Ashley & Luke’s Charming and Easygoing DIY Farm Wedding in Melbourne
Happy Friday once again! Are you ready to take on the weekend? I myself can’t wait to spend some time away from the computer but before you do the same, feast your eyes on this charming wedding in a Melbourne farm. Lovely couple Ashley and Luke wanted a laid back celebration with an easy going farm feel & with most formalities out the window. Now if the gorgeous photos by Poptastic Bride regular — and fave — Lakshal Perera a.k.a. Lucky (see his previously featured work + interview) are any basis, it seems like they pulled it off and beautifully at that! Little personal touches were incorporated, from the rustic & pretty DIY decor Ashley herself labored on to the fact that it took place in a farm to reflect the couple’s love for animals. (Oh yes this feature has a lot of adorable 4-legged creatures, from a dog and a kitty to cows and llamas so prepare for cuteness overload!)
Sigh, I love how Lucky always sends me photos that allow me to tell a story — aren’t these shots amazing? And didn’t I tell you this wedding was beautiful. There’s more funky-prettiness to come so brace yourselves!
From this point on, I’ll let the lovely Ashley tell you more about herself & Luke and their wedding:
Luke is a spray painter, he paints old American cars and hot rods. He’s a member of a car club and actually wore a white version of his club t-shit under his white formal shirt on the day! I’m a former hairdresser, now veterinary nurse. I’ve worked in the vet industry for 4 years and now work at a specialist surgery and medicine clinic, my dogs are my life!
Luke and I both wanted our Grandparents involved in the ceremony, I had both my Dad and Grandad (Mother’s Father) walk me down the isle, and both of our Nanna’s were our witnesses.
Part of the appeal of choosing our venue was that it was charity owned and based. The deposit and cost of hiring the venue all went back into the charity.
One of the most awesome aspects of our wedding were our invitations, they were individually printed on thin plywood to enhance our farm/barn feel.
I spent my spare time in the months leading up to the wedding creating our decorations, from gluing cupcake patties to styrofoam balls, to binding glass juice bottles together with brown string to create multiple vases (thanks to my co-workers for drinking so much juice!)
A few parting insights + words of advice:
You can never be too prepared, but you need time out!
One of my little stress relievers that was productive was making the decoration while watching a movie or tv series on dvd. Because I was making things on mass, it became a mechanical motion more about being physically busy than mentally!
Meet your photographer before the big day, even if you’re super confident, it makes it so much easier if you have things in common and can have a laugh!
Huge thanks to the always fabulous Lucky for sending another ravishing wedding my way, and congratulations to Ashley & Luke! Here’s wishing you guys a lifetime of married bliss.
Photographer: Lakshal Perera (bride’s note: Photographer of Awesome Stuff!)
Venue: Sages Cottage and Farm
Caterers: Toorak Caterers (bride’s note: Kristy was brilliant, amazing staff on the night too.)
Stationery: Little Wing (Abby Kerr)
Hair: Dani North, 0419936522
Make Up: Kate Smith Makeup
(All are based in Melbourne, Australia)