Good Morning and Happy Wednesday you all! We felt you might need something especially lovely and laid back midweek treat, filled with inspiration – particularly for those of you planning an intimate, and relaxed wedding.
Meet Stationery & Graphic designer Rachel and Anthony, who married on a beautiful October day in Newstead at the Butterland, an old butter factory. It’s was not a huge venue but neatly maintained garden with fruit trees and vegetable patches and it was ideal for what they wanted for an intimate and relaxed country wedding. They had one bridesmaid and one groomsmen, They let them pick their own outfits for the day.
When it came to finding Rachel’s dress, “I fell in love with the Alice Temperley wedding dress when I saw it at Net-a-Porter. It was exactly what I was looking for, pretty without being constricted and over the top. I kept my accessories minimal as to keep the focus on the laser cut flowers that were hand-stitched on the dress.”
There are so many reasons We love this wedding and most of all We love how the bride and the groom’s family got involved in the wedding. The wedding invite was designed by Rachel, the bride. The wedding cake was a three-tiered Malaysian pandan (screwpine leaf extract) coconut chiffon cake baked by the groom’s mom, decorated with pansies and violas. Okay, seriously — how cool are these two? Let’s proceed to the party. Big thank you to a very talented Jonathan Ong for those beautiful images.
The majority of our relationship has been long distance, but there have been certain friends who have been part of it since the beginning. One such friend was a pastor in Singapore. We were incredibly grateful that he and his wife could make it to the wedding and his personalised message on the day was perfect for us.
When we met with Katie she asked us to give her some visual inspiration. Together with photos of my wedding dress, Katie created us a concept which we loved. As designers ourselves, we know that it is important to trust your designer. We really trusted Katie to come up with something amazing and she didn’t disappoint. We had tall blossom branches along trestle tables with smaller arrangements of tulips, sweet peas, rhododendron, flowering gum, ranunculi, jasmine trails and other seasonal flowers in plum, green, white and soft pink. The flower bouquets consisted of peonies, garden roses, deep plum lilacs, sweet pea and jasmine vine. Not wanting to waste the flowers, we mentioned that people could take what they wanted home. Katie was so sweet as to setup a ‘flower shop pop-up’ in the foyer so people could get their flowers wrapped for the journey home. A truly amazing florist.
Being a country venue, we looked for a local caterer. Katie pointed us to Spade to Blade, a caterer based in Daylesford that consciously sources local seasonal produce. Rather than a formal meal, we opted for sharing platters. Due to the long distance people would have to travel for a midday ceremony in the country, we asked if Gary could organise coffee and donuts. Not only did they manage to accommodate our request but they also brought their own donut maker to make fresh blackberry jam and chocolate-filled donuts! Their staff were friendly and ensured we ate during the reception. The wedding cake was a three-tiered Malaysian pandan (screwpine leaf extract) coconut chiffon cake baked by the groom’s mom, decorated with pansies and violas from Katie.
We only asked one photographer to shoot for us: Jonathan Ong. As a photographer, we love the perspective he finds in moments when he is shooting. As a friend, we knew it would be relaxed and free to just enjoy the day, knowing he would capture it all. We complimented this with disposable film cameras for guests to shoot from their own perspective at the reception. There were so many surprises and happy memories to be found when we got the photos developed.
Photography : Jonathan Ong | Bride’s dress: Temperley Bridal | Bridesmaids dresses: Zara | Groom’s suit: Jack London | Ceremony/reception venue: Butterland | Celebrant: Friend of the couple | Flowers: Flowers| Catering: Spade to Blade | Cake: Groom’s mother| Stationery/invitations: Designed by bride, Rachel Chew, printed by The Hungry Workshop