Brett & Alexandra’s Surprise Backyard Wedding

Words by Hannah Pronesti / Images by Brooke Adams
June 27, 2016

A faux engagement party at the family home was the perfect ploy to gather Brett and Alexandra’s nearest and dearest, before the pair revealed they’d be tying the knot that very day! With Brooke Adams on hand to capture the surprise, we reckon these sweethearts pulled off the perfect impromptu wedding.

The Brisbane couple met at a costume party and in a stroke of serendipity, both arrived dressed as librarians! In homage to their history, Brett donned the ol’ librarian attire the night he proposed at home and Alexandra tells us her first reaction was laughter until she realized Brett’s eyes had gone glassy pulled out the ring – “The moment was the most beautiful, hilarious, memorable and incredible moment of my life and most importantly, it was so incredibly ‘us’.”

Hosting the wedding at Alexandra’s childhood home was a sentimental choice, (“I couldn’t think of a more meaningful, special and beautiful place to marry my soul mate,” she says) that just so happened to complement their provincial/Hamptons-esque aesthetic. Midway through mingling in the front courtyard, guests were call downstairs, where they were met with rows of seating and a makeshift aisle. You can guess what happened next!

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Bouquet Boutique crafted Alexandra’s colourful bouquet as well as the stunning festoons of foliage around the place and clearly they nailed the aesthetic!
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With fashion background, Alexandra was bound to be a stylish bride and she killed it in an unconventional ostrich feather mini-skirt and silk bodice from The Babushka Ballerina. A cream Balmain blazer added a casual touch for the engagement party look, before changing into a Rue De Seine French lace blouse for the ceremony. Pair that with some nude Louboutins and this babe is causing serious style envy!
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Being a surprise wedding, not even the bridesmaids knew they were being called for duty on arrival, so they were in an array of party dresses. Alexandra gifted each of them a delicate wax flower crown pre-ceremony - her grandmother's favourite flower.
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We love a groom brave enough to rep a printed blazer and Brett rocked his Wil Valor number. Paired with crisp white Ralph Lauren pants and a Herringbone pocket square, he was the very definition of dapper.
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Alexandra opted for simple waves and Black Avenue Hair had her looking glam indeed. She donned her mother’s wedding veil for the ceremony, before swapping it for a Lambert Designs crown – her reasoning? “When else in a girl's life can she get away with a crown?!”
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Credits

Images Brooke Adams | Bride's Dress The Babushka Ballerina | Bride's Shoes Christian Louboutin | Groom's Shoes Aquila | Accessories Lambert Designs | Hair Black Avenue Hair | Makeup Black Avenue Hair | Flowers Bouquet Boutique | Entertainment Nick Trovas | Groom's Blazer Wil Valor | Groom's Pants/Belt Ralph Lauren | Bride's Blouse Rue De Seine | Styling Alexandra Graham (bride) | Cake Flour & Chocolate |


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Love the unique wedding elements and the serenity in the photography!

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