DIY delight: Paula & Thomas’ luxe rustic wedding

Wedding: 01/05/2015

Posted by Kate | 20 June, 2015

Paula and Thomas Christie first bonded over pancakes and Home and Away.

The pair met at church before Thomas, 22, worked up the courage to ask Paula, 24, on a date – homemade pancakes and old episodes of the Aussie soap.

“Obviously the pancakes were pretty good because we started dating pretty soon after that,” Paula jokes.

A few years later Thomas proposed in Paula’s hometown of Albury, NSW.

The couple hosted a luxe rustic wedding at Fergusson Winery in Victoria’s gorgeous Yarra Glen on May 1, 2015 – their four-year anniversary – in front of 120 family and friends.

The budget-conscious bride completed much of the planning and styling herself.

“I enjoy doing a lot of DIY and really appreciate the finer details at events,” Paula says.

“We had our reception at Zonzo winery. It is such a beautiful place with amazing views and the most delicious food. It really set the scene for a warm and romantic wedding.”

Despite their strict budget, Paula says she and Thomas were able to create the wedding of their dreams.

“We had a lot of DIY and were able to reflect our personalities and love for each other throughout the day,” she says.

Photos courtesy of Aweiding Photography.

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Thomas’ parents’ pooch stepped in as page boy – complete with his own tux.

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Paula says the barrel room at Fergusson Winery provided the perfect space for the ceremeony. “We were able to build stands to hang festoon lighting and I spray-painted 100 wine bottles that I topped with candles to place around the room,” she says.

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Paula’s advice to future brides is to enjoy the moment. “The whole day is a rush, which everyone warns you about, but you so don’t grasp it until the end,” she says.

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“I absolutely love succulents,” Paula says. “Which we used quite a lot in our bouquets, button holes, on the cake, table centres and favours.”

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Video by Westein Films.

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