Hands-on. That’s exactly how I would describe this darling bride and groom, who pretty much crafted their entire wedding from the ground floor up with a whole lot of love and a whole lot of help from devoted family and friends. I’m talking sewing projects, floral mastering and even a little woodworking, all to create a vintage meets DIY day that will leave you speechless. Oh, and those centerpieces? They made those, too. See every last labor or love captured by Peppermint Studios right here.
From the Bride… Matt proposed on the jetty that my dad built at our farm near Corowa, NSW. The jetty has been affectionately named ‘drop knee jetty’ ever since!
My mother had a pair of grandma’s earrings that my grandpa had given my grandma when my mum was born. Mum had these turned into two rings: one for my sister and for one for me. It was my something old, new (new band), borrowed (from mum) and blue (blue sapphire). My dad gave me a penny to put in my shoe for good luck and my family friend Fraser sang me down the aisle.
We were very hands on with styling throughout the lead up. We hand stamped the name tags to be tied around the letterpress invitations and also the name tags tied around the napkins for the place settings. The sewing machine was put to a lot of use to make the grey and white chevron napkins, aprons for the caterers and hessian cushions for the outside benches. The timber boxes for the table flowers were made from shipping pallets. Tables names were stenciled onto the timber boxes using a woolbale stencil. These names were the places we grew up as kids and have lived together. The wool bale stencils were also used on the hessian cushions and timber signs. We wanted to make the marquee interesting so we hung nine rolled wire fence light shades from the ceiling and hung 150 jars filled with hydrangeas around the walls. We wanted some relaxing furniture for the garden so we bought old timber benches on eBay and painted them white.
I wanted to be involved with the flowers, so I asked my very talented godmother to do them. We went to a wholesale flower place in Melbourne two weeks before to pick and order the flowers. On the Thursday before she loaded them into the back of her station wagon, put the air con on as cold as it could go and drove the three and half hours to the farm. The living room at ‘St Alberts’ was turned into a florist for three days. It was amazing seeing it all happen and my vision become a reality.
On the day guest stood under the beautiful elm tree and festoon lights sipping G.H.Mumm and eating oysters out of a wheelbarrow while my family friend Fraser played acoustic guitar. It was gorgeous. We served our guests our favourite meal using local produce – antipasto for entree and rack of lamb for main. A bit of rustic country charm.
Photography: Peppermint Studios | Wedding Dress + Veil: Amaline Vitale | Caterer: Fiona Landy Catering | Floral Design: The Bride’s Godmother, Louise Macfarlane | Bouquets: Flowers Naturally, Albury | Invitations: Peace Love + Letterpress | Venue: Family Home, Lowesdale, NSW | Hire: Barlens, Albury | Rings: Paul Bram