(This “Real Wedding” was submitted by Blumenthal Photography, located in Sydney, Australia. As we are fans of Vintage/Rustic themed weddings which are quite popular now, we just had to share. Hope you enjoy it, and find inspiration for your wedding).
Lauren and Chris met at a NYE party back in 2000.
They were celebrating out in the city with a group of mutual friends. As the night progressed, they got to talking and dancing together as if they’d known each other for years.
When it hit 11:55pm Chris grabbed Lauren’s hand and took her out on the balcony to watch the fireworks. They shared their first kiss under the fireworks when the clock hit midnight. Lauren says, “it was extraordinarily cliché but you know what they say; ‘the way you spend your NYE is the way you’ll spend the rest of your year’ and hopefully the rest of my life!”
The wedding and reception venue
For Chris and Lauren’s one year anniversary, they went away for a weekend in Daylesford. She had never been to the town before and instantly fell in love with how relaxing and quaint it was. Lauren says the time they spent in Daylesford is some of the fondest memories that she has with Chris, which made choosing their wedding location a breeze.
After visiting a few different potential venues when they started planning their wedding, they arrived at Sault. Lauren says, “I knew that it was perfect!” They both wanted an outdoor rustic themed wedding, and Sault provided a flawless backdrop from Lavender and greenery.
The wedding theme
Chris and Lauren are both very laid back people who love spending time outdoors! A vintage/rustic theme would best reflect their personality as a couple.
Lauren says they wanted a wedding that “we wouldn’t look back at photos of in 50 years and cringe at our decoration choices; therefore neutral, natural and vintage elements were all used to hopefully produce a timeless wedding.”
The wedding dress
Much like their wedding theme, Lauren wanted something elegant and timeless!
“I have never been the biggest fan of giant princess dresses… They’re just not me.” So from day one she was always trying on fitted or lightly flowing gowns, and says Suzanna Hardwood has always been an inspiration for her. “When I tried it on for the first time my mum bawled her eyes out, I guess that was the reaction I was aiming for (happy tears of course).”
“Our reception was full of laughter and tears, but it was absolutely perfect! The décor blew me away!”
“By the time our reception started the sun began to set yet the weather was still nice and warm. Our guests were constantly commenting on how stunning everything looked, how delicious all of the food was, and how happy we both looked.”
The highlight of their day
Lauren says that apart from the obvious (marrying Chris), she thinks the fun that everyone had dancing and singing together after the speeches at our reception really topped off the night!
“This was probably the first time that we had all of the people who really mean the most to us, in the one venue, and everyone was just so happy. I really didn’t want the night to end even though I was absolutely exhausted! Thinking about our entire day still brings a smile to my face every time!”
Event Styling & Planning: A Lavish Affair
Wedding Gown: Suzanne Harwood
Bridesmaids’ Dresses: White Runway
Groom’s Attire: Vera Wang
Groomsmen Attire: Raffaele Ciuca
Flowers: Victoria Whitelaw
Cake: Cake Face
Invitations & Stationary: Adorn Wedding Invitations
Photographer: Blumenthal Photography
Thank you Silvia/Blumenthal Photography for sharing this lovely wedding with us!
Hearts, Joy, Love!