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Real wedding: Shan and Bobby

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Shan and Bobby’s autumn wedding was a sunset gathering complete with beautiful DIY decorations and a stunning gold sequinned dress. The bride fills us in on the big day…

Getting ready 

Bobby and I can’t sleep well without each other, so we spent the night in our little cottage in Turner and woke up together the morning of the wedding, which was really special. He hightailed it to his mother’s place in Ainslie while I stayed and got ready in my own calm environment, just my sister and I with plenty of coffee and pastries.

After we parted ways to get ready we met back up a few hours later at Hotel Hotel where we saw each other for the first time for our “first look.” I was SO nervous – I just wanted to see him and have him comfort me into calmness. He looked so handsome – his wedding suit fit him like a dream and the Gucci neckerchief looked perfect.

The dress

I’ve known for as long as I can remember that I didn’t want a white dress for my wedding. I, unashamedly, like to be the centre of attention, so a gold, backless sequinned number was my weapon of choice. A friend of mine had her wedding dress hand made by a woman in Canberra and it was completely stunning – the most incredible detail and fine needlework I’d ever seen.  The designer, Rachel, was working out of a converted garage at her house and her work space was lined with one incredible dress after another. She was so warm and accommodating with my vague requests and (very) limited budget. She also made the black eye veil at my last minute request.

The ceremony

A close friend of ours got married on her childhood homestead and farm that was a second home to me when I was growing up. Her wedding was stunning and an obvious choice when it was offered to Bobby and I. It was also given to us without charge by the wonderful Stone family who owned the farm, so it saved us a LOT of money. The property is home to berry patches, an olive grove, two vineyards and orchards of fruit trees.

The reception

We set up a marquee for the reception. We wanted the day to be authentic to Bobby and I so we made sure the eleven hour day was full of fun, delicious food, cold booze and (loud) good music. We are big music fans – having first bonded over our favourite bands and our love of going to gigs and festivals.

We also set up plenty of comfy chill out spaces amongst the trees for guests to nap, make out or play games.  The tremendous humans at Teddy Picker’s produced the most delicious smorgasbord of flavours thanks to their exceptional culinary skills and research.  At the end of the night, our guests were sent home with a brown paper bag stuffed with zappos, handmade chocolate covered honeycomb, maltesers and a DELICIOUS cheese and vegemite sandwich – the way Mum used to do ‘em.


We strung up hundreds maybe thousands of eucalyptus branches, sourced from the property, to the ceiling of the marquee. It made it feel like you were in a forest and it smelt amazing! Though it took us hours to tie it all up, it was definitely worth it. To add a little extra to the ceremony tree we found a few discarded office cable trays that were about two meters long, tore up long strips of linen and tied them to the tray and hung it high either side of the tree.

They looked incredible billowing in the wind as we said our “I do’s” under the big old eucalypt. We also couldn’t work out what we wanted to use for confetti as we had a tight budget and found that ordering enough petals to fill a cup for everyone was going to be too exxy. Plus anything not decomposable or foreign to the area could wreak havoc on the handy little bees who make their honey in the trees and flowers in the area. So we decided on gum leaves! We stripped some branches and filled 130 cones made from old National Geographic magazine pages to the brim for our guests to hurl at our faces as we walked back down the aisle.


The little details

Ceremony venue: A friend’s farm in Bellmount Forest, just outside of Canberra NSW

Reception venue: A friend’s farm in Bellmount Forest, just outside of Canberra NSW

Photographer: Chad Barnier (friend)

Celebrant: Megan Bobos (friend) 

Videographer:  Mike Kenneally, Silver Linings Wedding Films 

Dress and veil:  Rachel Barton, One of a Kind Designs 

Bridesmaids’ dresses: Whatever they already had/ wanted to wear/ whatever made them feel the most beautiful!

Groom and groomsmen’s suits: Bobby wore a vintage dinner suit that my Pop owned, we had it altered by Annie’s Tailoring in Manuka. He also wore a Comme Des Garcons ‘PLAY’ heart shirt and a Gucci neckerchief. Groomsdudes wore whatever they already had/ wanted to wear/ whatever made them feel the most beautiful! (haha!)

Bride’s hair: Beth at Saloon 

Bride’s shoes: Senso 

Bridemaids’ shoes: Whatever they already had/ wanted to wear/ whatever made them feel the most able to cut a rug in!

Makeup: Heather Corrigan (family) @heathercorriganmua 

Flowers: Rachel Bethany (friend)

Cake:  Teddy Pickers 

Band/DJ: Tom Spira on the decks 

Stationery: Invitations designed by our gorgeous friend Todd Aaron Stratton @smoked_cane – Instagram

Aisle song: Palaces of Montezuma – Grinderman

Recessional song: This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody) – Talking Heads

First dance song: Golden Years – David Bowie

Last dance song: To Be Young (Is To Be Sad, Is To Be High) – Ryan Adams


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