Backyard Bliss

‘Simplicity is the keynote of all true elegance’ Coco Chanel


Carly & Levi

Photographer- Jess of Brown Paper Parcel

Celebrant- Modern Love Ceremonies

As featured in Hello May


From beginning to end, Carly and Levi created an elegant and deeply personal celebration of their love. A creative dynamic duo, Carly is a wedding photographer (Carly Tia Photography) and Levi an illustrator and author of children’s books, their vision for their day unfolded with a minimum of fuss and an excellent result. Starting with a beautiful free range ceremony beneath the Springbrook National Park forest canopy, then drinks and nibbles at their Springbrook home followed by a lively family style feast for 25 treasured family and friends.  The whole event was DIY with zen like planning, a focus on keeping things simple and the importance of ‘having a nice time’ – special details added layers to the day- a hand drawn invitation by Levi, feasting tables made by Levi’s Mum and Dad from recycled decking, a fun day of sisterly bonding over flower arrangements and of course good food and wine. Even Carly’s dress didn’t make itself known to her until she spied it in Zimmerman the week before the wedding. Sometimes it really is just the simple things in life that make our hearts sing.



TO BEGIN with drinks…

·       Antipasto Grazing Table of cured meats, mountain cheese, baked thyme and garlic ricotta, marinated feta, pickled baby vegetables, baby asparagus, spiced warmed olives, dips

·       Crusty Ficelle, toasts, crackers and lavosh




·       Hot breads served with butter

·       Baked risotto; lemon and fennel, Grana Parmagiano, herb crust, frizzled basil

·       Wild rocket salad with radicchio, witlof and fresh fennel, lemon dressing


·       Barramundi fillets, black sesame crust, black bean glaze, seaweed salad

·       Steamed seasonal greens, al dente with an extra virgin splash


·       Pancetta wrapped chicken, pecan lemon thyme and bacon stuffing, sage burnt butter, caramelised lemons

·       Warm Mediterranean vegetables, zucchini, potato, sweet potato, capsicum, butternut, confit garlic, balsamic reduction, rosemary



·       Chocolate layer cake with whipped chocolate ganache, berries and cream

·       Mini lemon meringue tarts



·       Vegetarian help yourself supper table with rosemary & garlic roasted mushrooms, onion jam, greenoak lettuce, maple walnut crumble, served in brioche buns


Our Top Tips for a successful backyard wedding


1 Location- whose backyard, a sentimental location has great power adding layers of meaning to your day- childhood home, your new home together, your best friends pad.

2 Keep the guest list small- few residential homes can successfully and comfortable host 150 guests. The natural beauty of a backyard wedding is that its a great excuse to trim the guest list- resist the temptation of the second tier invites- keep it cosy and meaningful.

3 Logistics, early on consider; seating/tables, power (will you need extension cords and/or a generator?), toilets, access/space for the caterer, insurance (we recommend wedding insurance and check your home insurance), do you need a cool room, is parking an issue, etcetera ?

4 Neighbors- a couple of months prior let the neighbors know- great if you can do this person, give them a heads up about any plans that may inconvenience them. Give them an outline of the day and maybe a little token of your thanks.

5 Cleaning- 20 + people can generate a fair amount of rubbish over the course of a day- your caterer might be happy to take on this role, someone needs to monitor bins, general tidiness, bathrooms etc. We also recommend booking a team of cleaners to swoop in the morning after to put all to right.

6 Weather happens, as so you always need to consider all the possibilities and have solutions just in case- can you take the party inside? do you need a marquee? heaters? umbrellas?

7 Set the scene- Furniture, florals and lighting. Engage a wedding stylist for some or all of your styling- blowing our own trumpet we know but we are worth it. For a simple wedding we can have the whole design signed, sealed and delivered in a short amount of time. If budget is an issue, chat to us about splitting the difference- tasking key DIY areas that you can do (eg- maybe you have a creative friend who is keen to help with the flowers) and the jobs that we can easily manage on your behalf.

8 Food- lock in your caterer-food is extremely important to a successful event. Book them in for a site inspection and a chat about how many jobs on the task list they can take on (you may be surprised how broad their reach can be).

9 Bar- who and how- your caterer? or are you engaging a bar service?

10 Music- ipod, live or DJ- music like food is a key element to the overall vibe of the day & remember to consider your location, noise may become an issue later in the evening.