Chris & Vanessa | A boho, vintage, rustic blend for this city girl and her country boy

Chris & Vanessa | A Boho, Vintage, Rustic Blend For This City Girl And Her Country Boy

The wedding planner becomes the bride for this boho rustic wedding 

This is a country boy meets city girl love story. Herself an event planner, Vanessa was feeling the pressure of planning the perfect wedding day. This relaxed and romantic wedding was exactly what the couple wanted.

Chris is a country boy and the most genuine man. The type of guy every girl would wish to become her husband. Vanessa is a city girl. An event manager from Melbourne.

“Every day I wake up, walk into the bathroom and there it is. He’s put toothpaste on my toothbrush. A fresh towel hangs over the shower. In the kitchen, a cup of tea waits for me. These are little things, but it’s the little things that make me fall in love with him over and over again.

I had my shoes made in London to include something old, new, borrowed and blue. My dad passed away some years before so the final touch to my shoes was a brooch with a photo of my dad on his wedding day so he could still walk me down the aisle even though he was no longer with us. I walked down the aisle to a live acoustic cover of ‘Can’t Help Falling In Love’ by Elvis Presley. It was my dad’s favourite song. I started my walk down the aisle. I felt so happy to finally see Chris. I stood at the altar and looked around. I was in awe. Everything we had planned for over a year had come together perfectly. The vintage suitcases, the organic greenery, his boys, my girls, the lace was just wow, everything was perfect! We’d ordered over 1000 metres of fairy lights for our reception. The room was so pretty and elegant with vintage lace tablecloths and fairy light curtains draping the room, wood slices as centrepieces with jars of boho flowers and tea light candles.

We made time that night during the reception to have photos taken. We had a moment of being together, just the two of us, with our reception in the background, overlooking everything we had worked so hard to achieve over the past year. These are some of my favourite photos.

The entire weekend was perfect and concluded with breakfast the morning after the wedding, thanking our guests before they headed home. Although my dad was not there to share the most special day of my life with us, that day, I inherited a new family, and a new dad. 

Vanessa, the city girl moved to the country with her country boy….”

What’s your most important piece of advice for creating and maintaining a strong relationship?
Always go on dates with each other, even when you’re married.

Tell us about your wedding gown and how you chose it:
I knew I wanted lace. I fell in love with my dress, it was about the twelfth dress I tried on. I knew it was right unlike all the other dresses I’d tried.

What sort of style did you envision for your wedding day?
Boho, vintage and rustic all in one.

What was your favourite moment from the day?
Chris and I took time that night to get photos of us sitting by ourselves having a moment overlooking the venue and what we had worked so hard to achieve.

Any DIY décor elements?
Pallets, signs, favours, suitcases.

Any tips that you can give to future brides?
Get a videographer because I’m so glad we did. You literally relive that day every time you watch your video. It’s not the same with photos.

The Team

Photographer: T One Image
Makeup: Louise Ballantine
Hair: The Hair Boutique Renfrew
Dress: Fairy Tale Bridal
Menus & Place Cards: BWedding Invitations
Cake: Black Bird Cakes

Flowers: LeVian
Ceremony & Reception Venue: Cammeray Waters
Wedding Invitations: Adorn Invitations

Samantha & Hasan’s Real Wedding

Samantha & Hasan’s Real Wedding

Samantha and Hasan had their hearts set on a timeless vintage styled wedding in Australia

The couple met at their gym and discovered they had crossed paths at high school.  Their wedding day saw them celebrating into the night with their loved ones and 220 guests.

How did you both meet?
Hasan was a personal trainer at a gym I had recently joined. We first met at the initial consultation and realised we had both attended the same high school although we were a few years apart. I left my water bottle at the gym and he used the opportunity to message me. It was the chemistry and fun that brought our relationship together.

How did he propose?
It was at my house in front of our family. 

What’s your most important piece of advice for creating and maintaining a strong relationship?
Trust – without it it’s difficult to lay the foundation for your relationship. And always treat each other as if you’re on your first date. 


Tell us about your wedding gown and how you chose it:
It was the  first dress I tried on when I walked in to Belle et Blanc. I tried on a few more dresses however I kept coming back to the first one. It was exactly what I was looking for – a long train and delicate sleeves.

What style did you envision for your wedding day?
A timeless, vintage look with gold throughout.

What was your favorite moment from the day?
Walking into the venue and finding everyone all dressed and ready to meet us. It was a reminder of what great family and friends we have. 

If you could do it all over again, what would you change?
I’d definitely try to stress less.

Any tips that you can give to future brides?
Small things may go wrong so my advice is to just make the most of every moment. Before you know it, the night is over and you’re saying goodbye to your guests. 

The Team

Wedding Invitations:
Adorn Invitations
Dress: Jasmine 2016 from Belle et Blanc
Makeup: Karla Roccuzo
Hair: Vera
Shoes: Zu
Accessories: Bariano
Bridesmaids Dresses: Custom by Belle et Blanc
Grooms Suit: Hugo Boss

Photographer: Lahza Photography
Menus & Place Cards: BWedding Invitations
Cake: The Sweeter Side

Flowers: Lily Pad
Ceremony Venue: Home

Reception Venue: San Remo Ballroom 


Laura & Johnny’s Real Wedding

Laura & Johnny’s Real Wedding

The couple had a timelessly beautiful wedding at St Monica’s in Melbourne and celebrated into the night at The Sovereign.

How did you and your partner meet?
Through long term friends. Johnny’s friend and my friend whom are married introduced us at a birthday night out. Johnny and I caught up after and hit it off. 

How did he propose?
Our very first date he took me to Meat and Wine Co. in Southbank. 

Leading up to the night he proposed, every time we went out he’d complain about his meal and say next time we are going Meat and Wine Co. When one night he said we were going there I didn’t put much thought into it. It was a Friday night and I met Johnny there. It had rained all day. I had my hair in pigtails as I got drenched and literally looked like a drowned rat. I had no idea. After we ate he asked if I wanted dessert. I said no and he said ‘read the menu, we’ll share’. So, I said okay, thinking, he never shares! As I opened the menu he had written “Will you marry me?” on the inside! I went silent for a while. I know it sounds silly but I’m never lost for words. 

Then on top of the surprise he flew us to Queensland for a long weekend. It was very romantic! He had it all planned perfectly! I had no idea!

How did you choose your wedding gown?
I’ve known Elide from Bonita for a life time and she always said when I get married she’s making my dress. 
I tried on the entire store and didn’t feel right in anything. Then she picked the Valentina Gown and it was perfect!

What was your favourite moment from the day?
I would have to say the first dance. Johnny organised it. He didn’t even tell me what song he chose. He wanted the dry ice and fireworks to complete it. 
I hadn’t cried the whole day but as we began dancing I realised the song was “Beautiful In My Eyes” by Joshua Kadison. I literally teared up. It was so beautiful. He nailed it!

Any DIY décor elements?
We  decided on a rose gold romantic style to decorate the tables. I purchased rose gold tea lights from Luxury Candle Supply. I also lined the bridal table with candles and tea lights. It was absolutely beautiful. Everyone complimented it. I had roses and greenery as the centrepieces with rose gold tea lights on black tablecloths. It was just divine.

If you could do it all over again, what would you change?
Absolutely nothing. The day was perfect. The food was perfect. The DJ was the best! People called me the following week to tell us how beautiful everything was. 


Photographer: Icon Photography Melbourne
Wedding Invitations: B Wedding Invitations
Dress: Bonita Couture 
Makeup: Hellena Make up and Lash and Beauty Co
Hair: Crew 33
Accessories: Wayne Cooper and Bonita Couture
Bridesmaids Dresses: Forever New
Grooms Suit: David Marcs – Moonee Ponds
Menu/ Place Cards: Adorn Invitations
Cake: Eiffel Tower
Flowers: Floral Event
Ceremony Venue:  St Monica’s Moonee Ponds
Reception Venue:  The Sovereign
DJ: Rinaldo Entertainment and Production
Master of Ceremony: Phillip Pantano