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Viviana and Brad’s whimsical autumn wedding

HerCanberra Team

Viviana and Brad chose a ceremony location close to their hearts, followed by a stunning DIY-styled reception at Strathnairn Arts Woolshed in Holt, with the bride wearing an incredible 1960s pre-loved wedding dress that she picked up for $100!

23 APRIL 2016 
CEREMONY: CANBERRA GRAMMAR SCHOOL
RECEPTION: STRATHNAIRN ARTS WOOLSHED, HOLT

Getting ready 

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Brad got ready at our house in Casey after going for a morning run with some of his mates, followed by breakfast at Braddon, while I got ready at my sister’s place in Evatt. I had my closest friends over early in the morning for a pre-wedding morning breakfast feast.

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Dress

For my dress, I always knew I wanted to have lace and a longish train. I fell in love with old pre-loved wedding dresses when I went to London in 2014 and visited some designer op shops with my mum. My dress was a pre-loved wedding dress from the 1960s that I picked up from the Salvos in Bateman’s Bay for $100. I immediately fell in love with the guipure lace on bodice and the train on the dress.

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I am very lucky that my mum is a talented seamstress and we transformed the wedding dress to be a modern, elegant and a little bit sexy. We removed the satin underneath the guipure lace on the bodice to give more of a sheer effect and made the back a low V that met the train.

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The train was detachable so I could walk around and dance at the reception. The skirt was a high split at the front that revealed my legs only when I walked.

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Ceremony

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Brad attended Canberra Grammar School and we loved the main quadrangle, especially the old English-style buildings with the vines growing on them. We also knew that in April the colours would be spectacular with the leaves turning beautiful autumn tones.

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Reception

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The reception was a blank canvas, so we could decorate and cater the way we wanted.  The priorities for us were photography and ensuring our guests had a good time.

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That meant having plenty of food, alcohol and a great band. Although it’s more work, a DIY wedding can save you thousands—especially if you find a venue that allows for DIY catering.

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The details

PHOTOGRAPHER

Silque Photography

CELEBRANT

Andrew Robinson (Canberra Grammar Chaplain)

DRESS

Couture wedding dress

BRIDESMAIDS’ DRESSES

Made by bride’s mum 

GROOM AND GROOMSMEN’S SUITS

Connor Suits, Jeff Banks Shirts, Dom Bagnato accessories 

BRIDE’S HAIR

Hair by Jade

BRIDESMAIDS’ HAIR

Hair by Jade

MAKEUP

Andrew James

FLOWERS

Flowers from the Garden

CARS

Thrifty Hire Cars

CAKE

Made by friend

BAND

Boppo 

FIRST DANCE SONG

‘How Long Will I Love You’ – Ellie Goulding

This article originally appeared as part in UNVEILED Issue Two for Autumn/Winter 2017. Read it now here.

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