Super excited for this Autumn wedding to be featured in Hello May. Autumn is my favourite time of year. The air is fresh/crisp, the light is soft & the leaves are lovely shades of orange, yellow + red. James and Belle have been in love for four years. Words cannot describe their amazing wedding day. The couple put so much thought into every single detail – from Belle’s floral headpiece to the mismatched crockery. When I arrived at Belle’s house, she was bursting with excitement. Her red curls looked beautiful under her floral crown.
One of my favourite moments of the day was right before the ceremony. James took Belle outside so they could have a quiet moment together before it all began. I had previously scouted out the venue and found the perfect wall where they couldn’t see each other but could hold hands to pray together. It was beautiful.
As expected, James was very teary when Belle walked down the aisle and thanks to my assistant Jake, we were able to capture the moment from all different angles. After the ceremony, the party started. From the surprise donkey, to chasing chickens, to the deers munching on Belle’s bouquet to wearing gumboots in the mud – we all had so much fun.
The reception was like an Italian feast with sharing platters, crazy dancing and a dessert table filled with homemade cakes that everyone enjoyed.
Belle has been kind enough to share some of her DIY decorating tips from their rustic bohemian wedding :
Bunting: I found all the material that we used at shops and cut it into triangles and my mum sewed it all together. Legend! We had over 100m in the end!
Tables settings: mismatched crockery and gold animals, with clusters of bottles as vases. I got my mum, my friends and myself on the hunt for crockery from the get go. It took at least 6 months of constant op shopping to find all the plates and cups and saucers we needed but it definitely paid off! I’ll be hiring it out to others who want a mismatched whimsical celebration or high tea, what else would I do with 80 sets of crockery?!
Gold animals: DIY project that my bridesmaids helped with. Used plastic animals found in 2 dollar shops and toy stores and spray painted them gold. Both big kids and little kids loved these!
Bottles: I found all the bottles at opshops and 2 dollar stores. Just used some gyp and billy buttons for very sweet arrangements.
Balloon tassels: DIY project using streamers, tissue paper and gold foil fringe. Attached to giant balloons bought online. Inexpensive and very effective.
Stationery: rounding the corners on the invites created a nice finished look to our printed work. We used Kraft paper envelopes and bundled everything with lemon hemp chord.
Hair: Caitlin from 4Me Beauty | Makeup: Melonie Santos | Florals: Flowers Vasette | Venue : Gum Gully Farm | Wedding Gown : Claire Pettibone | Bow ties : Etsy shop Scocca Papillon | Music : Five Piece www.melbournejazz.com.au | Stationery : Happy Jack | Catering : Yarra Valley Catering