Our Wedding Story


The best of both, a perfect beach & a beautiful garden wedding.

Our wedding was a true homemade DIY affair full of personal embellishments.

From our reception venue; an incredible home Nath built for his parents, the backyard Nath’s mum’s labour of love, our celebrant who has known me all my life, our wedding rings created from Nath’s Great Grandmothers 100 year old wedding rings, the caterer one of our groomsman, the cake maker a school friend, the talented & gorgeous photographer once a housemate, to the beautiful handmade & crafted lace canopy made by a lovely family friend.

All the many sweet little details of our magical day were created with serious heartwarming love & familiarity.

Photography: Melissa Findley www.melissa-findley.com

Brides dress: Designed & custom made by Leonard Derecourt

Bride shoes: Sandler

Bridesmaids dresses: 1 x spell & the Gypsy, Woodstock backless Maxi -Blush.
2 x twobirds, classic ball gowns -Rosewater

Wedding rings: Nathan’s great Grandmothers wedding & engagement ring. My ring was designed using the 10 diamonds from GG’s engagement ring now 100 years old. Nathans’s ring was made using her wedding band.

Groomsmen attire: Shirts ~ Vanishing Elephant, pants ~ Island Importer, thongs ~ Sanuk.

Hair: My gorgeous & extremely talented Mother in Law, with some help from a beautiful girlfriend Elly Patsis.

Makeup: KJ Artistry

Stationery: Created by the bride & groom

Favors: Sweets buffet with take away heart bags.

Bouquet: I left our flowers in the hands of my very capable never fail mother in law & wow did she deliver! I am still in awe of how gorgeous & perfect my bouquet was. Created by Flax Flowers.

decor: The list of incredible hand picked, crafted & created decor is endless, just to mention a few; the hand collected & strung driftwood, the 100’s of glass jars that people collected for us, the hours spent by family & a gorgeous friend on her holidays creating the paper tissue balls, the signs whipped up by hubby, the hand sewn cushions, the sweets stand, candle lanterns & chests all picked up from the tip. All put together by my mother in law (she is beyond creatively gifted) bride, groom, family & friends.

Wedding planner: Bride, Groom & families

Wedding stylist: Mostly DIY with some amazing help from Lovebird weddings

Cake: A stunning girlfriend from school and her mum have opened up their own speciality cake shop “sweetness contained” which I’ve had the pleasure of trying out a few times & each & every time, my mouth waters!! Seriously heavenly.

Wedding songs: Donovan Frankenreiter “Together Forever”

Entertainment: Friend of a friend – Zac Gunthorpe

Food & beverages: One of our Groomsman – Nick Stock & a helping hand from – Luke & Nikki Turschwell & Wendy.

Honeymoon: pre-wedding honeymoon to Japan.

Gift registry: a wishing well to contribute to our already well spent & incredible honeymoon

Celebrant: Jurgen Hoffmann a dear family friend.

Reading used: we wrote & recited our own vows.

Sources of inspiration: Togetherness ~ Involving friends & family & the things that matter most to us.

A memorable moment: Hearing Nathan’s vows for the first time.

Best advice for planning a wedding: Enjoy every minute, there are few moments that will ever compare, so don’t sweat the small stuff, what is meant to be will be, relax & enjoy one of the all time greatest feelings.