A darling DIY affair is the perfect way to start the week here on SMP Australia and this charming Victoria soiree is boasting a bundle of sweet handcrafted goodness… plus one very stunning location, succulent-filled florals (DIY!) AND the cutest bride and groom you ever did see.  Yep, any week that starts with a fab.u.lous wedding like this one is 100% guaranteed to be AMAZING.  Thankfully, It’s Beautiful Here was on hand to capture each and every gorgeous moment, so we can spend our Monday through Friday soaking in all of this pretty.  Join me in the gallery for more!

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From the Bride… Finding the venue was the most challenging part of planning our wedding, but it ultimately set the ball rolling. We started looking around December 2010 before settling on Emu Bottom in late January. The decider for Lionel was the lamb on a spit and I loved its charming, rustic looks. The look and feel we already had in mind was a perfect match for the venue. We started collecting objects of interest, such as a typewriter from eBay and old wooden crates and other knick-knacks that we came across throughout the eight months leading up to the wedding.

We were fortunate to have Lionel’s aunt, Linda, a “hobbyist florist” who did excellent work for the flowers. The results looked like those of a seasoned professional! We wanted to use lots of natives flowers, plants and succulents to go with the whole “Australiana” affair, so we started collecting succulents from friends’ and families’ gardens. Many of the jars used for the flowers were from pasta sauces we consumed over many months of a strict pasta diet leading up to the wedding. Nothing like a good old carbo-load before the big event! We did the wedding stationery ourselves and hand-delivered the invitations over few evening drives across Melbourne. We thought it was a nice gesture, and our guests were delighted to see us knocking on their doorstep to bring the joyous news.

We spent the Thursday and Friday before the wedding with friends and families on-site to fluff and hang the pom poms. It was lots of fun. The preparation did not stop until few hours before the wedding — Lionel was still hammering the memento shots onto the window sills in his wedding suit. Looking back, the wedding was such fun and very much a chilled one. We enjoyed every bit of it. We’re forever thankful to our friends and families who have taken the journey with us along the way. Our wedding was very much a DIY affair, and we’re glad we did it that way. It was a hard work, but as a reward, we had full control on how we wanted it to be. We wouldn’t have it any other way.

Wedding Photography: It’s Beautiful Here / Wedding Venue: Emu Bottom Homestead in Sunbury, Victoria / Flowers: DIY by the Groom’s Aunt / Cheese Tower: Farmgate Cheese / Wedding Car: 1984 Jaguar XJ6 via Always Classic Cars / Decorations: Etsy, Urban Outfitters, BHLDN + eBay / Wedding Stationery: DIY / Wedding Bands: Barbara Michelle Jacobs / Wedding Dress: Carla Zampatti / Wedding Dress Flower Ornaments: BHLDN / Hair + Makeup: Monica Gingold / Groom’s Suit: P.Johnson / Ties: Etsy / Macarons: Brunetti / Cupcakes: Little Cupcakes

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