We met Kristina and Aidan only a few months before their wedding and we knew it was going to be special. They are not only the sweetest couple but both uber talented – Kristina is a graphic designer and Aidan makes fine furniture. With these handy skills, they worked on many of their wedding projects together, which we think makes this celebration even more special.
Brogers End was the perfect fit for Kristina and Aidan with their laid-back approach, surrounded by farm animals and beautiful views. The open shed bay at Broger’s End provided the ultimate blank canvas venue where they were able to create a personal and intimate setting for their family and friends.
Tell us how you met and about the proposal.
We actually went to school together but didn’t get together until a few years later and met up through mutual friends.
Aidan and I had been together about five years and talked to each other about getting married and decided that it was the right time for us. We designed the rings together and then Aidan made me wait a few weeks while he waited for the ‘right time’. Although I knew he was going to propose, I still wanted him to ask me with a little bit of surprise but at the same time it was really hard to wait. I was too excited! Aidan proposed at home one night as he “didn’t want to wait any more” – it was personal and perfect.
What traditions did you involve during your big day?
I carried one of my late grandmother’s embroidered white hankies with me (she always said not to go anywhere without one) and pinned a crystal brooch that my mum had as a child onto my bouquet. Also we planted a white hydrangea bush in the garden with a little sign to celebrate our wedding at Broger’s as our own little tradition.
How did you find your venue and was the process difficult for you?
We didn’t want a typical wedding venue and wanted to DIY it all so it took a lot of online searching to find something that fit us just right. We also wanted to get married quite soon so a lot of places were booked out for ages ahead! Then we randomly stumbled across Broger’s End and we knew it was the one! We contacted Broger’s End and found WedShed and DONE DEAL! The girls were amazing!
Tell us any funny stories that surrounded your wedding.
A good friend of ours RSVP’d that his dietary requirements were lobster and a bottle of Penfold’s Grange Hermitage … so of course we obliged him – a mini lobster squeaky toy and a hand-made bottle of Grange that looks like the real deal (he totally fell for it)! All served on a silver platter of course!
Only Love – Ben Howard performed by Grace Pitts
What was your theme/inspiration/vibe for your wedding?
We wanted our day to be like a big family dinner party with a casual ceremony to say ‘I do’. Surrounded by close family and friends, we wanted the day to be intimate and personal and a reflection of ourselves. It was fun and relaxed with a mix of an elegant, whimsical, vintage, rustic style. We also wanted to get married quite soon (if we could pull it off) and managed to bring everything we wanted together in just three months, we were very VERY lucky!
What DIY projects did you do accomplish for the wedding?
Um. Yes. Like heaps!
We put our creative talents to work and designed and made almost all of the props, decorations and styling elements for our big day. We made the timber table runners, the cake toppers, the signs, chalkboards, engraved coasters for our wedding favours, and even made Aidan’s timber bow tie amongst a few other things. We styled the ceremony and reception ourselves too, with help from our amazing family.
What does marriage mean to you?
Sharing the rest of our lives together as best friends and each other’s true love – holding hands, being silly, having fun and creating great memories.
What advice would you give to other couples leading up to their big day?
Don’t STRESS! Have FUN! It’s a day to celebrate your love and your relationship, don’t sweat the small stuff (it really doesn’t matter) … what matters is celebrating your commitment to each other and the start of your lives together, as family. It’s not about the material stuff, it’s all about the L.O.V.E.
What was your favourite moment on your wedding day?
Kristina: When I walked down the aisle and reached Aidan, he was smiling at me and put his hand over his heart. I don’t know if anyone else really saw it. Later he told me his heart skipped a beat! So cute!
Aidan: We had seen each other on and off all day in the lead up to the ceremony but seeing Kristina come out of the cottage to walk down the aisle took my breath away. And hearing the word’s ‘husband and wife’ was pretty special too.
First dance song
Once’s “You’re my best friend”
CREDITS Venue Broger’s End // Photos Mitch Pohl //Flowers Gypsy Flora // Bridal gown Helen English // Brides Shoes Shoes of Prey // Brides jewellery Samantha Wills // Catering Violets & Vinegar // Rings Rock Proposal // Grooms suit – Aidans own suit // Grooms shoes Apex Shoes // Grooms Bow Tie – Aidan and Kristina hand made // Celebrant Carol Martin // Stationery DIY // Hair Empyre Hair Studio // Makeup Powder Puff // Music Grace Pitts (ceremony) and We Play Records (Reception) // Cinematography – Friend