Melbourne Garden Wedding, Private Property Summer Wedding featured in Ivory Tribe

To be married in her parent’s garden was a dream come true for bride Joy, who wed longtime love Chris in the most magic of settings. Taking planning in their stride, the pair created an affair to remember. Festoon lights lined the romantic backyard and fabulous florals definitely set the scene. However what they loved most was being surrounded by their loved ones as they danced the night away. Photography by Blossom Daisy Creative.

I was very lucky to have been a part of this day, as Joy & I went to highchool together and also had our babies years later at the same time. Chris and Joy are absolute legends and this was the most magical day/night! Funny fact: their ceremony backdrop has gone viral on Pinterest.

Featured on Ivory Tribe, I loved what Joy wrote about the planning process, here’s an excerpt:
In Joy’s words…The meeting: it’s a good story! It was 2010, and I was 17 years old, had just finished Year 12 and was on my first ever overseas holiday (other than family trips) with my first boyfriend. We were on Phi Phi Island in Thailand, and as he and I were having lunch Chris happened to walk past with his best mate Nath. Ironically, they had gone to high school with my ex-boyfriend. If it wasn’t for him I possibly would never have met Chris! They chatted about what a small world it was to run into each other on Phi Phi Island, and we bumped into them again that night on the beach. Chris and I chatted about our lives back in Melbourne.

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The process.

I’d known for years that I wanted to get married in my parent’s garden so that meant I could start the planning process easily by basing our date around our photographers availabilities. My parents started getting the garden and house ready straight away!

I love organising so took the whole process on myself. I didn’t really have many close friends who had been married before me so I did a lot of research and asked a lot of questions. We mainly relied on bulk spreadsheets and tried to plan everything to a T. As the wedding was in my parent’s garden, I really didn’t want them to feel like they had to step in and ‘host’ so tried to ensure I had organised as much as I possibly could. I ran a lot of decisions by my bridesmaids as we are all super close, but mainly tried to go with my gut which was right every time!

A lot of our vendors were well known to us or came highly recommended, so I felt really comfortable with the team involved. My mum was also a massive help and did so much to prepare things for the house and garden. We also hired a friend to be the on-the-day who kept things running smoothly so that myself and Mum could just enjoy the whole day!

Style inspiration.

I wanted our wedding to be relaxed and feel like ‘us’, not something super showy or too formal. I knew I wanted festoon lights and long, sharing style tables and this was a good starting point for the styling. I wanted natural colours like wood and whites, lots of the gardens greenery showing, the festoon lights shining under the stars and for everything else to be quite simplistic! We also had a lounge area with lots of comfy cane chairs my mum sourced and layered rugs for people to relax on. The garden was a feature and the open air setting was perfect. I had seen a few weddings at Fig Tree in Byron Bay which stuck with me as styling inspo, but mainly just tried to tune in to what I liked and what fit us as a couple.

Love Cass x

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