Effortlessly Beautiful and Stress Free Backyard Wedding *

Effortlessly Beautiful and Stress Free Backyard Wedding *

As the years have gone on, backyard weddings have grown increasingly popular. From the pandemic to couples looking to save some money on their special day, more newlyweds are tying the knot in the comfort of their own home. When you think of backyard weddings, you may think of DIY decor and a small guest list. But that’s no longer the case–and Nour and Hussein’s stress-free backyard looks like it belongs in a magazine.

With the help of planner ASH Events Sydney, the bride’s backyard was turned into an ethereal ceremony space. It oozed elegance with white drapery, an ancient Greecian inspired backdrop, and over-the-top floral arrangements from Sweet Botanica

And, as if the decor wasn’t enough, Nour looked like a true angel in her custom Leah Da Gloria off-the-shoulder floral embroidered a-line gown. There’s something so magical about seeing such a whimsical gown paired with a city skyline–which photographer and Junebug member Salt Atelier captured beautifully. 

From the ceremony that belongs in Vogue to the zaffeh in the streets of Sydney, this one is sure to inspire anyone looking for backyard wedding inspo. 

The Couple:

Nour and Hussein

The Wedding:

Sydney, Australia

Drawing Inspiration For The Bridal Fashion

I spent a lot of time browsing on Instagram and Pinterest. I would pick and choose parts from different sources that I liked and put them together to fit my own style. We live in a time where the world is at our fingertips. I was able to see pictures from stylists and weddings from all around the world and draw inspo. I also really trusted all the people who were involved in putting together my wedding day look. From the dress to makeup and hair, I would tell them a little about what I like and what my vibe was and asked them to come up with something to add their touch to the concept because I knew they were all so great at their craft and really didn’t want to limit their creative abilities.

Personalizing The Ceremony With An Important Officiant

The sheik who married us had also married my sisters and their partners (who I adore). It was a small detail which I felt was special and still hold close to my heart.

A Memorable Post Ceremony Wedding March

In Lebanese culture, after the ceremony we do zaffeh–a wedding march with drummers and dancing–while leaving the bride’s home. This was the highlight of our day! All our neighbours came out and cars stopped to watch which blocked off our street. Family, friends, and strangers all gathered on the road in front of my home dancing to the beat of the drums to celebrate.

Ensuring Wedding Planning Was Stress Free

To be honest I really wanted to keep the stress to a minimum when planning the wedding. I never wanted to look back at the time leading up to our wedding and remember it to be a time full of stress. So I did everything I could to ensure the stress was limited (which admittedly didn’t always happen), hence why I think it so important to have a strong support system, which for me were my sisters and my event stylist.

The Wedding Team:

Photography – Salt Atelier
Event Planning – ASH Events Sydney
Floral Design – Sweet Botanica
Catering – Home Catered Catering
Cake – Sydney Dessert Co.
Makeup Artist – Ema Emily
Hair Styling – Peta Winter
Wedding Dress – Leah Da Gloria
Groom’s Attire – Rico Jordan
Marquee – Sydney Marquee Empire
Draping – SS Draping
Coffee Cart – Cart Hire
Lettering – Letters By LouLou
Illustrations – Popcorn Studio
Rings – Diamond Emporium
Rentals – The Treasure Room
Transportation – Unique Wedding Cars

 

Congratulations to Nour and Hussein on their stress-free backyard wedding! 

Adventurous Island And Mona Museum Wedding *

Adventurous Island And Mona Museum Wedding *

Adventurous Island And Mona Museum Wedding

An intimate elopement or a large extravagant celebration—why choose one when you could have both? With help from wedding planner Honeyfig, Frank and Naomi planned a day that incorporated elements from multiple wedding styles. They started with a forest elopement ceremony involving their children and ended with an epic unplugged reception in a museum. 

The Museum of Old and New Art—Australia’s oldest private museum—served as entertainment and a stunning canvas for reception decor. To add a personalized touch, jewel-toned floral arrangements—by The Floral Criteria—dressed the space in a simple, yet show-stopping manner. 

Photographer Jon Gazzignato captured every detail that’ll have nontraditional couples feeling inspired. Maybe you’re looking for ways to decorate your elopement ceremony. Maybe you’re in search of inspiration for ways to twist traditional wedding elements and make them your own. Whatever it may be, you’ve come to the right place. Get your Inspiration boards ready and get scrolling. 

More From Photographer On This Mona Museum Wedding 

The couple eloped in the forest on Bruny Island with their kids before taking the ferry back to Hobart and having an all out stylish wedding at the Mona Museum. I love the mix of intimacy, adventure, style, and party all in one day. The couple loves nature and art so combining those two things made for a truly special wedding. 

The Couple:

Naomi and Frank

The Wedding:

Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

Creating A Day That Fully Represents You 

We’re extremely proud of what we created. We’re not wedding people. So, we wanted to create a full day of festivities that showcases our interpretation of what a wedding means to us—ditching wedding traditions that didn’t hold true to our beliefs. And incredibly, we achieved this.  

Creating A Day That Fully Represents You 

We’re extremely proud of what we created. We’re not wedding people. So, we wanted to create a full day of festivities that showcases our interpretation of what a wedding means to us—ditching wedding traditions that didn’t hold true to our beliefs. And incredibly, we achieved this.  

Hand Written Vows Add A Personal Touch 

Our ceremony was deeply private. Our vows were written and spoken together with only our children as witnesses. We flew kites at the beach and celebrated with a picnic before catching the ferry to head towards our second unplugged reception, which was a small gathering of our closest friends and family.  

A Special Venue That Doubled An Entertainment 

We cut the cake first, then we took our wedding party through the art museum on a treasure hunt and into interactive art experiences. Finally ending in the most incredible restaurant to indulge in the finest food and wine on offer in Tasmania. Every single part of our day makes me smile and feel like we cherry-picked the best parts of our life and pulled it all together into one incredible fiesta. This is the wedding I would dream of being invited to and—even better—it was all ours.

Little Moments Make For The Most Memorable 

Walking into the ceremony in the forest with my soon-to-be-husband by my side was the most memorable moment for me. Our three children were standing and waiting for us in the most stunning forest location. We had chosen that location as a family the day before, making it even more special. The looks on their beautiful little faces when they saw us walk in will never leave me.

Advice For Couples Planning A Unique Wedding 

My advice to anyone planning their wedding is twofold. Firstly, have complete and utter trust in the talented team of wedding vendors assisting you. They’re all professionals and know what they’re doing. Choose vendors that you have a genuine connection with and give them your trust, they will make sure that your day is seamless and special. My second piece of advice is to relax, take a deep breath, and remember this is a celebration of love. There is no place for stress and angst in the process and certainly not on your wedding day.  

The Wedding Team:

Photography – Jon Gazzignato
Event Planning – Honeyfig
Ceremony + Reception Venue – Museum of Old and New Art
Floral Design – The Floral Criteria
Officiant – Nat Weaver
Invitation Design + Signage – Blossie
Makeup Artist – Tamsin Nolan
Hair Styling – Ben OBrien
Rings – Metal Urges

 

Congratulations to Frank and Naomi on their Mona museum wedding. And big thanks to photographer Jon Gazzignato for preserving these precious moments—proving that cookie-cutter weddings are overrated. Bring on the unconventional venues and unique celebrations! 

 

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Gorgeous Rainy Day Bower Estate Wedding *

Gorgeous Rainy Day Bower Estate Wedding *

Gorgeous Rainy Day Bower Estate Wedding

While many couples fear rain on their wedding day, it’s actually considered good luck in many cultures. And Jordan and Deshaun’s rainy day Bower Estate wedding is proof that not only is this true, but rain also makes for some seriously beautiful wedding photos! The couple tied the knot in an intimate outdoor ceremony surrounded by Queensland’s lush national parks before taking cover in a fairy-lit tent that can only be described as magical.

While Australia’s natural beauty during a rainstorm is hard to beat, the wedding fashion was the true star of the show. Jordan looked truly stunning in a blush custom Begitta gown complete with polka-dots and an oh-so-sexy slit, while Deshaun matched nature beautifully in his stone-colored suit. Not to mention the button-down ivory satin Shonna Joy bridesmaid dresses that tied both the bride and groom’s looks together perfectly.

So if earthy and effortless is what you’re looking for, keep scrolling through to see the beautiful photos captured by A’Daw Photography. And who knows, you may just change your mind about rainy day weddings. 

The Couple:

Jordan and Deshaun

The Wedding:

The Bower Estate, Queensland, Australia

Effortless Wedding Day Fashion

I always knew that our bridal party style would be made up of natural colors. I love unique pieces so getting a custom couture dress made by Begitta was the perfect choice. My bridesmaids wore cream color Shona Joydresses, and the boys had tailored stone color suits. I would say our overall style was natural and effortless. We had fresh, natural makeup looks by Alex Ouston and simple hairstyles by The Hair Therapist. 

A Memorable Rainy Walk Down The Aisle

We loved the entire day! Even the moments of sprinkling rain. Having all of our closest friends and family together was a pretty overwhelming feeling. There was so much love and happiness amongst everyone, and that’s the most special memory for us. We spent the day with everyone we love so much and who loves us. My uncle walking me down the aisle was such a special moment I’ll never forget.

Natural Vibes At The Bower Estate Wedding

Our wedding style was natural, effortless, and unrefined. It was made up of earthy, neutral color tones and was set amongst endless lush greenery and fairy lights. We had a family-style banquet and a beautiful caravan barfor everyone to enjoy. Our wedding had the most magical feel. It was filled with timeless selections that I know we’ll be obsessed with forever!

The Wedding Team:

Photography – A’Daw Photography
Venue – The Bower Estate
Floral Design – Daisy & Co
Cake – Bake Me Crazy
Officiant – Kate Totman
Live Music – Ali Crane, The Wayward Gentlemen
Videography – Wild Weddings
Makeup Artist – Alex Ouston
Wedding Dress – Begitta
Bridesmaids’ Apparel – Shona Joy
Photobooth – Botanical Booths
Glamping Tents – Glamping Hire Co

 

Congratulations again to Jordan and Deshaun on their rainy day Bower Estate wedding! Big thank you to A’Daw Photography for capturing and sharing their special day with Junebug. To find the photographer of your dreams who will help you capture every detail of your wedding, be sure to check out our directory of talented wedding photographers from around the world!

 

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Elegantly Earth-Toned Gabbinbar Wedding *

Elegantly Earth-Toned Gabbinbar Wedding *

Elegantly Earth-Toned Gabbinbar Wedding

Neutral doesn’t mean boring. In fact, selecting a neutral color palette allows for other elements to shine through on your wedding day—much like this elegant Australian celebration. Jess and Dan dreamed of creating a whimsical, earth-toned wedding day that radiated love and prioritized little moments. With the help of Junebug member Gabbinbar Homestead that’s exactly what they got. 

Gabbinbar Homestead is a historic, Australian venue that radiates elegance. Complete with enchanted gardens, fountains, and draped fairy lights, it’s the perfect spot for unique weddings of any size and theme. To preserve the venue’s beautiful existing features, Daisy and Co Flowers used earth-toned florals to frame the ceremony backdrop and better personalize the space.  

Every jaw-dropping element—from floral arrangements to the venue—shines through in these images captured by wedding photographer Bulb Creative. Whether you’re in search of neutral wedding inspiration or unique ways to infuse your day with personalized touches, this elegant nuptial is sure to kickstart your creative wedding planning process

More From The Venue On This Gabbinbar Wedding 

We host over two hundred stunning weddings every year at our exclusive heritage-listed homestead estate. With all the beautiful couples we’ve welcomed through our doors, we’re continually being captivated by the unique stories each brings. Dan and Jess were no exception. It was the perfect fusion of understated elegance and pure wow. Heartfelt speeches, warm candlelight, and effortlessly styled florals were the highlights of the reception which was followed by dancing with guests beneath the chandeliers in the ballroom. 

The Couple:

Jess and Dan

The Wedding:

Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia

 

Vendors Are A Top Priority

As a wedding photographer and videographer myself, my top priority was selecting our dream photographer and videographer. Even before I got engaged, I had my heart set on Bulb Creative and Sam Fregonese to capture our day! Not only are they extremely talented, but they are also the sweetest humans who made our day so fun. I made sure they were both available before booking our date and venue. We were so blessed to have them as part of our day.

The Ceremony Being The Most Most Memorable 

The ceremony was the most memorable part of the day for us. Getting to worship God together and sharing our personal vows to one another was a dream. All whilst being surrounded by the people we love most in the world—the sweetest and most treasured moment. For us, it felt like a glimpse into heaven.

 

Wedding Planning Is Easy When You Marry Your Best Friend 

My main piece of wedding planning advice would be to focus on what really matters: marrying your best friend. It’s definitely fun to pick out and plan all the details, but when you think back to your wedding day, it’s the little moments that you’ll remember. The look on your dad’s face when he sees you in your wedding dress, the happy tears you get as you read a sweet note from your partner, the excitement as you begin to walk down the aisle. It’s truly these sweet moments that’ll mean the most. Try not to stress too much about the other things. 

The Venue Was Love At First Sight

Over the years that I’ve been in the wedding industry, I’ve visited many beautiful venues. But I completely fell in love with  Gabbinbar Homestead the very first time I visited around four years ago. From that moment, I dreamed of getting married there one day! There’s so much natural beauty and the Homestead is breathtaking, especially the reception conservatory with the glass ceiling. Above all else, the staff are the best in the business. They’re so friendly, accommodating, and diligent. We couldn’t be more grateful for everything that they did for us in making our wedding day the best day of our lives.

Make Your Ceremony Your Own 

It was very important to Dan and me that our ceremony was Christ-centred and reflected our faith. We opened the ceremony with worship which was such a joyful and powerful moment. We were so blessed to have both our pastors conduct our ceremony. I also loved that Dan and I were able to share communion together right after the ceremony.

The Wedding Team:

Photography – Bulb Creative
Ceremony + Reception Venue + Catering  – Gabbinbar Homestead
Floral Design – Daisy and Co Flowers
Officiant – Pastor Chris Hodgeman
DJ – Michael Vos Music
Live Music – Michael Vos Music
Videography – Sam Fregonese
Makeup Artist – Tayla Kay Make-up Artist 
Hair Styling – Paula Maree Hair
Wedding Dress – Noah from Grace Loves Lace
Bridesmaids’ Apparel – Shona Joy + Born to Be Chic + Third Form
Groom’s Apparel – Politix

 

Congratulations to Jess and Dan on their earth-toned Gabbinbar wedding that celebrated their love for family, God, and each other. And big thanks to Junebug members Gabbinbar Homestead for sharing this inspo-rich celebration that’ll have couples dreaming of neutral palettes

 

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Kangaroo Valley Wedding at Ooralba Estate with a Twist *

Kangaroo Valley Wedding at Ooralba Estate with a Twist *

When wedding planning, Lauren and Jack knew they wanted a venue that not only had sweeping views but could also look chic. Once they stumbled on Ooralba Estate, they knew it was the one.

With the help of Kashaya & Co, the couple turned the countryside setting into something from a fashion magazine. The ceremony was complete with lush greenery and linens that fluttered with the wind, while the reception was filled with black, white, and gold elegant touches. It was the perfect combination of country and romantic.

We could talk about how fun this wedding looked but we love what their photographer, The Bold Americana, had to say about the day:

The Bold Americana’s Take On The Day

“Lauren is the CEO of an app called Glamazon, and Jack is a well-known DJ in the Bondi Beach area. As you’d expect, they both were able to put a bunch of style and flair into their day. Lauren, the bride, had a custom wedding dress by J. Andretta, which was stunning and beautifully unique. The day progressed with performances by some of their local singer-songwriter friends and lots of fun champagne-filled dances.”

The Couple:

Lauren and Jack

The Wedding:

Ooralba Estate,  Kangaroo Valley, NSW, Australia

Bridal Fashion

My wedding day fashion was inspired by Christian Dior couture–always sensual and romantic with an edge. I love the straight neck bodice and exposed corset of many of the historically classic Dior dresses. However, I didn’t want anything too ‘pretty’ and ‘typically bridal,’ so I opted for asymmetrical clusters of pearls instead of lace. I also decided to complement the femininity of my wedding dress with the edge of an ear cuff and a black satin ribbon for my ponytail.  My beauty look was a slightly elevated version of my day to day makeup, and I opted for cherry black nails—a nail color I’ve worn for more than ten years. Choosing some of my normal beauty elements helped me feel like myself on the day.

Country Chic + Art Deco Vibes at Ooralba Estate

The location dictated the vibe of the wedding. The natural environment with rolling greens and the manicured hedges set the tone for a ‘country chic’ look and feel. My love of romantic and art deco style (I have a 1920s art deco engagement ring) also influenced the design and style. 

The Bride’s Memorable Moments

We felt the most present during that first hour, and we remember every tiny detail of those first moments as husband and wife. The second most memorable part was the dancing when we entered the tent. This is a Jewish tradition and we both danced our hearts out. I sweated off my makeup and got a stitch from dancing so much.

The Colors and Details Accented Carefully Curated Vibes

We knew from the get-go that we wanted to have a dramatic color palette for the florals, opting for deep plum, burgundy, red, and pale pinks. We wanted them to compliment the black cutlery and black silk ribbon with our guests’ names embossed in gold as table settings. This dramatic, almost gothic romantic vibe was softened by the pale crushed linen tablecloths and white candlesticks.

The Wedding Team:

Photography – The Bold Americana
Second Photographer – Chloe Paul
Event Planning – Kashaya & Co
Reception Venue – Ooralba Estate
Catering – Drake Eatery Bondi Beach
Live Music – Conrad Sewell, Kamaliza
Videography – Moon and Back Co
Invitation Design – Bliss & Bone
Makeup Artist – Sascha Martini
Hair Styling – Belle Jackson
Wedding Dress – J. Andretta
Bridesmaids’ Apparel – Bec + Bridge
Favors – Mon Purse

Congratulations again to Lauren and Jack on their country-chic vintage-inspired wedding at Ooralba Estate! Thanks to The Bold Americana, who did an incredible job of capturing the beauty of the day. If you’re stuck planning your own outdoor wedding, check out our guide on how to style your outdoor wedding reception dinner!

 

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