Just over a year ago I was fortunate enough to attend Maria and Shayna’s wedding. I was equally as fortunate enough to also have helped the girls organise and style their wedding. Their brief was…brief: “We want colour. No pastels. Make it fun. Circusey slash Wizard of Oz, you know, topsy turvy.” They then provided me with a bright coloured invitation as inspiration, at which point my head exploded with ideas! The best part about it was that they cared not for too many wedding traditions, “The more out there the better.” Woo hoo!
Maria and Shayna had been together for 6 years prior to getting hitched. Their proposal went down in true Maria and Shayna style. It involved onesies, a music festival and fireworks…
“We were at Pyramid Rock Festival. On New Year’s Eve as the clock ticked over to the New Year, me (Shayna) dressed in a flying squirrel onesie went down on bent knee in front of a dinosaur onesie wearing Maria sitting in a deckchair. As the Scissor Sisters played on the stage and fireworks went off, I asked Maria to be my wife, a proposal Maria happily accepted.”
The entire day was an explosion of colour, fun and laughter, just as Maria and Shayna hoped it would be. The girls decided on an outdoor ceremony at an amphitheatre overlooking a river, walking down an aisle of several Bluestone steps. Maria and Shayna were escorted by their fathers to Pachelbel’s Canon. Maria and Shayna describe: “the most memorable moment was when we saw each other for the first time at the amphitheatre.” Many tears followed.
Maria and Shayna decided on one small tradition for their ceremony, more ritual than tradition I suppose – hand fasting. “The individual ribbons signified different wishes for our future together, which were then intertwined and wrapped around our joined hands and tied into a knot. For as long as the knot stays tied, so shall our lives be interwoven. We are both spiritual people and feel it signified deep commitment to each other.”
Their attire were gorgeous 1950s inspired dresses, as were their bridesmaids’ dresses. “We really like 50s fashion and find that it is flattering on all figures.” I agree! Finally, their look was elegantly complimented with 1950s inspired make-up and dos.
Their reception was at a stunning ballroom with vast dancefloor space that was perfect for this kinda’ party! Various hand-made hot air balloons were hung over the tables, while grass mat centrepieces were adorned with tiny colourful ladybirds and mushrooms. Bottles filled with faux fairy floss / cotton candy finished the centrepieces nicely. Everything else was colour, colour and more colour!
The lovely, cray cray and talented Lauren of LJM Photography (along with her second shooter, James Groat) captured the day’s events beautifully. The girls had this to say about Lauren: “We had seen her work when she covered a friend of a friend’s wedding and knew her photojournalistic style was exactly what we wanted in a photographer. The best thing about Lauren her ability to get you to relax in stressful situations while taking amazing, natural photos.”
Maria and Shayna’s wedding was the best fun that we had had at a wedding in a long time. Much dancing, much eating, much fun and soooooooo much love.
“Having a wedding planner/stylist can make a huge difference to stress levels as they are super organised and help keep you on track.”
Photographer: LJM Photography | Attire: Vivien of Holloway | Cake: Friend | Candy Boutonnières, Corsage and Bridesmaids’ Bouquets: DIY by Ms. Luz-Vegas | Catering: Executive Catering | Celebrant / Officiant: David Schneider @ Gay Ceremonies | DJ & MC: Dolly Productions | Favors: DIY by Ms. Luz-Vegas | Flowers (bridal bouquets and venue): Friend | Hair + Make-up (brides’): Candice de Ville | Rings: Angus Coote | Stationery: DIY by brides + Ms. Luz-Vegas | Transport: Friend | Venue: Ceremony @ Fairfield Amphitheatre + Reception @ Fitzroy Town Hall | Wedding Planner, Stylist + Props Maker: DIY by Ms. Luz-Vegas