An Eco-Friendly Sydney Wedding: Sara + Carlos

Sara + Carlos planned their Sydney wedding in 6 weeks! Yes, it can be done. :) They both love the outdoors and really wanted an eco-friendly wedding –  a casual, fun affair with their closest family + friends. I think after looking at the lovely photos by Lara Hotz you’ll see they did just that. Congrats to Sara + Carlos!

vintage wedding dress

bride getting ready

wire wedding hanger

flower basket bridesmaids

leaf wedding decor

Processional: She by Elvis Costello

Recessional: Home By Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros

First Dance:

wedding in wooded area

unique bridal hairpiece

group wedding shot

bride and groom on bicycles

groom in tree

bride in long sleeved dress

bridal party in woods

green and white bouquet

bride and groom in woods


photo name cards for reception

Probably the fact that absolutely everyone at the reception, including the restaurant manager and bar staff, cried when the speech from the Groom's mother (who couldn't be at the wedding) was read out. Also riding off into the sunset on our bikes after the ceremony!

earthy reception

unique cake topper

bride and groom on bicycles

We planned this whole wedding in 6 weeks (while doing 4 finals papers for university and working 2 days a week) and although it was stressful at times, a short time-frame meant quick decisions. This meant that we didn't sweat the small stuff, didn't get caught up in every tiny detail, had help from friends and family and therefore were really able to just let go a little and leave the success of the day to fate! It also meant we were excited for the whole time leading up and didn't have to send days wishing that time would hurry up and bring us to the big day!

We had a strict "eco" policy. We didn't want the green aspect of our wedding to just be token, we wanted it to be really green so we re-used decorations from another friends wedding, scoured the streets on "throw out" day to find the picnic baskets, didn't have any favors (that we think often just get thrown away), hand made our own chuppah out of my grandmothers vintage fabric, had native flowers and all local, organic, vegetarian food and line caught sustainable fish as well as organic biodynamic wine and beer! Our wedding is also testament to the fact that you can have a really cool, great wedding on teeny budget!

photography: Lara Hotz Photography // venue: Centennial Park, Sydney and then The Commons Local Eating House, Darlinghurst Sydney // floral design: Ria Floral // wedding dress: Review (bought from Myers in Sydney) // hairpieces: Mignonne Handmade, found here on Green Wedding Shoes // shoes: Zomp Shoes, Paddington, Sydney // bridesmaid dresses: Alannah Hill // groom suit: His brother-in-laws old pants + shirt! // invitations+ paper goods: made by bride and groom – all online // catering: The Commons Local Eating House // cake: made by Mother of the bride

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  1. LOVE everything about this wedding!!! Perfect!

  2. Their little bicycles are adorable! At first I thought 6 weeks was such a short time! But the bride is right–you don’t have time to stress the small stuff when the planning period is that short. I definitely see the benefit in that.

  3. What a great job by the photographer! It looks like a lovely wedding and amazing Bride and Groom.

  4. Adorable! Love all of the eco-friendly touches. And really like that cake topper. Too cute!

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  5. Really nice and lovely! Six weeks?! Wow!!!

  6. how much fun is that?! love her whole attire!

  7. I LOVE this wedding!!!

    Please tell me where the bridesmaids sashes are from!?! I’ve been searching for sashes for mine for ages!!! These would be prefect especially if you can get them in different colours!!!

  8. Love this cute wedding and all the little details!! My wedding is also in Australia in 4 weeks! I am pretty sure those sashes are from Alannah Hill the same place her bridesmaid dresses are from :)

  9. what an absolutely beautiful wedding :) the photos are great. it is just so real and romantic looking. well done and congratulations x

  10. so unique and beautiful! but it seems perfect for the personalities of the two! only wishing i could’ve shot the wedding! hehe


  11. Absolutely love bridesmaids dresses.

  12. Centennial Park! What a great wedding venue. My cousin-in-law got married in the same spot!

  13. i like her laid back attitude that 6 weeks was the perfect amount of time. i like short engagements because they make you focus on the parts that are really important

  14. Love the bikes.. i had a couple on a tandem bike once.. awesome coverage. There may be a new trend in “green” weddings happening.

  15. This is the happiest looking couple I’ve ever seen! Congrats! GORGEOUS, eco-friendly wedding!!

  16. hey now,

    super wedding! i especially loved the tandem bikes. who did you hire them from? i would love to know. i live in melbourne and would like to use them too!

  17. what an incredibly fun wedding. I adore that last photo! Too sweet!


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