Saturday 29th August 2015
Amanda and Cale's Wedding used two backyards to create an intimate, personalised and fuss free celebration. But no DIY Wedding comes without it's challenges, number one on the list being the weather.
The skies were dark with rain falling all morning as Amanda was getting ready at the house she grew up in. At her Aunt and Uncle's house Cale and his Groomsmen Dave and Tristan were busy setting up trying to navigate the sodden ground. Overturned carpet with a scattering of Autumn leaves was creatively used as the aisle with the deciduous trees providing the perfect moody setting. Despite the challenges there was never a feeling of chaos, more a determination and calm that whatever happens...she'll be right.
Umbrellas at the ready the Ceremony went ahead when a break was spotted on the radar. Amandas' Sisters and best friend made her Bridal Party with nieces and nephews all involved too. Looking stunning in her Leah S Design gown, Amanda was all smiles walking down to marry her man. With the 'knot' tied the rain soon started to sprinkle signalling the move to the next backyard.
Now I have to pay an incredible high five to Amanda and Cale (and Bridal Party) for venturing out in the freezing cold and rain for their photos at RJ Hamer Aboretum. By the time we drove up the mountain another front had hit and it was dark like night with not a soul in sight. Rather than go elsewhere Amanda and Cale decided to brave the conditions and make the Dry Cleaner earn their monies worth of cleaning!
With a few rain drops dripping down the face it was back to the warmth of the limousine and celebrations back at their home which they had prepared to host the Reception. Guests were treated to a Spud Bar and make your own Pizza set up followed by a desirable looking Ice Cream Bar for dessert. Treats also came in the form of take home gifts for guests including the spud bowls, ice cream sundae cups and timber boards. Clever.
The Reception gave Amanda and Cale the opportunity to christen all the work they had put into their backyard with those closest. The piece de resistance was the meticulously designed deck by Cale, his Engineering skills definitely on show.
Thank you Cale and Amanda for having me be a part of your beautiful day.x
Amanda dress and accessories by Leah S Designs, Shoes by Alan Pikus, Bridesmaids dressed by Review. Hair by Mobile Hair and Beauty by Rachel. Makeup by Belle of the Ball. Flowers by Paula Overydyk. Rings by Diamond Creations Balwyn. Cale suit by Ferrair Formal Wear. Celebrant Lisa Beck. Music by Liz Violi, Dave Evans & Tori Pearce. Catering by helpers Laura, Kate, Mary , Robyn, Lynette and the Bride herself. Cake by Robyn Pearce. Prop hire - Harry the Hirer.