Earlier this year I had the immense pleasure of marrying Hendrika and Anthony, better known to all their loved ones as Rikki and Noodle.
They got married in the dunes at Evans Head and it was incredible DIY feast for the eyes. Rikki and Noodle were very generous with sharing their history and love story with me, so I was able to write a meaningful, funny and love-filled ceremony which I am still so proud of. I feel so honoured to have been the only wedding vendor there on the day, and whilst I'm not encouraging everyone to avoid engaging wedding vendors (I'm really not, I just spent the weekend at the Byron Bay Wedding Fair with such an amazing group of individuals and businesses), I was so impressed with what Rikki and Noodle and their family and friends were able to create.
It was magic.
I asked Rikki to tell me a little bit about what they did and who helped them out.
"When Noodle and I were planning our wedding we had a modest budget and a large guest list, so DIY and help from our amazing friends and families was the only way it was ever going to happen.
Absolutely everything at our wedding was done by ourselves or provided by a loved-one and in the end the only wedding vendor we used was the very gorgeous Cara herself.
We did everything from designing the invites, making the boutonniere's and bouquets, cutting our hundreds of glitter-card love hearts, baking biscuits and making chai tea for the wedding favours, painting signs, hand tye-dying 140 napkins, it was a definite labour of love and although it was a lot of hard work and at times very stressful, it was all worth for just how magical it felt on the day.
The theme for the day was, in no particular order, hippy-dippy, surfer-dude, chilled-out, tiki-cool, under-the-sea Mermaid... plus loooootttss of glitter!
My dad is a carpenter and was a massive help in creating the glitter backdrop, which was made out of Christmas decorations I found in a discount bin at Spotlight.
My Mum bought potted flowers from Big W and Noodle made wooden flower boxes for the tables.
My absolutely legendary fashion designer friends Luke and Anna from Romance Was Born made my wedding dress for me, it was the wedding dress of my dreams, I felt like a mermaid goddess in that thing!
Noodles amazing chef sister did all of the catering and if I was going to change anything it probably would of been hiring a caterer, not because Pip didn't do an amazing job, the food was awesome, but because it was a lot of extra stress to add on top of everything else.
My darling friend Fran did my make-up and Noodle's mum made the wedding cake.
My brother and another friend took photos and a DJ mate Barney Kato did the music.
It was soooo personal and so special and everything we wanted without costing the earth."
Catering: Groom's sister, Pip
Wedding Cake & Dessert: Groom's Mum
Bride’s Dress: Romance Was Born
Bride's Shoes: Sophia Webster (gifted by amazing gal pals)
Bride’s Hair & Make-Up: Bride's friend, Franny
Bridesmaids Outfit: Romance Was Born
Styling & Decoration: Bride
Bridal Bouquet & Reception Flowers: Bride and her Mum
Flower Crown & Buttonholes: Bride
Celebrant: Cara Gallagher (ME!)
Arbour: Bride's Dad
Stationery: Hendrika Stekhoven-Smith (Bride)
Photographer: Bride's brother, Paul, and their friend, Leemac
Musician: DJ Kato