Sometimes we can’t help but fall in love with stranger’s weddings.. and Michelle & Dyf’s big day is no exception. Shot by wonderfully talented Melbourne photographer Jason Vandermeer, this Collingwood Children’s Farm wedding was a beautiful night.
The amazing team at Farm Cafe were on hand to create a menu that would impress even the fussiest of foodies, and use their styling talents to transform the barn into a warm, rustic space.
Tell us a little bit about you two:
Michelle is an art, design and media secondary teacher, and Dyf is a musician and a chef. We like to watch local gigs, travel, hang out with mates, watch Netflix.
Proposal story, please!
Michelle: It was my 30th birthday. I came home early from work and Dyf came outside in his dapper suit and a new haircut, so I knew something was up. I was finally allowed inside and when I came in, there were candles everywhere. Dyf had roses for me and popped the question. I was so shocked that I didn’t respond for a good minute. Then we sat on the couch in silence for about 20 minutes. Then Dyf jumped up and said, “Oh, I got champagne”, and I responded with “Oh thank god!”. We went out for dinner that night and couldn’t get the smiles off our faces.
What was important to you when planning how your wedding would be?
We wanted a low key, fun party with as many mates and family as we could squish in. A bit rustic, a bit DIY, our main focus was on the things that people remember: good food, good music and a fun atmosphere. Our celebrant Danielle Binaisse was also key to helping us set a fun vibe for the day. She used to teach with me and I knew she spoke really well, but we didn’t realise just how good she would be. She was great, hilarious and totally up for doing anything we wanted.
Tell us about your florals:
I sourced our flowers from the Melbourne Flower Market in Epping. My uncle and cousin are vegetable producers, so they took me into the market at midnight the week before the wedding, then Dyf and I spent the day putting the arrangements together.
Tell us about the reception:
Collingwood Childrens’ Farm was fantastic. The barn was cozy and had a great dance floor area. Our ceremony was on the paddock next to the barn, overlooking the Yarra river. The food by Farm Cafe was so delicious and got rave reviews from our foodie friends. At the end of the night, the party was really only just getting started. After we left the venue we went out dancing at our home away from home, The Old Bar in Fitzroy till 3am. Then we went to get fried chicken at Le Bon Ton. We still had a big crew of friends with us, and all the while Dyf was still in his suit and I was in my wedding dress. It was the best, and we had lots of strangers coming up to congratulate us!
Any words of wisdom for couples planning their big day?
Plan early on so you do not stress out in the week leading up to the event. I am a teacher so am a little obsessed with creating spreadsheets, but this was a godsend! Book venues and photographers early! I like to think I can manage everything by myself, but my friends all made me let them help in the lead up, and I could not have been more thankful. On the day – relax, drink lots of champagne, and have a blast!
Photography Jason Vandermeer Venue Collingwood Children’s Farm Catering & Styling Farm Cafe Cake Cheese from Bill’s Farm at Queen Victoria Markets Stationery Sarah Hayat (Maid of Honor) Florals Melbourne Markets, Epping Hair Miss Gertrude MUA Bride Bridesmaids, Bride’s dress & shoes all by Kuwaii Celebrant Danielle Binaisse