What do you get when you put rustic together with elegant and one adorable couple? All kinds of pretty, that’s what. The lovely Eliska of Ruffles & Bells sent us this little gem of a wedding that is filled to the brim with DIY charm and steal-worthy ideas. Held at the beautiful Stones in Yarra Valley, this wedding is worthy of some major pinning.
Bride Krystle shares, “We first met in a club! No, not what you think – we met from a dear friend’s birthday, which was held in a club in Singapore.”
“I created petal holders made from doily paper. I didn’t want to waste the doily paper that I bought from the 2 dollar shop which I originally planned to use for our invitations so a friend of mine gave me the idea to make something vintage-y out of it.”
“My wedding flowers were inspired by our rustic wedding theme. I wanted to have the colours, blush, peach and ivory incorporated to it, plus I wanted to have some wheat added in my bouquet to add that rustic touch. My florist added a touch of blue by adding some sea holly to complement the light coloured flowers. She also added some silver leaf cineraria to add that dreamy-vintage touch. The flower arrangements for the wedding reception were based on my bridal bouquet. The flowers for my bridesmaid and maid of honour were a bouquet of gyp to keep it simple.”
“When we were still living in Singapore, we liked traveling around. We used to travel even just for the weekend to unwind after a busy work week. In June last year, we went for a short weekend trip to Bintan, Indonesia. We had dinner at the restaurant just along the beach shore. After dinner, Nico invited me to walk along the shore to get some sand on our feet. As we walked along the beach, we were having our usual talks about life, our relationship and our walk led us to the garden path on the way to the room. I thought we were heading straight to the room but to my surprise, as we got to the brightest spot of the garden, he just stopped and turned to me and said “will you grow old with me?” I thought it was just one of his sweet moments, and of course I said “Yes” with a smiling face, and not even thinking that the question would lead to another, “so if in that case, will you marry me?” Thinking that he was just kidding as I didn’t see any ring, I said “Yes”. But then he put his hand to his pocket and pulled it out and said, “Here’s your ring.” He handed me this white gold ring with a blue cushion sapphire with a diamond at each side. He had our engagement ring custom made with his own design and had my favourite stone put on it, which is my birth stone. At that point, everything felt so surreal. He chose the perfect day, the perfect time, the perfect moment to propose and I totally had no clue until he gave me the ring.”
“My favourite detail of the day was our ceremony. It had a very personal because our celebrant let us plan how the whole ceremony will go, from choosing the readings we wanted, the vows and how we could make it more intimate and special. We gave her our story of how we met and how we ended up in Australia, which was actually written by my husband. We did not expect that she would read through the whole two to three pages of it, but we are glad because all of our guests got to hear how it all began.”
“We both love the outdoors so we wanted to get married close to nature and getting married in Australia made that all happen. We decided we wanted to get married in a vineyard since we both love food & wine, as well as bringing our guests to a lovely vineyard would be a nice treat especially for all the ones coming from overseas. We first visited the Stones of the Yarra Valley and immediately fell in love with the place. It was magical, the view of the vineyards were much more than what we imagined, and the chapel and the reception had the rustic vintage feel to it which is the style I was aiming for. We viewed other places after that, but nothing could compare to the view and the character of the Stones of the Yarra Valley.”
“We ordered customised rustic banners from Ruffles & Bells to add as props for our couple photos.”
“I prepared some activities for the kiddos to work on during the wedding dinner. I know how boring it can be for kids to be at a wedding dinner. I didn’t want them crying the whole night so we got some coloured pencils at Kmart, and I found some paper placemats that the kids can draw on, and even play some word search or tic tac toe. We even got them some swirly straws that I got from the supermarket. I think they enjoyed drinking their fruit juice much more with their fun straws.“
“We love instant photography as much as we love film photography so we used a cork board (literally made from wine and champagne corks) to pin the names of the guests and their table numbers to be replaced by instax shots of the guests for the couples to keep.”
“My advice to couples planning their wedding is just have fun planning it! Don’t stress! If something goes wrong, just let it go and just have FUN! The most important thing about your wedding is you marrying your partner – everything else is just a bonus!“
Photographer: Pitinada Photography / Videographer: The White Tree / Florist: Blooming Brides / Celebrant: Sylvia Johnson / Ceremony Venue: Chapel at the Stones of the Yarra Valley / Reception Venue: Barn at the Stones of the Yarra Valley / Dress Designer: DiGio Bridal, Singapore / Shoes: Wittner / Cake: Ab Fab Cakes / Hair and Make Up: Sue Barnes Studio / Bridesmaids Dresses: Vergel Philippines / Stylist and Co-ordinator: Ruffles & Bells / Caterer: The Stones of the Yarra Valley / Favours: Unique Exposure / Music: Claire Patti / Guest Transfers: Victoria Bus.