Pia & Dave’s Surprise Backyard Wedding

You can imagine the look on guests’ faces when they rocked up to Pia and Dave’s place for a housewarming party, only to find the long-time lovebirds were throwing a surprise wedding instead.

The Perth pair transformed their backyard in an ode to Romeo and Juliet, with cacti, candles, neon lights and an abundance of beautiful blooms setting the scene. Lauren Ioppolo of Nectarine Photography captured the romantic nuptials, which saw Pia walk down the aisle in a stunning Grace Loves Lace gown and Soul Provider Food Truck dishing up fresh eats from the driveway.

Considering Dave is a musician and Pia a wedding photographer, this wedding was bound to have artistic flair. The couple rallied their talented friends to help create a bash that was personal and unique, from the bohemian styling by The Dreamer & Collector, to the grazing table and killer cocktails. The ceremony was officiated by a close pal and was filled with meaning, as Pia recalls. “Dave sang the entrance song, we wrote our own vows and our daughters wrote a reading for us on what love is to them,” she says.

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Tequila and laughs flowed freely as the groomsmen gathered at The Chop Shop to get themselves looking sharp ahead of the ceremony.
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Many brides sift through scores of dresses before finding their perfect match but for Pia, her long-sleeved Grace Loves Lace gown was the only one she tried on. “It was feminine and graceful and a little bit different,” she says of the geometric lace creation.
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The bridesmaids wore mismatched black dresses, with blood red flower crowns by Covet Collect tying the look together. “We wanted to make sure the bridal party were comfortable and would be able to wear their outfits again so we pretty much gave them free reign and were thrilled it all came together so well,” Pia explains.
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Pia and Dave bucked tradition by doing away with wedding bands, cementing their union with a more permanent memento, courtesy of Holdfast Tattoo . Pia tells us “Instead of having a ring, I had our entrance song tattooed on my wrist just before the ceremony.”
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Pia was so wowed by the textural floral installation created by The Dreamer & Collector at the altar that it took her a moment to realise her husband-to-be was standing beneath, serenading her!
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Delicious food was a top priority for Pia and Dave, so they had Soul Provider Food Truck to serve up fresh soul food like pulled pork sliders, crab po’ boys and smokey gumbo. “We had so many people rave about how good the food was,” Pia says.
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The sweet treats on offer were a labour of love from the bride and groom’s nearest and dearest, with the cake made by a friend and decorated by The Dreamer & Collector, and Pia’s Nonna and aunt crafting delectable macarons and slices.
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Credits

Images Nectarine Photography | Bride's Dress Grace Loves Lace | Groom's Suit Peter Jacksons | Hair The Gypsy & the Stylist | Makeup Cat Elizabeth Artistry | Celebrant Maggie Dent | Flowers, Styling & Hire The Dreamer & Collector | Catering Soul Provider Food Truck | Music Big Horn Productions | Andy & Sib | Flower Crowns Covet Collect | Barber The Chop Shop | Tattoo artist Holdfast Tattoo |


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