Lisa & James’ Geelong Backyard Wedding with all the Food Trucks

After two and a half years of engagement, Lisa and James were still in no rush to tie the knot, but a stint travelling abroad had them thinking a big party with their loved ones sounded pretty darn good. Captured by With Love from Near + Far, their fun and relaxed backyard wedding was exactly that.

After a first look, the couple walked down the aisle together and recited their own vows in a short but sweet ceremony in the back paddock of the Bride’s parents’ property in Geelong. Their gorgeous circular arbour (and all the beautiful styling of the day) was created by Lisa’s Aunty, Katie of Poppy Emporium.

Mid-ceremony, some uninvited guests made a memorable appearance. Lisa tells us  “A large flock of pink galahs decided to put on a show for us overhead, which we will never forget. It was as though they were sticky-beaking on our special moment and we loved it!”

Transforming an empty paddock into a wedding, while a challenge, was made easier with lots of help from family and friends. The bride’s stepdad made their wooden bar out of pallets, and the whole fam pitched in to set up the lighting, decorations and tables. The couple shared their advice for a smooth DIY wedding experience, “We tried to make as much as we could, without adding too much pressure. Anything that caused stress or seemed like too much effort, we outsourced!”

Keeping bellies full of delicious food was top priority, so the couple brought in an impressive collection of food trucks. Freshly made paella from Paella Pan, a pizza van by Geelong Wood Fired Ovens and an incredible grazing table by Platter Co had guests spoilt for choice. For dessert, Lisa’s stepdad organised ice-cream van, Mr Wizzy – a pretty sweet end to a gorgeous day!

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Lisa’s stunning rose gold embellished dress is from Missguided’s Peace + Love Collection, and had everything she wanted in a dream dress – sparkles and comfort! She had it slightly altered by Pearls and Roses Bridal so that it was perfect for the day. She paired her dress with Diana Ferrari block heel mules, in matching rose gold.
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Lisa’s gorgeous bouquet by Poppy Emporium included an eclectic mix of blooms in blush and burgundy hues, which worked perfectly with her rose gold theme.
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Keeping the chill tone of the day, Lisa and James chose the stellar Annie the Celebrant to officiate the ceremony. The couple share, “She knew from the start the vibe we were going for and absolutely made us feel so comfortable on our day. Everybody kept asking us if Annie was a good friend (we didn’t know Annie before planning our wedding) which is a testament to how comfortable we appeared on the day.”
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Keeping their day fun and relaxed was important to Lisa and James, so Courtney from With Love from Near + Far was the perfect choice of photographer. The couple shares, “We never felt uncomfortable or pushed into anything that we did not want to do and truly felt as though Courtney was an old friend attending our special day. Could not recommend her more!”
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In place of a wedding cake, the couple had their talented friend Steph of Sweets by Stephy Girl make cupcakes – having already sampled her baking it was decided very early on that she was going to be on dessert duty.
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Credits

Images With Love from Near + Far | Bride's Dress Missguided | Bride's Shoes Diana Ferrari | Groom's Suit MJ Bale | Groom's Shoes Windsor Smith | Rings Larsen Jewellwery | Hair Rok Paper Scissors | Makeup Studio Three | Celebrant Annie the Celebrant | Flowers Poppy Emporium | Entertainment Pivot City Party Starters | Transport Murrell | Catering Paella Pan | Pizza Van Geelong Wood Fired Ovens | Grazing Table Platter Co | Ice Cream Mr Wizzy | Cupcakes Sweets by Stephy Girl | Lighting Audio Hire Geelong | Marquee Hire Marquee Guy |


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Scout 3 months ago

This is gorgeous, the colours, the couples, pop!!!

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