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Melanie & James’ Tweed Valley Wedding, Tumbulgum.

Tweed Valley diy wedding; an inspiration to future brides:

Melanie & James’ Tweed Valley Wedding. Held on a private homestead deep in Tumblegum in the Tweed Valley, this couple enjoyed a DIY wedding where they used the talents of their closest family and friends.

It used to be that the secrets of the wedding were kept… well just that, a secret until the big day. Nothing was revealed, the bride’s dress was certainly not seen (other than the Mother Of Bride) and you had no expectations as a guest to be told anything of colour choices or centre-pieces… But this is changing.

More and more, I am seeing brides who are looking for a more personalised, home-made, DIY approach to their wedding. I don’t know if this is because our approaches are modernising or maybe the financial crisis has re-confirmed that weddings don’t necessarily need to be about how much cash you spend? I’m not sure, but I am really liking this more family-centred approach.

Melanie & James’ wedding was exactly this, an intimate wedding celebrating family bonds and pooling collective talents.

The details:

After seven years together and an engagement of sixteen months, Melanie & James were married on a private homestead deep in the Tweed Valley.  A beautiful location just south of the NSW – QLD border, Tumbulgum is home to historic buildings, rolling lush, green fields, mountain ranges and of course the Tweed River.  It also has a population of just 349 people!!

The hen party comprised of Melanie’s two sisters and her Mum and James’ groom party had his brother and best friend.  Overlooking the surf beaches of Kirra, both parties got ready in the Mantra Coolangatta Hotel.

Hair was neatly coiffed at Beeba Hair and make-up by a friend who owns her own business.

When I asked Melanie how she had organised her wedding day and the organisation of requesting other people’s skills, she told me that the key is not to overburden and keep it simple; giving people just one job.  Jobs included desserts for the dessert bar, cocktail drink recipes, sourcing candles and table runners.  The beautiful cake was made by a family friend.

A small number of photos are shown below however if you would like to see photos from the full day video, please click here.


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