I stumbled across this Aussie wedding on Anna’s blog, and it’s such a sweet celebration – planned in just three months! 25 of Anna and Chris’ closest friends and family joined them in Sydney for an intimate garden ceremony followed by a simple, festive lunch (complete with party hats!). Anna joins us today with some of the details from the DIY wedding.

I designed and illustrated the invites, name cards and order-of-service.

I was 24 weeks pregnant, so I found a dress at a local boutique that fit my belly. It was by a local label called Rodeo Show. I wore handmade white brogues by an Italian label called Nylon, and Chris found his outfit about 4 days before the wedding. His shoes were his old beat up oxfords that he bought second hand in London.

We were married on a Friday in November at Wendy Whiteley’s Secret Garden in Lavender Bay. It really is a secret garden – if you didn’t know it existed you would easily miss it. We had a small ceremony with 25 of our close family and friends. Chris serenaded me on the guitar and sang ‘From St.Kilda to Kings Cross’ by Paul Kelly as I walked down the steps with my dad (it’s a song about both of our hometowns, Melbourne and Sydney).

We went to the local florist on the morning of the wedding to pick some flowers for my bouquet. I was lucky because peonies happened to be in season and the are my favourite! My mother made it for me.

Afterward the ceremony we hired a private water taxi to take everyone across the harbour and over to Mosman where we had our reception at the local Scout Hall. It was an old blue stone heritage listed building, right on the bay (I think it cost about $200 to hire!) We spent the afternoon eating fresh baguettes and watermelon and playing bocce ball in the park nearby.

My engagement ring and our wedding bands were custom made by Brooklyn based jewelry designer Blanca Monros Gomez.

We decorated the Scout Hall ourselves. I made the bunting and bought fabric for the table cloths. We thrifted all the cutlery and plates, and hired the wine glasses. I bought colourful lanterns on the internet. My husband is a chef, so two days prior to the wedding, we got up at 4am and went to the Sydney markets and fish market to buy all the food. He spent the next two days preparing it and we hired a refrigerated van to transport it. It was very simple, Mediterranean style food, beautiful baked fish, lamb and lots of vegetables and salads. Our friends helped with the barbecue on the day. My mother-in-law made the cake with a mix of everyone’s recipes – lemon citrus cake on the bottom layer, pistachio cake in the middle and baked cheesecake (made with my mum’s Polish recipe) on the top, all piled high with hand made truffles. Our family and some friends helped us clean the hall, as we needed to be out by 9pm. We made sure everyone got into taxis and then we walked home hand in hand together and talked about the day.

I love weddings that remind us you don’t necessarily need to spend a year planning to have a thoughtful and charming day. Thank you Anna and Chris for sharing your wedding with us, and congratulations on your new family!

Photos by Sean Murray.

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  1. Graphic Foodie

    "I was 24 months pregnant" Yowsers!!! Lovely details BTW.

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  2. Meant for a Moment Designs

    I LOVE the conversational wedding invite! and the reference to the bun… so absolutely adorable! And party hats=… this is surely one for the books!

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  3. handmade romance

    this is one adorable, intimate wedding. love that invite : )

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  4. Sara

    How cute is this!!! Love it!!

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  5. DapperPaper

    so, i've seen this wedding and i did NOT realize she was pregnant I don't think! She looks SO great and so does he! LOVE their outfits!and that reception looks AWESOME!

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  6. Abby&theJets

    oh man i hope she wasn't 24 months pregnant cuz she's a walking MIRACLE!!!really beautiful, genuine wedding. the best kind!

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  7. Abby&theJets

    oh man i hope she wasn't 24 months pregnant cuz she's a walking MIRACLE!!!really beautiful, genuine wedding. the best kind!

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  8. DreamWedding

    It just looks so tranquil and relaxed… Beautiful. I love their style too!

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  9. 10000dollarwedding

    I love those placecards and the invites! Cute couple!

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  10. Sarah

    What a funny, quirky little invite. I love these photos, that belly kiss made me tear up a little!

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  11. ila

    love, love, love that invite. so original!

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  12. lorin.yin

    24 weeks? 6 months pregnant? very impressive!

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  13. Life is better in the South

    Oh. So pretty.I did chuckle at 24 months pregnant.Ahaha. :D

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  14. Kathryn

    24 months would be quite the miracle! I didn't even catch that in Anna's email – maybe she felt 24 months pregnant? :)xoxoKathryn

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  15. theflashdance

    this, i like. a lot!

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  16. Mademoiselle Frou-Frou

    their invitation is so darn cute! xoxo alison

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  17. mama bear

    Sorry Kathryn – definitely 24 weeks pregnant – 24 months would be CRAZY!Thanks for posting our wedding up here!Anna xxx

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  18. Kate

    This is such a cute and unique wedding! I absolutely love the watercolor on the invites.

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  19. Bea

    Anna I just wanted to tell you that my heart skipped a beat when I read that you walked down the aisle to From St Kilda to Kings Cross… it is my all time favourite song (and since I was a teenager it was my dream to have Paul Kelly himself play at my wedding!) I've been trying to think of ways to incorporate it in a significant way into my upcoming wedding — it is a church ceremony so unfortunately not appropriate for the entrance!

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  20. Luna and Chloe

    Super cute! I giggled at 24 months too. Love the details and that is was an intimate affair.xoxokristi

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  21. Little Pinwheel

    love it! they both look amazing. the perfect wedding!

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  22. Raru

    really really cute wedding. :)Thank you for sharing this.xoxo,raru

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  23. sk

    I absolutely love this wedding! So charming. I adore that picture of the groom kissing the bride's belly!

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  24. Samantha

    The graphics for this wedding are amazing! I adore the reception decor, and the energy of the guests. So amazing :)

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  25. Bailey

    Those invitations are stunnniinngggg, seriously so charming and beautiful and special!

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  26. I’m Kristen

    Wow, amazing wedding. LOVE IT!

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  27. Kyleigh

    Absolutely one of the best weddings I've seen on her, absolutely beautiful!!!

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  28. violarulz/ducksandbooks

    WATER TAXI!? That's the most genius wedding party transportation idea ever!!! I wish I lived where there was water again….

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  29. Elisa, Croatia

    this wedding just sounds and looks magical!! a secret garden, water taxi, bocce ball,and the pictures are amazing!thanks for sharing,Greetings from,A Mexican mommy living in Europe

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  30. mimi charmante

    seriously LOVING your blog~ so so so inspirational!have a fabulous rest of your weekend,xx

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  31. Jeanette

    I'm with DapperPaper, I've seen this wedding before and it wasn't until now that I realized she was pregnant. That's impressive! I hope to look that good at 24 months ;) But seriously, adorable wedding.

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  32. Lulu

    This took my breath away! Clean, simple, and beautiful! Absolutely touching, thank you so much for sharing!xoxo,Lulu

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