It was Rebecca and Derek’s dream to have a winter wedding, and all the details of their day were thought through with that in mind. But then, a global pandemic shook up their plans and delayed their wedding. During a short reprieve from lockdowns and border restrictions (meaning their interstate loved ones could be at their wedding) the couple celebrated exactly as they had planned a year later. Their wedding day was a mix of wintery, vintage and rustic styling, and this magical combo and all the loved up moments were captured so perfectly by Market Lane Media.
The couple first met at Rebecca’s sister’s wedding. “My sister Emily married Derek’s good friend from high school,” explains Rebecca. “I was the maid of honour, Derek was the videographer, and we were first introduced in the cathedral during the rehearsal the day before their wedding.”
Fast forward to their engagement and Rebecca was caught completely by surprise! “Derek asked if we could do a favour for his friend’s sister who was building her photography portfolio, so we had a couples photoshoot at Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens,” says Rebecca. “I had no idea he was going to propose until he tapped me on the shoulder while I was getting my photo taken and he actually began to propose! He’s a big romantic.”
On her wedding day, Rebecca wore a bespoke gown from When Freddie Met Lilly (WFML). She had tried on lots of traditional dresses but knew deep down what she really wanted – sequins! “At WFML I found a beautiful light gold sequinned gown and customised it with a lower back and beautiful custom beaded shoulder details. Vanessa at WFML brought my shimmery vintage dreams to life, with immaculate alterations by Nikki at Skilled Stitches. I couldn’t love that dress more – I’m completely obsessed.”
Derek wanted to wear something a bit different too, and chose a dark green velvet jacket from Politix.
The couple held their ceremony and reception at Entangled Events in Dayboro. “The venue is breathtaking – very one of a kind,” says Rebecca. “Owners Nola and David have transformed the Old Butter Factory into this whimsical, rustic, industrial space that is all fairy lights and plants. It’s just so full of beauty and charm. We chose Entangled because we wanted something a bit different, something with a lot of heart. Entangled was definitely that and so much more.”
In a really special moment, Rebecca’s dad, John, walked her down the aisle to ‘Number Three’, an instrumental song by Ben Harper.
Derek says the best part of the day was the first time he saw Rebecca in her stunning dress as she came down the aisle.
Their ceremony was equal parts heartfelt and funny. The couple chose Kate Mackie as their celebrant because she fit the vibe of their wedding. Kate worked with Rebecca and Derek to create a ceremony that reflected them perfectly. “It felt really genuine and full of love,” says Rebecca. The couple chose to have only one reading and chose ‘Everything I Know About Love’ by Dolly Alderton. It was read by the bride’s best friend, Cathy.
Thinking about family and friends overseas who couldn’t be with them on the day, the couple organised for their loved ones to watch the ceremony live through Facebook.
The wedding party was made up of Rebecca’s sister Emily as maid of honour, and her sister-in-law Kailah as bridesmaid. They wore burgundy gowns from Mix Bridal. Derek’s best friend Ash was his best man, and his brother-in-law David was his groomsman. Their suits were from Roger David.
The gorgeous bouquets? They were by Amy at Daisy & Co. Flowers. “Amy got the wedding vibe immediately and created lush bouquets that were more beautiful than I could have imagined,” says Rebecca. “Shades of raspberry, plum, and rich pink – very lush and wintery. And with peonies, my absolute favourite!”
Alex from Market Lane Media was the photographer on the day, and the couple say he was an absolutely champion. “Not only is he an incredibly talented photographer, but he’s also a very funny guy who instantly put everyone at ease. It was an absolute pleasure having Alex capture our day, and to work with his business partner Alexandra, who edited the photos.”
When it came to DIY, Rebecca’s sister Emily grew succulents and planted them in little glass jars, and the couple’s friend and calligrapher Kate (Olive & Reid) made stunning name tags. “These little plants were both name cards and wedding favours,” explains Rebecca.
Rebecca and Derek’s favourite part of wedding planning was sampling ALL of the cheese at Le Fromage Yard for their cheese tower wedding cake!
Their first dance was to ‘Everlasting Love’ by Robert Knight, recreated by their sensational band, The Baker Boys Band. “We didn’t learn a dance – our best moves tend to come out at the end of the night in a more improvised way!”
After creating the wedding of their dreams (and patiently waiting for it!), Rebecca and Derek’s advice to soon-to-be newlyweds is to make the day whatever you want it to be.
Congratulations to this lovely couple! Thank you for sharing your beautiful wintery wedding with us. We’d also like to say a big thanks to Market Lane Media for sharing their incredible images from the day.