Australian Beach Wedding

Beach Weddings

Today’s wedding calls to me in so many ways. Not only is it utterly beautiful (just as you’d suspect a beachside Australian wedding would be), but Lilli and Tom were married by the same man who officiated at Tom’s parents’ wedding nearly 40 years prior! How sweet is that? Thanks to Erin + Tara Photography for sharing their images with us!

bride and groom

From the bride, Lilli: We didn’t have a particular style in mind, but essentially we were hoping for a relaxed day where everyone could kick back and enjoy good food, good wine, good music and great company! We figured that if we could get those key things right, the rest would all come together. It was also important that the day feel true to us and represented each of us individually and as a couple. We knew the day would be romantic and emotional, we wrote our vows together and had Tom’s uncle Matt as our celebrant (he also married Tom’s parents in the 70s!) which made the ceremony incredibly special.

confetti wedding invitations

Australian Beach Wedding

blue bridesmaids dresses

Australian Beach Wedding

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Australian Beach Wedding

beachside australian wedding

Australian Beach Wedding

bride getting ready

The beach is our favourite place so we were determined to find a nice spot on the water and Sandbar turned out perfectly. We were incredibly lucky with the stunning weather (which in April in Melbourne is never a guarantee) which meant everyone could enjoy the beach at the reception until well into the night. We were fully prepared for things to go a little awry on the day but incredibly, nothing did. Everything fell into place really beautifully, with a lot of help from our awesome friends and family and the best vendors in Melbourne! It was nice to have a couple of surprises on the night too, like the flash mob and Tommy’s epic speech.

bohemian bridal looks

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bridal processionals

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indoor wedding ceremonies

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Although we didn’t specifically choose a colour theme, the girls all wore shades of blue and green and we asked our amazing florist for lots of fresh, bright blooms of pink, yellow, peach, cream and green. She also made my beautiful flower crown with roses, little peppercorns, wheat and all sorts of other gorgeous little flowers. It was a complete surprise and it turned out perfect! Tom’s brother Lachie and wife Alisa built a photo frame and filled it with photos of Tom and I growing up and as a couple – very sweet. Decorating the gallery space for our ceremony was a team effort, with lots of friends and family helping out the night before to hang bunting, light candles, arrange seating etc. Tom teaches Prep (5-6 year olds) and he asked his students to draw us some artwork for the day so we hung that downstairs as well. Very cute drawings of what they imagined our wedding day would look like! Tom also made a short video of photos and video footage from our last four years together that we projected onto a wall for people to watch while we signed the register.

boho bridal looks

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aqua bridesmaids dresses

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Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Always keep in the forefront of your mind why you are planning this event: to marry the one you love. If you can focus on that, the many decisions and little problems that might happen along the way don’t seem to matter all that much. At the end of the day, we knew that all we wanted to do was get married and have a fun day and that helped us keep everything in perspective. Definitely only do something if it feels right to you two – don’t bow to tradition if that’s not your style.

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chocolate wedding cakes

newlyweds first dance


View all images from this wedding in the gallery

Wedding Music:
Processional: “Sea of Love,” Cat Power
Recessional: “Home,” Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
First Dance: “You and Me,” Penny and the Quarters
Flash Mob: “Twist and Shout,” The Beatles

Wedding Location: Victoria, Australia / Photographer: Erin + Tara Photography / Ceremony Venue: Anna Pappas Gallery / Reception Venue: Sandbar Beach Cafe / Floral Design and Floral Crown: Cecilia Fox / Wedding Dress: Collette Dinnigan / Wedding Shoes: Camper / Hair and Makeup: Meg Guthrie and Rokk Ebony / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Cue, ModCloth, Myer / Groom’s Suit: Hugo Boss / Wedding Cake: Homemade by the Groom’s four aunties and mother / DJ: Francis Chang / Celebrant: Matt McDonald / Videographer: Sean McDonald / Wedding Invitations: Write to Me

19 comments
  1. Sukran Kirtis

    Love is the most powerful color in this wedding, and all other details give an extra shine to this beautiful couple.Congratulations..

  2. Deborah {Wedding Thingz}

    Love this wedding. The bridesmaid dresses are so cute!

  3. Scout

    beautiful, great images.

  4. Haylee

    Beautiful couple. Love the bow tie and the cheese assortment. Also the amazing dress of course!

  5. Gertie

    Gorgeous & unique. Such a beautiful wedding and in no way cookie cutter or expected. I love the bridesmaids dresses, all coordinating, but no matchymatchy there. Soft, beautiful, & so very pleasing to the eye with every aspect. What a wonderful beginning to a new life!

  6. Hannah

    This looks amazing! So relaxed and easy going in typical Aussie style. I love the floral wreath for your hair. Everything is so fresh and funky.

  7. I'm Engaged, Now What

    I think it’s wonderful they were able to be married by the same man as her parents. Incorporating that type of unique idea is amazing and something that really will be remembered, even more so that the pretty colors or themes.

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    Very beautiful shoots, dresses, decoration, place, food & wine, fun & enjoyment which have touched my sense. Above that your contents are very beautifully presented. I bookmarked it, Thanks for sharing us.

  9. William James

    The couple is made for each other… Happy wedding

  10. amy

    Such a beautiful wedding. Does this Collette Dinnigan dress have a name? It’s stunning! I can’t seem to find it anywhere.

    • Lilli

      Hi Amy, the dress’ name is Lily and it was released in March this year (there is an old style also named Lily by Collette Dinnigan that is very different to this). As far as I’m aware they only made 2 in each size. I’ve just had mine dry cleaned and will be selling it soon on stillwhite.com if you’re interested.

  11. Tess

    I love your robe and was looking around for it online– it is perhaps this one from Plum Pretty Sugar? It’s really beautiful.
    http://store.plumprettysugar.com/kimono-style-robe-knee-length-beckoning-creatures/

  12. Aundrea V. Harrell

    I love love love the dresses, of course the wedding gown but the brides maids dresses are so unique! Sweet use of modern and romantic touches as well! How beautiful……

  13. Wedding Invitations Brisbane

    This made me want to get a divorce just so I could get married again. It’s a perfect beach wedding and the photos captured every momentous moment. Nice!

  14. Chrisharmen

    Beautiful wedding pictures! I love attending and organizing beach weddings. This one is also amazing.

  15. ElviDesign

    Beautiful wedding and pictures, the beach wedding theme makes it perfect with awesome backgrounds.

  16. Travorsimpson

    Very beautiful! Couples are getting very particular in choosing their partners and this one seems to be good. Happy married Life!

  17. John

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