Here’s a fresh and vibrant tangerine-themed garden wedding with bold floral arrangements and flamboyant print dresses. Not a hint of pastel to be seen.
Melbourne couple Claire Johnson and Daniel Talha, both 29, met at the Victorian schoolies’ week in the popular coastal town, Lorne, on the Great Ocean Road. It was 2001 and the pair were staying in neighbouring holiday cottages celebrating the end of school days.
Claire tells, “We went out for about two years and then broke up for five years (but stayed friends). We got back together in 2009 and the rest is history! Because we first got together when we were so young, having the time apart was really good for us. We both got to explore the world and see what else (and who else) was out there, and then know for sure that we were meant to be together.”
It was 10 years after they met that Daniel took Claire back to those fateful cottages in Lorne for a surprise birthday weekend away, where he proposed over champagne and candles. “He is my best friend and so much fun to be around,” says Claire. He’s sensitive, caring, and also a great cook!”
Claire found her strapless A-line lace gown from coastal bridal boutique, Sunset Bridal. She wore a medium length satin edge veil, and a floral design hair piece which her bridesmaids bought for her on a trip to Cambodia.
The vivid bridal bouquets were by Melbourne flower wholesalers, Baguley F & I Flower & Plant Growers. “They were so helpful,” praises Claire. “I told them I wanted the orange theme and I really wanted to have orange calla lilies. They made lots of suggestions and created beautiful bouquets, better than I had even imagined.”
Daniel and his groomsmen wore slim cut charcoal grey suits from Callucci Menswear.
The garden wedding was held on a beautiful spring day at the historical Marybrooke Manor, on the edge of the Sherbrooke Forest in Melbourne’s Dandenong Ranges.
The vivid orange bridesmaid dresses were from women’s fashion retailer, Witchery. Claire tells, “We found these printed maxi dresses on sale; they were all size 14 and so we bought them and had them altered to size, and cut into different styles.” Two of the gowns were cut short and one gown had a new halter neckline created.
“One of my best friends and her mum made out beautiful cake for us,” explains the bride. “The top and bottom layers were chocolate mud and the middle layer was caramel mud.”
Claire recalls one of her favourite moments (apart from reading the vows they had written for each other). “Instead of throwing the bouquet, I gave it to the longest-married couple in the room, who were my aunty and uncle who have been married for 55 years.”
That is bound to bestow some longevity luck upon these newlyweds! Congratulations!
Photos courtesy of Melbourne and Sorrento Weddings.
Bomboniere: DIY / Brides Accessories: Cambodia / Brides Gown: Sunset Bridal / Brides Shoes: Wittner / Bridesmaids Dresses: Witchery / Celebrant: Martin Johnson / Ceremony Music: Own playlist / Entertainment: DJ supplied by venue / Flowers: Baguley F & I Flower and Plant Growers / Gift Registry: Wishing well / Grooms Attire: Callucci Menswear / Groomsmen Attire: Callucci Menswear / Hair: Evelyn's Makeup / Invitations: DIY / Makeup: Evelyn's Makeup / Transport: LimoZone / Venue: Marybrooke