When Simon proposed, he accidentally handed Rachel a receipt instead of ring. “Certainly lightened the moment!” says Rachel cheekily who pulled her own unplanned prank by way of a million DIY decorations. “I may have a little bit of a problem with Op shopping and council clean ups haha. I may also have had a pretty EPIC vision that required a lot of handy man jobs haha? lucky the guys got so many sweet man skills!”

Captured by legendary photographer Scott Surplice of The Simple Things Studio, their wedding held at Kangaroo Valley Bush Retreat on the New South Wales south coast was awesome for a whole range of reasons – their venue could accommodate ninety per cent of their guests and also boasted an African fire pit where they could sit and roast S’mores; their DIY decorations turned out to create a rustic, fun, vintage, homely and perfectly mismatched atmosphere and last but not least, Rachel’s gown by Karen Willis Holmes looked absolutely incredible.

“I’m so proud of what we achieved considering it was all styled, made and collected by ourselves. From the stationary to the table runners my mum made, the Ikea mismatched tea towels used as napkins, the incredible hanging centrepiece which was old scrap metal we found in Simons mums shed, the $5 Op shop rug we found for the ceremony stage… everything was just how we’d pictured it, better even, and we feel so blessed that so many of our friends and family contributed to it to make it a reality.”

See more real weddings and engagement shoots from The Simple Things Studio by clicking here and here. This talented team of photographers have rocked our world on more than one occasion. You can also see other Kangaroo Valley weddings by clicking here, here and here!

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CREDITS Photos The Simple Things Studio // Bridal gown Karen Willis Holmes // Robes Cotton On Body // Shoes Forcast // Accessories David Jones // Hair Sanctuary on Kahlua // Bridesmaid gifts Mimco // Grooms jack and vest Oxford // Pants Spencer Project // Tie Roger David // Grooms shoes Ted Baker // Socks Happy Socks // Barber Picturesque Hair // Groomsmen gifts Rembrandt // Flowers East Coast Wildflowers // Stationery Fotolia and Officeworks // Ceremony and reception Kangaroo Valley Bush Retreat, NSW // Catering Caterina in Kangaroo Valley // Cake Sweet Bones Company // Prop hire and furniture Acquired Style // Celebrant Jane Zwar // Rings Waldemar Jewellers.