3 Key Ingredients For The Perfect Outdoor Wedding
We were at the most perfect outdoor wedding on a sunny autumn day in Canberra recently. Ash and Kate had been planning a relaxed yet fun-filled afternoon ceremony, followed by a backyard reception soiree with incredible Sri Lankan cuisine, festoon lighting, a campfire and a DIY dance floor marquee. The main reason it was such a great day was because they didn’t sweat the small stuff. They still paid attention to detail, but they had 3 key things that we believe created the most magical event.
1.Fun and Adventure
We could sense Ash and Kate’s easy-going attitude right from the time we first met with them. Having a good sense of humour and being willing to be flexible on the day takes the stress out of getting married. Kate began her day at Canberra’s eclectic Hotel Hotel in New Acton, while Ash was adjacent to the beautiful Glebe Park. The part of the day that benefitted most from their easy-going nature though, was during the bridal party photos at Mount Stromlo. Ash and Kate set aside 2 hours to go to several locations and hike through the forest with us. They supplied their bridal party with drinks and food in the boot of a vintage chevy impala to make sure that they didn’t go hungry (or hangry, hungry-angry as we like to call it). Allowing extra time meant that rather than rushing to stick to a schedule, Ash and Kate could go with the flow and enjoy themselves.
2. The Venue
Ash and Kate chose a unique venue for their ceremony at the Yale-Colombia ruin on Mt Stromlo, and they prepared their backyard to cater for their guests at the reception. The most obvious and popular venue options might not always be best for the kind of wedding you want to have. Ash and Kate chose venues that were suited to their relaxed style and perfect for their number of guests. Most importantly, having a plan B option thats close by in case of wet weather is crucial if you’re planning an outdoor ceremony or reception.
Having style is not all about being stylish. It’s about keeping the traditions that are important to you as well as celebrating in your own way. Kate wore a Sri Lankan necklace during the ceremony as part of the ring exchange, she included Chris as one of her bridesmaids/men, and their dog was the ring bearer. Ash plays in a band and Kate loves nature, so they incorporated those two personal elements into their day.
The best way to celebrate your wedding is to make sure that the elements are there for everyone to have a good time. We have to say a big thank you to Ashleigh from Silque Photography who was our second shooter for the day. We couldn’t have photographed Ash and Kate’s wedding without you and we can’t thank you enough!