Ali and Chantal

On Saturday 18th August, Ali and Chantal got married under a canopy of trees at the rustic Birken lakeside resort. Fires further up the mountain had created an unexpected blanket of mist which surrounded the lakeside property all day and added to the mysterious nature of the venue.

Ali and Chantal walked down the aisle with their fathers to a traditional wedding song performed by a local indigenous elder. The brides said their vows under a family made macramé and walked out under a flutter of British-inspired lavender confetti.

Friends and family sat down for dinner on a deck overlooking the misty lake and enjoyed course after course of huge family style sharing platters using local ingredients. The table décor was inspired by their love of House of Hackney and was eye catching yet sympathetic to the environment. Ali and Chantal had painstakingly handmade ponchos as their favours for every guest, each one with a leather label displaying the brides’ initials and the venue coordinates.

A stretch tent sat just beside the deck and housed a gin bar, a chill out space and a sparkle bar. As the sun set, strings of festoon lights hung from the trees and lit the dance floor ready for the new couple to dance into the early hours.


Venue: birken lakeside resort

Officiant: young, hip and married

Flowers: flowers and jules

Photography: melissa baker

Catering: the collective kitchen

Marquee: stretch tents

Band: blame the weekend

Silent disco: sound off

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