Couple Real Weddings

Real Wedding: Pippa & Beau

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After Beau proposed to Pippa in an antique store  in Brisbane it seemed only fitting the pair continued to inject their individuality and love of vintage pieces throughout their celebration. Admitting to splurging on  having their wedding “at an inner city venue on a Saturday in September,” it was the bride who set out to incorporate DIY elements as much as possible. Her best advice? “As determined as I was to do the ultimate DIY wedding, having a planner was invaluable. It’s like paying someone to be a best friend who only cares about your wedding.” We couldn’t agree more!

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Date: 20th September 2014

The Couple: Pippa Wiedemann and Beau Peterson

No. of Guests: 55

Location: Lightspace Fortitude Valley

Budget: $25 000

First Dance Song: Only One – John Butler Trio

Photographer: Kimberley Hill Photography

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Bride and bridesmaids getting ready

Groom and groomsmen

Real bride Pippa

Mother and father of the bride share a moment

Bride Pippa

Bride Pippa

Groom Beau waiting at the aisle

Bride Pippa walking down the aisle

Bride and groom exchanging rings

Bride and groom share their first kiss

Bride and groom are announced as husband and wife

Wedding details

Ice cream truck for Brisbane wedding

Bridesmaids

Bride

Bride and groom

Wedding party

Bride and groom

Wedding reception table

Wedding reception

Wedding signage

Wedding sign

Bride and groom

First dance

Wedding reception

How did you meet? 

We met at a friends engagement party in Toowoomba.

Tell us about the proposal

Beau knew I wouldn’t appreciate a big, fancy proposal. He also knew I loved the individuality and sentiment of antique jewellery, so it was an intimate, personal proposal. Beau took me to Paddington Antique Centre, originally a theatre established in the 1920s, it’s one of the most majestic heritage buildings in Brisbane. He said he loved me, that I was the best part of him and asked if I would marry him! Of course I said yes. After giving me the option to browse rings, it was Beau who spotted a beautiful sapphire, diamond and gold ring. It fit perfectly and every time I look at it, I think of his loving promise to me.

Why did you choose Lightspace for your wedding?

Beau attended a motorcycle event at Lightspace not long after we were engaged. When I found out the venue was available for weddings, I booked us in for an appointment at the earliest wedding showcase. When we stepped inside, our wedding  vision became exactly clear. The warehouse venue had an incredible atmosphere about it, it was a blank canvas for us to work with. The space allowed us to have the whole wedding in one setting. To create a party vibe, we incorporated an ice-cream truck, pizza and live music. These elements definitely ensured our wedding was everything we wanted it to be for ourselves and our guests.

What did you do for your hens and bucks?

Beau had a relaxed weekend with his mates and a friend hosted a gorgeous vintage tea party for me. She set up a canopy of fairy lights and we spent the evening underneath the starts, listening to music and sharing advice and stories about love.

DIY Details

I loved having endless DIY projects to design and create during the wedding planning. I found an old door at a tip shop to display family photos on. My sister and I designed and made the invites and programs. We folded all the programs into origami hearts for the ceremony. I collected mis-matched vintage chairs and jars for the flowers and tea lights on the table setting. I made a wishing tree and various signs, including a welcome chalkboard and pizza menus. I teared up when I walked into the venue and saw all my hard work come together so beautifully.

Key Styling Inspiration

Rustic romance. It wasn’t hard to create a Pinterest board filled with winter colour palette florals, warehouse weddings, industrial lighting, rustic furniture, DIY projects and intimate settings then go from there!

Where did you splurge and where did you save on your wedding?

We splurged on having the ceremony and reception at an inner city venue on a Saturday in September. We booked 15 months in advance! Other splurges included flowers and lighting but we certainly got what we paid for – a visually stunning wedding. We saved by serving wood fired pizza instead of a three course sit down meal. This turned out to be one of the best decisions we made, everybody loved the pizza! I wore my mother’s original wedding gown from 1984. Stored in the attic for nearly three decades, I loved the sentimental value (cake stains and all) of wearing my mum’s dress and am interested in sustainable living, including upcycling. I was blessed to have Kim from East of Grey collaborate with me to bring my ideas to life. It was the best decision I ever made. I didn’t set foot in a bridal store, saved a lot of money and felt incredible on the day.

What gifts did you give your guests?

I spent the 15 months we were engaged collecting individual ornaments and spray painted them gold. Originally used as place settings, they double as favours for our guests. I took photos of them before the wedding to put in thank you cards for each guest post-wedding. The guests also took home a pair of pink heart sunnies, given to them as they gathered outside for ice-cream.

What was the funniest moment of the day?

During the photographs, the venue owner’s adorable dog, Zarla, photobombed a picture of me sitting pretty in my wedding gown. Zarla popped her head in the bottom of the photograph, tongue out and very cheeky. It was hilarious and we have photo evidence.

What was the most special memory from the day?

Once our bridal party departed, Beau and I enjoyed having some photographs taken on our own. Our catering were so kind as to have a waiter bring us pizza during the photos. It was such a fun and thoughtful moment (not something I have ever though to plan). After the pizza, the owner of the venue invited Beau and I up to a private balcony. He bought us drinks, and left his dog Zarla to hang out with us. After all the photos and fun, Beau and I had a moment alone on the balcony just as the sun was setting. It was perfect.

What did you do for your honeymoon?

We spent a week relaxing on the beach at Mooloolaba on the Sunshine Coast.

Special thanks to…

Our loving parents, our gorgeous bridal party, our incredible celebrant, our amazing master of ceremonies, our wedding planners, our vendors, our band, our photographer and our favourite people in the whole entire world – our family and friends who celebrated with us.

What advice would you give other brides-to-be?

When I was feeling overwhelmed about making choices about guest lists and food etc, I stumbled across a quote which reframed the entire planning process for me. It was Eleanor Roosevelt’s ‘Do what you feel in your hear to be right – you’ll be criticised anyway. You’ll be damned if you do and damned if you don’t.’ It changed everything. Should we serve pizza? Hell yeah! Should we only invite those close to us? Of course! I’m still channeling this philosophy today. Also, it was extremely beneficial working with a wedding planner. The girls at white + white wedding planning and events were incredible. As determined as I was to do the ultimate DIY wedding, having a planner was invaluable. It’s like paying someone to be a best friend who only cares about your wedding! Finally, keep it simple and fun. Our guests talked more about how wonderful our celebrant , master of ceremonies and personal touches were more than how elaborate the venue was, etc.


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Credits
Ceremony: Lightspace Fortitude Valley
Reception: Lightspace Fortitude Valley
Gown: Bride's mother upcycled by Kim from East of Grey
Coordinator: white + white weddings and events
Decorator: Bride DIY, Little Gray Station, Hodgepodge Hire
Flowers: Bouquet Boutique
Hair: Bye Bye Birdie
Makeup: Bye Bye Birdie
Cake: Made by bride's parents and topped by Bouquet Boutique
Music: Brother Fox (Band)
Photographer: Kimberley Hill Photographer
Celebrant: Karen Miles
Engagement Ring: Paddington Antique Centre
Bride's Wedding Ring: Michael Hill Jeweller
Groom's Wedding Ring: Michael Hill Jeweller
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