DIY New South Wales Wedding

DIY Weddings

Readers, do we ever have a treat for you today — this wedding from Jonas Peterson is sure to tug a little at your heartstrings. Mathew and Megan wanted to have a wedding that was more dinner party than traditional reception, making sure the aim of their day was for everyone to have a swinging time. How fantastic are the individual cakes in apothecary jars? We also love the idea of providing bug spray for your guests in sweet vintage atomizers!

bride and groom trees

weather vane roosterbride applying makeup

ceremony flags lining aisle
weather vane roosterbride applying makeup
paper doily garland ceremony backdrop

From the groom, Mathew: We aimed to create a relaxed, intimate event that felt more like an outdoor, summer dinner party than a formal reception. We wanted to have fun, and make sure everyone else did too.


merribee venue sign

groom writing note

groom in weathered housebride in weathered house

vintage inspired wedding invitations

bride at ceremonyguestbook mailbox

newlyweds on rustic road

white floral hair accessories
merribee venue sign

We just picked things we liked, loosely sticking to a neutral colour palette with pops of peach, coral and teal.


bug spray bottles vintage

newlyweds at farm

banquet table receptions

rustic wooden reception signspink bush flowers

newlyweds in barn

vintage cake display

vintage floral centerpieces

bride on rustic roadcakes in apothecary jar

eat drink be married

We had a lot of DIY elements – but particular favourites were projects our family members helped us with. Megan’s mum sewed the doily garlands that hung above the ceremony; Megan’s brother built signposts out of old fence palings to direct guests around Merribee; and Mat’s parents made a fantastic ‘photobooth’ wall which was a big hit on the night.


newlyweds side of road

Love their version of our DIY photobooth wall!

handmade reception photobooth

vintage reception centerpiecesbride and groom

tent reception at night

bw first dance reception


View all images from this wedding in the gallery

Wedding Music:
Processional: “I’m Yours,” Jason Mraz
Signing of the Register: “Stand by Me,” Benny King
Recessional: “All You Need is Love,” The Beatles
First dance: “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You,” Frankie Valli

Wedding Vendors (New South Wales, Australia):

Wedding Venue: Merribee / Wedding Photographer: Jonas Peterson / Wedding Flowers: Shady Fig / Wedding Dress: Vintage / Bride’s Hair Comb: “Sakura” from Sara Gabriel / Groom’s Suit: John Hanna / Ceremony Musicians: The Morrison Trio / DJ: Pro Discos DJ / Wedding Caterer: Duck Duck Goose Catering / Wedding Cake: The Cake Store / Wedding Invitations: Rifle Paper Co / Wedding Videographer: Moments Captured – Joshua Lamont Films



10 comments
  1. Mrs Average Bride

    I LOVE this wedding and all the little details. I think I pinned every picture! =)

  2. Melanie Peters

    This wedding is gorgeous. The subtly feminine colors and accents work very well together. The cake set up is my favorite, they are too cute. And the vintage wallpaper photo booth backing is wonderful. Super girly and simple, but with amazing vintage touches!

  3. kelsey

    the wallpaper is shelley hesse for anthropologie :)

  4. Bec Price

    This wedding is everything vintage, DIY weddings are all about. The colour palette, especially the wallpaper, is put together so beautifully and I know this will inspire my brides and grooms. But the main thing that shines is the couple themselves, such a happy glow! Love it!

  5. Jacqui

    And the Celebrant’s name is …. ?

  6. mike

    Jonas is the master. Hi Jacqui!

  7. Photographer Durango CO

    The details, her dress, and the images are all just gorgeous. Love those cakes and the bug spray bottles.

  8. Beth OBrien

    I agree with Jacqui, the name of the celebrant is…..

  9. Megan

    Jacqui and Beth – the celebrant’s name is Sheelagh Cameron.

    Thanks to everyone else for your lovely comments on our wedding.

  10. Janelle

    Gorgeous! Beautiful colour scheme. I cant believe this is DIY, a lot of effort has clearly gone into this beautiful wedding, puts the rest of us to shame!! :)

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