Our very own Astra & her partner Raphael got married at the beautiful Seafarm in the Central Coast on the 2nd of February 2013 attended by close family and friends. To realise her dream vintage rustic wedding with lots of personal style, Astra worked with sister Aphro and best friend Kring (and so the A&K team was born!)
Astra & Raphael wanted to veer away from the typical glossy and glamorous wedding style and went with a more quirky and rustic feel to suit their old school personalities. A&K sourced inspirations, designs and one of a kind objects from vintage antique shops, flea markets and op shops all over New South Wales, while some of the more unique pieces came from Astra & Raphael’s family home and personal collections.
Starting with the Save The Date card, A&K went with a simple polaroid style layout with an image of the sweet couple holding hands and the stamped letters “R&A”. This vintage quirky style was also reflected in the Wedding Invitation which featured their cute customised cake toppers, maps, itineraries, menu and place cards which were all printed on brown recycled stock bound together and tagged with knotted twines to give it an authentic rustic feel.
The intimate wedding ceremony especially the Bride’s walk down the aisle was made more beautiful by all the white flowers that decorated the Church. Tanya of Angel Blooms Floristy did an amazing job with the flowers and the white rustic tin pots with the love heart details were just perfect for the occasion.
The bride and groom wanted to include as much of their personalities, family history and heritage in the styling as possible so A&K incorporated Astra’s collection of old books, vintage objects and heir looms to decorate the reception at the Seafarm estate.
Guests were welcomed with a travel themed vintage setting on a wooden table decorated with old globes, wooden block calendar, wooden spool and rustic prints. The guests’ seating plan were printed on postcards and mounted onto an open travel luggage.
For the centrepiece, A&K styled each table with wooden table numbers matching the rustic name tags and menus, vintage crystal vases filled with fresh white flower blooms and shabby mini bird cages with tea lights. The wedding party’s table was decorated with a row of romantic tea lights and flowers, and wooden “Bride & Groom” scrabble letters while “Mr & Mrs” burlap buntings hang on the couple’s chairs.
A&K put together a treasure chest table with Astra’s collection of nostalgic pieces which included old books, crocheted doilies, rustic wooden chest and her parents’ vintage cake topper from their own wedding! A customised personalised print in a gold ornamental frame added an elegant feel to the table.
Astra and Raphael’s cake toppers were custom made by the talented folks at IttyBittyWoodShoppe to be cute wooden versions of themselves (inspired by Astra’s Kokeshi dolls collection). The details were complete with a little travel suitcase patched up with flags and badges from all the countries Astra had been to, and a miniature tribute to Raphael’s love of the Playstation! To add to the quirkiness of the four tiered wedding cupcakes & cake by The Sweetest Things, Astra added “Just Married” burlap buntings over the cake toppers and big canvas prints of scrabble letters “R & A” on the table.
A&K set up a little nook in the cottage for friends and family to write their messages on the guestbook. The rustic table was decorated with a crocheted table runner, white bird cage with wicker love birds, wooden vintage candle holders, blue glass tea lights and blue mason jars filled with lovely white flowers. Below the table were wooden L-O-V-E letters with a blue love heart. The word Love was decorated all around the wedding reception in wooden blocks, canvas prints and in unique ceramic flower vases.
Astra and Raphael wanted to have a photobooth for keepsakes and to entertain guests. A&K customised the Photo Booth and message signs. Props included mustaches, lips, nerdy glasses and a chalkboard for guests to write their own funny messages and well wishes for the couple. A&K also provided each guests table with retro instant cameras so they can take their own photo souvenirs of the wedding.
Astra and Raphael’s wedding and styling was all about the little details and personal touches that tell the couple’s unique love story, sweet memories and all the little quirks the couple love about each other. Their vintage rustic wedding was a truly unique, special and memorable celebration of the union of their lives and stories in marriage. Congratulations & Best Wishes, Astra & Raphael!
Reception Site: Seafarm, Copacobana, NSW
Marquee/Table & Chairs: The Party Hire & Co
Photographer: Filcoast Photography
Cake: The Sweetest Things
Cake Topper: IttyBittyWoodShoppe
Flowers: Angel Blooms Floristy
Bomboniere: Princess Allure Boutique Events
Concept, Styling, Artwork and Prints by A&K Lolly Buffet.