From the chic black, white and champagne colour scheme to the burlap lined aisle, Kate and Adam’s intimate wedding in Byron Bay, Australia is the epitome of rustic elegance.
Featuring a beautiful bride with the glossiest, jet black locks you ever did see.
(Totally regretting my recent move to the blonde side!)
Groomsmen in classic black suits and bridesmaids in ombre shades of blush pink with a touch of sparkle.
A lace wedding dress lovingly hand stitched by the bride’s very own grandmother!
And a special song written by the groom for the bride (they’re both musicians). Romantic much?!
Oh and I am totally obsessed with the Chinese take away boxes wrapped in burlap and lace!
Thanks to Corné & Lara Photography for sharing their beautiful photos of Kate and Adam’s big day.
From The Bride…
Our theme was vintage, rustic, homestead style. The colour palate was champagne with some soft pastels sneaking in. We wanted our wedding to be very personal, not big and flashy. We only had 50 guests, and our family all stayed at the homestead for the entire weekend – so it was more like an intimate family gathering. Having our ceremony and reception at the same venue meant it was very relaxing and we saved time by avoiding travel between venues.
The Bridal Attire
My wedding dress was vintage lace with a soft mermaid silhouette, designed and made by my own grandmother. I had a long lace train and so decided not to wear a veil as I wanted the dress’ detailing to really take the spotlight. The bridesmaids all wore different dresses (my 3 sisters and best friend) they each picked a dress from the Winter Glamour line at Forever New. They chose their own shoes and accessories.
Décor & Details
The beauty of the Bangalow Guest House was that we didn’t need to decorate it as it was absolutely stunning already! We held the ceremony outside on the lawn and decorated that area with a hessian/burlap aisle. We made a square frame for the alter and hung white netting from it to create a ‘window’ look. In nearby trees we hung white paper lanterns. Inside the homestead I set up a ‘family tree’ whereby I had gathered weddings photos from our parents and grandparents. As wedding favours we placed pashminas and bubble blowers on each chair (at the ceremony).
We opened the ceremony with ‘The Legend of the Hummingbird’. A beautiful piece we’d fallen in love with years before. It is only a few lines long but talks about the need to remember the little things in life.
Legends say that hummingbirds float free of time, carrying our hopes for love, joy and celebration. Like a hummingbird, we aspire to hover and savor each moment as it passes, embrace all that life has to offer and to celebrate the joy of everyday. The hummingbird’s delicate grace reminds us that life is rich, beauty is everywhere, every personal connection has meaning and that laughter is life’s sweetest creation.
The song that I walked down the aisle to was written by our good friend Josh Greene (who is a professional violinist). He lives in the US and couldn’t make it to the wedding so he wrote a violin piece, professionally recorded it and sent it to us. It was very emotional.
Then, whilst we were signing the wedding certificate, a song was played (through the sound system) that Adam (who is a professional musician) had written for me.
White carnations with magnolia leaves. I know traditionally white carnations are the ‘funeral flower’ but hey, nothing about what we did was traditional and those were simply what I had wanted!
Corne and Lara had photographed my sister’s wedding and I knew they would be amazing.
The reception was cocktail style. We were so against having a sit down meal because we rather wanted people to mingle in a relaxed atmosphere. Our caterers served dinner in ‘Chinese takeaway’ boxes that we’d decorated with hessian/burlap.
Advice For Other Couples
Come up with a theme/style and try to stick to that, it will help you focus your thoughts. Beautiful weddings aren’t expensive weddings. It’s YOUR wedding, not anybody else’s so truly have what you want as you’re the two people on earth who will end up remembering the details more than anyone else for the rest of time.
I made a blog about planning our wedding called The Burlap Bride – if you’d like to visit it to read further about how we made all of our wedding decorations on a budget.
Try and stop us!
Congratulations Kate and Adam, wishing you all the best for married life.
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