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A week after Hayley + Hugh’s wedding, Hayley emailed me asking if I had survived her wedding, using the words ‘chaotic and hedonistic’ to describe the day. I chose the words ‘crazy beautiful’ instead. Everything about the day was just that. A little crazy, and completely crazy beautiful.

Set in the backyard of their family’s home in Barwon Heads, Hayley and Hugh were married by one of their friends. Simple, heart warming and hilarious, especially when their young daughter stood between them yelling “I’m here, I’m here now!” and then insisted they swing her around. Hayley did one better by lifting her up above her head while the celebrant sung the opening song from Lion King. Comedy gold.

The usually quiet and introverted groom then went on to slip the line “you are the lactose free custard to my gluten free tart” into his vows.

And thus the scene was set for a wonderful, crazy beautiful wedding.

Love Katie xo

| Full vendor credits at the end of the post |

Bride’s dress | Lover

Flowers | Moss Industry 

Groom’s Suit | Jack London

Venue | Private property, Barwon Heads

Tipi | Tipi Kata

Music | The White Tree

Cake | Zoe Clevercakes

Celebrant | Marrying You Two

Hayley + Hugh’s wedding was also featured on Hello May, you can find it here.

From start to finish, Natalie + Sam’s wedding was big. Really big.

When I first met these two and asked them to describe their wedding, I’m pretty sure I said ‘whoa’ with more gusto than Keanu Reeves.

7 bridal cars.

14 bridesmaids + groomsmen.

5 flower girls + boys.

Ribbon dancing, plate smashing and a surprise musical interlude by Sam + his groomsmen.

Oh and a dress so pretty it made me a little teary.

Whoa indeed.

It was action packed from the get go (from the barbers cutting all the boys hair in the morning, the 40 family members packed into Natalie’s family home just to give her their blessings all the way to dodging flying pieces of plates on the dance floor), but in between the action, Nat + Sam’s garden party wedding still had a lovely stillness about it. The little moments in between that made the whole day ‘whoa-worthy’.

Love Katie xo

| Full vendor credits at the end of the post |
Bride’s dress + veil | One Day Bridal

Venue | Stones of the Yarra Valley

Bridesmaid’s dresses | ASOS

Flowers | In Full Bloom

Stationary | Santiago Sunbird

Celebrant | Jen Lawrie-Smith

Entertainment | The White Tree

Groom’s Suit | Topman

Ties | Ben Sherman

Natalie + Sam’s wedding was also featured in Hello May’s Real Wedding Special.

When I sat down with Charlotte + Steve, one of the things they wanted to emphasis was how much they wanted this to be less of a wedding and more of a huge party. A party with all their friends and family, excellent food (Ed Dixon’s grazing table made me weak at the knees!) expresso martinis for everyone, loads of dancing and a shared moment watching the sun go down from their favourite spot on Steve’s family property. And it was all of these things. And a little more.

I absolutely adore shooting weddings on properties and in backyards. There’s a closeness and a bond to the space. And they tend to get rowdier and crazier into the night. This property in Flinders had already seen numerous engagements and proposals in the family. Charlotte + Steve had spent months chopping and stacking wood to make the huge wood pile fence that divided the ceremony space from the reception. It was home.

And it ended up being one hell of a party.

Love Katie xo

| Full vendor credits at the end of the post |

 

CSIMG_7294Venue | Private Property, Flinders

Bride’s dress | Dan Jones via The Bridal Atelier  http://www.thebridalatelier.com.au

Florist | Flower Jar  http://www.flowerjar.com.au

Catering + Event Management | Ed Dixon Food Design  http://eddixonfooddesign.com 

Celebrant | Sarah Dobson, Mrs Hitch http://www.mrs-hitch.com

Marquee + place settings | Peninsular Party Hire http://peninsulapartyhire.com.au

Videographer | Tim Egan https://vimeo.com/user8012591

Bridesmaid’s Dresses | Saba http://www.saba.com.au

Invite Design | Rachel Marvin Creative via Etsy https://www.etsy.com/au/shop/rachelmarvincreative 

Signage | SimplyType via Etsy https://www.etsy.com/au/shop/SimplyType 

Make Up | Georgia Walsh http://www.georgiawalshmakeup.com

There’s something so wonderful about an outdoor summer wedding – when the weather is perfect, the wine chilled, fairy lights are strung high and the dance floor is heaving. These are the weddings us photographers do love to be at. They’re the kind of wedding where I wish I was a guest. They’re relaxed, yet sophisticated, beautiful and a hell of a party.

Last December, Felicity + Sam chose the Butter Factory in Euroa (about 2 hours out of Melbourne) as their venue, and boy, if you haven’t been there, you need to check it out. It’s rustic, it’s rural, it’s awesome and couldn’t have been a better spot for all the festivities. They turned what could have been a one day affair into whole weekend wedding festival with lunches, brunches, dinners and catch ups with all of their wedding guests.

With the talented teams from Georgeous + Prunella teaming up, the main courtyard of the Butter Factory was transformed into a Tuscan al fresco dream, complete with long tables, cascading flowers, a cocktail bar and a smattering of outdoor games for a bit of fun. This was the perfect summer wedding.

xo

| Full vendor credits at the end of the post |

Venue | Euroa Butter Factory

Event Styling + Planning | Georgeous, Simply Georgeous Occasions

Bridal Gown | Collette Dinnigan 

Groom’s suit | Jack London 

Floral Stylings | Prunella 

Bridesmaid’s dresses | Zimmerman

Music | The White Tree

Celebrant | Mrs Hitch

Neon sign | Delta Neon

xo