Unexpected weather and multiple vendors cancelling on them did not dampen this cool couple’s day. “As stressful as it was at the time, it’s hilarious to us all now because everything worked out so perfectly!” Glass half full eh! They also had seeded paper invites “so that our guests could plant them after the occasion,” and karaoke on the day, complete with roaming microphones. See, we said they were cool. Keen to find out more? Scroll down for all the need to know and a photo document of the day by talented lensman, Dane of The Salty Shutter

THE VENUE “We really wanted to be able to have a big party! We went to a few places before, but nothing quite worked for us. You couldn’t stay, you had to be out by 12pm, you needed to be careful of the volume. After speaking to Pia at Lapito House, we knew it would be perfect for what we wanted. The flexibility and complete support of Pia and Lara was an added bonus! Because of how beautiful Lapito House is, I really wanted to have the landscape do a lot of the work, so we were quite minimal with our decorations and floral arrangements.”

LITTLE LOL “We spent the majority of our wedding planning journey assuming it was going to be boiling hot! The first Saturday of January is always hot, right? With a lot of Matt’s family coming over to Australia – many for the first time – for the wedding, we felt like we needed to cover all bases in case it was a 40 degree day. The week before the wedding, I got a call from my sister asking whether I’d considered a marquee yet. The 40 degrees we were expecting came the day before the wedding and our actual day was forecast for 19 and raining! Thanks to Tipi Lane, they were absolutely amazing and were able to knock something together for what was going to be a completely outside wedding, in only a few days. On the same day, our caterers ended up cancelling as well as our toilet company. Luckily, we were able to mobilise Matt’s work at the time (Andre’s for catering) and Vanity Hire to save the day! As stressful as it, it’s hilarious to us all now because everything worked out so perfectly!”

FAVE DETAIL “Karaoke! We asked all of our guests for their favourite karaoke song when RSVP-ing for the day and made sure Mark (our DJ) had organised a whole bunch as options for karaoke! We had roaming microphones, a big screen for the lyrics and everyone had such a wild time. It was so perfect and so much fun!”

DIY “I dried about 10 trees worth of flowers that I had collected over the year before we got married and made some amazing big arrangements for around the place. We did some of the food ourselves and did all of the graphics etc for invitations and place settings as well.”

THE DRESS “I absolutely LOVED my dress. I had always asked my Mum (who made all of my formal dresses in high school and made her own wedding dress!) whether she would make me mine one day and her answer had always been ‘absolutely not’. But as soon as I got engaged, the story changed. I had no ideas in my mind as to what I wanted and went dress shopping early on with my Mum, sister and bridesmaids to see what I liked. I decided on a style, loved it and then about four months later, sent my Mum a message saying ‘I’ve drastically changed my mind, please don’t hate me’. But she made exactly what I had imagined and more. It was so special to have handmade touches as well. She stitched part of her bridesmaid’s dress fabric (my something blue) into the pocket of my dress (yes! It had pockets!) and I was able to put one of my grandad’s hankies in there too, so he could also walk with me down the aisle. (He passed away 3 months before the wedding).”

WE’RE GLAD WE… “Had our two dogs, Lola and Hazel, there on the day! It was so nice to have them around and they had SO much fun. We are also SO glad that we had the tents (Tent Events SA ) for everyone to stay. It was so nice to wake up and nurse our hangovers all together with a breakfast barbecue the next morning. We ended up having about 60 people stay the night which was amazing!”

If you like what you see, check out more from photographer, Dane of The Salty Shutter on our Directory, here. We especially love his take on Erika & Mat’s Newcastle Wedding. But first…


CONTRIBUTING VENDORS Photographer The Salty Shutter Florist Heather Waddy (Bouquets – Family), Lara Nowland Design (Table & Bar Set Up) Stationery Bride Printer Paper-Go-Round Ceremony & Reception Lapito House Catering Andre’s, Sunfresh (Salad) Home Grain Bakery (Bread) Food Truck Sunnyside Softy (Ice Cream) Hire Items MASE Tipi Tipi Lane Accomodation Tent Events SA Entertainment Katie Moore & Ollie English (Family) DJ Mark Kamleh (Family) Celebrant Jayne Kelly Rings Utopian Creations Transport Adelaide Bus Company Portable Toilets Vanity Hire Bar Staff Mick Hopton via Over Pour THE BRIDE Bridal Gown Lorraine Jones (Bride’s Mum) Jacket bübish Robes Bonds Shoes Tony Bianco & R.M. Williams Accessories Utopian Creations (Earrings) Hair Bec Wyatt Makeup Frankie Makeup & Brows Bridesmaid Dresses ASOS, ROWIE, COS & girl and the sun Bridesmaid Shoes Jo Mercer, Spurr via The Iconic & Tony Bianco Bridesmaid Gifts Kip & Co (Slippers) & Mecca THE GROOM Suit & Shirt Beg Your Pardon Shoes R.M. Williams Watch TAG Heuer Grooming Mr. Combs Barbershop Groomsmen Jackets Ted Baker London Pants Reiss Shoes Russell & Bromley London