Chelsea & Shahaf | Rustic Wedding in Yarra Valley

Dear readers, I love when you share your beautiful weddings with me! Chelsea says that she read Snippet & Ink every day while planning her wedding, finding fun and colorful inspiration. Which is wonderful, because her wedding was both of those things…

Chelsea is a graphic designer, and designed all of the stationery from the invitation to the place cards.

Says Chelsea, ” My dad surprised us with two 1947 Rolls Royces to be our wedding cars. It was the final special touch and it made my dad pretty happy too! Very sneaky dad.”

Says Chelsea, “One of our favourite moments was our wedding dance. We both met each other doing Salsa and Tango classes, so what could be better than a Tango that ends in Salsa? We had an incredible dance choreographed by our dance teacher and we were pretty nervous about it but we pulled it off without a hitch. It was a very special moment where it felt like just the two of us (except for the hoots and cheers in the background!).”

Chelsea answered some questions about the day…

Why did you choose this location for your wedding?  I had been there before and had seen how stunning an event would be there. It was the first place I took Shahaf to see and he fell in love with it, just as I had. It’s also in the Yarra Valley which is wine country, with rolling hills and paddocks and grazing cows. So lovely.

What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  The venue has a very rustic feel so it made sense to go with a rustic, harvest look and feel. My parents used to own a fruit business so having fruit and veggies in the flower arrangements felt very natural to me. I was also greatly inspired by Snippet & Ink – Shahaf caught me on the blog every day!

What DIY elements did you include?  In my toast I referred to this as DIWM not DIY. It stands for “do it with mum,” as all my projects were a collaborative effort with my mum! We quilted the chuppah and we tweaked a pattern so that it was made up of S’s and C’s (our first initials). We also made the 100 metres of bunting that looked phenomenal. Mum and I wrapped up all the succulent favors and my mum sewed the flower girl dresses. She is so talented! My dad also got into the DIY theme as he made my wooden cake stand.

What was the best advice you received as a bride?  The advice that was given to me was to make sure that you take a moment away to watch what is going on, as it goes so incredibly fast. Hide around a corner and peek out and observe the guests having a ball! It will be the same advice I give to others, along with relax and be happy!



Photography: Love Katie & Sarah / Venue: Stones of the Yarra Valley in Coldstream, Australia / Bride’s dress: Gwendolynne / Pearl earrings, wedding bands: Holloway Diamonds / Hair stylist: Lauren Mackellar, +61 416 409 709 / Make-up artist: Pollyanna Bernhardt / Bridesmaid dress: Nicolangela / Groom’s suit: Kenzo / Stationery: Chelsea Dunn (the bride!) / Flowers: Mr. Lincoln / Five-piece band: The Daedels


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