Isn’t there an incredible sense of celebration with the bright bold colours of this Mexican fiesta wedding inspiration shoot? A talented team headed to Cactus Country cactus farm to create a shoot packed full of wedding ideas, Photographer Neiyo noting, “The inspiration behind this shoot is our love for the unconventional wedding with a Mexican fiesta twist.”
Neiyo notes, “There were lots of reds, fuchsias, orange and yellow with succulents and cacti popping in between which set a bright and still romantic tone to the shoot.”
“An abundance of colourful floral garlands mixed with ribbon was created as a bright ceremony backdrop which carried through to a table setting nestled within a cove of cacti!”
“The beautiful location was set just outside Shepparton at Cactus Country which was the perfect backdrop for any wedding. With a vast range of beautiful cacti small and large it was a beautiful contrast to the femininity of the gowns provided by Karen Willis Holmes.”
Santiago Sunbird created a watercolour stationery suite that tied in with the beautiful colours of the flowers and decor.
Rutherglen Florist set up beautiful, bright floral arrangements, Neiyo remarking “Casually set up on a crate table were colourful blooms of Dahlias, Chrysanthemums, and craspedias, skull vases and gorgeous mini plants from the cactus farm.”
“When the sun set that day the golden light set an amazing warmth to the photos that we couldn’t get enough of.”
Photographer Neiyo notes, “My style of shooting is very much slightly overexposed and natural light. I like the soft brightness romantic feel when it comes to creating images. We waited until the sun set for the golden light to create that amazing warmth to the photos and that beautiful backlight to Sarah’s hair that we couldn’t get enough of.”
I kind of love everything about today’s relaxed Mornington Peninsula wedding, but not least the big surprise Kristy’s family managed to pull off post wedding ceremony! There is a celebratory spirit in the air, a warmth and a sense of deep love. They chose Jason Vandermeer to capture their day in all its sunshine filled glory.
On how they met, Kristy tells, “Scott and I met 10 years ago out the front of a fish and chip shop at about 2am. The first thing I did when I met him was steal his chips and then walked off with my girlfriends to head home. But we always would cross paths from that day forward.”
Kristy chose Jane Hill to design her wedding gown. “I wore a Jane Hill ‘Lotti’ dress on the day and felt like a princess. I was so happy with the colour as it just suited our theme so well.”
Kristy and Scott met before the ceremony for photographs.
Of their wedding photographer, Kristy remarks, “Jason was unreal, he just has such a stealth groove to him! The shots he got throughout the day are so beautiful and relaxed and his eye to detail is exceptional. I was so glad to have found him. You rock Jason!”
Kristy and Scott chose The Briars, Mount Martha for their wedding ceremony. They hired stylist Champagne & Glitter for the day, Kristy noting, “Our ceremony was all designed by myself and the amazing Anthea from Champagne and Glitter. Anthea heard my idea and just ran with it. Anthea just got it from the word go and was amazing and flexible. I was so glad she put all the ideas together with her eye for detail.”
Kristy tells, “The most important thing about this wedding was that everyone enjoyed themselves. We had pulled together a great team at the ceremony to make sure everyone had a drink in their hand and a bite to eat.”
“The girls arrived on the back of a horse and cart to Leonardo’s Bride “Even When I’m Sleeping” playing. We all just laughed the whole way down the track.”
Kristy walked down the aisle with her parents to Leonardo’s Bride “Even When I’m Sleeping”.
“My amazing friend Donald created our arch as a gift which was so thoughtful.”
Simone Cresp officiated the ceremony, Kristy remembering, “Throughout the ceremony there were tears and laughter especially when I started reading Scott’s vows instead of mine. Our celebrant Simone was calming and so sweet, so it made it really pleasurable. I had my aunty and my great friend join us for readings. I asked them to pick whatever they wanted to read or create as I felt that is more meaningful than the bride taking control.”
That surprise I mentioned earlier? Let’s have Kristy talk us through it. “After we were married our photographer asked us to stand on top of a small hill so we could help pull everyone together for a group shot. No one would listen so Scott and I yelled out “come on guys help us out!” Next thing you know “What Is Love” By Haddaway comes over the loud speakers and everyone starts dancing in time to the song…. my family had organised a flash mob!!! We could not stop laughing it was such a classic.”
Kristy tells, “We had a very relaxed rustic wedding. We wanted everyone to feel comfortable but ready to party.”
Kristy and Scott chose the winery estate Trofeo Estate Dromana for their wedding reception, noting, “The raw earthy barn feeling to Trofeo Estate worked so well with our design. But mostly having such an awesome chick like Lori running the show it was the icing on the cake.”
“Visually, I loved my cake! It was such a master piece!”
Of their first dance, Kristy remembers, “Our first dance was relaxed and not a lot of practice went into it. We picked “You are the best thing” by Ray Lamontagne. The night was so beautiful and warm, so the band was set up on the deck around the venue so we just started dancing and laughing and enjoyed the moment on sunset.”
The gorgeous gold sequin cardigan Jemima wore last week (in Jemima and Daniel’s Dreamy Flower Filled Wedding) was such a hit at Polka Dot Bride, that I decided there was only one thing to do – find more of them for you to feast your eyes on! Luckily Jemima let us know where she found her glitzy gold number, but I found a few more you might like as a reception cover up (because if you can’t wear a sequin clad cardigan on your wedding day, when can you?).
Ali and Lachlan wanted a personal feeling for their Somerset Dam wedding. They chose a friend’s private property to say their vows before they celebrated in the nearby Coronation Hall – making sure it had enough space for them to dance the night away! They chose Samantha Shannon Photography to photograph their wedding.
As for how they met, the story is an age old classic. “Lachlan literally came knocking on Ali’s door, making her the girl next door. The newly weds met through living as next door as neighbours. ” The proposal was not at all girl next door though! Photographer Samantha recounts, “Lachlan had been living and working on Macquarie Island as part of the long-term conservation efforts there (for those whose geography is a little rusty, it’s halfway between New Zealand and Antarctica). It’s a World Heritage site that is renowned for its flora and fauna, including Southern Elephant Seals and King Penguins. It’s also very isolated and Ali and Lachlan were separated for months at a time. So late last year, when Ali came to the island for a visit, Lachlan decided it was time to pop the question. So where did he choose to propose? On a beach full of thousands of penguins! Isn’t that brilliant?!”
Ali notes, “We didn’t have a wedding party. We decided that we wanted to focus the day on celebrating us and not worry about other friends. We had so many close friends we wanted to still be involved so we gave them special roles for the day. It was really special to just have the two of us standing in front of all of our family and friends.”
There was much work to be done with the bride and groom hand making a lot of the decor items for the day. “We spend a lot of time handcrafting and building a lot of the details for the day. Lachlan spent months building a lot of the furniture and items, it was well and truly worth it! For our ceremony Lachlan built the bench seats for the invitees and the arbour we got married on. We bought an old wheelbarrow which we stripped, painted and stenciled to make it into a drinks cart.”
The bride arrived in an FJ Holden, meeting her groom.
For the processional, Ali tells “We walked down together to Unchained Melody – The Righteous Brothers.”
Ali tells “We had our wedding ceremony at our friends property in Hazeldean (in between Kilcoy and Somerset Village) about an hour and a half outside of Brisbane. We got married looking over the water on a beautiful sunny day.”
Post ceremony, guests celebrated with champagne. “We had a champagne toast on the property and then the guests were bused down to the reception.”
Of their photographer, Ali notes, “We had heard of Samantha after she photographed a friend’s wedding of ours. We had a fantastic time at our wedding capturing the moments and special parts of our day. Samantha did an amazing job! We love all the photos she took, especially the photos from the farm. These are our favourites from the day!”
The couple chose Coronation Hall, Somerset Village for their reception, noting, “The reception was held at Coronation Hall in Somerset Village. It is a big old iron clad hall that used to be a picture theatre. It was big enough to hold 110 guests and have a large dance floor to dance away into the night to the live band (who said it was the best venue they have ever played at!).”
Ali says, “At the reception, we handmade decor details like the candle holders, place cards, and menu cards, MR & MRS signs, menu/bar frames…pretty much everything was created for the day! We had a lot of help from very creative friends who were generous with their time helping with design, materials and putting it all together.”
“We both spoke at out wedding. It was really nice to be able to both speak and express our love on the day. We also had beautiful speeches from our family and friends. Some of the best memories of the day!”
Ali and Lachlan chose Martin Party for their music, noting of their first dance, “We had a friend’s band play at our reception. Our friend Toby in the band sang Coldplay’s Green Eyes. That was the song we danced to, it was really special to have a friend sing to us while we danced. Our family and friends joined us after, and the dance floor went off well into the night.”
Congratulations Ali and Lachlan! Thank you for sharing your day with us! Thank you also to Samantha Shannon Photography for sharing today’s wedding.