Tell us a little about yourselves, what you do, what you love, what is unique about you and your relationship…
We are both musicians and spend a lot of time together on music things.
We’re lucky enough to play in two bands together (which takes up a lot of our time!) and it feels like a pretty special thing to get to write so many songs together. We also met through because of music, so it’s pretty important to us. Apart from that, we love travelling, sport, and getting sucked into a good TV series (we had a quote from Friday Night Lights in our ceremony!) But we’re pretty much happy doing anything together, and spend most of our time in each other’s company.
Tell us about your special day, was there a specific theme or style? Tell us a little about the setting, the styling and some of your favourite details…
As soon as we arrived at the Euroa Butter Factory, we were reminded of that villa in Tuscany. It was the first venue we visited, and we knew straight away it was where we wanted to have our big party – it just looked beautiful, and the staff gave us the best vibes and made us feel that anything we wanted to do was possible. We visited a few other venues, which were all lovely, but we just didn’t get the same feeling. Luckily, it was also big enough to fit Frank’s large extended family!
Our ceremony was held in the garden at the Euroa Butter Factory, under the big, old plane trees. It was light hearted and so much fun thanks to our celebrant, Wendy, and we laughed and smiled the whole way through! We wrote our own vows, which was lovely, and made each other laugh a lot. And we had flower petal confetti thrown on us at the end, which was super fun! After the ceremony we got straight into some cocktails and a HUGE antipasto grazing table! Everyone sat out at long wooden tables under the stars. All the food was done by the venue – it was delicious and there was plenty of it! We chose a banquet style, where all the food is set out on the tables and everyone serves themselves. This really gave it that feeling of sharing a big family meal. We set out candles on the tables which looked beautiful after dark. The table flowers were simple but very pretty – Kim set up an array of different foliage and flowers in amber jars.
My mum’s family is from Sri Lanka, and they have a family tradition of wrapping up bitesize pieces of Sri Lankan wedding cake for each guest. I opted for Sri Lankan love cake instead (because it’s my fave!), and spent a day with my mum, my aunties, and some family friends wrapping up the cake, which was one of our wedding favours. The other wedding favour was a laser cut wooden bookmark with a quote about love on it. My sister and I designed and laser cut these together, which turned out to be a much bigger job than we anticipated! I tried my best to personalise the quotes, which were all from songs, books or movies, and it was so lovely to see people sharing their quotes with the people around them on the night.
Tell us about your main outfits:
My dress was handmade by my bridesmaid’s mum! She just happened to have this beautiful lace left over from another dress she’s made. I wanted a short dress and I hadn’t been able to find anything that I loved, so I figured out pretty early on that I’d have to start from scratch. Robyn made exactly what I wanted – a short dress with long sleeves and a high neck. And my bridesmaid Linden did all the beading. I was very lucky!
Frank wanted something a bit different, so he went for chinos and a light blue checkered jacket. It was a much brighter blue than we imagined, but he loved when he saw it, and the bright colour matched so well with all the bright colours at the wedding. It was the first one he tried on and he pretty much decided then and there. He wore a peachy bowtie to tie in with the bridesmaids’ dresses and the popped colour so nicely.
What were some of the most memorable/unique moments from the day?
I was a bit unsure about being walked down the aisle, and also felt weird about walking down by myself. I’d suggested that we walk down together, but Frank really wanted to see me walking towards him. So we compromised, and after the bridesmaids had walked down, Frank met me halfway and we walked the rest of it together. It was one of my favourite parts!
We opted for a champagne tower as we entered the reception instead of the usual cake cutting, and we LOVED it. I’ve never had so much fun pouring drinks!
Any advice for other couples planning to spend the rest of their lives together?
We originally thought our wedding would be much more DIY, but in the end, it was nice to not to have to worry about too many things on the day. It meant that we could just enjoy everything.
Lots of people told us to make sure to stop and take a moment to take it all in, and this was great advice. We never felt like the day or night got away from us, and we enjoyed every minute.
Also, enjoy the planning process – it’s all part of it and it’s over so quickly! I learnt that I love planning weddings! And that we were really on the same page in terms of style, and what we thought would make a fun day. I also learnt that Frank needs a bit of encouragement to get things done on time! We’re just going to keep doing our thing – we’re not big planners, so who knows where we’ll end up! As long as we’re having fun together, we really don’t mind.
Photography: Kyra Boyer | Videographer: Nathan Kaso | Celebrant: Wendy Does Weddings | Bride’s Gown: Handmade by Robyn Skerry (bridesmaid’s mum) Groom’s suit: jacket by Politix, pants by Roger David |Rings: Stacey’s- Windfall Jewellery, Frank’s- Stunning Bands | Shoes: Stacey’s- RAID , Frank’s- Jennen | Groom’s accessories: socks by Happy Socks, suspenders by ASOS, bowtie by OTAA |Groomsmen’s suits: Roger David | Bridesmaid’s dresses: Mister Zimi | Makeup: Natalie Mackenzie | Hair: Alicia Holland | Entertainment: Appleton Party Events | Flora: Make it Beautiful | Food/beverages/catering: Euroa Butter Factory | Cake: Blackbird Cakes | Stationery: Creative Market