After four years together, Rob didn’t let a little torrential rain stop plans to propose to his love at their favourite outdoor spot! Liv happily said yes and got to planning their elegant boho wedding, a pretty blend of artful florals, designer styling and DIY details.
The Planning Experience
“I firstly grabbed lots of magazines and got quite excited, but soon started to feel overwhelmed by it all! So many decisions to make and where will we have the wedding etc. I soon calmed down and things started to flow. Pinterest would take up many hours for wedding ideas, but that was lots of fun! I loved styling the wedding the most, seeing what would look great and if it would suit the theme. There wasn’t anything I didn’t enjoy, maybe just having moments of being indecisive.”
“It was most important to have all of the suppliers chosen early so I had time for other things such as DIY and guest lists. We were in the middle of moving interstate, so we had to have it all set in stone.”
‘Juliet’ David Austin roses, Lisianthus, Hypericum berries, white cosmos, dahlias and lipstick vine.
Finding The Dress
“I had seen a few designers online that I wanted go and see. I flew to Melbourne, went to a few bridal boutiques and tried on lots of styles. I wasn’t sure what would suit me, but thought if I didn’t try styles I disliked then they could have been the one! It was tiring and lots of fun but I knew where I wanted to go. I had two visits to Anna Campbell – at the first I thought I had found the one and was excited, but then she released a new line and I fell in love with one and had to go try it. Sure enough as soon as I put it on I knew it was The One.”
“I wanted a rustic boho kind of look with lots of texture and gold. We had a gorgeous arbour – white chiffon draped over it with flowers and vines, and white chairs with flowers tied to them lining the aisle.”
Bridal Party Styling
“I wanted long dresses for the girls with a slight halter or even a wrap dress. Certain colours weren’t going to work with my flowers – yes I styled the dresses around the bouquets! But it worked – I chose a soft purple for the girls, with nude shoes and simple silver earrings.
Rob wanted navy suits for the boys with brown shoes and belts. Their ties were a darker charcoal colour, which went great with the bridesmaid dresses.”
“Our ceremony song was ‘City and Colour’ by Northern Wind. The lyrics were just us! We found songs that we loved but also the lyrics had meaning and we could relate to them. The first dance song was by The Paper Kites, ‘Bloom’ – it was more upbeat but still so sweet and perfect to dance to.”
“For the reception I wanted gold and wood with soft tones of pink and peach, so we had gold tiffany chairs and wooden centrepieces with pink, peach and white coloured flowers in lots of little vases. We made the table numbers ourselves – originally the geometric prisms were copper and we spray painted them gold and hung wooden hearts in the centre marked with table numbers. We also made a feather bunting for the cake table, covering half of each feather with gold glitter.”
1. Try not to stress too much because at the end of the day you’re marrying the love of your life, so don’t worry if some things aren’t perfect!
2. Have a backup ceremony plan if you’re having an outdoor wedding, just for that piece of mind.
3. Take a moment with your partner and just stand back and take everything in together!
Location: New South Wales | Photography: Curly Tree Photography | Ceremony: Tramway Reserve, Newcastle | Celebrant: Southern Cross Ceremonies | Reception: Noah’s on the Beach | Styling & Hire: The Exotic Lily Event Hire | Flowers: Jade McIntosh Flowers | Cake: Fifi La Femme | Dress: Anna Campbell Bridal | Bridesmaids: Sabo Skirt | Hair: Kristy Thomas Hairdressing | Makeup: Loren Murnane Makeup | Suits: Roger David