From the Bride... Our wedding, styled by ourselves, centred around country elegance. We wanted to create a relaxed vibe with a relaxed colour palette of ivory, baby pink and splashes of raspberry. Touches included mis-matched white ceremony chairs, flowers hanging from trees, hessian aisle runners and table runners, an old window pane that doubled as a seating chart, an old school suitcase that doubled as a wishing well, lanterns lining the entrance to the venue and the sitting area outside.
As Shane is from South Africa and I am from Australia, we also incorporated touches that paid homage to our origins, such as kangaroos and springboks on the wedding stationery and placecards, and native flowers in the bouquets and table settings. We tried to make the wedding personal to us. Our seating plan had tables named according to times in our life that were important to us: The Cherry Bar (where we met), Ascot Vale (where we first lived together), Young Street (where we got engaged) and Hawthorn (the football club that is the second greatest love in our lives). The table names were photos of us holding signs taken by Kate Robinson. We also had three wedding cakes of different flavours: Shane's favourite (white chocolate chip), my favourite (orange poppy) and "the one" which was the main cake (red velvet). Our entrance to the reception contained photos of us growing up and our parents' weddings.
My bouquet had my late grandmother's sapphire brooch pinned on it. This was my something blue. And I carried my other late grandmother's lace handkerchief borrowed from my mum and worn by other granddaughters in my family on their wedding day. This was my something old and something borrowed. We wrote our own vows. Readings were a declaration of love by Barney Stinson (How I Met Your Mother, s8 ep6) and Dr Seuss's, 'Oh the Places You'll Go'. We love Barney so much he had to be part of our special day! Our families and friends surprised us with a slideshow of Shane and I growing up and our time together. Easily one of the highlights of the night! Guest transportation was provided, picking guests up from their accommodation and dropping their wobbly boots home. This was our gift to our guests. We surprised our guests by getting on the bus with them on the way home and the festivities kicked on at our place. It was quite an experience organising a Melbourne wedding from Sydney!
Wedding Photography: Kate Robinson Photography | Wedding Venue: Yering Station in Yarra Valley, Victoria, Australia | Event Planning + Design: the Bride | Floral Design: Flowers of Yarra Glenn | Wedding Cake: The Cake Company | Band: Melbourne Hit Parade| Wedding Invitations: Ruby & Willow | Wedding Dress, Veil + Silk Flowers: Lisa Gowing | Bride's Shoes: Lisa Choi | Bride's Jewelry: Les Nereides + Tessarella House | Rings: Tiffany & Co | Bridesmaids' Attire: Alanna Hill, Anna Campbel + Custom designed jumpsuit by the Bride | Grooms + Groomsmen Attire: Country Road | Hair: Hair by Deanne