It always makes me smile when a bride chooses a bold color for her wedding day, and today’s bride Stella did just that when she chose an apple green and grey color palette. The green provided the perfect accent for her big celebration with new husband Ryan and all their loved ones, captured by Natasja Kremers.
From the bride, Stella: Our wedding was a rustic, vintage style wedding. We wanted hints of nostalgia, pretty and soft touches and a romantic feel all whilst having a relaxed and fun atmosphere. We also wanted to tie elements back to Stella’s upbringing on a farm so there were rustic references and textures used such as wooden boxes, hessian table covers and organically arranged flowers. We wanted class but with a relaxed feel. Family and close friends were important as was exceptional food, wine and spirits. We wanted to show our love and appreciation for our family and friends through giving them a night they could remember.
Our theme was vintage inspired. Our colour theme was apple green (for the bridesmaids), charcoal grey (for the groomsmen), dove grey for my groom, and my dress was soft lace which had the palest tinge of dusk pink. We used lots of natural textures such as wooden boxes, hessian table covers and organically arranged flowers. There were lots of DIY, baked ginger nut biscuits for each guest (the recipe was passed down to me from the groom’s Mum who had it passed down to her from her Mum), handmade wooden boxes were made by one of my brothers as stands for flower arrangements, homemade jam made by my groom’s Dad which were our favours for our guests. Our guest book was a collation of notes typed on a vintage typewriter. I collected and decorated with hessian and lace all of the jars used for flowers. I also collected crystal and cut glass vases. Our wedding cakes were hand made by my Mum. We designed and printed our own engagement invites, save the dates and thank you cards. We designed our own wedding invites and sourced printers – our wedding invites were tea towels!
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Be organised (I designed a very detailed spreadsheet to track all activities, status of completion and cost). The more you’re organised and on top of things at the start, the more you can relax in the few weeks leading up to your big day. You also know that on the day you can just relax, enjoy and soak up all the moments as you know you’ve done everything possible to make the day perfect. Ask family how they would like to be involved, and let them help – it makes the day even more special for them. Guys – deciding and organising suits takes longer than you think. Get suits organised earlier rather than later. Between you and your future husband, right before you get into the details of booking suppliers and getting swept up in the excitement, talk about and write down what are the non-negotiables and the items that aren’t such a priority. Then you’re both on the right page and you know what to lock in first.
Processional: “Love Look What You’ve Done,” Sam Buckingham
Signing of the Register: “How Sweet It Is,” James Taylor
Recessional: “Stuck on You,” Meiko
Bridal Party Reception Entrance: “Somebody Like You,” Keith Urban
First Dance: “Everything,” Michael Buble
Last Dance: “You’re the Voice,” John Farnham
We had a mixed genre of songs, starting with soft acoustic songs as guests arrived, vintage songs to kick off our reception (Can’t Take My Eyes Off You – Frankie Valli; Let’s Stay Together – Al Green; Fly Me to the Moon – Frank Sinatra; How Sweet it is – James Taylor). Leading into more dance and popular songs to keep people dancing throughout the night.
Wedding Location: Yallingup, Western Australia, Australia / Photographer: Natasja Kremers / Floral Design: Natural Art Flowers by Rebecca Grace / Venue: Wills Domain Winery / Wedding Dress, Veil, and Hair Piece: Bridal by Aubrey Rose / Wedding Shoes: Tony Bianco (heels) and Style Tread (boots) / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Didodeal / Groom’s Suit: Gibson / Wedding Cake: Bride’s mother / Wedding Music: Uni students from the local music academy – Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA). We had the same band for our engagement party / Transportation: A vintage red BelAir Chevy hired from Vintages Margaret River / Wedding Invitations: Bride and Groom