Karen & Uwe’s DIY Boho Wedding

Karen and Uwe's DIY Boho Wedding

This sweet couple’s epic courtship started with a chance meeting at a party overseas and overcame years apart on different continents. While moving just three weeks before the wedding made things a bit stressful, they put together their boho nuptials in record time and with a beautiful relaxed vibe. We love their tropical fruit centrepieces, mini string quartet and divine mismatched bridesmaid styling! 

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The Planning Experience

“It was quite stressful with all the DIY and  limited amount of time and money, but I really enjoyed the styling and finding my dress. It was most important to us to work within our budget and still make it beautiful.”

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Ceremony Styling

“Getting married in a tropical place, I wanted to take advantage of the natural surroundings. The ceremony was held in my parents’ beach house garden, so it was already decorated with plants. We also built a bamboo arbour and decorated it with tropical plants and leaves.”

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Finding the Dress

“I knew that wedding dresses came with a high price tag, so I decided to think outside of the square to find something pretty and stylish that was still really beautiful. I did a lot of searching and finally found my perfect dress at a department store. I knew it was the one as soon as I tried it on.”

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Reception Styling

“My family still owns the tropical fruit farm I grew up on. It was rambutan season, so I wanted to make use of this, using the fruit as my table decorations along with pineapples and purple mangosteens. I also used clear corona bottles without labels as vases and lanterns that a friend had given me. The tables were made from free wooden pallets by my dad and Uwe, and the chairs belonged to the family. My mum had enough assorted plates and cutlery for the 50 guests and I made calligraphy name tags for the table seating.”

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Best Advice

1. Your wedding doesn’t have to cost a lot to be beautiful.

2. Think outside the square when it comes to wedding dresses.

3. Use natural resources where you can.

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Photography, Stationery & Reception: The Seitter Wood House | Ceremony: Bramston Beach House | Officiant: Pastor Johnny Murison | Styling & Flowers: DIY | Wedding Dress: Thurley from David Jones | Bridesmaid Dresses: Zimmermann | Bridesmaid Hair & Makeup: Cindy Dunmall | Groom: Studio Italia from David Jones (Vest), City Beach (Shirt & Shorts), Brixton (Hat) | Entertainment: Will Heta

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