This Adelaide Hills wedding by James Field Photography is sure to brighten up your day and give you a little mid-week pick me up! Nothing puts a giant grin on my face more than a cool, colorful celebration filled to the brim with creative, DIY details just like this one. This groom deserves a BIG round of applause for crafting so many of the details himself like the hand-painted guestbook tree, fun paper goods and adorable badges. See it all in the full gallery!
From the Bride… My fiancé Leigh and I had been together for over six years when he proposed, so for us our wedding day was definitely more about standing up in front of all our family and friends and saying “this is it” than anything else. From the moment I woke up (even though my wake-up call was from my hairdresser telling me she had gastro!), I had the biggest smile on my face. Leigh is an industrial designer and by far the most creative of the two of us. We both knew that we wanted our wedding to be very us, and that with his design skills and my willingness for arts and crafts and DIY projects, we could infuse special touches throughout the day to make it happen. We did all the work ourselves as a team and enjoyed (most of) the process! Leigh designed all the details, starting with the save-the-date cards, including bunting magnets and printed kraft paper envelopes with our very own “21one12” moniker. Our invitations were a long concertina style with lots of colour (Leigh wanted them to be over the top), with a hand-perforated tear off RSVP at the end for guests to simply fold, seal with our special 21one12 stickers that we had made and pop in the mail. We had them printed by a family business, which operates down the road from my mother’s house.
Our orders of service included mad-libs and doubled as a fan, as January weather in Adelaide can be quite unpredictable. We made them ourselves, and it was interesting scouring Adelaide for tongue depressors and half-size pencils to create them. I didn’t ever think I would have to use a drill as part of our wedding preparations! We didn’t expect people to return them to us at the end of the ceremony, but it has been lovely (and hilarious) reading them after the day. We also had badges made for the guests (which were designed by Leigh), including sayings such as “Go Bride” and “Wooo!” as a bit of fun. After the ceremony, while we had photos in the vineyards and bushland on the property, our guests drank Longview Wines, ate canapés and oysters and played lawn games, including quoits and boules. We made sure we were back to enjoy some time on the lawn with our guests (and some oysters!) before moving into the reception.
Our wedding day was also my grandmother’s 90th birthday. Despite saying she didn’t want a fuss made over her, she was beaming as she conducted our 100 guests singing Happy Birthday to her at the reception! We had seen the guest fingerprint trees online and at another friend’s wedding, however, Leigh decided that rather than getting one printed he would paint one on canvas using stencils that he made himself – the effort that he put into it and all the other details was amazing. A friend’s bakery made our cupcakes and giant cupcake, and Leigh designed the cupcake toppers, which were simply printed on sticky labels, cut and wrapped around toothpicks. As we had bought our home a couple of months after we got engaged and had enjoyed cultivating our vegetable garden, our “party bags” included basil seeds and heirloom tomato seeds for our guests to create their own, as well as our home made marmalade and jam (made by me using homegrown grapefruits and lemons). Leigh designed the printing for the party bags and we used the same ribbon as that on my bouquet and the bridesmaids bouquet as a detail on each one. Our photographer, James Field, was incredible. James managed to capture all aspects of the day perfectly (despite none of us being able to take anything seriously), and it’s evident that it really was the happiest day of our lives given the smiles and laughter in every photo!
Wedding Photography: James Field Photography / Wedding Venue: Longview Vineyard in Macclesfield, South Australia / Floral Design: Poppies Flowers / Wedding Invitations: The Groom + Hatwell Printing Services / Orders of Service + Menus: The Groom / Wedding Cake: the grain & bean / Reception Music: DJ Smiley / Badges: The Button Empire / Wedding Dress: Liza Emanuele “Adelaide” / Bride’s Shoes: Ted Baker / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Review / Dress Hangers: DIY / Men’s Suits: Peter Shearer Menswear