What started out as a crush for Elizabeth, who would see Dan, a hunky skateboarder, passing her work at a Cronulla café, soon turned into the two going on their first date and becoming inseparable. Fast forward to a few years later Elizabeth and Dan would pull together an intimate, boho wedding in just two weeks. Held on Dan’s parents’ Waymount Farm property in NSW and with a heavily pregnant Elizabeth at 33 weeks, the couple’s big day was even more sentimental. Images by Translucent Photography portray all the raw emotion and candid moments from the day.
Bride’s Grace Loves Lace Dress
Wearing the Grace Loves Lace Vita Gown, Elizabeth says this was the perfect option for her pregnant belly with its stretch lace. “I was originally 20 weeks pregnant when I tried on my gown and knew that I would be 33 weeks at the time of the wedding,” says Elizabeth. “Due to this, I had a custom dress made based on approximate estimation measurements. The dress was altered by Miranda at Everlasting Bridal Couture to help showcase my bump and fit better.” Her something old, borrowed and blue was a vintage broach purchased by Elizabeth’s great grandfather as a present to her great grandmother in Florence during World War II.
Waymount Farm Ceremony
While they originally planned to have their wedding at an Airbnb with close family, Dan’s parents expressed how they had always dreamed of their children being married at Waymount Farm – the property they had purchased 20 years earlier. “It was a pretty easy decision for us, as the farm is just so beautiful and eliminated a major cost to our wedding,” explains Elizabeth. Held on one of Waymount Farm’s paddocks, their ceremony overlooked the stunning view of Cambewarra Mountain, highlighted by a diamond arch (Piccolo and Poppi) with 40 guests watching on. Elizabeth tells us their handwritten vowels were extremely emotional and special, particularly their ability to expressing their commitment to their future surrounded by loved ones. A special touch to conclude, guests threw eco-friendly dried flowers and leaves. “Being a farm with animals, we didn’t want to have any decoration or confetti that could potentially adversely affect the land or the animals,” explains Elizabeth.
Photography – Translucent photography
Getting lucky with a cancellation, Lucy from Translucent Photography was the first vendor the couple booked and who made them feel at ease and effortless in front of the camera. “We feel so fortunate that she had a cancellation, and was available for our wedding because without her, it might not have gone ahead, or the photos would not have been anywhere near as incredible,” shares Elizabeth. “We cannot recommend her highly enough.”
Styling by Piccolo & Poppi
Elizabeth tells us she had been following Piccolo and Poppi for years on Instagram and always loved her styling. “I knew that my dream was to have Ashleigh involved for this reason,” says Elizabeth. Aiming for a rustic, vintage vibe, Elizabeth pictured lots of candles, fairy lights, greenery and flowers, along with plenty natural fibres and timbers, which stylist Ashleigh completely delivered. “All-in-all, Piccolo and Poppi absolutely nailed the design brief and did a lot of the styling for me, who was becoming more and more pregnant and wanted the least stressful option possible!” says Elizabeth. Ashleigh even created beautiful floral hair pins for Elizabeth’s hair, tying in with the laidback theme of the day perfectly.
Waymount Farm Reception
The reception, also on Waymount Farm, was held close to the main house where guests could easily access amenities and lay out on the green grass surrounded by beautiful trees. Their canape time, also dubbed by the couple as the beer, wine and cheese slot, allowed guests to graze, drink and relax in a calm setting with boho cushions, rugs and bamboo furniture. Since Dan’s family always play Finska at family events, the couple made sure to include this too. For the dinner, Elizabeth says she imagined her guests sharing delicious food and wine around a long table. Her vision was brought to life with caterers Bumpy Road who the couple says absolutely delivered. “The food was off the chart delicious and exactly what we had imagined,” says Elizabeth. “We didn’t want to have a set menu, so we had White Cherry Invitations create just a few menus scattered along the table so guests were able to see what meals were available.”
Advice for Couples Wanting a Small Wedding
The couple admits having a small, intimate wedding did initially upset some of their extended family, however they are glad they stayed true to themselves. “Although we got some pressure to invite more family, and very nearly did which would have majorly blown the budget, we stayed true to us and wanted what we imagined for the day,” explains Elizabeth. “Don’t feel pressured to invite extended family, friends, neighbours etc simply because it’s the right thing to do, have the wedding and the day that you want – family will eventually understand,” leaves the couple.
Images Translucent Photography | Bride's Dress Grace Loves Lace | Groom's Suit MJ Bale | Groom's Shoes RM Williams | Ceremony Venue Waymount Farm | Celebrant Married by Todd | Reception Venue Waymount Farm | Flowers Piccolo and Poppi | Catering Bumpy Road | Entertainment Kay ProudLove | Stationery/Invitations White Cherry Invitations | Styling Piccolo and Poppi | Dress Alterations Everlasting Bridal Couture | Groom's Shirt Connor | Groom's Ring Uniform Black | Hair & Makeup Blow Bar on Queen | Cake Stacy Brewer |