India and Red’s wedding is the definition of classic country romance! Growing up as close family friends, they fell in love and planned a simple celebration on her father’s rural property – rustic with sweet DIY touches and pretty flowers in a palette of pink, white and green.
The Planning Experience
“It was exciting, stressful and blissful all at once! I enjoyed the first few months most, when you’re not feeling so much pressure and mostly thinking about the obvious and lovely things like the dress, your hair and fairy lights! It did get stressful towards the end – planning a wedding on a block of land with no amenities or utilities was very hard as you have to bring in everything and think of everything – but overall it was well worth it!”
Finding The Dress
“My dress was the third one I tried on! Michele, the owner of the bridal boutique was incredible. She and I both knew that this dress was ‘The One’. I had lots of people tell me to try a fair few on first, but I’m not really the type to do that so I just listened to what I wanted, and I’m so happy I did. My dress was absolutely perfect!”
“I always knew I wanted a very country, rustic, romantic, floral wedding, so I think deciding the style was the easiest part for me. My aunt and cousin from Sitting Pretty Events pretty much coordinated all of the styling – they were magic! I really encourage getting as much help as you can from people who offer, and don’t be afraid to ask.”
“With an incredible view of the lake behind the ceremony, I felt we needed to keep it relatively simple and timeless. We had a flower-drenched arch and hay bale seating, draped with white cotton for comfort and to soften the whole look.”
“With the help of friends and family, we made the signage, hay bale covers, place cards, table runners and potted petunias to line our aisle, which were grown and looked after for months before the wedding!”
“The crazy whirlwind of running around like headless chooks with my two best friends on the morning of the wedding. Looking at Red’s smile the whole way through the ceremony. Dancing with my precious dad. The fact that everyone had felt my Mum’s presence the whole day and night – everyone said to me that she was there and she was smiling. I had lost mum to breast cancer when I was nine so she was always going to be missed on a day like this.”
“I walked down the aisle to the instrumental version of ‘Turning Page’, by Sleeping At Last. That was special for me because, as cheesy as it is, I used to listen to that song whenever I missed Red when we were apart! Also two Bob Marley songs played – ‘Could You Be Loved’ and ‘No Woman No Cry’. Both very sentimental between me and my Dad.”
1. Everyone told me, ‘don’t stress’. My advice to brides is – it’s okay to be stressed! It’s normal and it’s pretty much definitely going to happen at some point, so don’t ignore it. You’ll feel better, trust me!
2. Have fun! If something happens that wasn’t planned or is out of order, you can’t help it and you can’t fix it – then don’t let it worry you.
Location: Victoria | Photography: Leah Ladson Photography | Venue: Private property | Celebrant: Michael Anderson | Flowers & Styling: Sitting Pretty Events | Dress: Wtoo by Watters from Michele’s Bridal and Formal Wear | Hair: Gloss Hair And Beauty Boutique | Makeup: India Clifford Makeup | Suits: Talisman Menswear | Invitations: Zazzle