Laid-back Australian Warehouse Wedding: Jen + Luke

Australian wedding

There’s something about the juxtaposition of a beautiful celebration held within the walls of a stark + industrial warehouse that will probably get us every time. Throw in the perfect long-sleeved wedding dress, some stunning, stunning florals, and a sweet confetti recessional and you better believe we’re gonna be smitten. As you’ve probably guessed, we’re talking about Jen + Luke’s beautiful, laid-back nuptials at Carriageworks in Eveleigh, Australia. These two did things right, with a fun celebration that was more reminiscent of a Sunday afternoon barbecue than a formal affair. We’re fans of that mindset! Let’s hear from Jen regarding their inspiration for the day:

We wanted our day to reflect us as a couple and where we are at in life. We also wanted it to reflect the both of us and not be overly feminine. We were inspired by native flowers and gum leaves which we used from the invites through to marking our the aisle. Having similar taste made it really easy to decide about how most things would look.

Dan O’Day, thank you so much for the gorgeous photos and Jen + Luke, big time congrats!

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Australian wedding

Australian wedding

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Processional: First Day Of My Life – Bright Eyes (Performed live by a friend)

Recessional: All is Love – Karen O and The Kids

First Dance: L-O-V-E- – Nat King Cole

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We’re totally digging Jen’s whole look! Her gorge long-sleeved gown is by Lover, which she paired with a sweet floral halo made by The Fragrant Bloom.

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Jen: In between the ceremony and the reception we were able to sneak into an exhibition occurring at our venue at the time. The lights and the sounds of the installation kind of blocked out everything else and we had a really beautiful moment together just taking in the day and all that had happened

Luke: The few moments in the Ryoji Ikeda test pattern exhibition were awesome. We had the whole place to ourselves! We got this time together where nothing else mattered. It was real cool.

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bride and groom

bride and groom

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The reception decor was the perfect balance of romantic + simplistic, and featured a fun seating chart + menus designed by Luke!

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warehouse reception

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bistro lights

Australian wedding

Australian wedding

Jen: Work out what to fight for and what to compromise on. If you're planning on a budget there will be lots of things you'll have to compromise on. But if you want your day to reflect you, there'll be plenty of things you'll have to fight for!! Make a decision early on about what's what.

Luke: It’s harder than I thought it would be. But it’s totally worth it!

photography: Dan O’Day // venue: Carriageworks Eveleigh, Australia // event design + planning: Luke and Jen // florals + hairpieces: The Fragrant Bloom // wedding dress: Lover // shoes: Phillip Lim // bridesmaid dresses: Individually chosen // make up: Steph Askew – stephmakeupartist@yahoo.com.au // hair: Bre Yackel – Brianna.Yackel@gmail.com // groom suit: J. Crew // paper goods: Designed by Luke – lukejohndavie@gmail.com // catering: Fresh Catering // cake: Made by the mother of the groom

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Bohemian Easter Wedding Inspiration

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This year is seriously flying by and this Sunday is already Easter! Lisa from Veil & Vine, the talented planner behind today’s styled shoot, wanted to design an environment that began with what Easter means to her: new life, wonder and joy. But the team also wanted to balance the rustic nature of the setting with classic sophistication + style, so brides-to-be could easily take an element they love + translate it into their wedding day design. From the hand-painted ombre paper mâché eggs to the lush + colorful springtime florals, we’re feeling the festive spirit of the shoot + thinking we just might try to incorporate some of these fun details into our tablescapes this Sunday!

A big shout out to Jenna Bechtholt for the pretty photos + to Emblem Flowers for the beautiful blooms!

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bohemian easter bride


Seriously obsessed with the back details on this Claire Pettibone dress!

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flower crown

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easter inspired bouquet

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bohemian easter bride

bohemian easter bride


Thanks so much to the creative folks below for sharing their talents with us today!

To those who celebrate, Happy Easter! See you all on Monday!

photography: Jenna Bechtholt Photography // planning + design: Lisa Leyda Petersen, Veil&Vine // venue: Horse Trails & Woods near Hansen Dam Equestrian Center Sylmar, California // florals: Emblem Flowers // makeup + hair: Chelsea Nicole Makeup & Hair // dress: Claire Pettibone (Ambrosia Dress, Charlotte Dress, Papillion Dress) // jewelry: 18K Gold Diamond Ring & Earrings from L’Dezen, Sprouts Bracelet from Urban Natures // clutch: Frosty in Champagne Clutch & Blossom Clutch from Ashlyn’d // stationery: Wedding Paper Divas // model: Simi Kamboj // styling + details : Lisa Leyda Petersen, Veil&Vine

This wedding features rad artists fromThe GWS Wedding Artist GalleryChelsea Nicole Makeup & Hair and Wedding Paper Divas are all Featured Vendors in the GWS Vendor Guide! Find more rad artists for your day in our Guide.

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DIY: Ombre Tablecloth

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Today’s DIY is another feature you saw from our GWS booth at The Cream Event – an ombre tablecloth! We used this piece as a backdrop to close in our space, but we think it would make for some pretty reception or dessert tablecloths, or even a photo booth backdrop! Here’s how to make one yourself…

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What You’ll Need:
Cotton sheet – full size sheet used in this DIY
• 1/2 yard of white cotton for testing – you can get this at your local fabric store like Joann’s
Dye (choose 3 different shades of the color you want)
Bucket (3)
Gloves

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Step 1: Follow the instructions on your dye package and mix your colors. I chose a variation of 3 shades of pink to reds, and mixed them in 3 separate buckets. Make sure you are wearing gloves at this point so you don’t dye your hands! Also a grassy patch is the perfect place to do this massive dye project. You won’t stain your grass and you’ll have enough room to move around in.

For the dye, I bought one shade of light pink, one medium red, and two dark reds. I wanted double the amount of dark dye to experiment with really rich colors. For the light pink bottle, I probably only poured about half of that in one bucket. I wanted the light pink shade to be extra light at the top but still able to see that it was pink. For the middle color, I also used only about half of the bottle. For the darker shade I used 1 1/2 bottles. I experimented with the different shades of that one (see below) and ended up liking the really dark shade. Less is more in the beginning, as you can always add more dye if needed. And if you add too much, that just means your fabric should be in there for a really short time.

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Step 2: Take your 1/2 yard of fabric and cut into both squares and long strips (like above). Put a square in each bucket and take out after 5 minutes of dying. This will give you a good idea of what shades you are working with together. Then, take your strips and begin experimenting with this.

When you are working with an ombre shade, start with dying the whole fabric strip in the lightest shade for about 2 minutes (or desired color tone), then rinse with water (I used a hose in the backyard to spray) and dip into your next darkest shade for 4 minutes. Progressively double your time with each darker shade, and dye smaller and smaller lengths to get the length of ombre variation you want. As you can see from above, there is also a lot of experimentation needed in how you dip. I found that between harsh colors (middle pink to darkest) it looks too rough and solid. For the middle example, this has a nice gradual effect. I achieved that by dipping the fabric into the dark shade and pulling it  in and out at different heights, repeatedly, and then spraying with water with the fabric upside down so the color would run up a bit. Play around with your test fabrics while you can so that you know what will work best. There are probably a lot of different ways to do this so be brave!

After you have figured out which technique is best, take out your giant sheet you will be using as your tablecloth and soak completely with water first.

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Step 3: Here is where your practice comes to play! Remember your technique you used for the test strips, and begin. With a bigger sheet, also comes a bigger mess. Make sure with each shade you dye in, that your sheet isn’t bunched up inside the water. Separate the fabric from itself when you can so that it dyes all parts touching the water. Take a deep breath when you get to your last and darkest shade, and plunge in to the height of the desired shade. The darkest shade tends to need the most amount of time to achieve a true dark color, so be patient. You can pull out the fabric to get a sense of the color, but when wet the sheet is probably half its true color than when it is dry. Keep pulling out and plunging back in on the last shade so the two colors meeting look natural.

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Step 4: Rinse your sheet out on the grass and leave to dry for a bit by the sun. After it has taken some dampness off, run through a sink until the color (mostly) runs clear. Be sure that you don’t mix the dark and light shades on top of each other as they will run together. I put the dark end into the sink first and worked my way down. You can put this in your washer + dryer, but I chose to hand wash + air dry since it was heavily dyed.

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And you’re done! If you make an ombre tablecloth, we’d love to see how they turn out, so please share on Instagram along with the hashtag #GreenWeddingShoesDIY

Thanks to Katie Pritchard for the photos!

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