Hats off to these guys: they did good. Bloody good. In that, they created a day that to us outsiders, feels uniquely ‘them’ at one of our fave Gold Coast wedding venues The Farm House.
Lauryn and Luke chose to forego traditions and do a ‘first look’ (with beer), followed by some collective drinks with the entire bridal party and a spot of croquet. They brought in a food truck, a beautiful mobile bar, had friends tattoo them on the night and spent the rest of the time dancing the day away.
Check out the full shebang below.
Tell us about how you met and the proposal?
We met while we were at school, however we weren’t friends. In fact one of my friends was interested in Luke and I couldn’t see why. He was a short soccer jock – not my type at all. After school everyone used to all hang out together at a local bar and everyone was friends with everyone. One night I got an out-of-the-blue “Goodnight Beautiful” message from Luke, and the rest was history. When he proposed it was even more out of the blue!
What DIY projects did you tackle for the wedding?
We tried to achieve as much DIY as possible for two reasons. Firstly we thought that would help our budget (which didn’t always turn out that way) and secondly, because I love DIY, florals, styling, building etc.
What advice would you give to other couples leading up to their big day?
Try to be as relaxed as you can. It can be so stressful, though it will be what it will be. We had an outdoor ceremony and reception and from Monday until the day of the wedding it poured with rain. I was a hot mess from Wednesday until Friday.
The wedding was Saturday, though on Friday once we were all checked in, I still had to bake my cake, make my bouquets, the arbour and more. Rather than stressing about the rain that I couldn’t control, about running out of time to make a cake, I decided to just enjoy the moment for what it was.
That night Luke, myself, the bridesmaids and groomsmen were all together at the venue in the house. I decided to let it all go and just spend time with everyone. I ditched the cake baking and opted to make a donut tower with leftover donuts from the donut wall, and the florals I did while we drank wine and played games. I guess the long and short of it is, just enjoy it for what it is and don’t overwork yourself or stress yourself out. Also delegate!! I definitely tried to do too much myself. All your friends and family want to help – let them.
What does marriage mean to you?
Marriage for us is something that is wanted from both sides, it’s a matter of understanding one another, getting along with one another, taking care of each other, adapting to one another and being there through for each other through the ups and the downs. Building a family and creating memories and moments with your best friend… that one person that gets you, wholeheartedly and loves you no matter what.
What was your favourite moment on your wedding day?
All of it! Can we just re-do it over and over and over? It was so damn fun, I can’t even put it into words. Everyone told me “It’s the best day of your life” and I was like, yeah yeah okay I get it. BUT it totally is
Northern Wind – City and Colour
First dance song?
Something about you – Hayden James Odesza remix
CREDITS: Photos Kristina Wild Photography // Videographer Marc Media // Ceremony and reception The Farm House // Catering That BBQ Joint // Styling Event Stylist and Co // Stationery Vista Print // Bridal gown and veil Karen Willis Holmes // Brides shoes Steve Madden // Accessories Lovisa // Bridesmaid dresses Sheike // Bridesmaid gifts Kokodama // Groom and groomsmen suits Male Manor (jacket), Calvin Klein (shirt) and Roger David (shorts) // Groomsmen gifts Sierra Nevada Makeup Semone Eder // Music Anthony Trimboli // Celebrant Josh Withers // Rings Windfall.
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