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Elegant Backyard Wedding in Australia

Moet & Chandon, garden roses and an elegant backyard… if I could hand-pick elements for a wedding re-do, these would all be a part of the mix. Captured by Bentinmarcs Fine Art Photography, this day is a collection of gorgeous images,  an intimate gathering of loved ones and a Bride who literally outfitted the entire wedding party with the help of her mom. See the images here!

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From Bentinmarcs Fine Art PhotographySarah & Tristan had the sweetest intimate wedding held in their backyard with the closet friends and family members. To make the wedding even more amazing was the fact that Sarah and her Mum Kathy from The Ivory Gown made all the dresses, suits and Sarah’s beautiful wedding gown. I truly felt that I was part of the family, never feeling more welcomed at a wedding I even had my own table setting amongst the 18 guests.

From The Bride…I was never one of those girls who had her wedding dress planned in detail from a young age, which might be surprising considering I work with bridal gowns every day. I knew I wanted to include elements reminiscent of the glamour of the “Old Hollywood’ era, but largely let the design evolve as it was being made. I used all silk fabrics with the most beautiful, delicately beaded and sequinned lace and played around with the detail on the bodice until it looked just right. I had intended to sew silk covered buttons down the back of the dress, but I adored the way the lace looked without them, which meant I had to think of a new way to finish the back. The best and most seamless way was to be stitched into the dress! Although this might sound stressful to some, it actually felt really calming to have my mother slowly and carefully place the last stitches on the lace moments before the wedding. Having the opportunity to create my wedding dress with my mother was truly something special, and funnily enough one of the greatest fans of my dress became my dog, a 50kg Maremma, who sat right next to me on my silk train at every opportunity she could get!

Photography: Bentinmarcs Fine Art Photography | Flowers: Sarah Craker | Wedding Dress: The Ivory Gown | Hair & Makeup: Sarah Craker | Grooms Suit: The Ivory Gown | Film Lab: Raw Digital & Film Lab | Venue: Private Residence

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Saturdays are amazing, but add in a fabulous meet and greet with the uber-talented LB Photography and it’s an entirely new level of weekend fun.  Because when it comes to drop-dead gorgeous images, no one can stun you (+ leave you speechless) quite like Luke when he’s behind the lens.  It’s a portfolio of breathtaking beauty and you should definitely spend your day getting to know him.

From LB Photography… As the founder, principal photographer and creative director of LB Photography, Luke’s success is based on his ability to listen to his client’s wishes and design a wedding plan that reflects their individual style and personality. Based in Sydney’s Northern Beaches, Luke makes it his business to capture the unique story of each couple, and he has been doing so for more than 12 years both in Australia and around the world. Luke’s professional approach goes far beyond his photography – it’s reflected in every aspect of the business, from meeting the couple face-to-face to providing a unique online experience after the wedding.

Romantic Farm Wedding

This wedding is what I would call overflowing with pretty.  But beyond all of the gorgeous details (and, believe me, there are a lot of them) is a day that is allll about the happy.  From the (obviously awesome) friends and family laughing the day away to a bride and groom who are literally beaming with joy, it’s a true blue love fest from start to finish. See every gleeful moment captured by Luke Simon right here.

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From the Bride… It may be hard to believe, but our plan for the wedding day started out as a throwing a simple but big party to celebrate with all our our wonderful family and friends.  Angus would joke along the way that all we needed was a bowl of chips, beers and some good South Australian red for later in the night to keep most of our guests happy!

Somehow the ‘simple wedding’ part got lost along the way, but we would not change it for the world. What we ended up with was the most incredible day put together by some amazing suppliers, but mostly by some serious imagination and hard yakka from our family and friends. We simply had the best day.

Having just relocated to Sydney at the time, we were very reliant on family and friends to help turn a paddock on the family farm into a wedding venue, which was no small feat, but the challenge made the day all the more rewarding.

Sharing good local food and wine are incredibly important to us both and we chose to serve all courses as share platters to give the sense of being at a big family dinner at the farm. The fare that was served up by Stuart Oldfield and his team from Handmade Catering (from a very makeshift paddock kitchen) was simply incredible and the food was paired perfectly with beautiful SA wines made by my uncle, Tim Gramp Wines.

There are far too many special moments to mention but here are a few: having the aptly named ‘The Bridal Express’, my grandfather’s cherished and beautifully restored 1934 Diamond T bus, as wedding party transport (the only hiccup was it getting stuck it first gear but made for some entertaining photos of the groomsmen pushing it out of a tight spot) and Angus’ Granny doing a special reading, the same reading she read at Angus’ parents’ wedding.

Not even the unseasonably cold weather could dampen the party spirit evidenced by the prowess on the d-floor until the early hours of the morning.

The photos really do speak for themselves, an incredible day captured by the most incredible (and the coolest to boot) photographer, Luke Simon. We only wish we could do it all again!

Photography: Luke Simon Photography | Floral Design: The Tenth Meadow | Wedding Dress: Alexis George | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Anna Campbell | Catering: Handmade Catering | Lighting: Lush Lighting | Groom's Attire: P Johnson Tailors | Bride's Makeup: Sarah Cracker Weddings | Groom's Bowtie: Le Noeud Papillon | Letterpress Stationery: The Distillery | Rentals: Renniks Hire (Marquee) | Table Linen And Chairs: Chair Covers Overall | Venue: Family Farm