Toni Long and Drew Jones of Melbourne were married at Allanvale Homestead in Great Western in November 2011.
Toni had visited Allanvale on many occasions when growing up, and it is a very special place to her. The ceremony was held in the homestead gardens and the reception in a paddock marquee under the stars.
The wedding was a hands-on, all-in creative affair, with the vintage-style wedding invitations made by the bride using recycled brown paper and typed with an old typewriter.
A friend fashioned the bridal bouquets and table arrangements, with the bride sourcing colored glass from op shops and garage sales for vases. The mother-of-the-groom also made 100 button holes for guests from left over flowers (a tradition in the UK).
The mother-of-the-bride made and decorated the wedding cake, as well as sewing bunting and table runners made from vintage fabric. The bride made the service books from Little Golden Books.
Guests enjoyed bonbonniere with a difference: the groom brewed and bottled his own beer and his dad made the stickers. The ladies received some delicious lolly packs made by the bride.
Official photographer was Lizzy C Photography of Melbourne and guests danced the night away to the tunes of The Phoenix. The bride and groom retired at Allanvale Homestead for their first night as Mr and Mrs, while guests either camped on site or stayed in the homestead or shearing quarters.
Toni and Drew honeymooned in Europe.
Photos courtesy of Lizzy C Photography