Joanna and Mitch’s debonair garden wedding at Merribee House was full of fresh DIY details and romance! We love the bar and outdoor seating area that the couple built out of reclaimed pallets, as well as the copper ceremony arch that Mitch made by hand. Joanna’s custom-made lace bridal gown with a nude underlay absolutely steals the show, and the couple chose florals that complemented the venue’s natural gardens. Inspired by Merribee House’s stunning grounds, the couple selected fresh fare, wedding favors of potted herbs, and a lively party to be at the forefront of the reception. Hannah Blackmore Photography captured amazing portraits of Joanna and Mitch throughout the evening.
Joanna and Mitch
Merribee House, New South Wales, Australia
I couldn’t find the perfect dress to fit my vision so I started looking into custom made dresses. As soon as I spoke to Clara at Evermore Bridal, she instantly got my vision. I wanted a pretty simple shape in lace but with the nude colored lining. I loved the low back and the long train.
Probably the biggest wedding DIY project was the copper arch which Mitch made out of copper pipe – he spent many hours polishing it to make sure it was absolutely perfect.
Our photographer Hannah was amazing and she’s so, so nice!! She really made us and our bridal party feel totally at ease while also having some really good fun.
We didn’t really have set colours but we loved incorporating the copper accents, the native flowers and the natural wood together. We both love copper and it’s also something Mitch works with most days for his job so it felt natural.
For favors, we gave out little metal pots with a bag of soil and some herbs for them to grow. We liked the idea and thought it matched back perfectly with the venue.
We purchased the wooden palettes and then we constructed the seating areas and bar wall. It was merely a vision a few weeks out from the wedding as we were having issues finding the palettes but it turned out so much better than we expected.
The Wedding Team:
Photography – Hannah Blackmore Photography
Event Planning and Floral Design- George & Smee
Venue – Merribee House
Catering – Garnish Catering
Cake – Summa Cakes
Officiant – Jane Zwar
Live Music – Altitude
Makeup and Hair Artist – Hayley Dutton
Wedding Dress – Evermore Couture
Bridal Accessories – Zimmermann Wear, Country Road
Bridesmaids’ Apparel – Forever New
Groom’s Apparel – Oxford
Groomsmen’s Apparel – Oxford
Rings – Certified Diamonds Network, Michael Hill
Rentals – Shoalhaven Party Hire
Transportation – Kennedy’s Tours
Congratulations to Joanna and Mitch! A big thanks to Hannah Blackmore Photography for capturing every beautiful moment of this wedding. If you’d like to see more garden wedding inspiration, check out this Delightful Irish Garden Wedding at Glengariff Lodge!