Living in outback Australia made planning the details of their bohemian winery wedding a little more challenging for Claire and Jonny, but the outcome was fresh, summery and beautiful. Of note is their relaxed reception featuring a palette of vibrant purples, yellows and misty blues, as well as their simple solution to the ever-pesky seating plan – not to have one!
The Planning Experience
“I loved the whole experience! It was very exciting to put together an occasion where you will not only be surrounded by the people you love but also by the things you love. The hardest part was probably organising a wedding from the desert – we live in a small town in the Outback.”
Finding The One
“Because of where we live I had to choose my dress online – but after trying it on only two months before the wedding, I decided it wasn’t me! Luckily on a trip home I was able to find one at a store in Fremantle called Through the White Door. My Mum picked the dress off a mannequin and I knew it was the one when I tried it on – we were both in tears.”
Claire’s bouquet featured purple dahlias, open peach roses, purple veronica, dark blue delphiniums and dark green leather fern with dusty miller foliage, bound with Jute twine.
“Definitely walking down the aisle and seeing Jonny’s face – we both had the biggest grins! I loved going into the National Park with our takeaway bag of goodies – pizza, arancini balls and champagne – while we had our photos taken. The speeches were also amazing, just all the smiles and laughter!”
“We both love ‘Step’ by Vampire Weekend and believe it’s about growing up – around the time it came out we both felt as though it was us growing up and knowing we didn’t want to live our lives apart.”
Bridal Party Styling
“I love vibrant florals and wanted my bridesmaids to wear white so that all the colours of the flowers would pop. I also love baby’s breath, so they had this scattered through their hair. The boys went for a gorgeous navy suit with tan belts and shoes – the peachy, green button holes looked beautiful on the navy suit jacket.”
“Our wedding started at 5.00pm, so after the ceremony we left our guests to enjoy an acoustic guitarist whilst eating canapes and sipping on champagne. We were only gone for an hour before we returned for entrée.”
“We wanted a small and intimate wedding where guests could mingle and have a laugh, styling it so that all the events happening on the night could be seen from the one place. We went for a vintage, rustic, bohemian look with lots of natural foliage, leather ferns and an overall ‘free-spirited prettiness’.”
“One half lemon and coconut, with shaved coconut flakes and candied lemons; the other half salted caramel with burnt meringue.”
“For our guests to mingle and have a good time – we knew we would have a good time regardless! We think we achieved this by having no allocated seats, with three long tables and picking a smallish venue where there were no sections to create divisions. We also chose our photographer, venue and DJ first, as we considered these parts of the wedding most important. Photos last a lifetime, the venue creates the feeling and the DJ creates the atmosphere.”
1. Make sure you take time out for just yourself and your groom to take it all in – it seriously goes so quickly!
2. Bring a small bag with makeup supplies, hair brushes etc. for touch ups.
3. Have someone take videos throughout the night. Even if you have a videographer, the unplanned moments of a wedding are the best and are absolutely amazing to watch afterwards.
Location: Western Australia | Photography: Bianca Kate Photography | Venue: Arimia | Celebrant: Kathy Lynn Pilkington | Flowers: Dunsborough Florist | Cake: Bake the Cake | Cake Topper: Etsy | Furniture Hire: The Zest Group WA | Lighting & Dance Floor: Cape Marquees | Bride: Rue De Seine from Through The White Door & Grace Loves Lace (Shoes & Anklets) | Bridesmaids: Hippolyta Lace Skater Dress | Makeup: Jenna Italiano | Suits: ASOS | Entertainment: South Sound Events | Favours: Yallingup Candle Co
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From the stunning gold cake topper to Claire’s pearl drop anklets, we love this couple’s eclectic wedding style. Tasseled ‘Bride’ and ‘Groom’ signs are also a great way to add a touch of boho whimsy to your reception decor – and reserve your seat! (This section contains affiliate links)