Australian Apple Orchard Wedding: Lauren + Glenn

bride and groom

Glenn and Lauren have been together almost 8 years, and engaged for 3 years. When it came to their big day, they wanted to wait until they were ready. They are also talented wedding photographers, so they had a bit of experience knowing how much work can go into a wedding. They wanted to keep their day small + intimate, so a ceremony in the middle of an apple orchard with a backyard picnic reception was perfect for them – with lots of handmade touches to reflect their style so well!

From Lauren, “We both love op shopping (thrifting!) so we definitely wanted a second hand kind of wedding. We spent a lot of time at op shops, swap meets and garage sales, finding bottles, jars, books, picnic baskets, furniture… it was a really fun process and meant that we had a hand in most parts of the wedding.”

Thanks so much to Samm Blake for the gorgeous photos and congrats to Lauren + Glenn!


chalkboard  signs

ring holder book

We had a really quick but personal ceremony, in the middle of an apple orchard – it was a private area, just for our guests, so it was a beautiful setting – plus we both love cider, so it was perfect!

ribbon and flower ceremony arch

outdoor ceremony

outdoor ceremony

outdoor ceremony

outdoor ceremony

wedding party

wedding party

bride and groom

flower crown

bride and groom

bride and groom

bride and groom

bride and groom

chalkboard sign

newspaper initials

rustic vases




The reception set up was in small, separate areas – a grassed area of picnic rugs; tables and chairs next to the dance floor; couches next to the pool; photo booth and bar in the shed; and then some features on the patio. How fun!

picnic wedding

dessert bar

For both of us, our favourite moment was Glenn surprising me with a first dance. He had told me that he was too self-conscious to have one, and would worry about it all day – and obviously I didn’t want him worrying all day, so I agreed not to have one (despite how much I wanted one!) So when he announced that we were having our first dance at the end of his speech, I was very surprised – and subsequently cried through most of the song (I still cry when I hear the song now – Home, by Edward Sharp and the Magnetic Zeros). Glenn sneakily got his friends to hand out sparklers, and told people that when their sparkler went out, they had to join us on the dancefloor (as a way of distracting them from watching him dance!) It was such a great moment, dancing with him, with all of our friends and family dancing around us – I’m so glad that Glenn did that for me, it was the best part of the night.

first dance



Apart from delegating as much as possible before the day (our craft day was productive and fun!) and having the wedding as personal as possible (what we didn’t have a hand in ourselves, family did – my brother made the beer and the bunting, my sister drew up all of the chalkboards, my aunt made the scones, and of course we used my mums house), the best advice I could give is to have some time, just the two of you, during the day. We had this in our in between photo time. Though we kept the bridal party around in the orchard, we let them loose after that, and we headed to an estate near my mums house with the photographers, and had a relaxing time wandering around and spending time together while the photgraphers documented it. I had been SO overwhelmed the whole day (I had a small cry straight after my make up had been done… sorry Emma J) and this time on our own allowed me to calm down, as well as have some quality time with Glenn. I also know that from a photographer’s perspective, we love having some alone time with the couple, as these are the most important photos of the day.

photography: Samm Blake // ceremony: Core Cider House Pickering Brook, Australia // florals: Fox and Rabbit // make up: Milla Make up // hair: HairArt // cupcakes and furniture: The Butcher, the Baker, the Stylist and Creator // photobooth: Push the Button // invitations: Minted // brides dress: ASOS // bridesmaids dresses: SWAK, General Pants Co // groom and groomsmen: General Pants Co // catering: Murphy’s café, Mundaring // reception: Private residence

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  1. Love this offbeat wedding! Her flower hairpiece is beautiful.
    What is that amazing large flower in the photo??

  2. I love the sparkler idea on the first dance. What a sweet moment for them! Such a cute wedding.

  3. Oh, I love this wedding! I have been thrifting in preparation for our wedding for the last six months. You have some great finds!

  4. Love how the wedding details suit the couple’s style so perfectly!

  5. Wedding at an apple orchard. Truly memorable and inspiring. Love the first dance photo.

  6. What an adorable bride & groom!!! This looked like an amazing day, I love all the cute, creative and very personal touches! I love that the setting was in an apple orchard too!

    Huge congrats to the lovely couple!!! :)

    Jessica – Soirée de Luxe xx

  7. It’s amazing how creative couples can be. This is a most gorgeous wedding. Not because of lush flower arrangements, lighting design or a marvelous gown, but because this wedding represents so well the personality and style of bride and groom. Great choices, guys!

  8. Sweet. Absolutely fabulous. We don’t remember the details of all weddings we attend or come across but some weddings stand out and yours is definitely one that will be remembered. Very adorable.

  9. What a wonderful day it was! Such a gorgeous couple, perfectly captured by the wonderful Samm – Bliss.


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