Laura and Ben wanted to have a fun, memorable wedding celebration with all of their favourite people. To ensure their wedding didn’t have a curfew or a restriction on the number of guests, they went with a backyard wedding at their property in Beecher. And, to ensure the fun element was met, they chose a festival themed wedding which they aptly called ‘Plattapalooza Wedfest’! We love that Laura and Ben chose a wedding uniquely them! Thank you so much to Jessica Turich Photography for sharing the day with us.
Our favourite details of the wedding:
We had festival arm bands on arrival, a festival map to ensure no one got lost, a tipi village to chill out in, plenty of live music playing on the ‘main stage’, merchandise (our ‘thankyou’ gifts for our guests – PLATTAPALOOZA CD with the songs that were the big hits from our day). Pre-event, there was a festival facebook event page to keep the ‘crowd’ informed and to answer any questions regarding the ‘festival chic’ dress code and to advertise the camp grounds which were available.
The bridal party wore mismatched outfits to ensure their fashion flare was unique to them and the girls were donned with beautiful fresh flower crowns.
We had to do a lot of preparation work to our yard. We made the majority of the decorations and most of the furniture for the day. We received a lot of help from our families and our bridal party to execute everything – it was a lot of hard work.
Tell us about the proposal!
Ben proposed at Heron Island, he bought a local souvenir turtle ring and placed it on coral while we were snorkeling around the infamous Heron wreck – it was beautiful!
I ended up getting my engagement ring from Patrick Jewelers
. We designed the ring with Rhyll Patrick. It is a Morganite stone which is set in rose gold and has diamonds on the band.
Tell us about finding your wedding dress.
I only tried a couple of wedding dresses on. I found a design I liked through Pinterest but thought it would be best to try a couple on to make sure it was the one… it was. My dress was made by Kellyanne Russell. We changed the original design to make it my ‘own’ and it was actually a skirt and top. I had a second skirt made for the reception which was my party skirt – it was my favourite!!
Kellyanne Russell was amazing to work with, she knows exactly what she is talking about and is very thorough. Each visit was a mini wedding planning session; she cares about you and your wedding, not just about your dress. It was always such a pleasure to visit; nothing was too hard of a task!
Tell us about your wedding photographer.
I chose our wedding date making sure I could secure a date with Jessica Turich Photography
!! I knew I needed her to capture our wedding. Her photography style is relaxed, beautiful, engaging and fun. I love how she takes in the scenery around you but ensures that you are the main centerpiece. She tells a beautiful story.
I am over the moon with our photos. They reflect all of our hard work that we put in to our wedding and show our personalities and love for each other – we will cherish these memories forever! The comments I have received from my guests and friends cemented how amazing my photos really are. Jess was able to capture our day beautifully; the pictures really make you feel like you are there.
Jess is a beautiful person who has a great personality, this helps a lot when it comes to planning your wedding day – she makes it very fun and enjoyable. I would recommend everyone to check out her amazing photos and look into trying to try secure her for your big day. You only get to celebrate your wedding day once so you need to ensure you have the best photographer so you can treasure your special day!
Any other details that you would like to share including details of any suppliers who you feel deserve a special mention:
I love wedding stationary, so I knew I wanted to pay extra attention with organising it! I ended up working with the amazingly talented Madelyn Hayes from Beautiful Chaos Designs, I found a similar design I liked online but I wanted the designs tweaked to be ‘us’ and I wanted them to all have a festival touch. Maddy designed our: Save the dates / invites / ceremony programs / CD cover / festival arm bands. She used watercolour paintings and various graphics programs. All of the stationary was incredible – I received so many compliments about them!
One last special mention to my amazing florist – Little Bloom Room
. Sarah did a fantastic job!! The brief for my flowers was ‘bright, fun, festival chic’ and she pulled it off. She did the bouquets, ceremony arch, tipi centerpiece, ceremony flowers, the boutonnieres and all of the ceremony flowers. She had amazing ideas with what flowers would work best and executed it. I absolutely loved everything she did and to top it off she was a pleasure to work with.
Wedding Dress: Kellyanne Russell | Bridesmaid Dresses: Wilde Willow, Honey and Beau, City Chic, ASOS | Groom: E-Male Lifestyle (shirt and shoes), Roger David (suspenders), Kellyanne Russell (bow tie) | Hair: Unique Mobile Hair and Makeup | Makeup: Lush Beauty | Photography: Jessica Turich Photography | Videography: J’Adore Wedding Films and Photography | Location: Bride and Groom’s property | Tipi: Tipi Luxe | Music: Timmy Andersen – Rhythm Link | Florist: Little Bloom Room | Flower Crowns: Ribbon and Lace Off and Racing | Cake: OMG it’s all about CAKES | Stationary: Beautiful Chaos Designs