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

Our Musical Choices

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

Our Favorite Memory From The Wedding

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

Our Advice To Those Planning Now

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