When an artist designs her wedding, naturally it’s going to be something creative and unique, and Grace and John’s Butterland wedding does not disappoint with its original styling and a gorgeous dress made by the bride herself.
Photographed by Motta Weddings, this day is a shining example of how less can often be more. Grace explains, “We wanted to keep the whole thing very natural and organic and steer clear from trends.” With this in mind, they chose a venue they loved and focused on the three F’s – family, food and flowers!
The couple felt that the venue spoke for itself, and the addition of some creative floral arrangements was all that was needed. Enter floral genius, Katie Marx. They share, “Katie’s flowers are absolutely insane; we knew she would create something amazing for us. On the day we were blown away by the way the venue and wedding looked; Katie dressed the building in foraged blooms and the bridal table had tulips with exposed roots and fresh soil… amazing!” Added to the table décor were ceramic beeswax candles made by the bride for their guests.
Grace and John found other ways to shake things up and personalise their day, including making an unconventional choice for their flower girls. Grace explains, “One of my favourite parts of our wedding was having two friends be my flower girls. I always was confused as why it’s usually only children who get this amazing role. I always wanted to be one and these two amazing women stepped it up a notch and enthusiastically threw freshly picked petals down the aisle.”
As she was wearing colour, Grace decided to flip things around by asking her bridesmaids to wear white in any style they wished, sharing "John and I wanted everyone to feel comfortable and not wear identical things."
We love that Grace chose to be herself on her big day and leave her hair completely natural. She explains, “In the last few minutes before I went to the venue I quickly pinned it to one side with the help of my bridesmaids.” A school friend, Erin, complemented her natural hairstyle with subtle makeup.
Grace, who worked in fashion prior to starting her ceramics business, Oh Hey Grace, says she always knew that she wanted to create her own wedding dress. “I chose to use a dusty blue colour and wanted to add something a little odd so beaded delicate bugs, bees and beetles over the bodice.”
Being the first day that the new wording of the Marriage Act came into force, Grace and John say their ceremony was extra special. They share, “We, alongside our celebrant (Gilda McKechnie) and guests were cheering throughout the ceremony... We felt so much joy being able to bypass much of the past legal wording.”
Pretty sure no one was leaving behind these wedding favours - handmade ceramic beeswax candles crafted by the bride herself (Oh Hey Grace).
The couple loved working with Alex of Motta Weddings, revealing “Alex was amazing; on the day we both felt super comfortable and loved the way he captured the day. We couldn't be happier with the range of photos we have and all of our guests commented on how relaxed the atmosphere was and how Alex captured that perfectly.”