Elegant and Relaxed Garden Wedding
May 27, 2014
Western Australia
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Every now and then I'll look at a wedding and literally feel the couple's abundant love for each other pouring out of the photograph.  Just keep scrolling and try to not feel your heart swell a little. Little touches like polaroids of past adventures, jubilant colors, DIY signage, added to the beautiful celebration.  Thankfully photographer Nicolle Versteeg's photos do the day justice. Take a look at the whole gallery here.
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From the Bride... Niall and I met when our year 9 homeroom teacher made us sit together despite us trying to swap seats with our other friends. Over time we became great friends and after much flirting we became a couple. Since then we've grown up together, traveled to some amazing destinations and fallen even more in love

We've been taking trips down south for years so it seemed fitting to look there when it came to picking a wedding venue. We wanted a relaxed yet stylish venue for our wedding. As soon as we saw Chandeliers on Abbey in Yallingup, surrounded by beautiful forest and with a rustic barn we knew it was the perfect place for us.

When it came to styling the big day we tried to keep true to ourselves and the setting. Wedding blogs and Pinterest were a huge inspiration for us. In keeping with the rustic theme we collected wood pallets for a few months to create cocktail dispenser stands, table numbers, crates and a welcome sign. The font for the table numbers and sign were made from wool wrapped around cardboard cutouts.

We were pretty excited to find an old window frame by a skip bin which we managed to squeeze in to my small car. Once we got it home we replaced the glass and touched up the paint so it could be used for the seating plan.

As a small way of including our love of travel in the wedding, we decided to use a photo from our travels for each of our guest's place card. We created the Polaroid look using the Poladroid app then added the names to the bottom before printing.

Using craft paper we designed and printed menus to wrap around our guest's napkins.

Instead of a traditional bomboniere, we decided to donate to a great Cambodian charity Let Us Create, a day centre for disadvantaged kids. They provide a creative outlet for the students so we printed a couple of their paintings on a small piece of card for our guests.

Instead of a DJ or band we created our own playlists for the day (pre-ceremony, post-ceremony, dinner and dance floor). We were also very lucky to have a friend play acoustic guitar for the ceremony.

Tips: Enjoy yourself, know that something will go wrong but it won't be the end of the world. The day will go ridiculously fast so be sure to make some time for just you and your new hubby at some point in the day. With so many great ideas on the internet it is easy to get carried away but try to pick a theme/colour scheme and then ask yourself if it matches. I think it goes without saying but set a realistic budget and stick to it. DIY aspects help to keep costs down and add a nice personal touch. If you plan to make your own dance floor playlist make sure there's something for everyone and don't leave it to the last minute. I also found that writing a run sheet was a great way to ensure all the boxes were ticked and to make sure everyone knew what they were doing.