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Casual Wedding Cover Ups

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Today’s post is a reader request! Marrying in August, this Polka Dottie is in search of a coverup for her late winter wedding. She’s having a rustic style and looking for something that isn’t delicate or sequined, a little more casual if you will!

Never one to shy away from an online shopping expedition, I found these snuggly casual wedding cover up options that will not only keep a bride or her bridesmaids warm but also have that casual, relaxed vibe that our bride is on the hunt for.casual wedding coverups1 Casual Wedding Cover Ups

1. Cashmere poncho from Jigsaw. Ponchos are the ultimate in warmth  and I love the cosy grey of this number. A thicker knit always looks more casual and less delicate too. With a poncho too you can wear whatever you like underneath and don’t have to worry about necklines and sleeves getting in the way.

2. Brave Soul Faux Fur Jacket from ASOS. Keeping up with bridal tones, this faux fur number in cream is a warm and fluffy option to keep you cosy. Dress it up with a high ballerina bun or go more casual with loose, flowing curls.

3. Rose Pointelle Cardigan from Forever New. The weave on this cardigan won me over. Warm and understated at the same time. The creamy colour is bridal but the shawl collar and circular shape keeps it casual.

4. Fake Fur Jacket from H&M. Fake fur can add a touch of Hollywood glam to an outfit but I think the length and colour of this faux fur coat has just the right mix to not look too overdressed. A cosy, bundled up option.

5. Cream crochet wool shawl from VintageOpulence To go the ultimate in casual but warm, a blanket or shawl like this vintage cream one on Etsy is warm without being over dressed. Throw it casually around you to keep away the August chill.

6. Chocolate Brown Shawl from ElegantKnitting. I love the thick weave of this knit and the chocolate brown colour is so yummy for cooler weather, while keeping that earthy casual feel.

7. Eva Tartan Jacket by Vivienne Westwood Angl0mania from Net A Porter, Want to go completely different? What about this fantastic tartan jacket over your wedding dress? Love this option for a completely rustic wedding in a barn paired with fabulous boots. What an accessory!

8. Plush Angora Topper from BHLDN. A little more feminine than the other options in this roundup, but with the right styling is casual and sweet without being too dressed up (plus, angora? so soft and snuggly!)

9. Collarless Metallic Zip Jacket from French Connection UK. I know, it’s a little glitzy, but I couldn’t resist this for a completely out of left field option. A warm biker style jacket is a completely different option that isn’t too girly or dressed up, but this metallic version adds a bit of fun and can certainly pass for a wedding coverup with the right styling!

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Anna and Darren’s Colourful Western Australian Wedding

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Anna & Darren

Anna met her husband while on a working holiday from Germany. When they married, they infused plenty of colour and plenty of German traditions into their colourful Western Australian wedding but also added a lot of Australian traditions. Making it a true melting pot and coming together of their lives, families and backgrounds captured by photographer Nic Duncan.

Anna tells their story. “Coming from Germany originally, I met Darren in 2006 on a working holiday around Australia, I was working in a pub in Perth at the time, we met at a party through mutual friends. It wasn’t until 2 weeks later he called me and we had our first date. After we had been dating for a few months I went to New Zealand for a while as my visa had run out and he came to see me a few months later, we have never been separated since.”

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Anna chose the strapless Wendy Makin – Danielle gown from Samantha Wynne.

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Lush Floral Designs created the bright and bold floral arrangements for the day.

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Anna and Darren met before the ceremony for photographs, Anna telling, “Darren and I decided to have a reveal/first look, so we could spend as much time as possible with each other alone to enjoy the day. Our photographer Nic Duncan took us to Greens Pool in William Bay National Park – one of the most beautiful beaches in Australia. I went for a paddle in the ocean and got my dress soaked! Probably not a wise decision considering we still had the ceremony ahead of us but it was so much fun!”

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Of their photographer, Anna remarks, “I booked our photographer, Nic Duncan, before I booked anything else for my wedding. I’d made wedding invites for another couple a year earlier and the bride sent me Nic’s photos and I knew then and there if I ever got married I would want Nic Duncan as my photographer. She tells a story through her photographs, captures emotions and the natural flow of the day. Her style and personality helped Darren a lot as he is very shy in front of the camera.”

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After photographs, the couple headed to their ceremony in the middle of the stunning forest next to William Bay Cottages. Anna remembers, “Our ceremony was at William Bay Cottages where all my German family and friends stayed. It’s about 20 minutes from the beautiful town of Denmark on the south coast of Western Australia, between farmland and the ocean. We had our ceremony under the peppermint trees next to the cottages.”

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“We love Denmark and all nature around it and as I am from the country in Germany I wanted to capture that low-key country vibe. We had hay bales for our guests to sit on and my sister and Darren’s dad made a wooden backdrop for the ceremony saying “Love you to the moon and back”.”

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The bride surprised her father to be with  unique form of wedding transport. Anna remarking, “My “wedding car” was a vintage tractor with a trailer. I surprised my dad with the tractor ride as he collects and restores tractors as a hobby. He was blown away – that was one of my favourite moments of the wedding.”

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Anna chose, for her processional ” ‘All of you’ by John Legend and ‘Feel so close’ by Calvin Harris, Darren had to organise the songs with the boys, they pressed “play” too early and I walked in half to one and half to the other song, which was great because I couldn’t make up my mind anyway, I wanted a party song but then John Legends song came out and I loved that too.”

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The couple’s dog made a wonderful ring bearer, says Anna. “Our Border Collie Ralf was the ring bearer – he did a pretty good job not running into the forest and not jumping up on my dress.”

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With Anna’s German background, they added plenty of German traditions to their day, Anna noting, “A German tradition is to cut a heart out of a bed sheet with nail scissors at the end of the ceremony, it resembles the hard work marriage can be but if you work together everything will be easier, also after the heart is cut out the groom has to carry the bride through the heart shaped hole in the sheet.”

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Pepper & Salt Restaurant @ Forest Hill Winery hosted the reception, Anna explaining, “Our reception was at Forest Hill Winery in Denmark WA. Half way through organising our wedding, the restaurant at the winery closed and sent me in a big spin trying to work out what to do. Luckily one of the best restaurants in the region “Pepper & Salt” were looking for a bigger space and opened at Forest Hill a few months later. It felt like hitting the jackpot. They looked after us very well and I can’t thank them enough.”

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There were plenty of DIY touches from the bride, who remarks, “I love decoration and crafting, so this was the PERFECT opportunity for me to go crazy on making things. I did a short course in Letterpress Printing at Tafe and hand printed parts of my invites. I’m a graphic designer so I also designed the rest of my invites, maps, menus, place cards. I made colourful paper bunting for the wedding and also some clay earrings with help from my friend Lucy who owns Clay and Clasp as favours for the girls.”

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Jo Taylor from Eclectic Events was enlisted to help style the wedding, Anna telling, “Our wedding was over 400k away, although the budget was already stretched I booked Jo Taylor and she was the best thing that happened to me. Worth every penny. I could only afford to book her to help me style the wedding, but there is nothing better then local and industry knowledge. You will save time and money.”

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Of their first dance, Anna remembers, “We originally didn’t want to do a first dance, just having a big party without too many formalities, but on the day Darren surprised me and pulled me onto the dance floor to Lana Del Rey’s ‘Young and Beautiful’.”

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Albany Cake Designs  delivered a delicious two tier cake. “Our wedding cake was made to look like a log of wood, we bought an axe at a local hardware store and cut the cake with that. That was so much fun. We also had a massive German lolly and chocolate buffet.”

Congratulations Anna and Darren! Thank you for sharing your day with us! Thank you also to Nic Duncan for sharing today’s wedding with us!

Photographer: Nic Duncan / Styling/Hire: Jo Taylor from Eclectic Events / Bride’s Dress: Wendy Makin - Danielle / Bride’s Shoes: Zomp / Bride’s Jewelry: Borrowed / Groom’s Attire: Britton's Formal Wear / Groomsmen Attire: Britton's Formal Wear / Bridesmaid Dresses: Light In The Box / Bride’s Jewelry: Pigeonhole / Hairstylist: Vanessa Watson - Halo Head Studio / Makeup Artist: Brooke Macarlino / Flowers & Decor: Lindy from Lush Floral Designs / Invitations & Stationery: Bride's Design / Ceremony Venue: William Bay Cottages / Ceremony Officiant: Kate Thomas / Reception Venue: Pepper & Salt Restaurant @ Forest Hill Winery / Reception Music: Ben Chambers / Favors: Bride with Lucy from Clay and Clasp / Catering: Silas Masih of Pepper & Salt / Cake Baker: Albany Cake Designs / Wedding Rings: Rohan Jewellery / Transport: Denmark Wine Lovers Tours / Bridal Salon: Samantha Wynne

Twenty Questions: What To Ask Your Dress Designer

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Following on in our Twenty Questions series (check out Twenty Questions: What To Ask Your Wedding Reception Venue here), today we’re talking all things wedding dresses! From couture to off the rack, these questions are ones I’ve come up with, that can arm you with the right knowledge when buying your wedding gown.

While we’re on the subject, here’s a basic run down of dress design terms. A lot of bridal boutiques use different terms for different things, so make sure you check!

Couture: A completely custom, one off creation made for you and with your own specific design elements.

Made To Measure: Generally this refers to a standard design which is made to your measurements. Some designers allow certain alterations like straps to be added, or colour changes. Sometimes, designers use this interchangeably with “couture”, so it’s worth checking what definition they mean!

Off The Rack/ Ready To Wear: In this situation you  are able to purchase the gown and leave the store the same day. The dress will need to be altered if it doesn’t fit you perfectly.

Before you go:

1. Do you need to make an appointment?

Some bridal boutiques or designers allow you to walk in off the street, but most require appointments, especially on weekends!

2. How many people can you bring with you?

While it may seem like an awesome idea to bring every single one of your bridesmaids, not only can it be overwhelming and confusing for you but you may not fit into the store! Some stores or designers have a limit of the number people you can bring with you.

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3. How long is the appointment?

Half an hour? An hour? Know how long you need to fit into your schedule!

4. What happens at the appointment?

Are there fees to be paid? Does the designer sit down and sketch with you or do you immediately try on gowns? Do you need to bring photos of gowns you love?

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At the appointment:

5. What is the process of choosing a gown?

In the realms of couture is the design sketched, is there a calico fitting? If ordering made to measure, do they alter it once it has arrived?

6. How long does the dress take once ordered or purchased?

Whether you have ordered off the rack or couture, there will be at least a few weeks to a few months wait involved. For some off the rack gowns this can be six months so make sure you have enough time for the gown you’ve chosen!

7. What kind of charges and fees can you expect?

Beyond the base cost of the gown, are there extras you have to budget in? Is there a fee for alterations?  Final fittings? Changes? What about the bustle if you have a train?

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8. Do they offer in house alterations?

Are changes and alterations done in store or do they recommend you go to someone offsite?

9. What kind of alterations can be made to the dress? What can you customise in the design?

With made to measure, some designers allow minor changes to be made to the gown such as tweaks to the neckline, straps, and even colour.

10. How many fittings will you need?

With couture, you might have five or more fittings including one in a toile (a fabric like calico made up exactly as your real dress would be). If it’s made to measure, there may only be one or two fittings involved.

11. What do you need to bring to your fittings?

Do you need to have your shoes by the first fitting? Your underwear and accessories?

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12. What if your weight changes?

Whether we like it or not, body weight can change vastly in the time between your measurements being taken and the final pickup. Make sure you find out if there is a cost for altering the dress if your weight changes too much after the final product is produced.

13. How far in advance do you need to book fittings?

Do you have to book them all at your first appointment?

14. How do payments work?

Are you able to pay for your gown in instalments? What kind of deposit is needed? When is the final payment due?

15. What is the cancellation policy?

If something happens, or you find a dress you love more elsewhere, what happens if you cancel the order?

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16. Are you able to receive a fabric sample?

Fabric samples are so handy to have – especially if you’re wanting to match items like shoes! Most stores allow you to have or purchase a small fabric sample to take away with you.

17. Do they design or sell accessories such as veils and jewellery?

It can be really handy to try everything on together and choose veils or other accessories, or have them designed at the same time as your dress. Some designers will even work with you to create veils or hairpieces to complete the look.

18. Will the gown be steamed/ pressed when  you come to pick it up?

Is pressing the gown something you need to do yourself or will it be done for you? If the gown crushes on transport, what does the designer or store recommend for getting the creases out? (Most gowns won’t handle a traditional iron!)

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19. How should the dress be stored after pick up?

Do they recommend hanging your gown in a bed sheet (great for breathing out of plastic!) or does it need to be laid flat? Perhaps they will even store it for you up until the big day?

20. Do they recommend a specific dry cleaner for after the wedding?

Make sure you check if your designer or store has a dry-cleaner they recommend. Wedding dress dry cleaning requires careful care and attention to ensure the beading and delicate fabrics and adornments don’t get ruined. If your dress designer recommends one, you’re sure to be in good hands.

Marysia and Brenton’s Australian Barn Wedding

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Marysia and Brenton

It started with a broken toilet seat, it ended with a festive barn celebration, guests sheltering from the rain – and continued the Polish traditions, plenty of food and you bet there was dancing. This Australian barn wedding is just what I love about Australian weddings – personalities, cultures and life coming together to becoming one big melting pot of wedding glory all captured by Pixie Rouge Photography.

Their story is rather epic and goes a little like this. “It was a weird and wonderful night that Marysia broke Brenton’s toilet seat. Who would of ever thought such a random act would turn in to such a beautiful love story. This story continued at a very respectable day at Dunkeld Cup where Brenton, in all his splendor and courage, asked Marysia a very simple question “are we going out or what?”.

Now I know what all you girls and guys are thinking…. What a romantic, charismatic and smooth way to ask his future fiancee for her hand! Needless to say Marysia could not say no to Brenton and that is what started a love story that will rival no other. It was only 12 months later when an innocent shopping trip for jeans at Chadstone would change their lives forever.

This was the day that a black, energetic and super excitable labradoodle named Rubi was welcomed to the family. Who would of thought that Rubi would take on so much of Marysia’s personality in such short time; cute, fun and so very very needy. After countless trips back and forth from Melbourne to Geelong and a few cheeky mid week dates in Williamstown, it was time to live in sin and so Marysia, Brenton and Rubi moved in together. This would be a great test to them, as the little quirks and idiosyncrasies would make themselves known. Marysia struggled with Brenton’s need to clean up the dishes as she was still eating and Brenton would cringe with Marysia’s want to leave them until the morning. Brenton would also would struggle with all the new rules on how to sort the washing, this is something they still struggle with today.

It continued with many adventures including a six week trip through Europe where Brenton met all of Marysia’s relatives and put on some “love kilograms” (some being 10). Now lads and lasses, I know you’re thinking how can he put on so much love? Well it’s easy when you have the most exquisite woman in the world. It definitely had nothing to do with over indulging in food and wine.

This epic tale struck a momentous occasion when Brenton decided to make the best decision of his life, got down on one knee with much glee (that’s right – got to have a token poem in here somewhere) to ask Marysia to share the rest of their lives together..”

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The day started with heartfelt gifts for one another, Marysia remembering, “Brenton and I early on decided that we will not do gifts for one another before the wedding but rather make it more personal and sentimental. Around Valentines Day I was flicking through the paper and came across “Romance Outsourced” – a duo that write and record personalised songs. I was intrigued, did some research and once I enquired, the service I received from them was just invaluable. After filling out a questionnaire about Brenton, a few days later I received a song and it was absolutely perfect! It was cheeky, funny and romantic – which sums Brenton up in a nutshell. On the morning of the wedding, I had my bridesmaid deliver the song to him and although I wasn’t there to see the reaction, the photos speak for themselves.

On the morning of the wedding, I received a letter and DVD from Brenton. The effort he had gone to literally blew my breath away. Brenton had organised for all my family in Poland and Germany to send messages – some of whom I haven’t seen in years! It was such an amazing gift to receive and it was the perfect way to start what was the best day of my life.”

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Marysia designed her wedding dress with her mother who made it, sewing every stitch. She recalls, “It was such an honour that my mother, with help along the way, made my wedding dress. I will never forget standing on her dining room table for 3 hours straight in my heels, slowly turning in a circle as mum delicately cut the silk and tulle.

It was better than I ever imagined it could be and spending all those hours with mum designing the dress, choosing the materials and ultimately making it was such a special experience. Most of all, what I loved was how our friends and family came together to help us – it was such a combined effort and this just made planning so much more enjoyable!”

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“Of course my father cannot go unmentioned. I always knew seeing my dad in my wedding dress would be emotional, but I had no idea what came over me. As soon as I knew he was coming in, the tears started and I couldn’t wait to see him! It is so easy to get wrapped up in the wedding plans, that you forget how emotional this time can be for your parents. Even thinking about it now gives me goosebumps – it is such a beautiful moment that I know I will cherish forever.”

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Marysia and Brenton married in the cosy Holy Family Catholic Church Barwon Heads .

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“Looking back on our day, there were so many things that made our day special! We had family and friends travel from interstate and my aunty and uncle (who is my godfather) came from Poland for the wedding which was simply the best! We were fortunate enough to have my uncle be a witness for our wedding certificate as well as my sister in law, which made the wedding ceremony that much more special.”

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For the processional, Marysia chose something traditional played by The Baker Boys . She says, “The song we chose was Pachelbel’s Canon in D, the Baker Boys version. Ever since I was a little girl, I remember watching the Little Mermaid and thinking to myself “that is the song I want to walk down the aisle to”.“

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Marysia and Brenton chose a ceremony format that reflected their relationship, telling, “Our ceremony was very “us”. It was emotional however at the same time relaxed, funny and engaging – our priest was light hearted and joked continuously which was so refreshing, not to mention calmed our nerves too!”

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Marysia and Brenton describe the wedding as, “ DIY eclectic but simple, our wedding was an intimate reflection encompassing everything that we are and everything that we will become; filled with family, friends, lots of laughter and a rocking dance floor “.

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The Barn Wallington provided the beautiful backdrop for an evening of fun. Marysia remembering, “The Barn Wallington had it all really. Such an inviting space with so much room to move. We were really wanting to have a vintage boho vibe to our day.”

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Of their photographer, the newlyweds tell, “The first thing that draws you to Anna is her down to earth nature. We first met Anna when she photographed our engagement in February of last year and we fell in love with her instantly. We felt so comfortable with her and didn’t even have to think twice whether or not we wanted her to photograph our wedding – it was a must, we had to have her! Anna is not just a photographer, she is an artist and her eye for detail as well as finding those quirky one off shots is amazing. Sean, Anna’s partner in crime and also fiancé, took beautiful candid shots which only added to the amazing experience we had with “Pixie Rouge”.

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The wedding decor was a long process, says Marysia. “From the very beginning, Brenton and I wanted a very hands on DIY wedding. The Barn, Wallington is a breathtaking venue as well as an empty canvas which is hard to come by these days. Our wedding was so special because of all the effort we put towards making it come together, which ultimately paid off, was so gratifying and made it that much more special. For a year I collected mismatched vintage plates and our family collected copious amounts of jars for us. I was very fortunate to have an amazing bridal party and we spent a whole day decorating jars with lace, burlap and twine.”

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Adrian Millman – Nomadic Chef 03 5221 4136  catered the dinner while Beer Gypsies sorted the alcohol and Coastal Weddings coordinated it all. Marysia explaining “We organised everything including wine glasses, cutlery, napkins, the bar (Beer Gypsies were incredible!), hand made the food menus and wedding booklets, designed the invitations, set up the venue (with help from Coastal Weddings) and last but definitely not least – I designed Brenton’s surprise wedding band and of course my wedding dress!”

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Polish weddings mean bread and salt and plenty of vodka! Both of which the couple happily partook in.

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The first dance, while impromptu was a hit! Marysia telling “Our first dance was actually quite impromptu and a coincidence. Throughout our relationship, “I’m Yours” by Jason Mraz has always been “our” song and we danced to it at our engagement party with the idea of doing an upbeat song for the wedding dance. After the band introduced us, they played an acoustic set and started playing this very song. So of course, Brenton grabbed me for a dance and it became our unofficial first dance! For our official dance, we chose “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” by Queen. We really wanted something bubbly and dancing with Brenton is always full of surprises – air guitar, jumping, dipping and almost falling – I reiterate almost!” The Baker Boys  kept  guests dancing all night long.

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australian barn wedding043 Marysia and Brentons Australian Barn Wedding

 

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Don’t think the celebrations stopped there, they continued into the following days, Marysia explaining, “An old Polish tradition is to have an after party the next day – otherwise known as “Poprawiny”. The custom of Poprawiny originated from the days when the bride’s parents purchased all the food for the caterer and so “owned” it, eaten and uneaten. Poprawiny was a means of making sure leftover wedding food wouldn’t go to waste.

Our chef, Adrian Millman of Nomadic Chef, is honestly one in a million! He was incredible and designed a beautiful rustic menu where all our food was on shared platters and guests could choose what they wanted. Adrian put all the left-over food aside for us and so the morning after the wedding, we collected all the food, left over wine, beer and vodka and another celebration began! It was almost bigger than the wedding itself; everyone literally let their hair down and danced the day away with the surprise addition of one of our friends playing classic Polish gypsy music on his accordion.”

australian barn wedding048 Marysia and Brentons Australian Barn Wedding

Marysia and Brendan, congratulations on your marriage! Thank you so much for sharing your wedding story with us! Thank you also to Pixie Rouge Photography for sharing today’s images!

Photographer: Anna - Pixie Rouge Photography / Wedding Planner/Coordinator: Coastal Weddings / Bride’s Dress: Marysia's mum / Hairstylist: Salon Jenaire On the Waterfront / Makeup Artist: Blush Make Up Artistry / Flowers & Decor: Moss Industry Florist / Invitations & Stationery: Etsy / Ceremony Venue: Holy Family Catholic Church Barwon Heads / Reception Venue: The Barn Wallington / Band: The Baker Boys / Catering: Adrian Millman – Nomadic Chef 03 5221 4136 | / Transport: Klassy Kombi / Catering (Bar): Beer Gypsies
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