“Will you come on an adventure with me?” That was Aaron’s question to Luci, who assumed he meant up the road to get an ice-cream. Turns out Aaron had a more permanent journey in mind – he produced the ring and the rest is history. In homage to their favourite holiday destination, these honeys tied the knot in Tasmania at Avalon Coastal Retreat, with Jonathan Wherrett in tow to capture the festivities.
With eight happy years under their belts, Aaron says the time was ripe to get married, “And by ‘married’ I mean ‘cater a wedding for eighty people,’” And this jovial groom ain’t joking. Perhaps the most hardcore DIY’ers we’ve come across, these two catered the whole shebang themselves, with the helping hands of friends and family. Along with fully preparing a Mediterranean feast, the pair DIY’ed everything – from invitations, styling, flower arrangements (with blooms provided by Lisa Kingston Flowers), signage, and even the clean up!
Overlooking Tassie’s Great Oyster Bay, Avalon provided the relaxed coastal feel that Aaron and Luci were after, “We wanted it to feel a bit like Christmas day,” they explain, “a time when you are basically surrounded by family and friends from the moment you wake up, and the entire day rolls on as one continued celebration with feasting and drinking.” The location was an easy choice for these foodies, who wanted to share their favourite place with their family and friends “Tasmania seduced us with its amazing food, landscape and lifestyle,” Luci admits, “and we wanted to use all the goodies that Tasmania has to offer in terms of food and wine… and gin and beer of course.”
Unsure if she could pull off a traditional, full-length white gown, the ever so humble Luci had two dresses on hand for the big day. When it came time to walk down the aisle, this beauty had nothing to worry about, looking angelic in a lace creation, custom-designed by Eva Tomala. After the ceremony she switched into a floaty, feminine Zimmermann number, paired with bright red Gorman heels – all the better to dance in! Alongside his babe of a bride, Aaron was dapper as ever, in an Oscar Hunt short/suit ensemble. He kept things coastal with a crisp white and grey-blue colour palette and a charming Sucieta bowtie. Together, these sweethearts had us swooning!
According to Aaron, Jonathan Wherrett is “the best in the business!” and this talented photographer managed to capture the relaxed and joyful vibe of the day, even dabbling in the event management side of things, sharing his contacts in the search for vendors. Catering the entire wedding themselves, you’d expect at least one food-related hiccup, but for Aaron and Luci it was smooth sailing… until the end of the night that is! From what we gather, a food fight may or may not have occurred and poor Luci got caught in the crossfire, copping a crusty, semolina-coated baguette to the face – ouch!
Aaron and Luci opted to host a sit down lunch the day before the wedding at Tassie’s iconic MONA. The lunch allowed all eighty guests to get acquainted before the wedding, so that by the next day it was like a reunion of old friends. If weddings could be graded, we’d give these guys an A++ with a high distinction in DIY!
Photography: Jonathan Wherrett | Bride’s dress: Eva Tomala Zimmermann| Bride’s shoes: Gorman River Island | Groom’s suit: Oscar Hunt | Groom’s shoes: Loake | Rings: JCG Design | Accessories: Sucieta | Hair: Kings Domain (groom) | Ceremony venue: Avalon Coastal Retreat| Reception venue: Avalon Coastal Retreat | Flowers: Lisa Kingston Flowers | Catering/sources: The Lucky Penny Grand Vewe Bruny Island Cheese | Entertainment: Django’s Tiger | Stationery/invitations: | Transport: Calows Coaches