I can say with 100% certainty, I’m a whole lot happier having seen this sweet Victoria wedding. Photographed by Louise Buma with a charming film from Joy Churchill, it’s a down home DIY affair done right. So if minty green details, big yellow balloons, and a honey-hued Volkswagen are your thing (be still my vintage loving heart), make sure to browse through the rest of this sweet soiree right here.
Pete proposed in the pouring rain in the Italian town of Assisi. We were near the end of a month long trip and I was getting slightly exhausted of sight-seeing. He insisted that we take a walk through the towns park, which was situated on a hill over-looking the Umbrian Hills. Reluctantly, I slowly walked behind him taking photos under my umbrella. While snapping away on my camera, the next thing Pete was down on one knee, asking me to spend the rest of his life with him. I couldn’t believe my eyes. Not only did he have a ring, he had carried it with him for the entire trip! We took the train back to Rome that night and celebrated over Pasta, Tiramasu and Champagne!
We planned our wedding for exactly a year later on January 11th 2014 in Maffra, the town where Pete grew up and where his family still reside. It was important to both of us to be married in a church and a place that had special meaning. Pete and I both grew up in Catholic families and I’ve always dreamed of being married in an old church in a small country town. From the very beginning of the wedding planning, I was certain that I wanted to DIY as much possible for our wedding day. We wanted the day to reflect us and who we were as a couple. As an art teacher, I love getting creative and Pete was happy that we would be saving on costs by doing everything ourselves.
The ceremony was held at St Mary’s Catholic Church on the same street that Pete’s parents live. My father passed away three years ago, so my brother took the reins of walking me half way up the aisle where my mum took over and walked me the rest of the way to Pete. It was truly special. Following, we had our reception of 85 guests at Duart Homestead. Guests enjoyed drinks and canapés outside Duart under the Moreton Bay Fig tree while the bridal party had photos. The night consisted of delicious vegetarian food (both Pete and I are vegetarian), speeches, great music, dancing, laughs in the photo-booth we created and even a surprise ukulele performance by Pete and his family. Guests were given homemade jam (made by Pete!) and honey jars from a locally sourced bee keeper. All the decorations which included 80 metres of hand-sewn bunting, were created and put together with the help of my mum, family and wonderful bridal party while the florist created exactly what I had envisioned of something unique while still reflecting a “country-rustic” theme.
My dress was an ivory lace trumpet gown with capped sleeves and a key-hole back accompanied by a simple drop veil, fresh-flowers pinned through my hair and blue shoes. I struggled choosing one single colour for the bridesmaids to wear so went for my three favourite colours instead while keeping the same style. Pete managed to find some Vegan leather shoes which he was most adamant about wearing and he and the groomsmen pulled off the mint-green bow ties oh so sweetly!
Louise, Lisa and Joy captured our day wonderfully! They were such a joy to work with and we had a lot of fun with them during the photos after the ceremony.
We were truly blessed with the help we had from family and friends putting the day together. Everything was better than imagined and I wouldn’t change anything… if anything, I’d do the whole day all over again!
Photography: Louise Buma | Videography: Joy Churchill | Floral Design: Katie Boyle | Wedding Dress: Allure Bridals | Ceremony Venue: St Marys Church | Reception Venue: Duart Homestead | Bridesmaids Dresses: Etsy, Mondora | Make Up: Julianne Bremner | Hair: Julianne Bremner | Groom's Attire: Prinzi Collections | Photography - Assistance: Lisa Hayman | Transport: Hire A Kombi