This stunning travel themed wedding was inspired by the couple’s hot air balloon engagement! Bride Katie tells her story…
How did Byron propose?
“Byron called to say our financial advisor could squeeze us in for an appointment (he’d cancelled on us lots of times before!). As much as I didn’t want to go, I knew we had to. As I pulled into the parking lot there was a hot air balloon inflated and waiting to take off. I knew then what was about to happen! Byron proposed with a beautiful ring composed of my late grandmother’s diamond and his birthstone.”
What dress did you wear?
“My gown was by Justin Alexander bought from Bravura. I wanted to have an elegant yet simple wedding gown.”
And the accessories?
“My shoes were the hardest part to choose! After multiple purchases and tons of searching, I finally settled on a pair of jewelled sandals by Mystique. They ended up being perfect – we had an outdoor morning ceremony and the grass was very dewy and wet. Heels would have been a nightmare! I also had a cathedral-length veil, and my most important accessories were my grandmother’s rings that I wore on my right hand.”
What did Bryon wear?
“We didn’t want the groomsmen to be super formal. They wore dark jeans and grey vests. I loved that they all had different socks from Happy Socks, too.”
What was your theme?
“We went for a bohemian feel for the wedding. We also really wanted to incorporate the hot air balloon into the décor as well, in keeping with how we got engaged. We had papier mache hot air balloons that were on the farmhouse tables as centrepieces. We continued the travel theme with globes and travel tags throughout the decor. Sterling roses and fresh lavender were placed in bud vases and travel baskets. Lavender was the main colour of the day. Vintage English Teacup provided vintage china for the place settings in different shades of purple.”
What was the highlight of your day?
“After the ceremony, we rode up in the hot air balloon for pictures and fun. It was a magical moment! We would love to have left in the balloon but our reception didn’t end until 2pm and hot air balloons can only fly in the morning and evening.”
What’s your saving tip?
“Hire a great co-ordinator that knows the suppliers in your area well. They can direct you towards companies that are great in their field and also fit your budget.”
Date: 3rd May 2015
Venue: Little River Farms
Photographer: Andie Freeman Photography
Katie’s dress: Justin Alexander
Wedding planner: Southern Sophistication Designs
Crockery: English Teacup Wedding