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Why Do We Love This Australian Wedding? Let Us Count The Ways


bride and her bridesmaids rocking burnt orange twist wrap dresses

This Austrailian shabby chic wedding with a modern twist has captured our hearts... but why exactly? Is it the burnt orange twist wrap dresses that the bridesmaids are all rocking? Oh boy, do we love this surprising color and how phenomenal the bridal party looks in it. Is it the rustic family style reception seating complete with sawhorse leg tables and mismatched chairs? We cannot deny that we stared at those for a while. 

And check out the full gallery where you can see even more of this gorgeous wedding photographed by Stories With Mel, and let us know why you love this wedding down in the comments! 

bride in her off the shoulder curve hugging wedding gown

bride and her bridesmiadpop the cork on this wedding

here comes the bridal party

wedding party in navy and burnt orange

sweet sunset wedding portraits

simple and paired down wedding ceremony

here comes the bride

bridesmaid fixing the brides trainhappy mother and father of the bridetying the knot

wedding party watches at the bride and groom make it official

The Venue

Matt and Mel chose Wallalong House for their day, as it had a story of its own that they could share with their friends and family. I think I had to pick my jaw up off the ground a few times. Everywhere you looked there were beautiful backgrounds. The breathtaking views of the farmlands provided the perfect backdrop for the ceremony, which was held beneath the 190+-year-old fig trees on the property. 

Handmade Gifts

Mel loves a good DIY and created the designs for their stationery, she put together the gifts for their guests and handmade the incredible fur shawls for her bridesmaids (which were later referenced to Game of Thrones by the bridal party). 

rustic shabby chic family style seating

mismatched wedding seating for your tented wedding receptionmarbled wedding place settingwedding menu and place settings

cascading wedding floralshappy newlyweds

cascading floral table halo for the head table

The Reception

Matt and Mel truly are a special couple and that was well reflected by the loving atmosphere of their family and friends. Three of the longest tables I have ever seen were filled with their nearest and dearest. They were so appreciative of having so many of their loved ones join them to celebrate. 

The whole marquee was in stitches after two of Mel's bridesmaids, Louise and Tess gave speeches about how they had met Mel, and shared some hilarious moments that they had experienced together, including the recount of how Matt and Mel broke the "friend zone". 

Mel's Dad started his speech with a line that I won't forget; "I am Mel's Dad. The happiest Dad." Both Matt and Mel's Father's gave touching speeches about how proud they were of Matt and Mel, and all they have achieved professionally and together as a couple. The whole day was just so fun and had this amazing energy, which I am so grateful to have been invited to be a part of. 

wedding cake cutting

Get a closer look at this shabby chic wedding with a modern twist by watching the fabulous film created by Matthew Nelson Videography below.

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