Australian Kangaroo Valley Wedding: Marissa + Alex

australian wedding

Marissa + Alex’s elegant Australian camp wedding took place at a gorgeous retreat in the Kangaroo Valley and included just enough rustic, yet beautiful, details to dress up the natural setting. And as you’ll soon see, these two have some serious style – oh, and they are also talented photographers! Love Alex’s super dapper look, which he pieced together with carefully selected department store finds, and Marissa rocked not one, but two, jaw-droppingly gorgeous dresses – just wait until you see them! Here’s more from Marissa about the inspiration behind their wedding day:

For us, the style of our wedding was a natural extension of what our life looks like. Owning our own homewares store also has it’s own perks, this meant we had easy access to styling pieces we already love and even use in our home. We are obsessed with the following – plywood, anchors, giant jenga, fairy lights, photos, video, gold, navy, burgundy, succulents, pine cones + good food, and made sure all these made an appearance. We wanted our day to be fun and relaxed with a touch of adventure. Being set in the Australian bush, it was easy to draw inspiration from our surrounds in the Kangaroo Valley, we had a slight school/summer camp theme happening throughout, we even had custom made scout patches for our guests. Most of all we made sure we had enough time to soak it all in and spend plenty of time with our friends and family.

Thank you so much to Dan O’ Day for the stunning images + big congrats to Marissa + Alex!

bride holding dress

flower girl

blush pink wedding dress

Marissa carried a gorgeous, vibrant bouquet of peonies, roses, eucalyptus + thistle, crafted by The Sisters.

whimsical bouquet

velvet groom

ceremony in cathedral

ceremony in cathedral

How rad is this cathedral-like rock cavity for their ceremony?? In major love with this venue!

ceremony in cathedral


bride walking down aisle

ceremony in cathedral

ceremony in cathedral

During the ceremony when we kissed a big wind gust came sweeping thought the bush cathedral, we both didn’t even realise it happened until all our guests started speaking about it, and was not until a few weeks after when we saw our photos and video we could see the magical, goose bump moment. We later found out that the cathedral is an aboriginal women’s spiritual place and the wind gust is a special “spirit blessing”.....crazy hey!

ceremony in cathedral

adventure sign

bride and groom


cheese board

bride and groom

adult jenga game

Loving this new trend of life-size Jenga at weddings (you might remember seeing it also in this wedding), so fun right?!

bride and groom

bride and groom

bride and groom

bride and groom

bride and groom

I’m pretty obsessed with the incredible green sequin gown Marissa chose for the reception. Doesn’t she look amazing?

green sequin wedding dress

bride and groom

bride and groom

bride and groom

bride and groom

bride and groom

These portraits of the newlyweds are truly breathtaking…

bride and groom


bride and groom

bride and groom

string lights and tent

And the instagram escort card wall is such a brilliant DIY! Are any of you creating something similar for your big day?

polaroid seating chart

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succulent table number

grand entrance


how you doin?

wedding pinata

bride and groom

Do what ever you want, there are NO rules when it comes to YOUR wedding. The most important things don't cost anything, like spending enough time with your guests. Don't be afraid to ask for help with the following – Setting up, Packing down, video of the ceremony, eating food and partying hard.

photography: Dan O’ Day // venue: The Kangaroo Valley Bush Retreat Kangaroo Valley, Australia // event design: From the Owl // event planner: One Fine Day Wedding Fair // floral design + hairpieces: The Sisters // wedding dress: Keeradenaan // shoes: Boots from Witchery // bridesmaid dresses: Sheike // hair + makeup: Ranik // groom suit: A mixture of carefully selected attire from your everyday department store // paper goods: bride + groom // catering: Mario’s Kitchen (they also made the most amazing cheese platter ever seen!) // cake: We had a very awesome and fun donkey pinata as our cake // music: A mixture of amazing tunes by Dylan Wright + Anthony Hughes // celebrant: Cara Gallagher of Modern Love Ceremonies

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  1. We love this couples style! How amazing is Marissa’s reception dress!! x

  2. Never seen any wedding done like this before! I love everything about it! The dress, the Jenga, the decor: all amazing :)

  3. LOVE her emerald dress and LOVE the venue!!! Killing it!

  4. I think ‘adventure’ may be my favorite wedding theme – this is beyond gorgeous!

  5. The green dress is obviously fantastic, but the first one is perfection, I think! AMAZING wedding!

  6. Just stunning, the gowns are so unique, location beautiful, photos the whole look and feel, sensational wedding!

  7. Love the beautiful sequin dress! Does anyone know where it is from?

  8. fantastic. does anybody know where the “and so the adventure begins” sign can be purchased? I just have to have it for my wedding :)

  9. One of the most beautiful wedding settings and couples to grace your pages. What a stunning location – amazing choice!

  10. This wedding is totally taking me in! I love their beautiful faces and rad style!! So gorgeous! Great photographs!!

  11. Such a beautiful couple and such beautiful shots!

  12. Awesome photos, well done on a great wedding day

  13. I love the green dress! Photos are very stylish and this dress fits perfectly. Can any one promt where I can buy one? Or maybe brand? Please!

  14. Love the green dress and the darkens of some of the photos. Congratulation!!

  15. Epic images as always Dan! Such a nice set of shots!

  16. Hi There, I am absolutely in love with the Green Sequin dress! I know this post is 2013, but is it at all possible to help me with who this dress is by?

    Desperate to find out the designer of the green sequin dress, please help!!

  18. Amazing Wedding Photography. So many beautiful images.

  19. Now that is an amazing wedding.

    It’s uniqueness of the ceremony location – the different type dress and the beautifully captured photoshoot which makes this an outstanding wedding. Congratulations to the couple … a truly great day to look back to.

    And well done Dan … great photography and processing. Stunning work!


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  2. […] I’m always talking about the brides style, but this is all about the groom. How bitchin is his style? Actually this whole wedding is ridiculous, in the best way possible. They held their ceremony in a rock cavity. Need I say more? {via Green Wedding Shoes} […]


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