We are so lucky to have so many gorgeous weddings land on the gt Bride desk.
This one in particular took our breath away. From the stunning backdrop of the Otway Forest to the fun ambience of a festival-themed soiree, Alex and Hamish’s special day ticked all the dream wedding boxes.
Read on to immerse yourself in all the divine details.
The breathtaking backdrop of the Otway Forest was the perfect setting for Alex Sedger and Hamish MacDonald to start their lives together.
Both lovers of laidback music festivals, the Jan Juc pair decided on a festival theme amid the incredible clifftops of Cumberland River Holiday Park for their big day.
“All we really wanted was a party with our family and friends,” says Alex, who is the owner and director of Alska Scandinavian Furniture.
“We couldn’t go past the breathtaking setting of Cumberland River, but it also allowed us to have people camp overnight and have a breakfast recovery the next day. It was important that we made it our own, and we could do that by starting from scratch in the best possible setting. “
Alex was a vision in a stunning gown from The Bridal Atelier – a choice she made easily on the first day of her search.
“I knew it was the one because mum and Char cried – and they are two people who don’t cry all that much,” she says.
“It was a lot of fun having such a party there. We cracked champas after to celebrate.”
As she made her way down the aisle, her brother, Cal, sang a song he’d penned especially for the couple.
Alex and Hamish, who met at university when they were 19, said “I do” in front of a tipi-shaped arbor handmade by Hamish, before dancing the night away with their 185 loved ones in a giant tipi.
Spotlights on the clifftops shone down on the party, festoon and fairy lights added to the romantic ambience, and fire pits and hay bales finished off the relaxed setting perfectly.
As well as their festival theme, the pair also incorporated some more fun into their May 2 celebration as it fell on the same night as a full moon.
“My maid of honour, Char, made a moon piñata filled with glow sticks, fake moustaches, flash tattoos and other festival goodies, which we smashed over the dance floor,” she says.
“We had perfect weather with the full moon rising up over the ridge.”
Showing their loved ones how integral they are to their lives was an important aspect for Alex and Hamish.
Together they organised a running slideshow of photos with them with their family and friends from throughout the years to play at the reception, and booked each guest a tent or cabins so they could stay the night.
“We left chocolates and messages on their beds for them to find when they checked in,” Alex says.
Looking back on the day, Alex’s advice for brides-to-be is to relax and trust the process.
“The wedding is about you and your partner – let that shine through and try not to get carried away with all the options out there,” she says.
“It’ll be amazing no matter what.”
The pair continued their celebrations with a honeymoon in the Maldives and Sri Lanka.
WHO MADE IT HAPPEN
Ceremony: Cumberland River Holiday Park
Reception: TipiKata tipis at Cumberland River Holiday Park
Catering: Pot & Pan Culinary Tailoring
Photography: Ed Sloane Photography
Gown: The Bridal Atelier
Shoes: Shoes of Prey
Headwear: Borrowed from a bridesmaid
Hair: Family friend
Make-up: Family friend
Flowers: She’s A Wildflower
Bridesmaids’ dresses: Various
Suits: Eddie Elias Menswear
Rings: Lily fine Jewellery
Transport: Parents’ cars
Entertainment: Geelong Entertainment, family and sax player Austin
Stationery: Designed by a friend
Celebrant: Vanessa Rankin
Prop hire: Pepper Sprout Hire Co., Oh Perfect Day
Honeymoon: Maldives and Sri Lanka