Is there anything sweeter than high school sweethearts? There’s definitely an added layer of charm when the wedding is for a twosome that has been together since their teens. Keeping with the cuteness, this couple involved family + friends in their Coriole Vineyard affair, with DIYs at every turn – invitations, florals, even the cake! Ooh and ahh over it all in the gallery by Lux Photography AND video by Taste Media!
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From the Bride…Matt and I are high school sweethearts. I met him when I was 15, through my sister’s church. We dated for 6 and a half years before getting engaged and 9 months later married. We couldn’t imagine life with anyone else.
Even before we were engaged we both knew we wanted an outsdie wedding. When one of the bridesmaids showed us a paddock of forrest owned by her friends, that was surrounded by Kuitpo Forest and filled with pine trees and the reminence of old gum trees, we knew we had found the most magical ceremony location. And all for free as a favour! The girls got ready at one of the bridesmaid’s family dairy farms, surrounded by Australian bush. (The video shows just how beautiful it really was.) Although at times a logistical nightmare, the forest created the most peaceful yet powerful setting and was a dream come true to get married under a big old tree. Decorated simply with hay bails, tree stumps and a rainbow of flowers, it had a real authentic feel. The air was filled with sweet acoustic tunes from five of our very talented musician friends, and an unexpected gathering of butterflies! We had a simple, mouthwatering afternoon tea, featuring homemade lemonade and an array of our families signature sweets.
My flowers were massive and contained so many colours and types, including gum leaves. I wore a custom dress from an Etsy seller and a flower crown at the reception. I tried to keep my look as natural as possible whilst still feeling like a princess. I bought SO many things online and it was a massive risk but great sites like Etsy are full of inspiration and just to good to say no to! I bought personalised hankys for both our parents, that my dad absolutely adores and shows off to everyone. One of my favourite gifts was a handmade garter made by my grandmother. She used my other grandmas lace, who passed away a couple years ago, its small details like this that made our day so special and personalised. As the bridesmaids were all different heights and shapes they all wore different styles of dresses with the same material, making them feel comfortable and flattering their shape. The colour palette of Seafoam green and coral swept through our wedding from the bridesmaids dresses to the bunting and even the beer labels. To keep the individualised styling going the boys all wore the same suits but different brown shoes, it looked so good and saved them some money if they had a pair already!
From here miracles kept happening. We found and fell in love with a cute winery in McLaren Vale, Coriole Vineyards. It has the most beautiful garden and fitted perfectly with our rustic, vintage, outdoor theme. And it just so happened that my brother knew the owner! We had a cocktail wedding with 130 guests and a lot of food! Because we all know some cocktails don’t have enough!
I am a crafty, homemade person so I always knew I would have a lot of DIY features at our wedding. It was really important to us to involve our friends and family as much as possible through various ways. We really wanted to support friends and family and their talents and as a result almost everything was done by someone we know or 1 degree of seperation. Our invitations, flowers, cars, cake, makeup, photographer, even the micro-brewed beer! This made everything so much more meaningful and cost effective.
If I could give any brides a piece of advice it would be to involve your friends and family as much as possible, use their skills, support their business and keep your day personalised, it will make the most amazing community feel. It allows you to show those closest to you how much you love them. It was a beautiful wedding full of colour and hessian. From decorating jars, choreographing a surprise bridal party dance for our guests, to painting wooden signs or making our cake topper out of polaroid photos of us, our wedding reflected our fun, adventurous & spontaneous personalities in every way. This even went right back to our engagement invites, which were hand stamped. We had homemade jam, 5 types of custom beer with custom labels and custom stubby holders, a photo booth, an ice cream cart, a Bible guest book, and the cutest page boy and flower girl you ever did see. Our guests caught this joyful bug, sending us off through a tunnel of sparklers before forcing an encore out of our amazing jazz band.
Photography: Lux Photography | Videography: Henry Smith- Tatse Media | Floral Design: Flowers With Heart | Cake: Monique Hocking | Invitations: Sam Jusaitis | Ceremony Venue: Kuitpo Forest | Reception Venue: Coriole Vineyard | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Renz Rags | Catering: Helen McNicol Catering | Make Up: Katie Dawson From Perle Jewellery & Makeup | Hair: Melissa Farrelly | Groomsmen's Attire: Van Heusen | Bride Dress: Misdress | Headpiece: Etsy- BloomDesignStudio | Ice Cream Cart: Ever Cream | Photobooth: Classic Booths