Naturally, any Australian wedding puts a big smile on my face. This Western Australia celebration sent over by photographer Ben Yew did just that. With the combination of a hands-on bride with a vision, and helpful family and friends, this wonderful day was created with lovely shades of lavender and lots of rustic DIY decor… including the beautiful fairy lights sparkling in the trees against the evening sky.
From the bride, Kate: Our theme was rustic country, and was based around natural colours and materials with lavender purples as accents. I wanted all of the elements to be soft and flowing, and with the amazing venue I didn’t want to overdo the decorating, just compliment what was already there.
The dress is called ‘Natasha’, after the designer, and it was made to fit me. The process involves first making a calico version of the dress, and then starting with the inner layers the dress is built up. As the dress was quite detailed with intricate lacing, I wore only earrings and my own rings and bracelets as accessories. My bouquet, as well as my bridesmaids’, was a mix of in season flowers at the time. It consisted of a mixture of blues, purples and whites, surrounded by baby’s breath, and tied tether using hessian and twine.
I collected lots of items over the months leading up to the wedding. Our marquee was decorated with various shades and sizes of purple tissue paper pom poms. We covered the surrounding trees in fairy lights, and hung some jars with citronella tealights from the tree branches using fishing line. At night time it looked like the jars were floating. I also hung empty wooden frames from some tree branches to be used as a photo booth, with the paddocks of cows in the background. For the aisle, I made (with a lot of help) some shepherd hooks, and tied twine to hessian wrapped jars. These had baby’s breath in them, and were then hung from the hooks. I also made a bunting sign for above our cake. Fresh flowers that matched the bouquets were in small water bottle jars on tables, and tealights everywhere to keep the mosquitoes at bay.
Wedding location: Western Australia / Photographer & Videographer: Ben Yew / Ceremony & Reception Venue: Alverstoke / Dress & Accessories: Donna Tobin Couture / Shoes: Georgie’s Bridal Shoes / Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Dessy / Rings: Michael Hill Jewelers / Groom & Groomsmen Attire: Muller / Entertainment: The Reals, Ian Cocker, Guy Slingerland, and David Wright / Flowers: Fleurs of Bunbury / Hair: Azura for Hair / Makeup: The Perfect Pout / Cake: Dianne Wood / Celebrant: Sarsha Wetherell / Stationery: Commissioned drawing by Emily Smith, bride / Bombonnieres: Nature Favors / Wedding Decorator: Bride / Unique Services & Hire: Lonsdale Hire / Catering: Amour de la Femme