All I need to hear is “disco wedding,” and I’m hooked. Add in a couple with a personality like Tim and Ruth’s and images from Todd Hunter McGaw, and I’m madly, passionately in love. With a garden ceremony, an elegant reception, outfit changes, and a secret disco room, this wedding has it all — and then some.
From the bride, Ruth: We wanted a big party that no one would soon forget! Tim and I both wanted a big, formal wedding, but also wanted our guests to feel relaxed (hence the ‘Holy shitballs’ sign!) and entertained. I wanted everyone, including me, to walk away saying “WOW, that was fun!” And we HAD to have a secret disco room and outfit changes, who wouldn’t want that?! I think it was a lack of a colour scheme that influenced the styling… I didn’t want a themed wedding but rather an event that was unapologetically Tim and I. We had been together for 14 years before we were married – let’s just say I had been planning the day for a little while..
Flower recipe: My bouquet was phalaenopsis orchids, and the others were roses, hyacinths, calla lillies and disbuds. At the reception all of the rectangular tables had a runner of snapdragons, sweet peas and rununculas, whilst the round tables had amazing arrangements of phalaenopsis orchids. Then, on every available surface were vases of gladioli, roses, disbuds, stocks, freesias, tulips and double tulips all in white!
We are both drawn to more modern styles of event design, but I still wanted that level of opulence and glamour that you can have with a big, formal wedding. The use of metallic highlights rather than adding a colour I think added to that extravagant feel I was after, and then clashing this with modern, minimalist pieces gave a fresh take on a formal wedding. To be honest, I’m not really a DIY kind of girl, but my mum is! She arranged all the flowers (and there were thousands!) for the reception and our bouquets and button holes. She’s pretty amazing. Also, we had life size cut-outs of our beloved dog Luna, so people could get a pic with her in the photo booth! Little personalized touches like these made the day absolutely ours.
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? If you can, get a Wedding Planner! There is just no way I could have had the same wedding without mine. I said what I wanted, she made it happen. Four months out from our wedding we lost our original venue, and before I even knew about it, she had arranged for a better one. Life saver! Also, know what you want and stick to it. It’s easy to look at blogs everyday and get heaps of ideas and see a million things you like, but you can’t do everything and incorporate every idea into your wedding day. Know what overall aesthetic and feel you want, and stick with that. And have fun! You only get to do this once, right?!
Seeing as I married a DJ, I understandably didn’t get much of a say in the music.
Processional: “Still in Love With You,” Al Green; “I Will,” The Beatles
Signing of the Registry: “Something About Us,” Daft Punk
Recessional: “You Give Me Something,” Jamiroquai
Wedding Location: Noosa, Australia / Photographer: Todd Hunter McGaw / Wedding Planner: Kim Eibrink-Jansen / Ceremony Flowers: Mondo Floral Design / Reception Flowers: Bride’s mother / Ceremony and Reception Venue: Private estate / Wedding Dress: Steven Khalil / Wedding Shoes: Miu Miu, Christian Louboutin, and Nike / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Manning Cartell / Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Harrison James / Caterer: David Rainer of Thomas Corner / Wedding Cake: Ideas in Icing / DJs: Tim Fuchs (groom); Graz; Johnny Powell; Jimmy2sox / Wedding Invitations: Bella Figura / Transport: Champers Rolls Royce Hire