For this super-chilled couple marriage means, “Sharing everything! Your bed, every meal, your life… even thoughts! It can get weird.” Despite the impending weirdness, Claire and Aidan decided to tie the knot in the backyard of Claire’s family home. Naturally, this resulted in a great deal of input from the fam including the outrageous suggestion that guests rock up with their own chairs. Utilising their respective skills as designer and carpenter, the duo pulled off a heap of DIY, crafting their dream day in just four months. Travelling wedding photographer Vladan Gajic was in attendance snapping away. Peep his stunning, authentic captures with a simple scroll…

FAVOURITE DETAILS “Our centrepiece neon-sign with dried palms and florals that read ‘Do everything in love’. That was essentially the theme of our wedding and what we want to take from it going forwards. We had photos here, shared our first dance in front of it, and later it turned into our disco centrepiece.”

FAVOURITE MOMENTS “Something we keep laughing about is our Dads’ speeches. Claire’s dad is a man of many words but couldn’t keep himself together and choked up, and my dad barely says a word usually but as soon as he got up there he couldn’t shut up!”

DIY “Our biggest achievement was restoring Claire’s parent’s old run-down shed into a bar. I said that it would be a weekend job but it ended up taking a couple! Other things were the invitations, signage, timber discs I’d made from some huon pine, name cards and huon pine timber holders. We also used my vintage surfboard as a guest book that everyone signed.”

LITTLE LOL “Claire’s dad nearly set himself on fire as we were leaving! We had bought a whole heap of sparklers for a send-off, and for some reason, he thought it’d be a great idea to light them in a bunch all at once. Before we took a step there was a big flare-up and they all ended up on the ground.”

WE’RE GLAD WE “Last minute I decided I wanted a centrepiece for the altar made out of dried flowers. We were just going to gather some of our favourite house plants, but a couple of weeks out we got Event Avenue to design something up and it ended up being one of our favourite decorations in the entire wedding! Plus, it made the perfect backdrop for the family photos. I think it’s all about choosing to spend your cash in important places, not things that will just go unnoticed.”

WE WISH WE “looked more into getting a quality audio system. You test it at rehearsal with 10 people but in reality, there are 100 there interfering with the signal! Plus make sure you have plenty of beers.”

This ripper of a day was originally published in Issue 27 of Hello May mag. You can secure yourself a copy by heading to our online store here. If you get in quick you can also nab a free gift whilst you are there. Pretty sold on a backyard wedding? Head on over here for some more DIY strewn, backyard wedding goodness. But first, be sure to scroll all the way down for one pretty epic wedding feast…

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