Rainy Day Wedding By Stewart Leishman

Wedding Photography

By Magnolia Rouge

I'm obsessed with the florals by Poppy Culture in this wedding! Not just the stunning bouquet but the little wrist corsages that the bridesmaids are wearing… such a sweet idea! Stewart Leishman's work is just so lovely, so it thrills me that I was able to feature this in Magnolia Rouge Magazine. Despite Mother Nature doing her best, Lauren and Peter managed to achieve their vision of their wedding embracing the outdoors, in a remote and incredibly picturesque location. It was love at first sight when they first laid eyes on Saladin Lodge in Narbethong, Victoria. The drive up to the lodge though gorgeous ferns and trees rebirthing from recent bush fires was instantly calming and relaxing. They were able to hold the ceremony amongst the trees overlooking the wide open green spaces and the lake. With the help of a full Pinterest board and their florist, the couple were able to style the lodge just as they had imagined, filling it with candles, fairy lights and sweet rustic details. They brought the outdoors inside by filling spaces with an assortment of flowers which created a beautiful ambience. We also have their beautiful wedding film by Lovely Day Films to share with you!

“My brief for the wedding flowers was unstructured, lots of green, twigs and white textured flowers with nothing too matched. I really wanted to make sure that the flowers mirrored and complemented the backdrop of Saladin Lodge. I was so happy with what Lauren from Poppy Culture created, it set the scene and complemented the backdrop perfectly, it really amplified the aura of the venue and brought the outdoors in for our garden affair. I didn't want my bouquet to be too structured and wanted greenery predominately – when I saw it, I started crying, it was just perfect, more than I had imagined it would ever be! They were the first of many tears shed for the day. It had lots of greenery, gum leaves, nuts and creamy peach peonies and tied up with string. My bridesmaids wore matching corsages.”

“Having my Dad walk me down the aisle to Peter, who was beaming and getting teary down at the end. Sharing and hearing each other speak our vows that we had written together, with the ambience of quiet nature and the beautiful backdrop, whilst our guests huddled under the market umbrellas to shelter from the drizzly rain.

Waiting 20 minutes in the car for the rain to pass, so we could have our wedding ceremony out amongst the trees is one of my favourite moments. Peter's best man Michael came down to me at the car, and the bridesmaids were huddled under the car boot with umbrellas. I remember Michael saying, “Lauren can you wait 20 minutes, you're getting married outside.” They was just the words I wanted to hear, we hadn't come all this way to get married inside! The groomsman carried the big market umbrellas down to the ceremony spot so the guests could keep dry. The rain started shortly after the ceremony and set in for the rest of the evening!

Plan together, share the load and stay true to who you are as a couple. Don't lose sight of what is important to you both about the day.”

Photography STEWART LEISHMAN / Videographer LOVELY DAY FILMS / Florals POPPY CULTURE / Stationery MINTED

Cake MARYSVILLE PATISSERIE / Venue SALADIN LODGE, NARBETHONG / Bride's Gown LUCI DI BELLA / Celebrant SUSAN MCBRIDE / Jewellery STEPHANIE BROWN / Hair CHELSEA THOMAS / Make-up NICOLA SNELL Bridesmaids' Dresses ALANNAH HILL

Groom's Attire JACK LONDON / Caterer SALADIN LODGE / Band RICKY MUSCAT FROM THE FULL CIRCLE BAND

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