Despite the fact that Veronika looked drop-dead gorge in her t-shirt gown and Cushla Whiting ring, with an equally dapper Justin by her side, it was their Best Dog, Lucy, that stole the show. Uncomfortable sleeping on the floor at the ceremony, Lucy plopped herself on Veronika’s veil and took a nap whilst the legalities took place (and we’ve got pics!) Scroll down for the rest of this Italian Riveria themed wedding, Elsa Campbell’s pristine snaps await…

THE VENUE  “We didn’t see any other venue, Tanglewood suited us to a T. It was near the ocean but still had the country barn flavour, which is the two of us combined. It was just the most magical location, filled with the best vibes. It was also five minutes from home which was super convenient.”

FAVOURITE DETAILS “I absolutely loved our chic and elegant invitations [PAPER/ PAPER], I thought they were unique and different from all of the colourful explosions. I loved the minimalist line drawing of a native flower on the postcard return card too. The flowers turned out better than I could have imagined and I really enjoyed being able to get creative and team it with the gorgeous mustard, linen and burgundy linen napkins that my mum sewed for us.”

DIY “There were so many DIY moments as I wanted to keep our wedding as sustainable as possible and keep waste at a minimal. I made our floral flower bomb centrepiece myself as well as arranged all of the dried Australian natives and pampas grass feature before the wedding and moved it to the venue the day before. Justin and I cut the pampas grass ourselves (it was growing in Justin’s dad’s backyard). All of the vases I collected from op shops and antique stores and ensured they matched the interior decor of our house so that we’d use them again. The two big white pots at our altar were from our backyard and we tried to use as many things as we could from around the house, including the mesh concrete sheet that I used from Justin’s work stash to weave dried palms (that I spray-painted) for our photo booth wall background. It’s still being used now on our balcony and we haven’t thrown anything away.”

A WORD OF ADVICE “As annoying as it is, keep a spreadsheet with all of your information on various tabs. It made it so easy to keep on top of the budget, what payments were coming up/had already been made, guests, RSVPs and things booked/yet to book. Budget to save money the month before the wedding, all of the final payments are due then and it can be quite stressful.”

WE’RE GLAD WE “We’re so happy we got a videographer [Cyan Wolves] and a photographer [Elsa Campbell]. They were where we both wanted to invest our pennies, and they both captured the feeling of the day. We’re happy we went to the taste testing for our catering company so that we could really decide on what we wanted and how it was to be cooked.”

This beaut day was originally published in Issue 28 of Hello May magazine. If you’d like to nab yourself a copy, best pop on over to our online store here. Want more from Veronika and Justin’s smashing photographer Elsa Campbell? Click here or take a peep at one of our fave weddings here. But first…

CONTRIBUTING VENDORS Photographer Elsa Campbell Cinematographer Cyan Wolves Flowers Virgin Flowers (arranged by bride) Stationery PAPER/PAPER Place Cards & Menu Amy Tarah Designs via Etsy Printer Officeworks Venue Tanglewood Estate Catering Going Gourmet Gelato Cart Vanilla and Co. Cake Family Favours Kayleigh Du Mond via Etsy Signage & Table Numbers Willow and Ink Design via Etsy Entertainment ChasD Entertainment Celebrant Debra Pedretti Rings Cushla Whiting (engagement) Damien Miles Jeweller via Etsy (wedding) BRIDE Dress & Veil J.Andreatta Loungwear Linocolore via Etsy Shoes The Row Earrings San Lucar Anklet Alighieri Hair & Makeup Maria Gullace Bridesmaid Dresses Georgia Alice via The Undone Bridesmaid Shoes Atmos&Here via The Iconic GROOM Suit, Bow Tie & Watch Hugo Boss Cufflinks Wolf and Badger Shoes Gucci