From the Bride... I wanted our wedding to first and foremost, be a picture of who Jono and I are, as a couple. We wanted a relaxed, comfortable atmosphere while being able to showcase our love of all things vintage and country chic. From a young age, I have had a passion for weddings, so when it came time to plan my own, I knew that I would DIY everything that I felt I could. And even though, in true Australian Summer style, it was a 37 degree celsius day, we wouldn't change anything! I DIY'd everything from the invitations, programs, menus, napkins, favours, and bridal party gifts. I spent the years leading up to the wedding sourcing English vintage china, bottles, jars and trinkets.
One of my favourite details was my wedding dress, a gorgeous handmade Antique French Lace gown. I poured over wedding blogs for many months trying to find a wedding dress that I loved, but wasn't feeling inspired. While looking for vintage gowns on Etsy, I stumbled upon Daughters of Simone, two girls who source vintage wedding gowns, clean them up and give them a new lease on life. I found a dress that I loved and purchased it straight away. And when it arrived, I couldn't believe that it fit like a glove, like it was made for me. No alterations or changes were required! I changed into a country chic Collette Dinnigan gown for the reception and added a floral headpiece.
My family is from Arthurs Creek and where I grew up, so we couldn't think of a better part of the world to have our wedding. The uniting church (where I went as a child) is just up the road from my parent's property and was the perfect place for the ceremony. Afterwards, the guests (led by my brother in law) walked down in a big group to enjoy a picnic afternoon tea while the bridal party took photos. Picnics were arranged in vintage picnic baskets and included peach iced tea and arrangements of breads and cheeses. After the picnic, guests walked back up the road to the Arthurs Creek Mechanics Institute Hall for a rustic 3 course meal, complete with English Vintage China (a homage to my mother's english heritage) and mix matched vintage glasses. A cool change swept through just as guests sat down to eat which was beyond perfect.
Mel from Milk Photography captured the day perfectly and was an absolute joy to have on our wedding day. She even chipped in when we were getting ready by helping the page boys with their suspenders. Nothing was too hard and she did a great job capturing stunning images on such a hot and windy day! I think a big plus with Mel, was her ability to really fit in with the family and what was going on and her ability to work with children.
Wedding Photography: Milk Photography | Ceremony Venue: Arthurs Creek Uniting Church in Arthurs Creek, Victoria, Australia | Reception Venue: Private Venue + Arthurs Creek Mechanics Institute Hall in Arthurs Creek, Victoria, Australia | Floral Design: Bride's Sister | Catering: Going Gourmet | Favors: Packaging Place | Wedding Dress: Daughters of Simone | Bridesmaids' Attire: ASOS, Temt, Ishka, Thurley + Zara | Groom's Jacket: Jack London | Groomsmen Attire: Roger David | Flowergirls' Attire: Oh Veronica Girl | Page Boy Pants: Target