I’m pretty sure nothing says we’re fun and we’re in love better than a big ol’ bunch of red, heart shaped balloons! And that’s exactly what this fun loving couple used in their ceremony and reception to set the tone of their easy-going and oh-so-fun wedding day. Complete with a parade from the ceremony to the reception, this day was certainly bright and cheery! The White Tree was there to capture all the fun and you can see so much more right here in the full gallery!

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From the Bride… Ray and I got married on May 20, 2012. We were unsure as to what the weather would bring, especially with the unpredictability of Melbourne, but we were blessed with a warm autumn day and not a drop of rain! We chose to have a small, intimate wedding with our closest family and friends present. There was no bridal party, but most our guests had a role to play — Ray’s sister and her husband helped us get ready and set up the reception, our mums were the witnesses in our ceremony, Ray’s dad was the ring bearer, and our friends helped with the flowers, even donating some from their garden. We would have loved to have our dog there too but this wasn’t possible, so we included a reading, “Falling in Love is Like Owning a Dog” by Taylor Mali. Ray and I wrote the ceremony with the help of our officiant, and we penned our own vows. We also made the invitations and put together a day that was really “us.” According to my mum, after I watched The Wizard of Oz as a young girl, I refused to wear anything but ruby red shoes. So it was only fitting I got to wear my “Dorothy” shoes on the special day. The ring bearer bowl was from Paloma’s Nest and was inscribed with the words “knowledge, love, courage, home.”

We wanted to highlight the beautiful city we lived in, so we chose the Royal Botanic Gardens as our ceremony site with the view of the city as our backdrop. It was a relaxed, fun celebration with heart-shaped balloons, chocolate flowers and a parade from the ceremony to the reception with all of our guests. The Botanical was the perfect restaurant to host our reception, with its gorgeous private dining room, delicious seven-course menu and tasty cocktails. My advice to future couples would be to do what you feel is right for you, whether you want an extravaganza for 100 guests, or an elopement for two. At the end of the day, the main thing is you are with the one you love.

Wedding Photography + Cinematography: The White Tree / Ceremony: Royal Botanic Gardens in Melbourne, Victoria / Reception: The Botanical in South Yarra, Victoria / Floral Design: DIY / Wedding Invitations: DIY Stop Motion Video / Chocolate Flowers: Sisko Chocolate / Accommodations: The Hatton Hotel / Wedding Dress: Carla Zampatti / Bride’s Shoes: Wittner / Hair, Makeup + Beauty: Miss Fox / Groom’s Suit: Hugo Boss / Groom’s Shoes: Aquila