Offbeat partner: Emily, Makeup Artist
Offbeat partner: Aubrey, Light Vehicle Mechanic
Date and location of wedding: Midwood Cottage, Gooseberry Hill, Western Australia — April 15, 2017
Our offbeat wedding at a glance:
We went for a slightly gothic, slightly rock and roll theme to our goth garden wedding. We picked vendors who had a bit of a quirk and fit with the aesthetic we were going for. Neither Aubrey nor I are super traditional, so it made sense for our wedding to be as quirky as we are.
Tell us about the ceremony:
My bridesmaids and I had quite a long walk from where we got ready down to where we were having the ceremony, so we had two songs to walk down the aisle to. The bridesmaids walked down to "Somewhere only we know" by Lily Allen, carrying their blue glass lanterns, whilst I walked down the aisle to "Rumble" by Link Wray.
We kept with some traditions such as my father walking me down the aisle and the exchange of rings, as well as Aubrey not seeing me until I walked down the aisle. It was quite a special moment as my dress had been a well-kept secret for about 12 months.
Tell us about your reception:
We had a cocktail reception at Midwood Cottage, which has quite rustic decor with wine barrels scattered around the property as well as rustic tables where we set up our wedding favours, card box/wishing well, etc. Our caterers did such an amazing job at keeping everyone well fed, and our wedding cake was amazing. The funniest moment had to be when Aubrey carried the cake up to the house for it to be cut and almost dropped it!
What was your most important lesson learned?
One of the biggest challenges we had early on in our wedding planning was that we tried to please everyone and take on everyone's advice. My best advice is to concentrate on what you and your partner want. Do not be afraid to tell people no when you are wedding planning. We could have saved ourselves a lot of stress by being more liberal with our application of the word “no.”
- Photographers: Aubrey Strawberry Photography and Dean Goodwin Photography (where noted)
- Photobooth/event photography: Dean Goodwin
- Dress: Beata Ridley
- Makeup: Jaye Marie Makeup and Beauty
- Hair: The Asgard Collective
- Ceremony and Reception styling: Vintage Pop Up Weddings
- Bridesmaid dresses: Cherri Lane
- Celebrant: Nikki Mauri
Comments on A dark and rockin’ goth garden wedding (with a must-see blue dress!)
Oh Emily, I literally squee’d when I saw your photos. Your dress is the exact same material and very close to the design of the one I am currently making. It was such a shock to see a kind of preview to what I can expect.
You look stunning, the whole thing is just fabulous and it looks like you had the best fun!
Sounds like we both have fabulous taste! I’m sure your dress will be stunning and I look forward to seeing your photos xx
So beautiful! Everything goes so well together! My girls are carrying lanterns too! Your veil is incredible! I’m trying to find a smoky lavender one myself!
Thank you 🙂
I made part of my veil myself, if you head to any fabric store and get bridal tulle they are easy enough to make. The top tier of my veil was the bit I handmade and spent many many hours on as it was all individual lace pieces sewn on by hand, I also hand sewed all the little blue beads around the edges
Ohhh wow, well done!! I’ve thought of making it but its hard finding anything besides white 🙁 you did an amazing job and it complemented your dress beautifully!
If you get stuck there’s always dye for synthetic fabrics that could work 🙂
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