I was pretty much sold on this wedding when I heard that guests tossed gold glitter on the happy couple as they walked the aisle. Then I saw the heart balloons. And floral crowns and bracelets. And a reception with a florist stand for guests to bring goodies home. Thank goodness Milk Photography captured every moment because this gallery will be getting lots of Pinterest usage; I, for one, will be here all evening.
From The Bride… Our wedding ceremony was in my parents backyard which was filled with lots of DYI decorations. Our aim was to make the day feel like a festival. The backyard was covered in jars of white daisys and my friend made 1000 paper cranes to put around the garden to represent prosperity. The furniture set-up for the ceremony was mostly from our home, others we had found at opshops and painted white. Gary made an archway which we hung wooden gold bunting flags from and got married in front of. A friend played live music and everyone enjoyed cocktails along with our favourite little bags of lollies and chips for snacks. The aisle was a white material covered in gold glitter. Our guests threw glitter instead of confetti.
Before the ceremony we had a first look at the beach in front of my house where we spend a lot of our time. It was amazing to have a private moment and to watch Gary shed a tear! We had most of our photos taken in front of a beach house where we had spent so many summers.
Gary and his groomsmen wore blue chinos and a shirt with brown thongs. It was a boiling hot summer day and he wanted to make sure he was comfortable and wore something that represented his personality.
After the ceremony all guests were taken by bus to Mountain Goat Brewery in Richmond. The Brewery was the perfect blank canvas to decorate and continue with our festival style. It was decorated with a rustic theme in mind, with a splash of gold. The food was set up like market stalls. Five different food stations, with all of Gary and my favourite foods. There was also a flower stand, which at the end of the night, guests could take home. We had a market hall setting set-up in between the food stations and festoon lights to brighten the area. In front of the bar we had a gold love heart representing the dance floor and a DJ playing.
Stealing a quiet moment after the ceremony is pretty darn romantic and these newlyweds are just the proof. Relishing their new titles with a Flowermee bouquet and a farmers market coffee break, Adrian Tuazon-McCheyne was behind the lens to capture each sweet moment. Reunited with their guests the party that ensued at Hare & Grace is evident with every joyful image in the gallery here.
From The Bride…When I first ventured out to look for my dress I tried the usual trek down High St in Melbourne and couldn’t find anything that suited me – it just kept looking like I was wearing a fancy dress costume. My mom and I decided that I should have something made for me instead. I’d seen Kyha’s work on a friend’s dress, so I headed in there and met with her. We were both equally excited about the concept, so I knew I’d found the right person.
The dress was all about the details – I loved the natural fibers – silk, tulle and organza, the layers of tulle and pistachio lining, which were accentuated by the mullet hemline, the pistachio buttons on the side, the pockets (also pistachio-lined) were probably my very favorite bit of all because they’re practically a prerequisite for all of my dresses (though I never did end up putting anything into them except my hands, because I decided it wasn’t the day for live-tweeting).
Getting into the dress on the day was hilarious. Kyha had told me it was going to be tough, but those buttons were seriously challenging. My mom helped me out and we had a good laugh about it. Because it was a short dress, it meant I never had to worry about hitching it up or sitting down. The seats of our “wedding car” were pretty poky, so luckily I didn’t have too much fabric to deal with.
We wanted to keep the headwear simple and elegant. I always knew I wanted to have some sort of veil – because how often do you get to wear one of those!
My jewelry was basically made up of the same pieces I’d wear day to day + a killer pair of mm mom’s diamond earrings from New York. A rose and white gold bangle from local Milawa artist DBAN that Nick had bought me after a weekend trip there – and kept for my first birthday that we were together (we’d only been dating a couple of months, and when I said it was too extravagant a gift, he’d said it was “an investment piece”).My engagement ring, which was designed and made by Kozminsky jewelers, based around my grandmother’s color changing sapphire. The Tiffany Metro wedding band – which I absolutely loved because it’s subtle and simple and makes sense on my slightly chubby child-like fingers. I loved that I hadn’t changed my jewelry style for the day. I wanted to just look like me – and I love that each of the pieces helped add to our story. My engagement ring is probably the most sentimental piece.
It’s wedding season in my friendship group at the moment, and I didn’t want to burden my friends with yet more bridesmaid responsibilities, so instead I had a group of some of my closest girl friends come and get ready with me in the suite beforehand, but they could wear and do whatever they wanted. They’re each so different and unique, and I think giving them carte blanch meant that their individual personalities could shine through.
I left so much of my wedding planning to the last few months, and at one point thought maybe it’d be better to get a planner to do it. Thankfully, we stuck to our guns and just did it all ourselves – we enlisted people who were amazing at what they do and told them to just do what they thought would work, and it seemed to come together fairly well, really. My friend Dominique is a TV producer, and she took over planning/coordination duties on the day. She made sure everyone was where they needed to be and that everything ran smoothly – it worked perfectly.
Our friend Charl is an incredibly talented designer, so he worked on our invites from a “brand” perspective. We told him we wanted food themed invites, on tea-towels as we wanted an invite that could be reused and not thrown in the bin. Being a friend, he knew we loved word-play and puns, so he integrated that in as well.
We spent the same amount on the tea towel and printing as we would’ve on fancy paper and letterpress, but it means our loved ones can make use of them to this day.
We wanted the wedding itself to be super stress-free, so menus were just the usual Hare & Grace ones, and name cards didn’t exist because we left people to sit where they wanted on long barn tables. We loved that this meant we could eliminate the headaches of table arrangement and people could make new friends on the day. In fact, some of the people who sat together on the day have become lifelong friends since.
Kathryn has a unique whimsical eye, and I told her to just choose the flowers that looked good on the day. We integrated edible micro-herb pots into the arrangements, so that the whole feel was very “urban food forest”.
Hare & Grace has an amazing ceiling installation by Joost Bakker that worked back in perfectly with the flowers hat Kathryn created. Everything felt very natural and organic – people just assumed that the ceiling installation was part of our wedding design.
We wanted our ceremony to be in the same place as the reception so that guests didn’t have to be shuffled around.
I love that we got married in the heart of Melbourne’s CBD. Being entirely disorganized, I left trying to find a chuppah (canopy) to the last month, and they were all hire out. However, the symbolism of a chuppah is anything that could be stood under or a canopy. Nick’s dad came to the rescue, building us a frame using recycled wood, and then we draped that with an old curtain from my parents’ place. It actually turned out being far more symbolic this way, with both families literally coming together to help create our first “home”.
We love Ray’s food, and the venue is so quintessentially Melbourne, with its bluestone bricks, surrounded by high-rises. We also love the interior installation by Joost Bakker. Ray designed a menu that reflected my Eastern European heritage, serving canapés like cauliflower blini with local Yarra Valley caviar. Jess (the venue manager) and Ray helped make our event incredible. I wanted to leave the food up to the chef instead of micromanaging.
Nick and I love Tad’s chocolates, and so I asked him if he had ever made wedding cakes. He hadn’t, but was willing to make ours his first. We sat down and looked at images and brainstormed until we came up with a concept – again, keeping that playful food theme. Our cake’s flavor was tempered dark chocolate cabbage leaves with gluten free chocolate almond cake, cherry coulis (my BFF Julia Taylor made the coulis the day before) and fresh cherries. I absolutely adored the cabbage leaves – the cake looked more like a sculpture than something edible!
I grabbed dad for a spontaneous “father-daughter” dance during one of the DJ’s Boney-M offerings, and we tore up the dance-floor with Georgian dance moves, and the rest of the family, including Nick joined in, complete with kicks and cossacks. Nick and I decided we weren’t going to have a “first dance” – instead, we wanted to sneak onto the dance floor and party with everyone else. We went to some intensive classes with Arsen Kishishnian, because Nick’s a perfectionist and didn’t want to hit the dance floor unless we had some serious technique. Our “bridal waltz” though, was very special – it was “Stay Close To Me” by The Impressions – because it’s from the album we used to play when we first started dating and cooked dinner together.
I absolutely LOVED working with Adrian. He found ways to capture true and authentic moments in a beautiful way. He sees the beauty in simplicity and knows how to make anyone comfortable in front of a camera. We wanted to feel like we were having all of our loved ones over for a dinner party and oh – we got married too! Our style was effortless and modern romantic, I suppose.
Toasting to your new nuptials at a picnic with your bridal party sounds like the best celebration ever. This couple discovered the perfect way to kick back and get some fabulous photos at the same time with their post-vows sips and snacks, and I have a feeling a lot of us will be recreating this exact thing. Bush Turkey Studios was there to snap up the fun, and let’s dive into all the pretty right here.
From Little Gray Station… When Alyce and Kyle contacted us to style their wedding we couldn’t wait to begin. Alyce had a beautiful, dreamy concept in mind for her wedding: romantic, modern-day vintage with soft colours and lots of attention to detail. The couple chose the gorgeous Byron venue “Verandahs” for their day, a private estate that fit Alyce’s vision of a contemporary country wedding perfectly. Sprawling manicured lawns and a forest of tall trees made the perfect blank canvas on which to build this picturesque celebration.
The ceremony itself was held in a small clearing, surrounded by greenery. Soft white flowers tied to string and draped from a tree created a simple, elegant backdrop that complemented the setting to perfection. The ceremony styling included a rustic wooden butlers tray that held handmade rose cones and floral ceremony programs, and the aisle was framed with hanging jars of small posies. The ceremony flowed seamlessly into canapé hour. A drink station was set up on the verandah, overlooking the property as the guests partook in lawn games and enjoyed the exquisite food by private caterer David Forster. Meanwhile, a picnic styled photo shoot was arranged for the bridal party, a playful and casual theme that reflected the occasion.
A clear marquee on the lawn created the reception. We had so much fun styling this – so many creative little details that combined to make something wonderfully effective. Luggage tags with bronzed keys were strung across a pair of vintage doors to create the seating chart at the entrance of the marquee. A rustic white table held a working typewriter where guests were able to type a message to the newlyweds. The table setting was elegant-meets-rustic with a country feel. Vintage books were used for a sense of height, and small posies of flowers and tea lights made the setting soft and romantic. The place cards were simple envelopes with button detailing, with a sweet thank-you message inside from the happy couple. Sprigs of rosemary completed the look and the marquee truly smelt amazing!
The wedding was full of personal little touches that just made the day so special. The miniature jars of pickles and lemon butter were made from a recipe passed down from Alyce’s nanna, for guests to take home and enjoy. Alyce’s nanna had also given each of her granddaughters a teacup when they were young, and these delicate little teacups were displayed on a small tea station – such a beautiful touch to the day. In our opinion it is these personal touches that make a wedding memorable and so full of love. The day was coordinated by the incredible Jane Magnus and captured by the very talented Bush Turkey Photography – we hope you love the photos as much as we do.