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A vintage, country wedding

My vintage country wedding

It’s taken me months and months, but I’ve finally sat down and gone through my vintage country wedding photos to create our album. While reliving every photo (our beautiful photographer, Nerida, gave us quite a selection to choose from!), it occurred to me that it might be a good idea to share a few of our photos, as my wedding was the birthplace of Betty May Vintage Hire.

Ben and I didn’t want an over-complicated wedding. We wanted to keep things simple and go for a mainly DIY wedding. There are so many things that we loved about the day – the simplicity of the styling and the personal touches – like matching the souvenir spoons on the bomboniere to our guests; carefully choosing each song in the playlist; hand picking plates; personally choosing peonies from the Spring Hill Peony Farm; and serving our guests with Shiraz produced by Ben’s dad.

Both coming from close knit families, we wanted our wedding to feel like one big family dinner where everyone shared stories, food and drink. We decided to have the reception at Ben’s parents property with shared plates down the middle of long trestle tables dressed in vintage linens and crockery.

My mum and grandma have always been avid collectors of antiques and second hand treasures, which I also love too, so we incorporated lots of vintage props and treasures like a small meatsafe for cards, vintage ladders to display flowers, wire handled jars for flowers and candles (made by my dad), cut glass and crystal dishes for salt & pepper and fine bone china tea cups.

We did all of the styling ourselves – around the property, in the garden and in the marquee. We folded the napkins, set the tables and shared our wine – just as we would do if we had people over for lunch or dinner. My mum even made the wedding cake.

Here’s some of our favourite photos from our big vintage country wedding. Hope you enjoy them.

Photography by Nerida Phelan Photography.

 

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