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A small, simple, natural and intimate day shared with only our very closest friends and family was always the idea for our dream wedding. We were lucky enough to soon be offered the stunning gardens belonging to a client of mine which would set the scene for our casual outdoor nuptials.

With a small budget the invitations, decorations, styling and flowers were all DIY. I had been collecting jars, old crockery, cutlery and other bits and pieces from every opportunity shop I could find for months. It was a lot of hard work doing it yourself but we were very lucky to have a lot of help from our friends and families to pull it all together, which in the end made it all the more special.

We always wanted our family members to all be involved in the day, so each had their own special roles, including our grandmothers who each held a ring which they then passed onto the best man as a special part of the ceremony. We also wrote our vows together, which we read one vow at a time back and forth between us. It was a bit of fun but we had the crowd in tears at the end of them.

We had both wanted our wedding in the summer so we could have our reception under the stars. So the 40 of us sat down at one long table to share a rustic BBQ dinner, Argentinien style (my maid of honour is Argentinean) with yummy charcoal grilled ribs! Dessert was also a family affair with our mothers and grandmothers each making their signature dessert for the shared desserts table.  Although the weather turned a little chilly later on, it actually made it all the more intimate as everyone either huddled around the firepit or kept warm heating up the dance floor.

We had the most amazing day with loads of special memories (and gorgeous photographs) that we will have forever. We wish we could do it all over again!

Photographer: Jonas Peterson // Ceremony & Reception: Private Gardens, Mornington Peninsula, Victoria, Australia // Wedding Dress: Tibi and Vintage Lace Belt // Flowers, invitation, event styling, and decorations: By bride // Catering: Senor BBQ


Comments (32)

jillian nicole {uniquely chic events} | Reply

Perfect Wedding! So, so beautiful and intimate!:)

Sara Gray @ MarryThis! | Reply

So lovely! What is it about Australian weddings — they’re always so glamorous!

lydia {ever ours} | Reply

her gown is stunning! i love it!

megan | Reply

That Tibi gown is beautiful! What is the name of the gown, and where did you find it?

Brit at Colure Weddings | Reply

Beautiful wedding and positively stunning bride.

Bunny | Reply

Its all so subtle and stunning. Well done. And that cuff…where is that from?!

nicole b. | Reply

So dreamy… an aside: Why are my favorite weddings always Australian weddings?! I think I need to visit Australia and report back… *wink* xo.

Molly Legut | Reply

What a sweet simple wedding. I love all the DIY details! They make this wedding so special!

Wedding Entrance Songs | Reply

I just love these photos – I thought going back to nature and having this beautiful couple walking in the field and just standing together made such an impact. What you saw in the photos was them, and their love – the scene and theme didn’t take the spotlight how it so often can. You saw what really mattered, the couple and their love. Many thanks for sharing – beautiful.

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Amy - Chic Vintage Brides | Reply

I love an intimate wedding! And these photos are just….. something else. I am officially Jonas Peterson’s new biggest fan!

Bloomington Wedding Photography | Reply

As good as it gets. Lovely colour work.

flowers by bornay | Reply

I love the bracelet avec the bridebouquet his wrap and the lovely dress!
yes! ;))


gabe aceves | Reply

stunning in every way. the whole wedding and jonas’ images are absolutely perfect together.

stylist guide | Reply

thats one talented bride if she did all that herself! stunning wedding and all about the couple and not the details (as gorgeous and perfect as they are) which didn’t steal the show as they so often can. Well done!! My favourite so far, thanks for featuring this wedding! simple inspiration

Martin Hambleton | Reply

Everything Jonas Peterson does is just sublime.

NC Wedding Planner | Reply

I absolutely love how you incorporated the burlap table runner! It is stunning! Thanks for sharing!

ana b | Reply

Less is always more and this proves you really don’t need a big budget to pull off the wedding of your dreams. Noted that the bride did the styling, flowers and pulling the event together. What a superwoman!

Paul Krol | Reply

simple and beautiful. Jonas did another great job capturing this wedding.

gusindra | Reply

woww.. amazing wedding concept and superb photographer^^

mo | Reply

so gorgeous! i’m also curious about that amazing cuff—is it vintage or purchasable somewhere? thanks!

Lucie | Reply

I love her bracelet! Do you know where did she buy it? Thanks :)

Patricia | Reply

Luscious soft dreamy flowers gorgeous color combination Melinda Tualima you are an artist.

Patricia | Reply

Beautiful flowers color and softness

Brian | Reply

I really like the groom’s styling, especially the stripe details on the shirt. Where is it from?

Jackie Diaz | Reply

I am amazed at the gown, it is beautiful! It is so close to what I desire for my wedding, if you don’t mind me asking, where can I find something similar? You would make my life easier if you could give me a tip!

Thank you and congrats. It was all so beautiful!

jessie | Reply

This is gorgeous and my dream location!
Anyone happen to know if the private garden can be hired for others?

Jordan | Reply

Such a beautiful wedding!! I’d really love to find out where the ceremony and reception was!! I’m looking for something similar (surrounding wise) :)