Victorian couple, Siobhan and Richard, met in what they describe as a ‘dingy beer garden’ at Abbotsford Pub. Richard put his charm on, cracked a couple of jokes—and the two agree it was a case of ‘love at first laugh’.

The couple shares a love of music, with Richard being a session musician and Siobhan being an audiologist, musician and the CEO of a not-for-profit called Musicians for Hearing.

Not ones to follow tradition for tradition’s sake, Siobhan made the move to propose to Richard. He said yes and—to continue the couple’s rule-breaking bend—opted to wear all-white on the day.

The couple tells us, “As the bride proposed, Richard decided he was the virginal bride in the equation—and was therefore entitled to head-to-toe white. Siobhan was also in white, while the bridesmaids were in soft pinks and glitter.”

One of HOORAY!’s favourite photography duos, Odd Socks Society, was the perfect match to capture the fun and love of this autumnal wedding.

The loved-up duo enlisted help from their friends and family to put the event together. The ceremony took place on Richard’s mother’s property in the Wombat State Forest and they kept the reception low key at the Bullarto Town Hall. It all came together, drawing on the surrounding farmland, as an autumnal rustic-inspired affair.

The Handmade Touches

Handmade elements were abundant in the set up for this love-party. The couple, along with the help of their friends and family, put a lot of love and work into decorating and organising the wedding.

The couple add, “The tinsel bunting that adorned the roof was laboriously hand-tied by the groom—yep, every individual piece!”

Siobhan and her bridesmaids sourced the blooms from a wholesale supplier and arranged them into bouquets. The other floral arrangements were put together by friends, and the arch was made by Richard’s family.

Most impressively, Siobhan made the bridesmaid’s earrings from resin and native flowers, the bridesmaid dresses in soft pink and glitter embellished designs, as well as her own wedding gown—a beautiful lace jumpsuit, inspired by her Nonna and her Italian roots. She taught herself how to sew just a year before the wedding (talk about talented!).

The Entertainment

The help from the couple’s friends didn’t stop at floral arrangements—extending into entertainment for the event as well!

As half of the guest list were musicians, many of their friends organised “treat performances.”

The wedding band was made up friends such as the members of You Am I and Dorsal Fins. They performed a set made up of Siobhan and Richard’s favourite songs. Tim Rogers also stood in as pseudo-celebrant to marry the couple (a friend of the groom who’d joked in an airport lounge he was his father!).

The couple say a standout of the evening was when a collection of their comedian friends performed a print-out of their first text-message conversation. The hilarious routine was fitting, as the two did fall in love with laughter, after all.



Photographer: Odd Socks Society | Reception Venue: Bullarto Town Hall | Hire Items: One Big Day | Catering: Morrocan Soup Kitchen | Shoes: Alice McCall + France Shoes | Groom’s Wedding Band: RBCCA KSTR | Celebrant: Marry Me Dee


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