If Barefoot & Bearded’s moody captures aren’t proof enough, Mel and Tom make a mighty fine pair and we are dying over their simultaneously alternative and rustic take on a fairytale wedding. The couple tied the knot in the gardens of Wallalong House before taking their wedding party to one helluva reception setup at Mindaribba House – think flowers floating from the ceiling and cheeseburgers on arrival.
On meeting, Mel reveals that Tom initially spent some time in the friend-zone but we are glad to report his eventual escape, just in time for a happily ever after. Their wedding theme was no big deal (“We had a very rough idea that we wanted to feature a lot of gold and blue, with succulents and wood grain playing a major role”) but with Mel’s lifelong penchant for all things Disney (Tom even proposed at Disneyland Paris) we can’t help but see some resemblance between this babin’ bride and The Little Mermaid.
DIY was no trouble for these darlings, they sourced props from antique stores and hand-potted 92 succulents they’d collected over the course of six months. They also put together their own photo-booth, complete with antique frame and a box of dress-ups that had been stowed away at Mel’s childhood home.
With their wedding day now behind them, Mel and Tom’s greatest lesson learnt was all about the people. “We found that all our vendors, family and friends and everyone in the bridal party wanted our day to go well. This type of synergy made it extremely difficult for anything to go wrong, so stress less!” Says Mel. “Also, put some thought into choosing the Best Man and Maid of Honour. Choose someone who will take the role seriously, because it is a lot of hard work and having someone there to help out makes the day run very smoothly.”
Images Barefoot & Bearded | Groom's Suit Gentleman’s Outfitters Charlestown | Rings Tiffany & Co. | Ceremony Venue Wallalong House | Celebrant Jules Amidy | Reception Venue Mindaribba House | Flowers Desert Born Flowers | Catering Mason Catering | Videography Light Noise Films | Bride's Skirt Rachel Gilbert | Bride's Top For Love & Lemons | Ceremony Mermaid Crown Chelsea's Flower Crowns | Reception Crown Crystal Eclipse Crowns | Bridesmaid's Dresses ASOS | Hair & Makeup Glow Hair & Makeup | Music Chris Phillips |