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Abby + Matt :: Bohemian Romance at Ardeena Weddings

Abby and Matt’s boho-inspired wedding at Ardeena is a beautiful reminder of what this day is truly about – celebrating your love with your favourite group of people! These two decided to keep things small and simple, travelling from Western Australia with 50 of their closest loved ones for an intimate destination celebration on the Tweed Coast.

Opting for a cocktail style wedding to create a relaxed, laid-back vibe, Abby and Matt styled their day with a mix of earthy colours, dried flowers and meaningful DIY details. Guests were able to soak up the stunning surrounds of Ardeena before enjoying wood fired pizza, heartfelt speeches and dancing the night away.

With a stellar team of Tweed Coast wedding suppliers on board, this dreamy hinterland wedding was nothing short of magic! Keep scrolling to see more from this intimate Ardeena wedding (captured beautifully by Pineapple Images), as Abby shares her top tips for breaking away from tradition – and the importance of planning a day that feels true to you.

ABOUT THE DAY //

We had the most beautiful wedding with all of our nearest and dearest friends. We were living in Karratha in Western Australia during the planning process and the year leading up to the wedding was quite stressful. Not being able to travel home for 2 years and not knowing if restrictions would lift and allow us and our WA friends to come back home for the wedding was a bit of a roller coaster.

Ardeena were really accommodating, allowing us to FaceTime and have Skype calls as we weren’t able to be there in person. We decided to keep our wedding small and simple- only 50 people instead of the original 80 we had in mind. It was a very rainy couple of weeks on the lead up and it drizzled all morning. But the day turned out perfectly. We had a beautiful ceremony in the pavilion at Ardeena and the weather cleared up enough for us to go get some amazing pictures around the property of Ardeena.

We chose not to have a bridal party and it felt really special to just have Matt and I – after all, it was a day to celebrate and appreciate our 10 years already together and a day that marked the beginning of the rest of our lives together! We enjoyed yummy wood fired pizzas, speeches and finished the night off dancing with all of our friends and family.

ABOUT THE STYLE //

We really just wanted to keep the wedding simple. It wasn’t about fancy furniture or styling. I just wanted to celebrate with Matt, our friends and family. I guess you could say it was a boho style, I love earthy tones and rust colours. I looked on Pinterest and saved any ideas I liked. We went for a cocktail style wedding as we love being able to mingle and like the more laid back style rather than a formal dinner.

CEREMONY SONG //

Kiss Me – Ed Sheeran. This has always been one of Matt and I’s special songs from the beginning. It brings back all of our great memories together and the words resonate with us.

FIRST DANCE SONG //

Angus and Julia Stone – In My Arms. Angus and Julia Stone have always been a favourite artist of mine, so of course one of their songs would end up in our wedding. This is a beautiful song and the words are just so fitting for a first dance.

DIY PROJECTS //

I bought a lot of the styling pieces, furniture and plants. When I purchased them, I did so knowing that we would be able to use them in our house afterwards. I bought dried flowers from Tugun Fruit and made up my own vases of flowers. These and the plants are now in my house and remind me of our special day. I had my amazing bouquet done by Eden Place and chose dried as I love the idea of being able to enjoy them for many years to come and still have them in our house today. My husband made our beautiful arbor out of hardwood that we chose. I also purchased frames and made signs myself.

FAVOURITE MOMENT //

The ceremony was really special. I loved listening to Matt’s vows and seeing and feeling all of the emotions in the room. It felt really intimate and special. After living in Western Australia for the past 6 years, it was so so nice to have all of our family and close friends together to celebrate us.

NUMBER ONE TIP //

Create the wedding that you and your partner want. Don’t do things just because it’s “tradition” or what other people would want. At the end of the day, it’s your special day. 

We didn’t invite all of the expected guests that you feel “you have to invite” We chose to only our nearest and dearest, everyone that we speak to regularly and are special to us. We didn’t have a bridal party and some people find that strange, but that was what we decided and made the day extra special and felt like it took a lot of pressure and time off the planning and day. We still had really special people there and they all knew that. 

Just be present and enjoy the day. People say the day goes fast (and it does) but we really feel like we were present and soaked it all in. 

Also, organise a catch up with everyone before or after the wedding. We did this and it’s so nice to see everyone and takes the pressure off on the wedding day so you don’t feel like you have to run around talking to everyone on the night and can focus on you and your partner.

I was skeptical about a wedding video. So much money. But I’m soooo glad we got one. It captures all the special moments that not only pictures can capture. I recommend getting one if you can afford it.

Abby + Matt :: Bohemian Romance at Ardeena Weddings
Abby + Matt :: Bohemian Romance at Ardeena Weddings
Abby + Matt :: Bohemian Romance at Ardeena Weddings
Abby + Matt :: Bohemian Romance at Ardeena Weddings
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Abby + Matt :: Bohemian Romance at Ardeena Weddings
Abby + Matt :: Bohemian Romance at Ardeena Weddings
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Abby + Matt :: Bohemian Romance at Ardeena Weddings
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Abby + Matt :: Bohemian Romance at Ardeena Weddings
Abby + Matt :: Bohemian Romance at Ardeena Weddings
Abby + Matt :: Bohemian Romance at Ardeena Weddings
Abby + Matt :: Bohemian Romance at Ardeena Weddings
Abby + Matt :: Bohemian Romance at Ardeena Weddings
Abby + Matt :: Bohemian Romance at Ardeena Weddings
Abby + Matt :: Bohemian Romance at Ardeena Weddings
Abby + Matt :: Bohemian Romance at Ardeena Weddings
Abby + Matt :: Bohemian Romance at Ardeena Weddings
Abby + Matt :: Bohemian Romance at Ardeena Weddings
Abby + Matt :: Bohemian Romance at Ardeena Weddings
Abby + Matt :: Bohemian Romance at Ardeena Weddings
Abby + Matt :: Bohemian Romance at Ardeena Weddings
Abby + Matt :: Bohemian Romance at Ardeena Weddings
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Abby + Matt :: Bohemian Romance at Ardeena Weddings
Abby + Matt :: Bohemian Romance at Ardeena Weddings
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Abby + Matt :: Bohemian Romance at Ardeena Weddings
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Abby + Matt :: Bohemian Romance at Ardeena Weddings
Abby + Matt :: Bohemian Romance at Ardeena Weddings
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Abby + Matt :: Bohemian Romance at Ardeena Weddings
Abby + Matt :: Bohemian Romance at Ardeena Weddings
Abby + Matt :: Bohemian Romance at Ardeena Weddings
Abby + Matt :: Bohemian Romance at Ardeena Weddings
Abby + Matt :: Bohemian Romance at Ardeena Weddings

SUPPLIERS

Wedding venue // Ardeena

Photography + videography // Pineapple Images

Confetti // The Whole Bride

Makeup // The Luxe Beauty Co

Flowers // Tugun Fruit and Flowers

Bouquet // Eden Place

Dress // Grace Loves Lace

Hair // The Bridal Knot

Catering // Fire n Dough

Entertainment // Matty Rogers

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