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Mel + Shaun :: Colour Pop at Bramblewood Farm

When the colour palette is “Aperol Spritz” and the menu includes Mexican street food and coconut margaritas, you just know it’s going to be one heck of a wedding!

Mel and Shaun’s Palm Springs-inspired celebration at Bramblewood Farm was packed with bright pops of colour, breathtaking views and a truly epic dance floor. These two absolutely nailed the styling of their day, pairing vibrant blooms with crisp white furniture and a clear marquee to create the perfect colour contrast.

We absolutely love how Mel and Shaun hacked their wedding timeline to maximise the time spent with their guests, including a first look, an extended cocktail hour and a Studio 54 themed recovery party. Keep scrolling to see all of the fun moments captured by Tom Judson Photography, and some seriously smart wedding planning advice from the bride and groom!

ABOUT THE DAY //

It was the best day of our lives, we couldn’t wipe the smiles off our faces! We wanted the day to be a celebration of our love and have our closest, most special VVIPs there to celebrate with us.

It was a 10/10 winter day – we had the most stunning, clear blues skies, a light breeze, warmer than normal temps, and incredible views over south GC. It couldn’t have been more perfect.

We wanted everyone to relax and have a good time, so a lot of the planning was focused on that. I wanted to maximise our time with our guests, so we got 80% of our photos out of the way before the ceremony and then dashed off for a short 45 mins at sunset to capture golden hour photos. 

We celebrated with our favourite food and drinks – Mexican/Latin Street Food, and sipped coconut margaritas and G&Ts until the sun went down. We made the dancefloor the centre of attention, as dancing was high on our priority list for the night.

ABOUT THE STYLE //

Aesthetically, the colour palette was ‘Aperol Spritz’. We wanted the wedding to have a black tie, Palm Springs, garden party-type vibe. 

Our wedding website heavily featured lilac, orange, and magenta – which was the colour theme we carried throughout the wedding. I wanted the styling pieces like the furniture to be predominantly white and simple so that the flowers would be the hero and colour explosion. 

We wanted a classic and sophisticated feel to our outfits. Shaun wore a classic black and white tuxedo suit and I wore a simple, yet stunning white dress, so again, the colour of the flowers would pop around us. 

Our dress code was “black-tie cocktail”, with the tag line “It may be black tie, but please don’t shy away from colour. The brighter and bolder, the BETTER!”. 

I did A LOT of Instagram and Pinterest searching early on, and created mood boards for the colours, style, and overall aesthetic we wanted. This way, I was able to refer to it when making decisions and even send them through to vendors, so they knew our vision. This was particularly helpful when choosing furniture and styling pieces, as well as helping the florist NAIL our vision with the flowers. 

I bought a lot of Hello May and Together Journal magazines, as well as followed Anti-Bride online, so I could keep up with the latest trends and gain inspiration.

CEREMONY SONG //

Ocean Eyes – Alicia Keys (acoustic version).
I loved the acoustic version that Alicia Keys did of Billie Eilish’s song, it made me feel so emotive when listening to it. I chose that song, as one of the first things that drew me to Shaun was his beautiful eyes. It seemed like the perfect song to walk down to him to!

FIRST DANCE SONG //

Colours – Black Pumas. 
We randomly heard the song while at my family’s house in Brooms Head, and instantly fell in love with it. When picking our first dance song, we wanted something special to BOTH of us, unique, and a bit different from the usual first dance song. Every time we listened to it, we couldn’t help but dance and sway and loved the emotion in the song. Having a choreographed dance was important to us too, so we wanted a song that we could really DANCE to and be exciting for our guests to watch.

DIY PROJECTS

Our wedding website – While this one wasn’t so much “on the day”, I LOVED it! We did this instead of spending loads of money on invitations; I was able to make it exactly how I wanted it, which fully encompassed the theme of the wedding, and I was able to edit and update it as needed. 

The tablescape – While I did have a bit of a DIY fail with the pearl studded citrus fruits (the tedious and time-consuming task of individually gluing pearl beads onto fruit, all for them to fall off when transporting them to the venue), I got one of my girlfriends, and wedding guest, to do the tablescape for me. I showed her the vision board, and what can I say, she NAILED the brief! 

Fun bits and pieces – What can I say, I’m a serial online shopper, and this time it paid off. I made a random Amazon purchase of XL LED glow sticks for the dancefloor, and they did not disappoint. Right when the dancefloor was starting to quieten down, Mick, our coordinator, pulled them out and BAM it was party central for the rest of the night. I also bought some disposable cameras and gave them to a couple of the guests to capture a different angle of the night and I LOVE them. 

The wedding guest playlist – As part of the RSVP, each guest had to request a banger that would get them dancing on the night. We gave the list to our DJ and he weaved them in throughout the night. It was a great way to make everyone feel a part of the day, and it meant that people were hanging around the dancefloor waiting for their song, so there was always someone busting a move.

FAVOURITE MOMENT //

Oh gosh… the whole thing! But I’ll try and narrow it down to a couple of moments:
1. Our “first look” photos and getting to spend some time together before the craziness of the wedding. It allowed us to slow down and just appreciate one another before having everyone’s eyes on us. It also meant we got to drive together to the venue for the ceremony which just had us so, so excited, and we got to soak up even more “us time” together.
2. Cocktail “hour” for a couple of hours. We had coconut margaritas and Ink G&Ts flowing for the first couple of hours after the ceremony, and they were SO delicious. AND because we did first look photos before the ceremony we got to hang around with our friends and family and enjoyed them, rather than having to rush off and leave our nearest and dearest after the most special moment of our relationship. 
3. The dancefloor. I always wanted our wedding night to be full of wild dancing with our family and friends, and it didn’t disappoint.

NUMBER ONE TIP //

Again, I’m not very good at this “one” business, so I’ll try to bullet point them… 
– Plan and lock in vendors early, so you can relax as you get closer to your wedding day.
– Have a vision and try and stick to it, regardless of other people’s opinions. 
– Once you lock a vendor or item for the wedding in, unfollow everyone else on social media. You’re always going to see other things you like and you don’t want to start second-guessing yourself.
– Spend money on the vendors that matter to you. Managing your expectations v reality when it comes to budget can be a hard pill to swallow, so we worked out the non-negotiables and then worked back from there. 
– Write a list of photo combinations. I let this one slip in the lead up to the wedding and it’s probably one of my only regrets of the day. While we got everyone in them and I’m super stoked with how they turned out, I did have to do some bossing around and thinking on the spot to get all the combinations and people included.

FINAL WORDS OF ADVICE //

Go to wedding expos – We locked in our photographer and videographer at the first expo we went to, without ever having heard of them before! It’s a great way to meet vendors and get a feel for them (which can sometimes be hard to do online). 

Have wedding dates – Every Friday afternoon we’d go down to our local bar, grab a couple of cocktails and I’d share what I’d booked in the week, what I was thinking, etc. While planning a wedding can be stressful, it helped to keep it fun for us.

Play around with the traditional timelines – While Shaun was very sceptical of my “first look’ photos suggestion initially, it was an absolute game changer on the day. It meant we got to spend more time with our guests at the wedding, as well as getting our special one-on-one time.

We also moved our speeches much earlier in the day. Often when speeches are done later, everyone’s enjoyed quite a few beveraginos, and trying to remember the heartfelt things your loved ones said the next day can be hard. It also meant that those giving the speeches could relax earlier, as their nerve-racking job for the day was done and dusted early. 

Two days are always better than one – I left this part out, but we had a two-day wedding extravaganza. The one thing I always hate about weddings is that they’re all over too fast! As we’ve grown up, we’ve all got busy lives with work and family, so we really wanted to capitalise on that and keep our friends hostage for as long as possible. So, we hired an AirBnb big enough to sleep all of our closest friends and made a weekend out of it. Thursday, we all arrived and had a chilled barbeque, which was great to break the ice for any of our friends who hadn’t met yet. Then the wedding was on Friday, so we still had all weekend together. THEN we had a Studio 54 themed dress up party on Saturday night!! It was SO much fun and it meant we got to drag the weekend out even longer.

Real Wedding: Mel + Shaun, Bramblewood Farm Tweed Coast
Real Wedding: Mel + Shaun, Bramblewood Farm Tweed Coast
Real Wedding: Mel + Shaun, Bramblewood Farm Tweed Coast
Real Wedding: Mel + Shaun, Bramblewood Farm Tweed Coast
Real Wedding: Mel + Shaun, Bramblewood Farm Tweed Coast
Real Wedding: Mel + Shaun, Bramblewood Farm Tweed Coast
Real Wedding: Mel + Shaun, Bramblewood Farm Tweed Coast
Real Wedding: Mel + Shaun, Bramblewood Farm Tweed Coast
Real Wedding: Mel + Shaun, Bramblewood Farm Tweed Coast
Real Wedding: Mel + Shaun, Bramblewood Farm Tweed Coast
Real Wedding: Mel + Shaun, Bramblewood Farm Tweed Coast
Real Wedding: Mel + Shaun, Bramblewood Farm Tweed Coast
Real Wedding: Mel + Shaun, Bramblewood Farm Tweed Coast
Real Wedding: Mel + Shaun, Bramblewood Farm Tweed Coast
Real Wedding: Mel + Shaun, Bramblewood Farm Tweed Coast
Real Wedding: Mel + Shaun, Bramblewood Farm Tweed Coast
Real Wedding: Mel + Shaun, Bramblewood Farm Tweed Coast
Real Wedding: Mel + Shaun, Bramblewood Farm Tweed Coast
Real Wedding: Mel + Shaun, Bramblewood Farm Tweed Coast
Real Wedding: Mel + Shaun, Bramblewood Farm Tweed Coast
Real Wedding: Mel + Shaun, Bramblewood Farm Tweed Coast
Real Wedding: Mel + Shaun, Bramblewood Farm Tweed Coast
Real Wedding: Mel + Shaun, Bramblewood Farm Tweed Coast
Real Wedding: Mel + Shaun, Bramblewood Farm Tweed Coast
Real Wedding: Mel + Shaun, Bramblewood Farm Tweed Coast
Real Wedding: Mel + Shaun, Bramblewood Farm Tweed Coast
Real Wedding: Mel + Shaun, Bramblewood Farm Tweed Coast
Real Wedding: Mel + Shaun, Bramblewood Farm Tweed Coast
Real Wedding: Mel + Shaun, Bramblewood Farm Tweed Coast
Real Wedding: Mel + Shaun, Bramblewood Farm Tweed Coast
Real Wedding: Mel + Shaun, Bramblewood Farm Tweed Coast
Real Wedding: Mel + Shaun, Bramblewood Farm Tweed Coast
Real Wedding: Mel + Shaun, Bramblewood Farm Tweed Coast
Real Wedding: Mel + Shaun, Bramblewood Farm Tweed Coast
Real Wedding: Mel + Shaun, Bramblewood Farm Tweed Coast
Real Wedding: Mel + Shaun, Bramblewood Farm Tweed Coast
Real Wedding: Mel + Shaun, Bramblewood Farm Tweed Coast
Real Wedding: Mel + Shaun, Bramblewood Farm Tweed Coast
Real Wedding: Mel + Shaun, Bramblewood Farm Tweed Coast
Real Wedding: Mel + Shaun, Bramblewood Farm Tweed Coast
Real Wedding: Mel + Shaun, Bramblewood Farm Tweed Coast
Real Wedding: Mel + Shaun, Bramblewood Farm Tweed Coast
Real Wedding: Mel + Shaun, Bramblewood Farm Tweed Coast
Real Wedding: Mel + Shaun, Bramblewood Farm Tweed Coast
Real Wedding: Mel + Shaun, Bramblewood Farm Tweed Coast
Real Wedding: Mel + Shaun, Bramblewood Farm Tweed Coast
Real Wedding: Mel + Shaun, Bramblewood Farm Tweed Coast
Real Wedding: Mel + Shaun, Bramblewood Farm Tweed Coast
Real Wedding: Mel + Shaun, Bramblewood Farm Tweed Coast
Real Wedding: Mel + Shaun, Bramblewood Farm Tweed Coast
Real Wedding: Mel + Shaun, Bramblewood Farm Tweed Coast
Real Wedding: Mel + Shaun, Bramblewood Farm Tweed Coast
Real Wedding: Mel + Shaun, Bramblewood Farm Tweed Coast
Real Wedding: Mel + Shaun, Bramblewood Farm Tweed Coast
Real Wedding: Mel + Shaun, Bramblewood Farm Tweed Coast
Real Wedding: Mel + Shaun, Bramblewood Farm Tweed Coast
Real Wedding: Mel + Shaun, Bramblewood Farm Tweed Coast
Real Wedding: Mel + Shaun, Bramblewood Farm Tweed Coast
Real Wedding: Mel + Shaun, Bramblewood Farm Tweed Coast
Real Wedding: Mel + Shaun, Bramblewood Farm Tweed Coast
Real Wedding: Mel + Shaun, Bramblewood Farm Tweed Coast
Real Wedding: Mel + Shaun, Bramblewood Farm Tweed Coast
Real Wedding: Mel + Shaun, Bramblewood Farm Tweed Coast
Real Wedding: Mel + Shaun, Bramblewood Farm Tweed Coast
Real Wedding: Mel + Shaun, Bramblewood Farm Tweed Coast
Real Wedding: Mel + Shaun, Bramblewood Farm Tweed Coast
Real Wedding: Mel + Shaun, Bramblewood Farm Tweed Coast
Real Wedding: Mel + Shaun, Bramblewood Farm Tweed Coast

SUPPLIERS

Wedding venue // Bramblewood Farm
Wedding photography // Tom Judson Photography
Celebrant // Married by Candice
Florist // Flower Haul
Entertainment // Honey & Stone Entertainment
Groom suit // Norfords
Wedding gown // Samara Gown (& For Love) purchased from Bloom Australia
On the Day Coordination // The White Stag
Furniture hire // The Wedding Shed
Marquee hire // Happy Hire Marquee
Catering // Pequena Cocina
Hair // Corey Bromley
Makeup // Madi Wolfe
Wedding cake // Cinnamon Cake Company
Rings // The Moissanite Company

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