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!

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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

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reception

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…

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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?

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succulent table number

grand entrance

notes

how you doin?

wedding pinata

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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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Saja 2014 Wedding Collection

Saja Dress Collection

We’re heading into the weekend with a super fun treat for you lovelies: the exclusive first look at Saja’s gorgeous 2014 wedding collection! Based out of New York City, Saja caters to brides who are looking for a breath of fresh air from traditional gowns. The Saja Wedding Collection enhances a bride’s natural beauty and modern femininity through delicate handcrafted details. Simple yet elegant, intricate yet effortless, Saja dresses are both gracefully ethereal and truly timeless…

Saja Dress Collection

Saja Dress Collection

Saja Dress Collection

lace top dress

Saja Dress Collection


So dreamy, right?!

Saja Dress Collection

Saja Dress Collection

Saja Dress Collection

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And for the duration of their Trunk Show on October 5th and 6th, Saja will be offering a 10% discount on purchases from the 2014 bridal collection, both in store and online! Visit their their website for more information or email contact@sajawedding.com for available time slots.

wedding dresses: Saja // photography: Kevin Kunstadt // make up: Fumi Nagai // hair: Tomo // model: Veronika at Ford Model Management // flower wreath: Pollux Fleuriste

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Fun Farmers Market Inspired Wedding: Chelsea + Dillon

farmers market wedding

Chelsea + Dillion’s gorgeous wedding was inspired by their desire to have a completely unique, romantic + memorable day, all while incorporating their love of health and the great outdoors. They also share a passion for creating, so they wanted their wedding to be completely interactive and filled with lots of fun activities + crafts that their guests could participate in and enjoy. But it wasn’t until they met with Tammy of Tammy Mitchell Designs, and she suggested a farmer’s market theme, that everything really started to come together and the inspiration for their day began to come to life. Here’s a bit more from Tammy about some of the fun + unique design elements included in this lovely wedding:

Guests were greeted by a custom-made wooden sign welcoming them to the “Boye’s Farmer’s Market” and an antique truck that was towed to the ranch to serve as a gift holder. Everyone dined on sliders + street tacos and sipped fresh squeezed lemonades and the reception tables were decorated with burlap table cloths topped with custom-made runners in mixed matched fabrics, each one unique in order stick with the eclectic feel we were looking for. We wanted everything to feel beautiful, fresh + colorful…

Big thanks to Burnt Exposure for the lovely photography + congratulations to Chelsea + Dillon!

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bow tie groom

blue and brown groomsmen

bridesmaids wearing skirts

wedding party


How cute are Chelsea’s grey + yellow Anthropologie shoes?!

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farmers market wedding

farmers market wedding

farmers market wedding

farmers market fruit stand


The ranch was styled with tons of fresh produce + food stands that represented the different booths you might find at a farmer’s market. Seriously impressive, right?! And I love that Chelsea + Dillon cared so much about what happened to all of the fresh fruits + veggies at the end of the day. The hundreds of pounds of produce that was ordered for decor was donated to a homeless shelter in the area that helps families who have hit tough times get back on their feet. Love it.

farmers market fruit stand

bread stand

farmers market wedding


Tammy also built a super rad cinema station which played a charming film starring Chelsea + Dillion! Guests sat on hay bales and snacked on trail mix from a “make your own trail mix” station.

trail mix bar

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guestbook

farmers market wedding

farmers market wedding

honey favors


Majorly love their “premium s’mores bar”!

smores bar

smores bar


The dessert station included homemade peanut butter, snickerdoodle, + chocolate chip cookies, coconut cream + triple chocolate mini cupcakes, raspberry + lemon bars, cherry + apple pie pops, and the favorite of the night: the bride and groom’s vegan chocolate banana wedding cake!

dessert stand

pie pops

cake cutting

The most memorable part of our day was the extreme party! With 500 plus people there it would be safe to say that it is the biggest wedding that has taken place at Parker Ranch.

farmers market wedding

MAKE IT YOUR OWN! Everyone always tries to give you advice of how to make your day extra special but looking back on our wedding everyone knew what we were about – a fun vintage farmers market!

photography: Burnt Exposure // ceremony: Newport LDS Temple // reception venue: Parker Ranch Trabuco Canyon, California // event design + planning: Tammy Mitchell Designs // florals: Mora Flora // paper goods: Pink Peppermint Prints // invitations: Val Boyes // wedding dress: Custom made by Mimi tailoring in Laguna Beach // shoes: Anthropologie // bridesmaid’s outfits: Skirt from H&M, Top from LuLus // hair + makeup: Bree Hannaman //  groom’s suit: J. Crew // videography: Jacob Epstein // catering: 1&D Catering Evans Events // music: Hit It Music Productions San Diego // cake: Flour and Flower Designs San Clemente

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