Romi & Matt
THIS CLEVER COUPLE CREATED THEIR VERY OWN COLOURFUL, FAMILY-FILLED WEDDING – AND YES, THEY DIY’D THEIR ENTIRE DAY!
Watching Romi walk down the aisle in her beautiful handpainted dress to Kimbra’s ‘Settle Down’ was the happiest moment of Matt’s life. The ceremony was brimming with emotion; their children, Tahlia and Cooper, shared a reading that made everyone cry, and Romi even pulled a tissue out of her dress’ pocket during their vows to wipe Matt’s tears. Their celebrant stopped the ceremony to say Romi was the first bride she’d ever seen with pockets in her dress, which sent the crowd into roars of laughter!
The couple had the ultimate grand entrance to their reception, driving through coloured smoke bombs in Matt’s old Monaro HQ. The guests cheered and made them feel like total rock stars. Another highlight was when their son Cooper surprised everyone with his own speech. After partying into the night, the artistic bride and groom walked home through the city, which was a spur-of-the-moment decision and a wonderful time to reflect on their celebration. When they got home, Matt had surprised Romi by getting their invite illustration printed on their bed linen – talk about a perfect end to the night!
DATE February 4, 2017.
PHOTOGRAPHER Alex Kwong from Alex Kwong Photography (alexkwong. com.au). ‘We loved his enthusiasm, kindness and professionalism.’ DRESS Bespoke dress designed by the Tiff team and painted by Romi’s boss, artist and designer Tiff
Manuell. Handmade by her close friend Patricio Bañados Valenzuela. ‘I was born to wear it.’ BRIDESMAID OUTFITS Keepsake the Label (keepsakethelabel.com.au), Boohoo (au.boohoo. com), Zara (zarahome.com/au) and Topshop (topshop.com). PLANNER ‘We had a vision so did everything ourselves. We wanted it to be a big colourful celebration of our love, and to celebrate creating a family for each of our children.’ STATIONERY Vistaprint (vistaprint.com. au), and invites by Michelle O’Kelly de Conejera. ‘She captured us in her quirky illustrations so perfectly.’ FLOWERS Tony’s Wholesale Flowers (tonysflowers.com.au). ‘The flowers looked gorgeous and gave the structured, urban warehouse a softness that brought the whole room together.’
CEREMONY, RECEPTION & CATERING Published ArtHouse, Adelaide, SA (publishedarthouse.com). ‘Living in the city and being immersed in the creative scene in Adelaide, we felt this artistic warehouse really reflected our lifestyle.’
DECORATIONS ‘We had our photo pallet, a pallet fairylight backdrop, a Polaroid camera station, and my bridesmaid Peta-Alannah drew portraits of us as a gift that we hung at the Polaroid station. We had friends and family collect wine bottles that we used as candle holders for the tables.’
CAKE Rachel Harrison from Cake Cakery (0432 909 554). ‘We wanted a minimal cake with gold leaf that would be delicious and beautiful.’
LIGHTING Amuse Event Lighting and Audio Visual (amuselav.com.au).
FAVOURS ‘We propagated succulents from friends and family’s gardens and used them for the table decorations and seating arrangements. I love that every favour was made with love.’
‘The bridesmaids did a beautiful joint speech later on in the night.’
‘We fell in love with the space immediately.’