Shabby Chic Wedding – Tahnee & John

Tahnee & John got engaged just over a year before they were married; they started planning the very next day. “We always said we wanted our day to be about our guests just as much as it was about us; they are the ones who make us the people that we are as a couple.  We became Mr & Mrs Innis on 6th April 2013.”

“We each had 6 bridesmaids and 6 groomsmen, our best friends and partners in crime. Our theme for dressing them was easy, mismatch. This also went well with our shabby chic wedding theme. The bridesmaids chose their own dresses which matched together so well in the end! They had the same cream Mooloola sandals and cream flower and I handmade each of them a corsage instead of expensive flowers that they can’t keep.”

“We got dressed and I opened my amazing blue sapphire heart anklet john had organised for my sister to give me, yep I cried! When I think about how amazing my bridesmaids and my mum looked it makes my heart fly.  Then we started some photos of the girls helping me into my dress and shoes, I felt like a queen and it was so special having them all there. ”

(I think this is my favourite photo as I wore a pair of vintage tap pants under my wedding dress so it brings back memories!! ~Mel)

“I handmade my own teardrop brooch and silk orchid bouquet that included any special jewellery I had been given from important people in our lives in the past, I had small hiccup of having no dress two weeks before so I purchased a basic cream dress from ASOS in the UK and altered the dress myself and hand sewed and beaded lace and crystals to the front and down the low back, I wore Johns mums veil from her own wedding.”

“The groomsmen each had a different  colour suit pants with the same white dress shirt and grey suspenders but 3 of them wore hats, 2 wore ties and 1 wore a bow tie. I also handmade the groom and groomsmen buttonholes from peacock feathers ad scrabble letters each letter for their first names. John had his suit pants and vest made in Indonesia when we went to a couple in our bridal party’s wedding in Bali the year before, Total cost of $30. He wore a white dress shirt and tartan suspenders. ”

“The girls left in a purple convertible VW beetle that one of my bridesmaids with a history of doing speedway was driving. ”

“My mum, dad and myself squished into a cream VW beetle that my grandfather did up to drive me on the day, he was very proud; a very funny drive with us three squashed in the back and pop and the photographer in the front.  We drove to the ceremony laughing the whole way. ”

“As we couldn’t have everybody  in out bridal party we had some friends and family open gifts the morning of the wedding that were either corsages, hair clips, jewellery or brooches that they could wear for all to see how special they are to us. ”

“We had handmade origami hearts filled with quotes or words of love to make their hearts light up throughout the night. ”

“This is the BEST part. My Mum and Dad both walked me down the aisle and it was the most amazing feeling, I heard my sister Tayla ( also one of my Maids of Honour ) singing while my long time best friend Ross played the guitar and I walked towards my best friends and amazing family and looked up to see the most gorgeous man a girl has ever seen and I knew I would be his MRS at the end of all this. As much as I thought about this moment, I still had no idea what to do! Luckily we had a very good celebrant- Robin Smart, she personalised our ceremony and suited our laid back style very much. We wrote each other love letters in cute little note books that we swapped the moment before we read them, it was a very emotional and funny moment. Our bridal party were already pumped before I got there as we had set them the challenge of “Bridal party games” and as they walked down already in their pairs they had to do the most creative handshake or parting gesture as they parted to head to either the bride or grooms side of the arbour. This was a very funny moment for our guests, Our guests had cootie catchers as the wedding programs that had a loving thank you to all of them in the middle, we also provided fans for them all to “ stay cool”.”

“We then went onto the MOST amazingly fun photo shoot at our first location at the skate park near the ceremony which involved jumping and laughing and even the bride on a scooter by the end. Lace Wedding photography made us feel so comfortable and knew exactly what we wanted to make our photos a unique version of us. ”

“We then went on to the ceremony, we were driven from the ceremony to photo locations by my uncle in the Eneabba school bus, was definitely a highlight of the day. This was the most nervous time for us as we had spent so much time making our décor and imagining our reception at the Geraldton Surf live saving club, The perfect two story glass venue overlooking the back beach in Geraldton. We imagined fairy light ceiling, lanterns hanging at head height , lace, hessian, love, happiness. Even though we had set it up the day before, it was hard to imagine. The first thing we saw was my vintage Wini 900 bike at the top of the stairs wrapped in lace and fairy lights and beautiful lace cans made by my sister handing from the back of a just married sign on the basket. As we walked up the stairs we saw PERFECTION! It was exactly as we had imagined after all the hard work and personalised table settings, all of our lovely guests appreciated it so much. ”

“We had personalised everything for our guests to feel special on the day with a photo board that was filled with photos we commandeered from their Facebook pages or family members.”

“All the decorations where made by us, we sourced them from recycling outlets or our friends farms so most things were of vintage orientation which made it all even more beautiful. ”

“We had our wishing well tree in one corner of the dance floor that people got a polaroid photo taken by our polaroid girls Pia and Jorja and then they had to find their name on a heart within the tree and write a note, a quote or a joke and attach their polaroid too it, some very funny photos emerged from this. Our friend Clinton Conner played amazing live music Throughout Dinner that was catered by a very good friend Hannah Donnelly of Tarts & Co catering.  Our lovely friend and MC Danika made the night flow amazingly then the speeches by our Best Man Will ( johns brother)  and Maids of Honour Tayla and Jessika (Tahnees sisters).”

“Then the time for our first dance, as john and myself are not the best dancers we had a surprise for our guests with help from one of our groomsmen Byron, we started with jack Johnson’s song better together that we then edited to skip into salt N peppers Push it! That’s when the real moves came out to play, all of our guests joined into our conga line started by the bridal party and nobody left the dance floor. We were sent off with a surprise door key to a hotel in town booked by our bridesmaids Jaimee and Emma that they had decorated beautifully with frangipanis and chocolate, our guests made a tunnel of love for us to run through and yell goodbye as they partied on for a bit longer. ”


Brides Dress: ASOS with handsewn embellishments by the bride

Brides Veil: Grooms mums veil

Grooms Suit: A tailor in Indonesia

Photographer: Lace Weddings

Celebrant: Robin Smart

Hair & Makeup: Concept Hair Skin & Body

Brides Bouquet & Corsages: Handmade by the bride

Reception Venue: Geraldton Surf Life Saving Club

Caterer: Tarts & Co Catering

Reception Entertainment: Clinton Conner