Pat and Neala wanted to bring elements of fun into their Stones of the Yarra Valley wedding. Lots of bright colour and playful ideas were the order of the day. Brought to me by the fabulous Stacey from Miss Mooi, stylist and event planner, we worked on a vibrant concept that picked the brightest seasonal blooms to fill the iconic Chapel and heritage listed Barn.
Neala wanted the day to be a big party, for guests to enjoy themselves and let their hair down. Playful characters like pink flamingos were stuck in the lawns outside the Dairy where guests could play games and have a drink after the ceremony.
Neala loved peonies and we had discussed including some in her bridal flowers. When her October wedding date rolled around this proved somewhat difficult. With an unseasonably cold spring, the peony season was running 4 weeks behind any normal year. I set the task to my growers to do everything humanly possibly to find Neala some peonies! With days to go they came through with the goods. Only just ready for picking; some pink varieties of tree peonies were delivered. They were the tiniest of tight buds and it was just 15 degrees outside so we had to get creative in getting them to shine for Neala’s big day. I stripped them, cut them and put them in warm buckets of sugary water. These buckets then sat in the back of my car baking in the sun for 2 days. Every few hours when the sun had moved, I would move the car so it was in sunshine again. We do go to extraordinary lengths for our clients but it was worth it, the peonies were SPECTACULAR!
We wanted to do something a little different inside the Barn at Stones of the Yarra Valley. Instead of the usual hanging centrepiece we decorated the posts with foliage and bright flowers and connected them with ribbons, it filled the space beautifuly and framed the view out into the vines perfectly. Gorgeous winding centrepieces filled with gum and seasonal flowers (yes, some peonies!) crept down the guest tables. A 3-tier semi-nude wedding cake sat in the centre of the room, decorated with pretty fresh flowers.
Lots of laughter and dancing did make this vibrant wedding full of fun just as Neala and Pat had hoped.
For more Yarra Valley Weddings check out: Rachel and Matt and Wenying and Nicklaus