Tell us a little about yourselves!
Two very different people were drawn to each other almost straight away. He’s a little optimistic and friendly, she’s a little shy and realistic. Four years later, they are married.
Why did you decide to get married where you did?
Elaine wanted to elope but Jervinn thought their day deserves a proper celebration. So they met in the middle, they agreed they would throw the best summer party inviting only close family and friends.
Elaine wanted to do everything her own way and she was determined to DIY her whole wedding (except for the catering). Airbnb wedding was the way to go; it allows you to start and finish whenever you want, you can get mega drunk and just go back and pass out in your room after the wedding (which Elaine did, with her makeup on. And it felt awesome).
Airbnb’s no party policy certainly made it difficult for them to find the right venue. Elaine was doing a lot of online searches and came cross this beautifully designed house, The Estate Trentham by Lynda Gardener. She remembers looking at the photos of the place and thinking to herself, ‘this is it, this is where I’m going to throw our party.’
Tell us about your outfits.
Elaine wasn’t big on getting a fancy wedding dress. All she wanted was a unique piece with the simplest design. She enjoys fashion but know nothing about fashion design. Yet it didn’t stop her from customising her own dress. She conveyed her ideas to Joy's Bridal who made all her ideas happen. During the dress making, Elaine let the dressmaker alter the design with the dressmaker’s own ideas, which adds more uniqueness to this dress. Because fitting was not part of the service Joy's Bridal provides, the dress they handed to her was pretty but not yet the final piece for her wedding. She found Relaine, a fashion designer who runs her own studio called Rona + Irena to help refine the details of her dress. Relaine did such a fantastic job, she turned the dress into a perfect piece for the Bride.
Jervinn’s suits are from Benjamin Barker. He didn’t want anything too formal, so he picked this slim-fit tan coloured suits to match the theme of their wedding, summer party!
What was the most important aspect for you, in terms of planning your wedding?
Neither of us wanted a traditional wedding, so we planned our wedding literally just like planning a party. No traditional wedding schedule on the day, we just wanted this event to be fun, casual and memorable. This mindset really helped us in DIY-ing our own wedding. We were surprised when the party turned out awesome (the guests can vouch for it!) After all the guests left, we looked at each other and yelled out ‘Holy sh&*t! we did it!’
Were there any elements that were important for you to incorporate?
Before the wedding, we mentioned to our guests that this is not a wedding, it’s a party. We didn’t want it to be just about two of us, it should be about everyone who is attendance. So we made sure all guests were well looked after during the whole event. This is what we believed a small intimate wedding should be about.
Any tips for couples getting married?
Relax and have fun. The events of the day can be overwhelming and stressful but remember that you know what’s best for yourself, just trust your gut that you have made the best decisions leading up to this moment. Now it’s time to soak up all that hard work in the company of your loved ones.
Are there any vendors that you would like to tell us a little more about?
Our best investment in the wedding is the photography. We want to thank our photographer, Isla from Emotions and Math for capturing those great moments for us. Isla’s capture always had a unique angle. Her photos set a certain mood, which brings you back to that moment with the feelings you had at the time. To us, that’s precious.
The venue is supposed to be pet free. But the venue host, Lynda Gardner was very understanding and allowed us to have our fur baby, Louie to be a part of our wedding. We think Louie had a lot of fun and we are glad that the memory of the wedding is now embedded with his presence.
Photographer : Isla from Emotions and Math @emotionsandmathweddings | Ceremony + Reception Location : The Estate Trentham @the_estate_trentham | Celebrant : Peter McConvill @peter_mcconvill_civilcelebrant | Entertainment : Gabriel (acoustic guitar player), brother of Jervinn + Elaine (Ukulele player) | Hire : Alex + Co Event Hire @alexcoevents | Flora : DIY flower buckets supplied by Fleurs de Lyonville @fleurs_de_lyonville, arranged by Elaine | Hair : Hai Kha, a close friend of the Bride | Catering : Emma James | Cake : Elaine and Jervinn’s mother | Stationery : Designed by Jervinn Elaine's Wedding Dress : Joys Bridal @joysbridal | Alterations : Relaine from Rona + Irena @ronairena | Linen Dress : SABA @saba | Floral Dress : Bec and Bridge @becandbridge | Groom’s Suits : Benjamin Barker | Engagement Ring : Niessing @niessing | Wedding Rings : Juste un Clou Ring from Cartier @cartier (Jervinn) + Bespoke Sarah + Sebastian @sarahandsebastian (Elaine) | Shoes : Nelson Made (Eliane) + Minimal Brogues (Jervinn)