Sometimes weddings are so personal, we feel like we’re getting a private glimpse into a party among lifelong friends. Such is the case with this homespun DIY wedding for Katherine and Chris, one of the most beautiful young couples we’ve seen yet! Katherine took great pleasure in breaking the traditional wedding “mold,” opting instead for a laid-back ceremony and reception with decorations put together over nine months with the help of her husband and close friends. Make sure you check out every image captured by the superb Jen Regan of Anna Rose Photography.
From the bride, Katherine: It was really important to us that our wedding was as laid-back and fun as possible. Neither of us are “fancy” people, so a traditional formal wedding was never on the cards! I am somewhat obsessed with DIY, so everything I thought I could do myself, I did, with help from Chris, my bridesmaids and our families. I made our guestbook poster using an awesome Snellen eye chart font that I downloaded. The owner of my old workplace was throwing away a bunch of old paintings, which I scavenged. I spray painted the frames white and painted over the canvas with chalkboard paint from Bunnings to make the various signs for the reception.
For 9 months, friends and family collected glass jars which I decorated with hessian (burlap), lace and twine, and were used throughout the wedding as vases, table numbers, candle holders, etc. My bridesmaids and our friend Brittany helped me make the table numbers and the buntings in a frantic crafting morning on my maid of honours birthday (about two weeks before the wedding)!
When people asked the colourscheme of our wedding (which happened a lot!), I told them “black, white, grey, cream, tan and every pastel colour”! I found it way easier to style everything based on a theme, rather than a colour scheme. Apparently Walt Disney used to tell his illustrators “keep it cute”, and that kind of became our style mantra for the wedding.
Any advice for future brides? Don’t be afraid to do your own thing – but do be prepared for a lot of raised eyebrows! Some advice I wish I had followed: Don’t waste your energy worrying about other people will think. I heard of people (friends, in fact) saying things like “a wedding is supposed to be a WEDDING,” and that what we were planning didn’t measure up. People may try to tell you that a wedding needs to have x, y and z (big white dress, limo and roses maybe?) to be a “real wedding,” but that’s just not true! The opinions of you and your husband are the only ones that matter. You are the only people that will look back on your wedding day as a defining moment in your lives, so why waste your time worrying about the opinions of people for whom it is just another party? After many sleepless nights worrying about what people would say about our wedding, the day finally passed and I realised how little what they thought actually mattered!
My second piece of advice is try to accept as quickly as possible that your wedding probably won’t be the most original, amazing wedding that there has ever been. Perfection is unattainable, so save the heartache and plan for an imperfect wedding! Don’t be afraid to take inspiration from all the amazing wedding blogs out there. I don’t think I had a single original idea throughout the whole wedding process! But if you want to get philosophical about it, is an original idea even possible these days? An awesome quote that really helped me: “Nothing is original. Steal from anywhere that resonates with inspiration or fuels your imagination. Devour old films, new films, music, books, paintings, photographs, poems, dreams, random conversations, architecture, bridges, street signs, trees, clouds, bodies of water, light and shadows. Select only things to steal from that speak directly to the soul. If you do this, your work (and theft) will be authentic. Authenticity is invaluable; originality is non-existent. And don’t bother concealing your thievery – celebrate it if you feel like it. In any case, always remember what Jean-Luc Godard said: “It’s not where you take things from – it’s where you take them to.” – Jim Jarmusch (film maker).
How did you pick your venue? Chris and I had our hearts set on a rustic-looking venue where we could have both the ceremony and reception outdoors. Falls Farm is heritage-listed and is one of the oldest homesteads in the Shire of Kalamunda. The cottage actually turns 100 years old this year. Although really dry at this time of year, ended up being perfect! The best part was that family and friends were able to stay at Greenways Bed and Breakfast, directly opposite, and I was able to stay there the night before the wedding and get ready there.
Processional: An acoustic version of Hysteric by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs.
Signing of the documents: First Day of My Life by Bright Eyes.
Recessional: You’ve Got the Love by Florence and the Machine.
Wedding vendors (Kalamunda, Western Australia):
Wedding Ceremony and Reception Venue: Falls Farm Homestead / Photographer: Jen Regan of Anna Rose Photography: Jen Regan of Anna Rose / Bridesmaids dresses: eBay, Portmans and Stella McCartney for Target / Bridesmaids’ belts: ribbon and shoe clips from LemonRing / Groomsmen’s pants: J. Crew / Groom’s pants and shirt: J. Crew / Groom’s Shoes: Florsheim / Bride’s Wedding Gown: Black Magick by Lover / Bride’s earrings: Pearl Story on etsy / Bride’s shoes: Tony Bianco / Bride’s clutch: The Traveling Cabinet on etsy / Makeup artist: Thiana Sperry /
Reception entertainment: Smile Booth from Push the Button PhotoBooths / Day-of Wedding Coordinator: Krystie Bennett / Caterer: Elegant Touch Catering / Wedding Cakes: Made by Bride’s aunts
Elle & Jae is a unique accessories line, which includes vintage inspired sashes, headpieces, veils and jackets that are couture made using the highest-quality crystals, pearls, laces, sequins, crepes and chiffon. There is also a bridesmaid collection of headbands and belts, made with special broaches and embellishments on stretch grosgrain, allowing for an easy fit for all body types.
All of Elle & Jae’s garments are hand-made locally in Los Angeles, California. Selecting only high-end, elegant fabrics and materials, designer Joey Brooks personally designs each garment and carefully supervises every facet of production to ensure the most skillful results.
In a day where outdoor fêtes are becoming more and more common, it’s lovely to see the ballroom wedding still has its place! Lisa and Adam’s New York City wedding ties in elements of enchanted forests, Tim Burton style, and the most gorgeous, vibrant floral arrangements you could imagine. This has to be the most unique floral wedding cake we’ve seen in a long time, and we’re loving every detail shot by the fabulous Liesl Henrichsen of Photo Pink.
From the bride, Lisa: The inspiration behind the flowers, feathers and decorations was Tim Burton (I’m a huge fan of his) and Alice in Wonderland – we wanted to make it feel like an enchanted forest (with a little bit of a gothic feel, and the venue was perfect for that). The favor bags were filled with ground coffee from MUD coffee in the East Village. To go along with the Alice in Wonderland-esque theme, Adam wore clock cufflinks (his father’s) and set them to 11:20 for our wedding date.
From Sarah of Blossom and Branch Florists:
“The bride had a vision for a wedding inspired by Tim Burton’s film “Alice in Wonderland.” She wanted florals and decor that were colorful, whimsical, slightly gothic and included lots and lots of moss! The primary colors were orange and bright blue with deep red accents and the decorative elements included curiosities such as branches, crystals, lanterns, urns, birch rounds, birdcages and medicine bottles. She was very interested in texture and variety, so we created 4 categories of centerpieces, each slightly different.
For both ceremony and reception, we aimed for a romantic woodland feel and included masses of moss along with draping hanging amaranthus everywhere we could put it! Hanging amaranthus dangled form the chandeliers, as well as from the Chuppah. Moss lined the aisle. We used black tulle to drape the Chuppah, clusters of rich blooms along the front and dramatic, branchy urns at the base of each pole. We wanted the Chuppah to be magical feel other-wordly.
For the personal flowers, the bride requested feathers everywhere, so we used spotted guinea feathers, peacock feathers and blue pheasant feathers.”
Vendor list (New York City, New York):
Ceremony and Reception Venue: Angel Orensanz Foundation / Wedding Photographer: Liesl Henrichsen and Randy Ahart of Photo Pink / Flowers: Blossom and Branch / Hair and Makeup: Erica at 360 Beauty / Wedding Shoes: ModCloth / Wedding Gown and Long Veil: Melissa Sweet / Groom’s suit: Michael Andrews Bespoke / Wedding Favors: MUD coffee / Catering and Wedding Cake: Manna Catering / Pearl necklaces: Mother’s and Grandmother’s / Birdcage Veil: VintageBox1947 / Hairpiece: Bridal Veil Falls, NY / Owl Wedding Cake Topper: Kikuike / Ketubah: Jennifer Raichman / Wedding Planner: Private Receptions / Table Number Holders: Clareen’s Quirky Corner and This Fine Day