Lauren & Blake’s Mt Stromlo Observatory Wedding

Words by Tamarin Morley / Images by Lauren Campbell
May 18, 2016

As interior and building designers, Lauren and Blake took cues (and props) from their own apartment when styling their wedding. A unique space was a must and the Mt Stromlo Observatory proved a perfect choice.

“We’ve always loved the location,” says Lauren. “It has some of the best views of Canberra, and being a burnt out old observatory it had a really nice character and intimate feel to it whilst still being outdoors.” The couple’s beloved menagerie of houseplants provided fresh greenery against the industrial backdrop, and we’re loving the contemporary scene they created.

For the reception, Lauren and Blake had a pretty clear idea of the food and styling they wanted, and Hall Community Pavilion provided the perfect blank canvas. Countless hours of DIY went into crafting every detail, from napery to stationery, posies to hand-painted plant pots.

When it came to stand out vendors, the two Laurens received special mentions. Little Lauren Catering delivered (and then some) on the relaxed feast the pair envisioned, and photographer Lauren Campbell captured the day just how they’d hoped. “They both made the day just that much easier and more pleasant,” says Lauren (the bride – we’re seeing a theme here). “We honestly couldn’t have asked for a more wonderful photographer or caterer.”

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Lauren could picture her dress from the get go and an online search unearthed exactly what she wanted… only the designer was down in Tassie. “As soon as I saw the Snowdrop dress from Studio White I knew it was the one!” Lauren tells us. “I emailed the lovely Studio White ladies and they told me which measurements to send to them. A few months later it arrived requiring some small alterations (which was completely expected) but it was perfect!”
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Lauren made her own bouquet with blooms from Tesselaar Flowers and foraged foliage.
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So how about the proposal? Burgers and cupcakes (including a ring-topped red velvet) by the river set the scene for Blake to pop the question to his high school sweetheart.
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“We picked a mostly white palette with grey and blue accents,” Lauren tells us. “They’re the colours we both really like and we knew that we wouldn't look back at our wedding in 10 years time and have any regrets.”
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Food was a key focus for Lauren and Blake, and they couldn’t be happier with Little Lauren Catering. An antipasto table kicked things off, followed by barbequed meats and wow-worthy salds.
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Live music from The White Tree kept the d-floor action going well into the night!
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Credits

Images Lauren Campbell | Bride's Dress Studio White | Groom's Suit Country Road | Hair Tegan Geale | Makeup Belle Artistry | Celebrant Sarah Peascod | Reception Venue Hall Community Pavilion | Catering Little Lauren Catering | Band The White Tree | Event Hire Canberra Spits and Party Hire |


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