When the bride is a wedding photographer herself (Megan Kelly, if you’re wondering), you’d be right in thinking that the wedding is going to be pretty spesh. ’Tis a warm welcome to the nups of Megan and Toby, guys. From the “European garden-inspired” theme to the two dresses (Lola Varma and Karen Willis Holmes, complete with hair from our friends over at The Future Mrs) and the rustic chateau, it was stunning in every sense of the word. Amelia Fullarton was there to catch it all on camera, so scroll down and enjoy…

THE VENUE “Being a wedding photographer, I’ve seen incredible venues all the time. Deux Belettes has long been one of my favourites. The chateau and property were the perfect setting for creating the special yet relaxed wedding we wanted.”

THE INSPO “We wanted our guests to feel as though they had been transported to a chic but relaxed luncheon within the ruined walls of a European chateau. Heidi of The Romance, styled our day to have a feminine element of wild spring time blooms, disheveled linens, fruits, and opulent gold. We wanted a point of difference with the tablescape, to play with some colour, but still [have a] renaissance mature vibe. Heidi is my all-time favourite stylist because she’s always evolving, always wanting to play with new elements and textures, making sure every couple she works for has a wedding that is unique to them and who they are. She injected thoughtful details – unusual fruits, whole walnuts and a pretty blue floral china added an interesting element to the overall setting. All placed amongst the florals which added some subtle colour.”

FAVE DEETS “Our breathtaking florals by Nikau were perfect. No one but them could have created something quite so special, they love to push boundaries using unusual blooms and bring new life to floral varieties that might be seen as outdated. I knew she was the only girl for the job when I pitched oriental Lillies en mass for our ceremony. What she created was jaw-dropping.”

THE DRESS “I wore two dresses. My ceremony dress was a Lola Varma gown that I got from Sphere Bridal Gallery. It was such an easy process. My reception dress was a short silk slip with ostrich feathers by Karen Willis Holmes. It was a lot of fun to wear.”

A WORD OF ADVICE… “Invest in an on-the-day coordinator. It’s something we deeply regret not doing. We thought  because we had such a small guest list that a coordinator would be excessive but every seemingly insignificant thing that didn’t go exactly to plan became the problem of a guest who was invited to enjoy the wedding, not to work.”

WE’RE GLAD WE… “I’d always thought that I’d not bother with a wedding cake, but that was before I got to know the work of Marina Machado Cakes, an Australian-based cake artist whose cakes aren’t just cakes, they’re art. What Marina created for us was the most beautiful cake I’d ever seen. It completely stole the show and our loved ones are still talking about it, no one could believe that the white poppies on the cake were handmade by Marina, completely edible.”

Megan and Toby’s gorge wedding was originally featured in Issue 36 and there’s a free issue in it for you if you order via our online store. You’re welcome. Oh and if you’ve fallen in love with Megan’s reception dress and hair deets, head on over to our Directory where you’ll find more from Karen Willis Holmes and The Future Mrs (who also do makeup). But first… 

CONTRIBUTING VENDORS Photographer Amelia Fullarton Stylist The Romance Florist Nikau Stationery & Signage Paper / Paper Ceremony & Reception Deux Belettes Cake Marina Machado Cakes Hire Items The Romance, Rosie Posie Event Hire, Table for Louis & The Wedding Shed Celebrant Skai Ceremonies Rings By Baby THE BRIDE Bridal Gown Lola Varma Reception Dress Karen Willis Holmes Bridal Boutique Sphere Bridal Gallery Hat Christie Millinery Robes Deiji Studio Shoes Sania D’mina Hair The Future Mrs Makeup Shannon Hope THE GROOM Suit Institchu