Sarah and Zac's vintage wedding

Photography By T-One Image Photography & Video

There was something very 'old Hollywood glamour' in the air on the day Sarah and Zac got married.

From the classic silhouette of the bridal down and the A-line cut of the bridesmaids' dresses to the vintage feel of the invitations and bombonniere gifts, the day was a celebration in bright colours and vintage style.

Sarah's classic A-Line vintage lace wedding dress

On a sunny afternoon at the Springwood Presbyterian Church an hour out of Sydney, the couple married with the Blue Mountains in the background before their reception in the gardens of the Norman Lindsay Gallery.

Mother nature put on her best show in this scenic spot, but was ousted by the bride in her Monique Lhuillier-inspired wedding dress.

Sarah first saw an image of the designer's work in a magazine, but with the price tag sitting uncomfortably high, she got savvy and started looking around in local stores. After no such luck there, she turned her attention to the wonders of the Internet and second-hand shopping, where she came across the second-hand wedding dress. Here, she found a Justin Alexander creation that was similar to the one she had in mind.

It was a bold choice to purchase the gown without trying it on first, but one that paid off. After a refit by a professional dressmaker, the classic-cut gown looked as if it were made especially for her.

groomsmen at the alter

As for the suave gentleman standing with Sarah at the altar, he wore another online purchase from fashion retailer Asos. While the couple both looked for something fitting for the day, Zac made the final decision and showed his true fashion chops in the process.

Zac chose the outfits for his five groomsmen in a style similar to his own, and Sarah made the call on the bridesmaids' dresses by opting for affordability and something that could be worn again.

The dresses and suits matched one another just as they matched the relaxed, vintage garden party theme.

Sarah's bouquet was another nod to the fun and bright garden atmosphere. She wanted it to look as though it had simply been picked fresh from the flowerbed. The help of a skilled florist, she got the look she was after in exactly the way that no one else could.

the bridal bouquet

Sarah and Zac planned the event themselves, using mostly magazines for inspiration and calling on their own DIY talents to pull together details like the bonbonnieres which were handmade by their mothers, Sarah and Sarah's sister Emma.

the DIY wedding decor

Whenever there was a lull in official events, guests were treated to fun and games to continue with the relaxed garden feel of the day.

As both families have Maltese heritage, an absolute must was Bocce, a ball game similar in style to petanque. This added a personal and unique touch to the proceedings and kept the formality to a minimum while maximising the fun.

To capture the colourful day on film, Sarah and Zac hired a professional photographer and had photos taken at the nearby Springwood train station for its vintage feel and relaxed atmosphere.

photographs taken at the Norman Lindsay Art Gallery

The couple wasn't expecting to be able to have photos taken at the Norman Lindsay gallery, their reception venue, due to the artworks there. But with special permission, the photographer snapped a few shots inside the gallery itself, giving a one-of-a-kind artistic feel to Zac and Sarah's wedding photo album.

Planning for the day took around eight months after a January engagement, which was well spent organising a caramel cake with hazelnut buttercream icing, '40s and '50s music throughout the reception and a "surreal" sparkler tunnel for the couple to walk through as they left the reception.

From the reception, the happy couple rode off into the sunset - or more specifically, to the gorgeous Matamanoa Island in Fiji for a honeymoon as relaxed and enjoyable as the wedding itself.

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