Ellie & Michael’s Vintage Outdoor Wedding

Ellie & Michael’s wedding day started at her Nana’s home with Ellie wearing her Nana’s wedding dress from 1945!

The ceremony then took place on Ellie’s family’s property at Yarras. The property has been in their family for nearly 200 years, with Ellie spending many Christmases there playing with her cousins under the Jacarandas and along the same river bank which they then held their ceremony.

Photographer, Stories with Mel recalls, “While talking to Ellie about her plans she mentioned the Jacarandas and how she had planned a November date to ensure they were in bloom. Ellie shares my love for golden hour lighting and we managed to combine the Jacarandas and the perfect afternoon light for possibly my favourite photo of all time.”

So much of Ellie and Michael’s wedding day was made possible by the help of their family and friends. Months of clearing the property, setting up marquees, all of the food preparation and homemade cakes.


Ellie had spotted a blue vintage pickup truck driving around town and fell in love with it. After putting the feelers out there and asking around town, she was able to get in contact with the owner Ron a.k.a ‘Rocket’ about the possibility of using it on her wedding day. Coming from a small town, Rocket was all too happy to lend a hand, driving Ellie and her maids to the ceremony. You could tell he was swelling with pride as he had a huge smile on his face the whole time. Ellie called in to see Rocket after the wedding to thank him, and she found out that his wife had helped deliver her mother & Aunty, and was one of the first to hold them the day they were born.

Michael’s Aunty officiated their ceremony, the bouquets were put together by Ellie’s Nana’s best friend Kaye (who also wore Nana’s dress on her own wedding day!), Ellie’s dad made the swing and even the succulents on their cake were from their own backyard.

“The dress I wore was my Nana’s wedding dress, she wore it in 1945. My Nana passed away 7 years ago and when we were visiting her house not long after the engagement my Mum found her dress in a wardrobe and suggested I try it on, I hadn’t tried on a wedding dress yet. The lace sleeves had some holes and the train was a bit discoloured, but it fit perfectly. We took it to a dry cleaners and it came up beautiful and white again. I loved having such a special piece of her with me on my big day, and the property we were married on is where she grew up.”

PHOTOGRAPHY Stories with Mel, Fine Art Photography ~  BRIDE’S DRESS Bride’s Nana’s dress (then changed into a shorter dress made by the bride) ~ BRIDES JEWELLERY Bride’s mother’s pearl earrings & her little bluebird ring tied to her bouquet for her ‘something blue’ ~ BRIDE’S SHOES Vintage 70s ‘disco line’ shoes found on Etsy ~  BRIDESMAIDS’ DRESSES 1861 (a boutique store in Montreal, Quebec) ~ GROOM & GROOMSMENS’ OUTFITS Tarocash ~ FLOWER GIRL DRESS The Pied Piper ~ PAGE BOY OUTFIT Cotton On Kids, Bowtie made by a friend ~ HAIR & MAKE UP All Made Up ~ RINGS Jon’s Family Jewellers (Port Macquarie) ~ BOUQUETS / FLOWERS Made by Bride’s Nana’s best friend, Kaye White ~ CAKE Cakes by Lynda ~ CELEBRANT Groom’s Aunt, Anne Fitzgerald ~ ENTERTAINMENT The Smooth Moves ~ VIDEOGRAPHY Samuel Rutherford ~ PROPS / HIRE PIECES Sublime Weddings Event Styling ~ TRANSPORTATION Old Blue Pick-up Truck, owned by ‘Rocket’ Turnbull ~ CEREMONY & RECEPTION VENUE Family property at Yarras, NSW