When Alex and David were planning out what their dream wedding day would look like, their caterer, Fork n Knife, said to them, “You’re creating a Wed-stival!” Though they hadn’t thought about it at the time, it made sense. They were after a fun day, out in the open with Food Truck-style catering. So basically, a wedding festival (sounds awesome, right?)
With a Wed-stival, you can expect a big party (sometimes spanning across a couple of days) with great music (played loudly, of course) and a couple who want to celebrate big with their friends and family. And, that’s exactly what Alex and David did.
Alex and David’s wedding at The Ridge Estate in Peat’s Ridge, located on the Central Coast, really had it all. From the jumping castle to the food truck, a Vintage caravan bar serving up ice-cold tipples, lawn games and so much more. Not to mention, they’d hired a killer vendor lineup to bring the day to life.
Their Wedstival Choices
It was such a pleasure to be part of this day – while being totally fun, it was also super relaxed and chilled, just like the couple themselves. Both Alex and David confessed they weren’t the biggest “photo people” and didn’t feel entirely comfortable in front of the camera. It was my job on the day to capture raw, authentic shots and the intimate moments in between, as I knew when they were totally immersed in each other and the day – I’d get my best shots.
The pavilion at The Ridge Estate is the ultimate spot for an outdoor ceremony. The open, exposed timber beams decorated with fairy lights create a romantic and rustic feel (this area looks especially good at night, and we sneaked away from the party to get some shots here).
A Wedstival allows you to lose the traditions that you don’t connect with and put your love front and centre. As someone who’s been to their fair share of weddings as a photographer and as a guest, you’ll never hear complaints from your guests if you provide a bunch of fun activities for them to get involved in, and Alex and David’s jumping castle was not only a heap of fun for both the big and little kids, but also made for some pretty cool shots!
Alex and David opted for one of my favourite Vintage Caravan Bars, Peaches, to serve up their favourite drinks that kept the party going all night long. David and the boys kept hold of the traditional homemade Croatian spirit though, called Rakija, in a custom wooden flask that kept doing the rounds. I’m pretty sure it was strong stuff given the reactions!
I was absolutely buzzing after this day and can’t thank Alex and David enough for inviting me into their world. Their day was a true reminder that whatever your vibe is, it’s your wedding day, to do your way!
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The wedding day in pictures
Kind words from the couple
“If you want a fantastic wedding photographer for your special day, look no further!
Both me and my partner are not photo people and were really struggling to figure out what we wanted for photography at our wedding. I was lucky enough to meet Chris at an expo event and talk with him about our photography concerns. Chris truly understood those concerns and made us feel so comfortable and listened to throughout the process.
On the day, Chris was so wonderful in making us feel comfortable behind the camera and he really captured those special moments. Chris captured our wedding day from start to end and his photos are amazing and tell our story so well!
He has made us some of the most amazing lasting memories to look back on for years to come. We are so grateful to have met Chris and have him be a part of our special day.
I cannot recommend Chris from underatreehouse enough to be your wedding photographer! He is fantastic.“
Alex & David
The Central Coast Wedstival Wedding Team
Venue: The Ridge Estate – theridgeestate.com.au/
Celebrant: Celebrate With Kate – www.facebook.com/celebratewithkate/
Photographer: Underatreehouse – www.underatreehouse.com.au
Florist: Fleurish Flowers – www.facebook.com/fleurishflowers/
Makeup and Hair: Make Up This
Live Music: JC Entertainment – www.jcentertainment.com.au/
Caterer: Fork And Knife – forknknife.com.au/
Bar: Peaches Vintage Caravan – peachesvintagecaravan.com.au/
Gelato: Mr Goaty – www.mrgoatygelato.com.au/
Signage: Love Jess – www.lovejess.net
Marquee Hire: Prestige Party Hire
Bathroom Hire: Luxury Portable Trailers
Jumping Castle: B Happy N Jump
Marquee: Behind The Scenes Event Hire
If you are planning a Wedstival and need some help getting those creative juices flowing, get in touch with me here.