For laid-back couple Tabitha and Stewart Mclachlan, all they wanted was a wedding that was personal to them but also stress-free. That is exactly what they got! Keep reading to discover all the details about this low-key Aussie backyard wedding.
About the Couple
Australian couple Tabitha and Stewart first met playing water polo in university. Their engagement took them halfway across the Pacific Ocean to the tropical paradise of Hawaii. Stewart was in Hawaii to compete in the world paddle boarding championships, and Tabitha went to support him. After the race, the pair had five days to enjoy the islands before they returned home.
On one of the days, they decided to do the famous Koko Head hike in Oahu. However, shortly after they started hiking, it started to rain. They pressed on despite the weather but eventually had to turn back due to the heavy water flowing down the trail. Just as Tabitha turned around to start heading back, she realized she couldn’t see Stewart. She eventually heard his voice and when she finally found him, he was down on one knee in the mud, offering her the most amazing ring she had ever seen. Tabitha could not stop crying and shaking. She was overcome with joy and accepted!
“We chose our backyard as it was personal, private, and very sentimental to us as it was where we would eventually build our dream home.”
A Casual, Easy-Going Affair
The theme of Tabitha and Stewart’s wedding was “casual and easy-going,” shares the bride. From day one, they both envisioned a comfortable and fun day for themselves and their guests. Originally, they had planned a registrar wedding. However, due to the large size of their respective families, they ultimately decided against this idea. Instead, they opted for a private affair in their very own backyard in Redhead, Australia. The ceremony took place three months after Tabitha and Stewart’s Hawaiian engagement. The sentimental location made it more special than they could have ever imagined.
The “Something Borrowed” Dress
In line with the laid-back vibe of the day, Tabitha’s gown was a hand me down from her mother. Not only had the dress been her mother’s wedding gown, but her mom had actually made the gown herself. Tabitha says the gown fit her perfectly and didn’t require a single alteration. The classic yet slightly boho dress featured a trendy off-the-shoulder neckline and a ruffled skirt with lace detailing. It was the perfect mix of modern and vintage. She completed her bridal look with a leaf-detailed headband and an organic bouquet made up of greenery and purple wildflowers.
Advice to Newly-Engaged Couples
For the bride, it’s all about remembering your love for one another. Tabitha urges newly-engaged couples to remember that your wedding is just a day whereas your love will last forever, so try to remember this during wedding planning.
Special thanks to the team:
Venue: Couple’s Backyard, Redhead
Gown & Suits: Bride’s mother’s handmade gown; Suit from New England
Hair & Makeup: Jessica Thompson
Event Styling /Flowers: Local flower markets, put together by the bride’s sister-in-law.
Photography: Lauren Anne photography
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