Newlyweds Celia and Curtis aren’t just creative and talented, they’re something far beyond — Curtis made his own wedding band, the couple grew their own flowers for the bouquets and arrangements, and the reception was DJed by none other than the couple themselves! Our thanks go out to Jonathan Wherrett for sending these lovely photos our way.
From the bride, Celia: Curtis & I grew up in the same small town in Tasmania but never met. In our early 20’s & living in Melbourne, we became close friends, often talking until the sun came up at parties but never dating. I moved to London, we exchanged emails, late night phone calls and flirtatious text messages until finally Curt got up the courage to jump on a plane and fly halfway across the world to tell me he loved me. As first dates go- moving to the other side of the world was pretty epic!
My mum suggested Quamby, a beautiful, 1830’s, white homestead and as soon as we saw it we fell in love. We wanted an intimate, relaxed and fun but still meaningful wedding. We had a ceremony under a 150 year old tree, a garden party, dinner & dancing, an after party and a recovery BBQ. With our amazing friends & family we made blackboards, rubber stamps, badges, bunting, grew the flowers, organised a “tour” bus for guests, played ceremony music, DJ’d at the reception & much more. My wedding ring was originally my great grandmother’s, then my mothers and now mine. It’s over 110 years old. Curt made his own silver ring from scratch.
My favourite project was the wedding bells. I love the sound of wedding bells so I decided to collect my own, one for each guest to ring at the end of the ceremony. They came from Zimbabwe, Asia, family & vintage markets. In the end there were glass bells, shop bells, temple bells, school bells, cowbells, bicycle bells, bongo drums, tambourines as well as paper cones full of rose petal confetti. The noise and colour when we walked down the aisle was pure joy! We had ‘First Look’ which I loved – we used a huge tree and crept around either side. We had both just started feeling nervous but when we saw each other – it turned to excitement. We only had one speech – my dad who is an actor and he brought the house down!
Wedding Venue and Caterer: Quamby Estate / Wedding Photographer: Jonathan Wherrett / Event Coordinator: Jo DaSilva / Wedding Dresses: Bride’s Desire (ceremony), Light in the Box (v-neck), and Jayson Brunsdon Black Label (reception) / Bride’s Veil: Brides of Melbourne / Fascinator: RicePaperRose / Bride’s Earrings: The Rusty Chandelier / Bride’s Shoes: Naturalizer / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: ModCloth, Review / Groom’s Suit: Jack London / Makeup: Jill Peachey / Hair: Chris Fiddler / Bouquets: Walkers Flowers / Ceremony Music: Timothy Brennan / Cake Pops: Tamar Valley Cake Studio / Celebrant: Terese Tanner / Wedding Stationery: Beacon Lane