Happy Monday everyone! Style Serendipity is coming to you from a different location today, and it’s helping me to feel particularly chirpy!
I’ve swopped the Irish rain for the (cold!) sunshine of the east coast of the USA for a week or so, for very exciting reasons that I hope will help Style Serendipity to continue to grow! (More on that soon!)
I know, I know…no one wants to hear someone harping on about their adventures on a normal Monday, so that’s enough about my news. If you’re looking for a bit of escape from reality then I hope this heavenly Australian wedding by the legendary Jonas Peterson will do the trick!
I’ve been so excited to share this stunner, I actually feel stuck for words to convey just how much I love this wedding, and the gorgeous couple! From the laid back summer party vibe, to the dreamy palette of coral, peach and teal, I’m in my element…so be warned there’s plenty of gushing ahead!
Mathew and Megan wanted a relaxed outdoor wedding where everything could happen in the one location, and the 19th century cottage of Merribee with it’s lush gardens, proved their perfect setting.
“We aimed to create a relaxed, intimate event that felt more like an outdoor, summer dinner party than a formal reception. We wanted to have fun, and make sure everyone else did too. The ceremony and reception were both held at Merribee, an 1850s cottage surrounded by gardens. The ceremony was in the front garden, and the reception was in a marquee on the back lawn.”
There’s no doubt this couple has style, but Mathew insists there wasn’t any complex grand plan to bring it together. They simply chose things that they liked, and allowed the day to evolve. A sense of cohesion was created by sticking with a neutral pallette, enhanced by pops of colour, a perfect example being the stunning wedding invites from Rifle Paper Company! Megan is such a fresh faced natural beauty isn’t she? Stunning!
They opted for a first look, seeing each other for the first time before the ceremony began. You can just feel the excitement, anticipation and joy all rolled into one!
In outdoor or civil ceremonies it can often be a challenge to create a special area of focus, in the absence of a traditional alter. I explored some creative ideas for statement ceremony backdrops last week, but it just goes to show that even the simplest details can transform a space. Mathew and Megan came up with the perfect solution. Megan’s mum created a garland of gorgeous lace doilies to be suspended over the garden, and they also placed small little flags in the ground to create the sense of an aisle. Definitely an idea worth considering if you’re having an outdoor ceremony!
I think Megan’s bouquet may be one of my favorites ever. It’s full blooms and soft tones brought the whole look together. I’m tempted to try recreate it for my own home just to be able to sit and admire something so pretty!
Their reception decor was also deceptively simple, showing how effective it can be to stay consistent with colour tones and shades. The peach and coral flowers did the talking, offset by light teal tableware.
DIY elements featured high on their to do list for the day, and one of the particular highlights was a photo-booth Mathew’s parents created from scratch!
“We had a lot of DIY elements – but particular favourites were projects our family members helped us with. Megan’s mum sewed the doily garlands that hung above the ceremony; Megan’s brother built signposts out of old fence palings to direct guests around Merribee; and Mat’s parents made a fantastic ‘photobooth’ wall which was a big hit on the night.”
I also love the creativity with the table numbers! They were made by hand-tying bundles of vintage books together, before fixing each number onto the front cover!
As darkeness fell the marquee was turned into a glowing dance floor with the help of sparklers and lanterns, and it certainly looks like they know how to party. They chose Frankie Valli’s ‘I can’t take my eyes off you’ as their first dance!
So there you have it…I don’t think there’s a thing I don’t love about Mathew and Megan’s big day, it’s full of personality, love and fun, just like a celebration should be! Thanks so much for allowing us to have a glimpse of all it’s gorgeousness! Huge thanks also to Jonas Peterson, the beauty of the pictures speak for themselves but be sure to while away some time exploring more of his amazing work on his blog!
Wedding Details: Photography: Jonas Peterson | Dress: Coco Repose | Shoes: Zu | Headpiece: Sara Gabriel | Stationery: Rifle Paper Co. | Venue: Merribee | Flowers: Shady Fig | Hair & Makeup: Ethix | Groom’s Suit: John Hanna | Catering: Duck, Duck, Goose | Cake: The Cake Store