Something borrowed…

We are in the middle of wedding season – and it’s Valentine’s day – so what better time than to share this loved up, inspirational sustainable wedding of Sarah and Bray.

Sarah, Manager of our Brunswick store wanted a thoroughly sustainable wedding and one that she could organise herself. Sarah proved that you don’t need the expense of a wedding planner, and that you can DIY it if you’re well organised. It can also save you a lot of money – Sarah’s wedding cost came in at $12k for absolutely everything!

Her venue was found by her maid of honour who’s family own a farm near the hall. Located in a tiny town of Jeetho in South Gippsland,  it was the perfect location – vintage and intimate, yet roomy for her 100 guests. Sarah’s theme ‘Rustic Countryside’ worked with a colour palette based around dark reds and emerald greens and floral displays to soften the look. She would allocate a few hours to gather ideas and inspiration on Pinterest, by scrapbooking or following her favourite stylists on Instagram and building her wedding mood board.

Sarah’s maid of honour found this gorgeous little hall in Jeetho, near her family’s farm in South Gippsland. It was the perfect venue – an intimate space, full of natural wood with a rustic vibe which inspired the dark red and emerald green colour scheme for the ceremony.
The gorgeous flower displays were arranged by @ravenandtherose whom Sarah florists with for weddings and events. Local to the Macedon area, they use as many secondhand and repurposed vases and props as possible in their amazing arrangements. The ceremony cowhide rug was found at Salvos Stores.
Sarah’s three bridesmaids, flower girl and groomsmen outfits were all sourced from different Salvos Stores across Victoria, yet work so well together!

She spent twelve months sourcing everything from the decor to the outfits and for the things she couldn’t find, she made by repurposing found objects – like the bar from wooden pallets, old books made into bunting, and fruit crates as tables. Sarah’s veil, Bray’s fedora hat and Gucci loafers were op shopped, as well as the three bridesmaids, the three groomsmen, her gorgeous flower girl, and the Mother of the Bride outfits.

Sarah’s stunning bouquet by @ravenandtherose.

Sarah’s Wedding Day Tip:
Try to relax and ensure that on the day of the wedding
you find some me time so it’s not all go-go-go!

Sarah’s mum wearing her gorgeous opped Mother of the Bride outfit, and behind her, the bunting made from old books.

After the ceremony, wedding guest partied into the night in a big hired marquee (the biggest expense of all) and then all camped overnight before leaving on Sunday. Sarah says ‘it felt like a mini festival!’.

Every detail was carefully considered to ensure the smallest environmental footprint possible. All cutlery and crockery were biodegradable and instead of throwing confetti, guests threw flower petals. Afterwards, decorations were either donated back to the op shop (or used as store displays!) or repurposed (again!) with the bar now being used as an outdoor table by Sarah and Bray. The love just keeps going!

Old fruit crates and vintage bric-a-brack were used with touches of greenery to create a ‘rustic countryside’ theme through the venue.




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