Jess and Luke

 What a  gorgeous wedding Jess and Luke had. Flower crowns, ruffle skirts, streamers and ribbon wands = a beautiful, spring, garden party! Jess and Luke threw out tradition and married on a Wednesday, the most splendid way to celebrate their six year anniversary!

Jess tells their story. “Luke and I met in a very unromantic way – at a pub! From our first date though we both felt so comfortable with each other (it was like I had known him my whole life!) and early on we knew that this was it. Six years later on our anniversary we were married!”

Boots Photography captured the sun shiney, beautiful images of Jess and Luke’s wedding day.

Jess wore a gown from Ouma and paired wit with copper heart Vivienne Westwood for Melissa slingbacks.

Jess” bridesmaids wore floor length white lace gowns and crowns of flowers. Gullys Garden Floral Services styled the floral arrangements.

Jess made the stationery. She recalls “I designed all the stationery myself and Luke and my family helped me to make it all. We used a mix of kraft paper, cream recycled paper and seeded paper for all the stationery. The stationery theme ran right through from the save the dates to the placeholders which helped to really tie everything together.”

The wedding and reception was held at Riverside Receptions. Jess explainsAfter visiting a few different venues we ended up choosing Riverside Receptions in New Farm because it was located along the river and had a beautiful expanse of lush green grass with a few jacaranda trees. Luke and I knew we wanted an outside ceremony and that it would be perfect for what we were after. All that was left to do was to pray for a sunny day – which looked doubtful but the clouds cleared the day before and we ended up having a beautiful clear day.”

Walking down the aisle was an intensely memorable moment for Jess. She recalls “I walked down the aisle to Bruno Mars ‘Just The Way You Are’ – Luke sings this song to me and it just fit the style of the wedding and was something modern and relaxed but romantic. Every time I hear the song now I am taken back to that lovely moment of walking down the aisle.

Walking down the aisle and just feeling so overwhelmed with happiness once I locked eyes with Luke – I don’t think I even noticed anyone else after that. It was a moment I’ll never forget.”

Jess and Luke remark,  “Our wedding was on Wednesday the 1st of February in New Farm, Brisbane, QLD. We chose this special day as it would be our 6 year anniversary. Being a Wednesday we were worried that some people may not be able to attend but it worked out perfectly and everyone was able to make it. I would say to couples considering a mid-week wedding – DO IT! I had no hassles with it being mid-week and it was actually a great calm knowing that most vendor’s wouldn’t be booked and I needn’t worry about booking everyone straight away. I would recommend sending out save the dates early though so people are aware of the date and can get time off work, etc. It was an amazing Wednesday Wedding!”

Jess remarks “Our wedding was a reflection of Luke and I and a way to show our love and commitment to each other in front of friends and family.”

Of their photographer, Jess says “Our photographer was Deborah Boots of Boots Photography and she was AMAZING! The photography was really important to us, as after the day is finished and your memories fade the photos are all you really have left. After visiting her site I knew she would be able to capture our day perfectly – and she did! Deb takes gorgeous pictures and really captured the personalities of Luke and I in the photos which I love. Endless thank you’s to Deb for the beautiful photos and making the whole process so easy and fun. I would highly recommend her to anyone.”

The wedding cake was made by the bride’s mother and topped with a card cake topper from ReadyGo.

Jess continued her handmade stationery through to the reception, explaining “Luke and I decided on a ‘perfect pear’ theme for our wedding. I designed a little logo for the wedding day featuring a pear and everything just came together after that. Our perfect pear theme was found throughout all the details: from the wedding invites (which featured a pear on the rsvp card and envelope liners), to our personalised stamp featured on most of the stationery (programs, menus, coasters) to the actual pears that were used on the table as placeholders.”

Jess says “I DIY’ed a lot of the details at the wedding and I loved it! I would really recommend to brides to put in the time and effort to do some things yourself; it is extremely rewarding and just makes the whole day a bit more personal.

We wanted to create a romantic vintage garden party feel for the ceremony and reception so I collected lots of vintage jars and vases during the lead up to the wedding and these were used on the tables for centrepieces. Id also bought a large roll of hessian which we used as table runners, banners and the aisle runner. My parents made a beautiful ribbon altar for us using our theme colours of: whites, creams, golds and pale yellows.”

Of their first dance, Jess recalls “Luke and I did a bridal dance crash course about a week out from the wedding. The dance wasn’t too important to us but we didn’t want to be stepping on each others toes! We did have a few teary eyes during the dance so thankfully we mustn’t have been too bad! Our song was Aerosmith’s “Don’t Wanna Miss A Thing”.”

For that last piece of fun entertainment? The couple used a photobooth from In The Booth. Jess says “We had a photobooth at our wedding which we were lucky enough to have actually won. It was hired through ‘In The Booth’ and was an absolute highlight at the wedding. It was great knowing that guests had something entertaining to do while the bridal party were off getting photos and also that they would have a little keepsake to take home from the wedding. I would highly recommend hiring one at your wedding and In The Booth were great – so flexible and such excellent customer service. It was really nice to get home the next day and have our photobooth guestbook filled with photo strips and notes from guests to read through and look over.”

Congratulations on your marriage Jess and Luke1 Thank you for sharing it with us! Thank you also to Boots Photography for sharing today’s images!