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Alice and Johnny’s relaxed backyard wedding

HerCanberra Team

Designer Alice Sutton and Johnny’s gorgeous backyard wedding on their parent’s tennis court had a sustainable theme with relaxed styling (the bride designed her own dress, as well as her bridesmaids’ and the mother of the bride!).

We asked Alice to take us through the day.

Ceremony

We had always thought we would get married at my parent’s house as they have a beautiful garden and we feel very relaxed when we are there.

We had the ceremony in front of the rose garden and under the huge tree in their garden that survived the Canberra bush fires of 2003.

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My dress was designed and made by me – I have a sustainable fashion label called EDITION. I have been designing and making for EDITION in Canberra for four years and I had to take the challenge to make my own wedding dress!

When I found the fabric I knew straight away it was what I wanted. It is a wool and viscose blend so had a beautiful drape and it was a grey white. I knew I didn’t want a white dress but wasn’t sure what colour, so when I found the off-white grey/silver it was perfect.

Reception

As soon as the ceremony finished everyone went into the marquee and had a drink. We also had table tennis tables, giant jenga and other games set up for kids and adults.

We couldn’t stop smiling! Some of the highlights were when everyone took their heels off and started playing ‘around the world’ table tennis and the dancing that went on into the wee hours of the morning thanks to our fantastic DJ Lachlan Smith!

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For the reception styling, like my label, I kept it very simple and refined. My sister Marney, Lauren Cooper from Loveday Designs and myself bought flowers from the markets for table styling and the bouquets with a focus on native flowers.

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I collected the jars myself by recycling food jars at home and they worked perfectly with the rusted wine barrels, timbre chairs and exposed timber tables. We had high timber bar tables that worked really well for people to all stand around all afternoon and night.

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We decided not to have a photography session between the ceremony and reception as we didn’t want to miss out on the party! That was the reason I asked Lauren Campbell to be our photographer as she is able to capture everything happening naturally.

We didn’t want posed wedding photos, just us having a great time together and she did such an amazing job!

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THE LITTLE DETAILS

PHOTOGRAPHER Lauren Campbell

VIDEOGRAPHER Margaret Ophel

CELEBRANT Hannah Noller

DRESS EDITION

SHOES Tino Lanzi

EARRINGS AND WEDDING BANDS Phoebe Porter

BRIDESMAIDS’ DRESSES EDITION

BRIDESMAID’S JEWELLERY Phoebe Porter

GROOM AND GROOMSMEN’S SUITS MJ Bale

GROOM’S WATCH Tissot

BRIDE’S HAIR Leslie Henshaw, Next Hair Braddon

BRIDESMAIDS’ HAIR Leslie Henshaw, Next Hair Braddon

MAKEUP Hayley Boyle

RECEPTION STYLIST EDITION

FLOWERS EDITION and Lauren Cooper of Love Day Designs

CATERER Eat your words

ICE CREAM Cheesecake Baculo

DJ Lachlan Smith

STATIONERY Hannah Baker, designed invites and signs and letterpressed by Artforme

FIRST DANCE SONG Electric Feel by MGMT, bride walked down the aisle to You are the One by Safia

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