Rustic DIY wedding, Melbourne
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Meet Jacqui + Matt, their wedding honestly had it all! And the majority of all the rustic decorations and final touches were totally DIY! Jacqui + Matt got married on private property in Healsville, Yarra Valley, Melbourne. Married on the 28th March this year, both Jacqui + Matt took over one year to plan their amazing celebration. Jacqui describes the whole planning process as crazy, exhilarating and the most rewarding experience ever; and when you see all that they achieved you will understand why. From the aisle arch for the ceremony, and their succulent filled bouquets, to the doorway for their grand entrance to the reception and the fantastic flamingo-topped chalk board wedding cake, this wedding is DIY perfection and most importantly to the happy couple, ALL them!
I honestly felt like a small child in a candy store while I was photographing, the whole day I was racing around being greeted by such amazing detail. And everyone was so beautifully dressed, friendly, funny and relaxed. I could not have asked for a more relaxed and beautiful bridal party.
“Our wedding cake was designed by Shannon Maes at Amaesing Cakes – 3 Tiers of Chocolate Mud and Salted Caramel Ganache. The design of the chalkboard with the words “All you need is love, love is all you need” was striking…and the best part were the handmade fondant bride and groom flamingos sitting on top! Just spectacular, and a really different cake!” As was the couples entrance to their reception!…..
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“The boys, or should I say men were dressed in 3-piece dark grey suits, with light grey ties. A little personal touch was Matthew’s Star Wars Yoda tie. They really looked so handsome!”
“I had 5 bridesmaids – 3 beautiful friends who I have known from high school Rachael, Titama & Tash, and my two older sisters Megan & Nicole. I wanted a dress that everyone would feel comfortable in, as well as one that looked stunning, and these dresses by Lydia Bright, purchased online at ASOS were truly perfect for everyone. We also had our “cute as a button” flower girl Ruby, who wore a lace garden party style dress, and rocked it with her pink converse high tops with frilly party socks, and a massive heart shaped wand. So Gorgeous!”
“My dress made me feel so glamorous! Inspired by some Anna Campbell gowns I had fallen in love with, it was lovingly made by a friend. With my accessories I wanted to keep everything really simple, my shoes were Badgley Mischka’s Naomi which have an art deco feel to them. My hair piece was painstakingly designed and handmade by my amazingly talented designer friend Natalie Burling, again keeping in that vintage/art deco theme I love.
For my something borrowed I actually wore my mums garter, a stunning lace little number, just beautiful as they were married 40 years ago, and still are married to this day. My beautiful mum gave me a gorgeous bangle to wear with aquamarine stones in it for my something blue.”
“Our venue is actually a private property, with rolling paddocks looking over the Yarra Valleys exquisite vineyards, but we were lucky enough to have our dreams answered when they said yes to us using it – the views were to die for. My one stress was the weather! It had rained and rained in the days leading up to the day, and all of the morning!, then as we were driving to the ceremony the sun shone through the clouds…of course I had a cry. I thought if the sun shines now it’s going to be the most perfect wedding! When we arrived it took my breath away, the amount of work that my friends and family had put in to achieve this for us was unbelievable. I couldn’t honestly believe we had pulled this off!”
“My dad Greg gave me away, walking down the aisle. Those moments were a blur really, I only had eyes for Matt, he was all I wanted to focus on. He was crying, so was I – all happy tears!” Awww, nothing is more romantic than a groom giving in to a few tears! And understandably this was one of Jacqui’s favorite moments from the day.
“The reception was decorated in a very rustic way. We had a sit down dinner in our fantastic 10m x 15m clearspan marquee with festoon lights hanging all throughout. The tables were dressed with crystal and silver candle holders collected over months and months of op-shopping, as well as our really rustic table “numbers” which were actually woodland animals painted on round cuts of red gum found out in the bush near Emerald, Victoria. The reception as well as the ceremony were designed and bought to life by my close friend Katie McMillan at Unwritten Page Events and Styling. She is amazing!”
“We had a fingerprint tree and also a Polaroid guest book which my best friend and bridesmaid Titama organised it was such a thoughtful thing to organise for us as we had totally forgot to do a guest book.”