As an interior designer I had no doubt in my mind why Wenying had chosen Coombe Farm for her Yarra Valley wedding. The sleek mix of old and new in the architecturally design restaurant set a wonderful scene for what was to be an understated but elegant party.
When we first met, Wenying explained she did not really like flowers. I was a bit taken aback by this but realised it wasn’t the flowers she didn’t like but the typical wedding look. She wanted me to draw inspiration from architecture and buildings, to find a more structural and textured approach. As a clever designer in her own right, she enlisted the help of stylist Ruffles and Bells, to help bring her vision to life and source all the elements required. I worked closely with the Ruffles and Bells team in the months leading up the wedding to ensure we had all bases covered and were staying true to Wenying’s vision.
We drew on the local bush for inspiration. Australian natives featured heavily in Wenying’s flowers, giving us the interesting textures she was after. They married in the Coombe Farm gardens under an elaborate floral archway filled with peonies and king proteas. The couple looked happy and content. After a cold spring, guests were shocked by the first hot day of the season, a sweltering 35 degrees.
Inside the restaurant we kept things simple to let the interesting design and textures of the building shine through. Simple set ups filled with hurricane lanterns, candles and native foliage laid straight on the table suited both the round and rectangular guest tables. The bridal table was the only one with flowers. Over the dance floor native foliage was strung from the open beams of the old part of the building. Simple and Elegant was the flavour of the day.
For more Yarra Valley weddings check out: Pat and Neala and Rachel and Matt