Kelleigh & Tom’s Modern Backyard Wedding

Words by Tamarin Morley / Images by CJ Williams
February 17, 2016

When the venue they’d booked started to pile on the restrictions, Kelleigh and Tom knew it was time for a change of plan. At T minus 6 months, their other choices were fully booked, but as luck had it, Kelleigh’s folks had a lush backyard that was practically begging to throw a wedding.

“My parents’ garden is like their 4th child,” Kelleigh explains, adding that it took a little pleading to get the green light. After weeks of toil, they had the space looking tip top and ready for the styling prowess of Butcher Baker Stylist Creator. Leaning toward a modern tropical vibe, the garden was decorated in deep green foliage by Poppy’s Flowers with white and copper accents throughout. Best of all, it came with zero restrictions. “We could serve the food and drink that we wanted and had guests partying until 3am!”

Keeping things relaxed was top of the agenda for Kelleigh and Tom, who tell us they couldn’t have made a better choice of photographer than CJ Williams. “Carly was super chilled and knew we were both feeling a bit awkward about having to pose for photos, so didn’t force the point. She caught everyone having a great time which is exactly what we wanted!”

DIY printable wedding invitations
Kelleigh and Tom opted for DIY printable invitations and stationery from Jenny Moore Designs.
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Modern backyard wedding in Perth WA / Photography by CJ Williams
Modern backyard wedding in Perth WA / Photography by CJ Williams
Lelet NY hairpiece
HAM Creative styled Kelleigh’s gorgeous loose locks while makeup artist Jacqui Bradfield scored bonus brownie points for keeping the bride calm in those crucial final hours. We’re loving this delicate hairpiece by Lelet NY.
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“Because we were having quite a relaxed cocktail reception, Tom and I wanted something a little more formal to remember the importance of the day,” says Kelleigh. “We got married at my high school chapel at Mercedes College and it was amazing!”
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Kelleigh looked stunning in Pallas Couture and she couldn’t have been more delighted with the attentive service she received. “Joy and the team were amazing. Each appointment they slaved over tiny details and really made it fit like a dream, it was the most beautiful dress.”
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When Bec & Bridge released an all-white collection Kelleigh knew they’d be the perfect dresses for her favourite ladies.
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Modern backyard wedding in Perth WA / Photography by CJ Williams
Modern backyard wedding in Perth WA / Photography by CJ Williams
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When it came to pulling together their relaxed backyard vision, Kelleigh and Tom couldn’t have been more delighted with their stylist, Jess of Butcher Baker Stylist Creator. “We loved working with Jess, she is the best at what she does and goes above and beyond for all her clients. If you’re getting married, you need a Jess in your life!”
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Thee Shucker shucked 40 dozen oysters for the reception, while Heyder & Shears dished up a feast from the moment guests walked in right through until midnight.
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modern wedding dessert table
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Kelleigh and Tom raved about the gorgeous cake and dessert spread by Perth baker Sukar and tell us their guests still talk about those donuts!
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Credits

Images CJ Williams | Bride's Dress Pallas Couture | Bride's Shoes Scanlan Theodore | Bridesmaid's Dresses Bec & Bridge | Groom's Suit Country Road | Hair HAM Creative | Makeup Jacqui Bradfield | Ceremony Venue Mercedes College Chapel | Reception Venue Parent's backyard | Flowers Poppy's Flowers | Catering Heyder & Shears | Stationery/Invitations Jenny Moore | Transport Perth Tram Company | Stylist Butcher Baker Stylist Creator | Videography The Wedding Tape | Oyster Bar Thee Shucker | Reception Signage Nestle & Porter |


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Roxanne 2 years ago

This is beautiful! If I were to ever get married this is exactly how I would want my wedding. So perfect and chill.

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