High school sweethearts Lauren & Tom fell in love right before graduating in year 12 and tied the knot in the picturesque Blue Mountains outside of Sydney on the 13th February.
They chose Loxley on Bellbird Hill in the Kurrajong Hills for their wedding ceremony and reception. “Loxely is a quiet yet stunning venue set on the foothills of the blue mountains. It has endless gardens which were great for photos and secret moments. The venue itself is elegant but rustic and helped with the overall feel of our romantic wedding. It has beautiful polished wooden floorboards with wooden arched ceilings and white finishes which made us feel like we were in a wonderful log cabin somewhere mystical. The upstairs veranda was fantastic as we had our first dance downstairs in the courtyard and our guests were able to watch from above making us feel completely alone as we danced, it was very romantic. The staff are exceptional at what they do there and offer so much assistance, even with the planning and ideas! We cannot speak highly enough of this amazing venue and its staff.”
They decided on a country rustic theme which was packed with personalised touches, such as beer growlers for vases and lace and hessian which reflected Tom’s love of beer and Lauren’s love of everything rustic, all helping create a memorable wedding filled with love and laughter. “We basically DIY’ed everything! From the hessian table runners, cake topper, wooden branches (hand painted) centrepieces to the beer bottles and jars that we used for our flower arrangements. Instead of fresh flowers we opted for dried which had to be trimmed and placed by hand into every little jar and bottle and we also used a vintage suitcase for our wishing well. Tom’s sister used the dried flowers to make our bouquets and boutonnieres (which were amazing and something we can all keep forever) and we also decorated and designed our own guest signing book from a recycled paper book and some paper doilies.”
When it came to choosing their wedding photographer they fell in love with Sydney wedding photographer Love and Stuff Photography. “Susan’s talent and vision is something we have always admired. We knew we would be comfortable around her to get the natural and romantic shots we were looking for but we had no idea just how amazing they would turn out. All of the little details were captured perfectly in Susan’s photographs, she knew how much effort we put in to them and wanted to show it. The overall warmth and romance of our decorations really did shine through in the photos and I haven’t seen one photo from the reception where the dried flowers, wooden branches or recycled beer bottles aren’t featured. She really is a delight to be photographed by and most of the time we hardly realised she was snapping away. We had a really short window to get our photos done on the day and spent a lot of time running through the shot list and schedule with Susan leading up to the wedding but on the day her fun and relaxed disposition really made everything run smoothly and helped us to forget we were pushed for time. She is one talented lady!”
“We decided to give each other wedding gifts and sent our maid of honour and best man off to deliver them to each of us on the day. Tom recieved his band’s album artwork printed like artwork in giant black and white frames (which looked awesome by the way) and I received an old school view-master which was filled with a roll of photos of us over the years, all of which were funny or silly so that if I was feeling a little nervous on the day I could have a laugh, and I did! It was really romantic and just another thing to look forward to giving the other person on the day.”
“Our first dance was under the trees on the lower deck courtyard to one of our favorite songs by Jeff Buckley ‘Everybody here wants you‘. Even though everyone was watching us we felt like we were in our own little bubble and it was one of the most romantic moments we’ve ever shared.”
Lauren and Toms advice for brides & grooms-to-be: “Put yourselves first, pick the venue, food, people and music you truly want. You want to surround yourselves with things on the day that make you feel like a couple and remind you both of romantic times and cherished memories. Make a list and check it a thousand times, I made new lists almost every single week in the months leading up to our wedding because there were just so many little things that popped up, new ideas, traditions to keep in mind, people and vendors to book, fittings to attend, the list goes on.”Photography: Love and Stuff Photography Bride’s Dress: Bridal by Aubrey Rose – Aire Barcelona (Dress) + Jean Foxx Bridal (tailoring + veil) Bride’s Shoes: Betts Bride’s Jewellery: Forever New (earrings) + vintage family airloom (brooch) Groom’s & Groomsmens’ Outfits: Pants – P&S Michael, Shirt – Jack London, Accessories – ASOS, Bow ties – Ebay Groom’s Shoes: ASOS Bridesmaid’s Dresses: ASOS Hair: Niki Simpson Hair and Make Up Makeup: Sophie Barlow – Mecca Cosmetica Wedding rings: Makes and Mends – Kristie Dey Rapana + Michael Hill Flowers: 11 Petals – Brodie Seals (stylist and florist) + House of dried flowers (Supplier) Stationery & paper goods: DIY (place cards and gift tags), Vistaprint (save the dates + thank yous) and Giant Invitations (Invites) Wedding favors: DIY – Organic local honey in tiny jars with handmade tags and cloth tops. Cake: Amanda’s Cakes and Invitations Ceremony & Reception Venue: Loxley on Bellbird Hill, Kurrajong Hills NSW Celebrant/Officiant: Rita O’Reilly – Divine Celbrancy