Aimee and Andrew’s rustic DIY winery wedding has so much to share – including great advice on working out what really matters and how to make rain on the day no big deal! From wearing her mother’s wedding hairpiece and creating her own bouquet to their homemade wedding cake, every detail has its own sweet story.
“We wanted to make sure everyone had an awesome, stress-free time, so we paid particular attention to the elements that would keep guests happy, as well as forgoing any traditions that made anyone uncomfortable. This included compulsory speeches and for us, the first dance! We were also careful to select vendors who we clicked with. We are incredibly grateful to have found a group of people who all genuinely wanted to create an amazing day for us.”
We had planned an outside garden ceremony, but the rain had other ideas! We had a backup plan, but I had no idea what it was going to look like when I arrived. When I walked into the barn I was blown away with how Katie from The Dreamer and Collector had combined our ceremony and reception plans into one amazing space that was so beautiful, everyone thought it was what we had planned all along!”
“To keep it real and not forget why we were actually having a wedding in the first place! We were so lucky to have found such an amazing venue – we knew that if we just kept the day simple and lovely, everything would work out fine.”
“I wanted to do the flowers myself even though everyone thought I was nuts! In the end I decided to just make our bouquets and floral arrangements, leaving the fiddly boutonnieres, corsages and arbor arrangement to the professionals. In the lead up I did a short floristry course and loved every minute of it. Heading to the flower markets was so much fun and putting everything together was a lot of work, but also really satisfying.”
“We both come from crafty families, so it was natural for us to want to create as much as we could ourselves and it was a great way to get everyone involved. There were many crafty weekends leading up the wedding and we ended up making the invites, place cards, table decorations, favours, all the signs, the program and guest book – Andrew’s sister even made our cake.”
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“Apart from the money that we saved on flowers, I don’t really think making things ourselves really saved that much, but wherever I looked on our wedding day, there were things that someone we knew had made, and each piece had its own little creation story, which was pretty amazing. I’m incredibly proud of what we achieved!”
“I loved how the rain brought everyone together. Leading up to the wedding you truly believe that rain will ruin everything, but it turns out the rain brought everyone inside, which created such a great vibe! Oh and having a dessert bar was the best idea – the chocolate and peanut butter pies were the talk of the party!”
1. My mantra throughout the planning was some great advice I received, “Enjoy the good, ignore the bad, and just be yourself.” It’s such a rollercoaster ride of emotions, this advice really kept me grounded and helped make the whole experience enjoyable.
2. Rain doesn’t have to be the enemy! As long as you have a plan B and are prepared, you can still have an amazing day. Plus the photographers are right, your photos will come out amazing!
3. Plan your wedding as if it was just a party. It’s so easy to get caught up in the excitement of it all, but if you’re not careful it’s easy to go overboard and over budget. At every decision or purchase I asked myself, do we really need this to have an amazing wedding? If the answer is “not really”, park the idea. You can always come back to it if you decide you really want it.
Location: Western Australia | Photography: Peggy Saas Photography | Venue: Brookside Vineyard | Celebrant: Daron Crothers | Hire & Styling: The Dreamer and Collector | Props: West Elm & Etsy | Flowers: Alice and Rose Flowers (Boutonnieres & Corsages), The Dreamer & Collector (Ceremony Arbour) and DIY (Bouquets & Reception) | Gown: Adore Bridal, The Barefaced Bride | Hair & Makeup: Living Dolls Make up Artistry | Suits: MJ Bale | Catering: The Vineyard Kitchen
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