much they care for us. We pulled together and took on the challenge to not let the rain ruin the festival. The rain also meant that everyone was huddled together in the tents, which made a large wedding feel very intimate.”
Going for a natural, bohemian style for the day with lots of colour and patterns, Matt and Jenna enlisted the help of Nouba faves Two Foxes Styling to deck out their wed fest. Peacock chairs and poufs set the scene, with a macrame ceremony backdrop from Spoonful Design hung from DIY arches.
Going for a full music festival vibe for the weekend, there was a solid line up to entertain their guests. Coachella played during and post-ceremony, and Too Many Chiefs kept people dancing with a late night set. “In typical style, we were the last ones standing on the dance floor, and dragged ourselves off to our tent at 5am!”