Alex and Sammi love to throw a good party, so there was no better way to celebrate their wedding than by inviting all their family and friends to Kangaroo Valley for a New Year’s Eve bash to remember! All the festivities were captured by Jimmy Raper and we’re loving this couple’s fun-loving style.
What began as a high school crush progressed to an overseas fling before Sammi and Alex realised what they had was pretty special. Alex proposed in New York City by enticing Sammi into a photo booth at one of her favourite bars and presenting her with an engagement ring as their pic was being taken. When they emerged, a group of their friends appeared, carrying balloons and a cake with “Yes” written on it. “We then just had a massive party to celebrate! It was the best night,” recalls Sammi.
When it came to choosing a venue for their wedding Sammi says they didn’t need to look very far. Her aunt had recently purchased a house in the Kangaroo Valley, with a view the stuff wedding ceremony dreams are made of! “She knew we wanted backyard style, something super casual and a venue we could add our own touch to so she very generously offered to let us take over her house.” Conveniently, the house next door was often rented for weddings and it was here that the dance floor and band were set up for the reception.
It was a collective DIY effort with family and friends pitching in for the setup, and Sammi and Alex tell us the hard work was well worth it. “There’s always a nervous feeling when you go down the DIY path. There are no benchmarks to follow – no guarantee that you can actually pull everything off, no one else has had their wedding there using the same vendors – so it’s incredibly rewarding to see it all come together on the day and know everyone had a great time!”
Images Jimmy Raper | Bride's Dress Johanna Johnson | Bridesmaid's Dresses Lover | Groom's Suit The Critical Slide Society | Hair Pure Hair & Beauty | Makeup Makeup by IVD | Flowers The Little Market Bunch | Catering Mezzadellas | Prop hire South Coast Party Hire | Quilt hire Market & Lane | Band Mike Champion and the Cool |