A colorful & joyful art gallery wedding (with a caricature artist and groom-made bouquet!)

February 19 2018 | offbeatbride
A colorful & joyful art gallery wedding (with a caricature artist and groom-made bouquet!)
Photos by John Cliff and Martin McGrevy

Offbeat partner: Lanelle, Secondary Art Teacher

Offbeat partner: Scott, Secondary Teacher and Gardener

Date and location of wedding: Maitland Regional Art Gallery, Maitland, NSW, Australia — January 13, 2018

Our offbeat wedding at a glance:

Our theme was creative cocktail — we wanted lots of people to wear prints and colours to match the ceremony and reception setting of art gallery. We also wanted people to be comfortable with the heat. We got ready together with our toy poodle fur-children who unfortunately couldn't' attend our wedding as they don't really like people. Our celebrant and MC incorporated messages from them as a surprise throughout our wedding which was lovely.

A colorful & joyful art gallery wedding (with a caricature artist and groom-made bouquet!)

A colorful & joyful art gallery wedding (with a caricature artist and groom-made bouquet!)

A colorful & joyful art gallery wedding (with a caricature artist and groom-made bouquet!)

A colorful & joyful art gallery wedding (with a caricature artist and groom-made bouquet!)

A colorful & joyful art gallery wedding (with a caricature artist and groom-made bouquet!)

A colorful & joyful art gallery wedding (with a caricature artist and groom-made bouquet!)

We had a hired cartoonist to do portraits and we invited ceremony-only attendees for a cocktail hour with grazing table. Scott actually made my bouquet on the day, something slightly stressful but with a beautiful end result: a king protea surrounded by gum blossom and sea-holly for texture. Our photographer was my high school art teacher, so it was lovely to really know who was capturing your day. Oh, and I also wore a bright red dress to symbolise my Chinese heritage.

A colorful & joyful art gallery wedding (with a caricature artist and groom-made bouquet!)

A colorful & joyful art gallery wedding (with a caricature artist and groom-made bouquet!)

Tell us about the ceremony:

It was a horrendously hot (39C/102F), windy, stormy day complete with resplendent bush fire and there was a contingency to move the ceremony inside from its position under some trees. A luck would have it, five minutes before I was due to come out, the sun shone and the weather cooled down about 10 degrees!

A colorful & joyful art gallery wedding (with a caricature artist and groom-made bouquet!)

A colorful & joyful art gallery wedding (with a caricature artist and groom-made bouquet!)

I walked down the aisle to 'The Wedding' by Johann Johannson (from The Theory of Everything) with my father. Our mothers read two poems: 'How Love is Like Owning a Dog' by Taylor Mali and 'Cosmos' by Carl Sagan.

A colorful & joyful art gallery wedding (with a caricature artist and groom-made bouquet!)

Although both straight, we were delighted that marriage equality finally passed in Australia and we finally got to say the amended monitum that marriage was a union between two people. We had an excellent ceremony stylist, Whimsical Fox Events, who went above and beyond to ensure we could still have photographs with some of the hired furniture that got moved inside due to the storm.

A colorful & joyful art gallery wedding (with a caricature artist and groom-made bouquet!)

A colorful & joyful art gallery wedding (with a caricature artist and groom-made bouquet!)

A colorful & joyful art gallery wedding (with a caricature artist and groom-made bouquet!)

A colorful & joyful art gallery wedding (with a caricature artist and groom-made bouquet!)

Tell us about your reception:

Our reception was held inside the gallery and we hired a cartoonist to paint portraits of people. Not just any cartoonist,, though. Peter Lewis taught cartoonist to Scott and myself as school children. As mentioned previously, we DIYed our own flowers from Flemington Markets in Sydney, and my mother arranged the tables.

A colorful & joyful art gallery wedding (with a caricature artist and groom-made bouquet!)

A colorful & joyful art gallery wedding (with a caricature artist and groom-made bouquet!)

Lovely people I worked with in the outback collected hundreds of Billy Buttons which also decorated the tables. We had a World of Moose coloring-in poster as a guest book and a Polaroid booth for people to leave and take a memory for themselves. We had a triple alternate drop for mains and then finished with a variety of vegan cupcakes and hummingbird wedding cake decorated with Australian native flowers.

A colorful & joyful art gallery wedding (with a caricature artist and groom-made bouquet!)

A colorful & joyful art gallery wedding (with a caricature artist and groom-made bouquet!)

A colorful & joyful art gallery wedding (with a caricature artist and groom-made bouquet!)

What was your most important lesson learned?

There are lots of little challenges with planning a wedding. Not everyone is an efficient communicator, so at times I had to be very patient in waiting for people to get back to me. In the end it's a single day to create special, joyful memories. I think I would try to have an extra pre-dinner or post-breakfast for people who had travelled a long way. Luckily, we were mostly able to spend some time with them at the reception.

A colorful & joyful art gallery wedding (with a caricature artist and groom-made bouquet!)

A colorful & joyful art gallery wedding (with a caricature artist and groom-made bouquet!)

A colorful & joyful art gallery wedding (with a caricature artist and groom-made bouquet!)

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