20s Summer Afternoon Wedding – Cindy & Matt

Cindy wanted a 20’s inspired garden wedding- along the lines of the Great Gatsby (this was before the Baz Lurhmann movie, mind you!) and with the sense of fun had by the ‘bright young things’ of that era. Whilst the theme was Cindy’s idea, her fiancé Matt was sold on the idea that it would be a relaxed and fun party for all. “We wanted to provide our guests with enough activities so that they’d mingle across our various circles; host the wedding in relaxed but beautiful surroundings; have great food, free flowing drink and great music… and lastly give them something to remember the wedding by,” recalls Cindy.

“I found wedding blogs (including the Vintage and Handmade Bride blog, which is great, seeing as my own wedding is on here now!) and Pinterest really useful resources, when looking for wedding inspiration. My wonderful friends and family helped make my ideas a reality. My mother-in-law made the delicious wedding cupcakes. A friend pulled together the flowers and centerpieces for the venue. My father-in-law built the wonderful photo backdrop of the man in the moon, using some art deco wall paper I ordered online. I sourced the fabric for the bow-ties for all the gents in our wedding party (including one for Elvis, our dog). My beautiful stationery and lolly buffet were pulled together by one of my best friends (who was also the most patient sounding board for my crazy ideas).  And I made all the boutonnieres, out of various ribbons, lace and fabric off cuts from the bow-ties.”

Cindy & Matt started with a traditional tea ceremony and Cindy’s traditional dress was simply stunning!!

“We really wanted a photographer who was going to take shots in action- minimal posed photos, and capture people’s feelings and reactions as they happened. We couldn’t be happier with Lara, and I absolutely love my wedding album and the slideshow that she put together for us. In fact, she and her assistant helped us keep our wedding dance a surprise, till the very end.”

One of Cindy’s favourite moments in the day was the photo shoot in their neighbourhood with their dogs. “I love that they matched us, and we have a keepsake of the day with them.”

“A talented friend made my lace headpiece (AND a matching one for Pickles, our other dog).”

Cindy decided to forgo a wedding bouquet, as she had both her parents walk her up the aisle. “I loved walking up the aisle with my parents, to the Turtles’ ‘Happy Together’, played very well, by our band.”

“My dress was a three way collaboration between myself, a lovely dressmaker, and a friend I made, from a random conversation at a café!”

“For our venue, we were quite taken by Rippon Lea– with its manicured lawn, and the ball room with its beautiful art deco details, leading out onto the pool terrace. However, when the event co-ordinators mentioned that they could organise Pimms, lawn bowls and croquet after the wedding ceremony, we wasted no time in booking our wedding with them! We decided on finger food, catered by Peter Rowland (they were the other reason we jumped at the opportunity to have our wedding at Rippon Lea).”

“We didn’t want a sit down meal, as we both wanted guests to be able to mingle as they chose, as well as allow us more time to get around and talk to our guests. This meant we had to source our own furniture for the venue, as it was only set up for sit down meals. I was scrambling around for a “creative” (aka, cheap/free) solution, when someone recommended checking out theatre companies. Luckily, we were able to borrow some interesting furniture from the Melbourne Theatre Company. Mixed with some of the venue’s dining chairs, and smaller tables; it all ended up looking perfect.”

To really add to the atmosphere of the event, Cindy and Matt requested that their guests dress in 1920s style attire – we just love this jaunty gent in his cap, vest and “plus fours”!

At the reception Cindy and Matt had a surprise wedding dance  for their guests!   “We danced to “Settle down”, Kimbra. And decided to do a choreographed robot dance, in homemade robot masks. Who’s fiance would ever agree to that? MINE. And HIM, I love most of all.”

Photographer: Lara Luz
Bride’s Dresses: designed by a friend Rayne Giles and made by a dressmaker Margaret Campbell
Bride’s Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell platforms and Chic footwear flats (online)
Groom’s Suit: Bespoke
Groom’s Shoes: Kenneth Cole
Hair & make-up: Hair by Ivan Constable, Saint Louie
Bride’s Rings: Katherine Bowman rings
Groom’s Ring: Michael Hill Jewellers
Accessories: Kaia Hillier
Bouquet/s & pins: DIY by Cindy
Other flowers: Dina Alexander, a friend
Cake: Barbara Adams, Mother of Groom
Ceremony venue: Rippon Lea Estate
Reception venue: Rippon Lea Estate
Catering (inc DIY catering): Peter Rowland Catering
Celebrant: Georgina Andrews
Entertainment: Orlando Combo
Borrowed furniture: Melbourne Theatre Company
Invitations/stationery: Phuong Luong, a friend
Lolly buffet: Phuong Luong
Transport: Vintage Bentley loaned from family friend
Wedding planner/stylist/decorations: Joint effort –  DIY between Cindy and Phuong