A DIY Montrose Berry Farm Wedding by Ben Adams Photography

As someone who sees a lot of prettiness on a daily basis, every now and then I will still come across a wedding that’s so stunning, loving, creative and beautiful that will stop me in my tracks and have me staring at it for hours before I can do anything else. This was the case with today’s piece of wedding loveliness. There are a million and one things worthy of a high five in Lauren and Ewen’s Montrose Berry Farm wedding thanks, not only to their effort in making their day as personal as can be, but also thanks to the gorgeous images of Ben Adams Photography. Truly a labour of love, this wedding just gets more and more beautiful and you’ll be wanting to rush to the gallery to see even more!

From Lauren, the Bride, “We saw some of Ben’s work online, and immediately loved his light, natural style. He has some really interesting artistic shots, that still manage to look so effortless & natural. He has an incredible eye, and we knew he’d make us look amazing!”

“We had designed our own save the dates and engagement party invitations so thought we may as well do the stationery for the wedding as well! We designed our own invitations (a package of invitation, RSVP card, gift registry info, map of the area, accommodation list & general info for the area, as all our guests would be travelling from Sydney & other places to get there). We also designed and printed the ceremony order of service, seating plan, sign for the entrance to the farm, and table numbers.

“My dress was lovingly made by my extremely talented sister. She has a background in fashion design, and years ago she’d promised to make my wedding dress if I ever got engaged. So when the day finally arrived, she kindly took up the challenge. Whilst she had designed and made some amazing outfits over the years, this was her first wedding dress. She worked so hard, and was so patient with me (even when I asked for last-minute changes fairly late in the piece), and did an absolutely phenomenal job. I’d tried on some different styles to work out what suited my body type, and then my sister designed a dress with sweetheart neckline that closely fitted me to just below the knees, then flared out in a mermaid skirt. I really love the delicacy of lace, and knew I wanted to have lace on my wedding dress, so we went with that design.”

“Halfway through the dressmaking process, I saw some pictures of Claire Pettibone dresses, and fell in love with their amazing backs. I asked my sister if she could do something like that for mine, and she very kindly adapted her design, and added an amazing feature back. The finished product was absolutely beautiful, and I couldn’t have been happier with it. I made my veil and made sure it was short enough to show off the beautiful back of my dress.”

“I had gotten some prices from different florists for bouquets & table arrangements, but in the end we decided to do this ourselves, to keep the cost down. For the table flowers, we just wanted bunches of hydranges and david austin roses loosely arranged in jars. For my bouquet, I really wanted peonies, but there was no guarantee they’d be available so late in the season. So I did what both my mother & sister had done for their weddings, and made my own bouquet using fake flowers instead (it’s becoming a bit of a family tradition!). The quality of silk flowers nowadays is amazing, and if I hadn’t kept proudly telling people on the day that they were actually fake flowers, I doubt anyone would’ve known they weren’t real. The best part is I and the bridesmaids get to keep the bouquets!

“My little brother Josh played the processional & recessional songs on the ipod set up with a sound system. My brother in law Ben led some songs on the guitar, and I also secretly organised a piper to play the bagpipes prior to the ceremony & during the signing of the registry, as a surprise for Ewan (as he’s half-scottish).”

“Our venue, Monterry Rose Farm was another case of love at first sight. We found out about this place through some photos my sister showed me of a friend’s wedding. We’d talked about having an outdoor ceremony and reception, and this place sounded ideal. When we went to look at it, we knew straight away it was the place for us. Big grassy areas surrounded by willow trees, a lovely little garden area where we could hold our ceremony, wide open spaces for children to run around in, and even a refurbished barn as a backup option in case of wet weather.”

“As an added bonus, the owners of the farm (Bruce and Fiona) are absolutely lovely, friendly, and so helpful. They were happy for us to put up whatever decorations we wanted, and cheerfully answered the tonnes of questions we had during the months of planning. They were always willing to lend a hand, and Bruce even installed posts and strung up wires between the trees, so we could hang our hundreds of metres of fairy lights above the reception area. I can’t say enough about these guys, they were incredible! (They even gave us a lovely wedding present, which was a nice surprise). It’s a working farm, so there was the option to go berry picking, and our guests also got to go home with some of the produce (we gave jars of jam as bonbonniere, and some of the guests also bought some of their delicious berry pies to take home).

“We made and painted signs to put around the farm (for Games, Refreshments, Toilets, Berries). We raided Vinnies and scoured council cleanups to collect props and toys – we had an area set up with a wooden rocking horse (which Ewan had rescued from a council cleanup, and repaired, sanded back, and painted white – it looked great!), picnic blanket & tea set for the kids, and ring toss, badminton and bocce for the bigger kids.

“You can probably tell we’re pretty into our DIY. Apart from wanting to keep the cost down, we really wanted to put our own personal touch on our wedding. We made tissue paper flowers, bought paper lanterns off ebay, decorated jars for candles & flowers to go on the tables, attached handles to jars so we could string up candles under the willow trees. I also made metres & metres of white bunting to string up around the reception area.”

“The table numbers took quite a while to do – each one was a drawing of us in a location that is special to us. We’d first met and then spent most of our relationship over in London, so a lot of the places were locations in London & the UK – Hyde Park (where we first met), Edinburgh (where Ewan first asked me out, at the top of Arthur’s Seat… I said no at the time, but fortuntely changed my mind a month later!), Clapham, Angel, Richmond park, Regent Street (where we had our first date) etc. We also included some places in Australia that we love or have special meaning to us, like Balmain, where he proposed. We printed these out for the table numbers, and also printed out cards for the guests to write messages in (for our guestbook). But we think a lot of them were taken home as keepsakes, as there weren’t a whole lot leftover at the end of the night!”

“We made tissue paper flowers, bought paper lanterns off ebay, decorated jars for candles & flowers to go on the tables, attached handles to jars so we could string up candles under the willow trees. I also made metres & metres of white bunting to string up around the reception area. We made and painted signs to put around the farm (for Games, Refreshments, Toilets, Berries).

“Bev of I Do Cakes is based in the Southern Highlands, and has been making cakes for weddings for years and is super friendly and efficient. Since we were getting married on a berry farm, we wanted a cake that incorporated berries. Bev made us an amazing 3 tiered cake (each level a different flavour of mudcake), with berries piled on top of each tier and shards of white chocolate around the sides. It looked absolutely perfect, and was delicious! We made our own cake topper – little cardboard cutouts of us.”

“We really enjoyed the whole creative process, & loved being able to personalise it all for our wedding.

“The reception was held outdoors under the trees, and we hung up fairy lights, tissue paper flowers and lanterns above the tables, and had festoon lights & lanterns strung around the dance floor. Our wonderful family and friends helped us to put it all up the day before, but it was worth all the hard work – it looked absolutely magical.

“We had asked our guests to list their favourite songs when they RSVP’d for our wedding so that we could have them played during the night. Our DJ was great and played every one, and our guests loved it!

Photographer: Ben Adams / Venue: Montrose Berry Farm / Wedding gown: Keziah Krikmann / Stationery: Bride / Catering: PB Catering / Hair: Sensoria hairdressers / Makeup: MMC Makeup / Cake: I Do Cakes / Flowers: Bride / Reception music: DJ Magoo – Glenn Aird / Bridesmaids dresses: Review / Suits: tailor made.

Thank you Lauren for sharing your absolutely breathtaking wedding with me. Congratulations and I wish you and Ewen a lifetime of happiness! Xx