Allison & John

I could revel in telling you tales of the bitter autumn cold, and how cozy it made the wedding of Allison and John, and we could dream together about the bride’s amazing black gown, the heartfelt ceremony, the fall trees. But let’s see to the reality here – it was thirty degrees just the day before (compared to a mere fifteen the day of!) and the whole affair was a labour of love from the bride and groom, who designed, styled and made much of the wedding decor and details themselves.

It was just the laid back, and ‘stories to tell’ kind of day that they had dreamt of. And with Ada & Ivy behind the camera, we have just the best kind of story to share today!

After meeting at work, the pair were engaged at home, as relaxed as every other part of their relationship. Allison sets the scene. “It was just at home, after being away for the weekend. John had just cooked my favourite meal and I sat at the table, he put the dinner plate in front of me and he had written on it ‘marry me’.”

Staying true to herself, the bride worked with Heather Sellick on a beautiful, black, long-sleeved, wedding gown. “I have never imagined myself being married in a white dress. I never wear white or many bright colours and thought, ‘why would I have to on our one special day?’ I’m not a very traditional person. I had my dress custom made to what I wanted and it turned out even better then I expected.”

Allison and John chose Monbulk country venue Log Cabin Ranch for their wedding; falling in love with its rustic style. The bride remarking, “It was the one and the only venue we looked at. We fell in love with it on the first inspection, the place suits us to a T. It had a laidback feel to it with the ranch setting and was close to home for us and our guests.”

After walking down the aisle to Lana Del Rey’s ‘Love’ with her mother, the couple were married by Cheryl Warry. “We wanted our ceremony to be quick but also it to show our love and commitment to each other that day,” explains Allison. “Having our daughter Kenzi (two years old) there made the day more special to us.”

The bride and groom worked with family member Elissa Dannock, on the flowers, Allison explaining, “My now sister-in-law offered to do all our flowers for the day, she had done a small floristry course but had such a natural flair for this. She made the most amazing arrangments.”

Of their photographer, Allison shares, “Once we had met with her, we found her enthusiasm inspiring and she was able to capture every special moment of the day.”

“The whole wedding was pretty much D.I.Y.,” explains Allison. “I had organised everything from our own alcohol to our food for which we had two food trucks and a dessert table. I had two of my best friends set up/decorate the venue on the day and they did such an amazing job.”

With speeches and a food truck feast, it was everything Allison and John had dreamt of and more. “Our main thing we focused on was we wanted everyone to walk away from our wedding saying how amazing the music, atmosphere and hospitality was and we definitely achieved that.”

With bellies full of doughnuts, the newlyweds took to the dance floor to a cover of ‘How Sweet It Is To Be Loved By You)’ by Julia Stone in honour of the bride’s father. Allison explains, “We choose this song as my dad had passed away and a different version of this song was played at his funeral, it was a way to know he was there. We also like Julia Stone.”

And with the help of Lachy Films, Allison and John have this beautiful memento of their wedding day.

Thank you, Allison and John, for sharing the tales of your beautiful wedding with us! Thank you also to Ada & Ivy for sharing today’s gorgeous images.