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Love Katie + Sarah

Any time we know we’ve got a bride who made all the decor and favors herself, we get an extra kick out of it. Love Katie + Sarah and Moss Industry are here to share this beautiful backyard wedding in Australia that’s just about as relaxed as it gets. No bridal party, no sit-down meal, and no unnecessary frills — just lots of dancing, love, and wood-fired pizza!

relaxed backyard Australian wedding - photo by Love Katie and Sarah https://ruffledblog.com/relaxed-backyard-australian-wedding

From the bride, Hayley: Hugh and I love a party, so there was no theme or style. We just wanted a big party with our favourite people and a wedding thrown in there somewhere. Food, Booze and Dancing. It was a DIY mishmash. I made all the decorations (bunting and potted succulents) and party favours (piccalilli and plum jam). We didn’t go over the top with decorations as the location was so beautiful that we didn’t need to and also I didn’t want to stress over the planning and wanted to enjoy the process so we kept it basic. Hugh and I are not very polished people, we’re a bit rough around the edges so it made sense that the day was the same. We didn’t bother with bridal parties as we just didn’t see the point. We didn’t want a sit down wedding so we got a wood fire pizza truck come and just churn out food for a few hours, it was perfect, everyone was on their feet and mingling, eating, drinking and hanging out.

eucalyptus boutonniere - photo by Love Katie and Sarah https://ruffledblog.com/relaxed-backyard-australian-wedding

eucalyptus and succulent bouquet - photo by Love Katie and Sarah https://ruffledblog.com/relaxed-backyard-australian-wedding

ceremony seating - photo by Love Katie and Sarah https://ruffledblog.com/relaxed-backyard-australian-wedding

wedding signs - photo by Love Katie and Sarah https://ruffledblog.com/relaxed-backyard-australian-wedding

groom details - photo by Love Katie and Sarah https://ruffledblog.com/relaxed-backyard-australian-wedding

I only met with the florist 3 days before the wedding and she was so cool and lovely. I wanted succulents (my favourite) and local native shrubs and flowers. I wanted the location to be incorporated and inspire the day. There weren’t many flowers, just a bouquet for me and my daughter and a couple of large arrangements at the entrance, they blended in so beautifully with the wild bushy surrounds of the property. We also got our friend Zoe to make a (gluten and dairy free for Hugh) cake covered in succulents and it looked rad!

ceremony processional - photo by Love Katie and Sarah https://ruffledblog.com/relaxed-backyard-australian-wedding

wedding ceremony - photo by Love Katie and Sarah https://ruffledblog.com/relaxed-backyard-australian-wedding

wedding ceremony - photo by Love Katie and Sarah https://ruffledblog.com/relaxed-backyard-australian-wedding

wedding ceremony - photo by Love Katie and Sarah https://ruffledblog.com/relaxed-backyard-australian-wedding

registry signing - photo by Love Katie and Sarah https://ruffledblog.com/relaxed-backyard-australian-wedding

ceremony processional - photo by Love Katie and Sarah https://ruffledblog.com/relaxed-backyard-australian-wedding

grooms boutonniere - photo by Love Katie and Sarah https://ruffledblog.com/relaxed-backyard-australian-wedding

wedding portraits - photo by Love Katie and Sarah https://ruffledblog.com/relaxed-backyard-australian-wedding

bride and groom - photo by Love Katie and Sarah https://ruffledblog.com/relaxed-backyard-australian-wedding

Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Yes. Don’t go overboard, at the end of the day its about you and your partner, not the table settings. Make sure you enjoy the process and don’t sweat the little things (no one else will). On the day, don’t get caught up in the running of the day, just enjoy all of it, eat the food, drink the wine, dance, hang out and have the best day ever. Too many times Ive heard that the couple were stressed the whole day and they got so stuck making small talk that they didn’t even get to eat the food, that’s just crazy! I wanted to get in on the action and enjoy the party I put so much work and love into.

wedding favors - photo by Love Katie and Sarah https://ruffledblog.com/relaxed-backyard-australian-wedding

jam favors - photo by Love Katie and Sarah https://ruffledblog.com/relaxed-backyard-australian-wedding

green flowers - photo by Love Katie and Sarah https://ruffledblog.com/relaxed-backyard-australian-wedding

wedding tent - photo by Love Katie and Sarah https://ruffledblog.com/relaxed-backyard-australian-wedding

reception pizza - photo by Love Katie and Sarah https://ruffledblog.com/relaxed-backyard-australian-wedding

wedding reception - photo by Love Katie and Sarah https://ruffledblog.com/relaxed-backyard-australian-wedding

wedding cake with succulents - photo by Love Katie and Sarah https://ruffledblog.com/relaxed-backyard-australian-wedding

tented reception - photo by Love Katie and Sarah https://ruffledblog.com/relaxed-backyard-australian-wedding

tent reception - photo by Love Katie and Sarah https://ruffledblog.com/relaxed-backyard-australian-wedding

View all images from this wedding in the gallery

Wedding Music:
Processional: “Moon River,” as sung by Audrey Hepburn
Certificate Signing: “For Once in My Life,” Stevie Wonder / “God Only Knows,” The Beach Boys
Reception Entrance: “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell
Choosing music was way harder than we anticipated. We’re both music lovers so it had to be right. Our favourite love songs are all tragic and intense, not suitable for a wedding so it took forever to get a playlist together. We went with classic songs so everyone could get excited and so we knew the songs wouldn’t date badly. We then had a long playlist of songs while we greeted everyone of both new and old tracks, then had an amazing cover band until 11:00pm, after they clocked off we just handed over the iPod to the crowd and had the best craziest dance party for hours.

Wedding Vendors

Photography

Love Katie + Sarah

Florist

Moss Industry Weddings & Events

Venue

Private residence

Wedding Dress

Lover

Hair

Kalo Hair Beauty

Groom's Attire

Jack London

Groom's Shoes

David Jones

Rings

Arman Jewellery

Catering

Pizza Be With You

Wedding Cake

Zoe Clevercakes

Wine

Artemis Wines

Entertainment

The White Tree

Rentals

Surfcoast Party Hire

Tipi

TipiKata

Celebrant

Marrying You Two

1 comments
  • Zookbinders Wedding Albums

    Breathtaking images! What a gorgeous wedding!