Following a romantic proposal laden with sunflowers, candles and fairy lights, James and Emily wanted their wedding to capture the warmth of an intimate family gathering. With just 11 guests, they planned a laid-back affair featuring meaningful details, picturesque mountain views and boho styling that’s nothing short of spectacular!
“To make sure it was us. The family cook-up was something we love doing, so we made all our favourite foods. James wore a three piece suit and I had a super simple dress, because that’s what we wanted. I did my own hair and makeup and had some random colour nail polish because it’s my favourite. Our idea of the perfect event was always good food, good drinks, good company, fairy lights and lots of flowers!”
“My brief included pampas grass, black, greenery and a touch of pink. I really wanted to incorporate black in the florals, and my florist came up with this perfect idea to spray some of the foliage black. It really added that pop and uniqueness that I was looking for.”
Cooking with Love
“My family never grew up with food as the centre of our gatherings, and I absolutely love doing it with James’ family, so I wanted to introduce my family to it. The main focus of our wedding meal was perogies – so we were all rolling out the dough, making them and having some drinks – it was a lot of fun!”
Finding the Dress
“I love my dress. I seriously want to wear it all the time. And I’m thinking I probably could! It was based on a style I already owned, with a tiny train and pockets. The cape was a last-minute decision to attempt to cover myself as it was meant to be freezing that weekend, but I came across this thin beautiful fabric and fell in love. James’ pocket square was also made out of my dress fabric.”
“I handmade our place cards, filled little bags with petals and had everyone blowing up giant balloons the morning of to cover the pool. We had custom printed aprons to go along with the whole cook-up idea, and handmade invitations. Being the stylist and planner for my own wedding, I basically brought all the ideas together and kept it beautiful, but simple.”
1. Think of any particular photos that you want prior to the day and give a list to your photographer.
2. Make sure you’re comfortable and be yourself! That’s what I aimed to do in regards to doing my own hair and makeup, having a custom made dress with pockets – all my favourite things.
Location: Victoria | Photography: Andrew Clifforth Photography | Venue: Mount View Estate | Officiant: Ceremonies by Cherie | Planning, Styling & Stationery: Arnold Events | Flowers: Edward & I | Furniture & Prop Hire: Pepper Sprout Hire | Dress: Dressmaking and Such | Hair & Makeup: Bride | Suit: Peter Jackson | Engagement Ring: Ellen Johnston Jewels | Wedding Rings: Uniform Black