Relaxed Wedding in Australia: Tyrone + Amanda
In February 2019, on the other side of the planet, Swedish Amanda married her Australian Tyrone. Love brought her to the Australian east coast and resulted in a relaxed yet glamorous wedding. Amanda and Tyrone planned a wonderful garden wedding and thanks to Asora Photography we can now all take part in this couple’s lovely wedding. We wish them all the happiness and a perfect marriage!
Amanda: Setting their wedding in Australia was a spontaneous idea that began to grow at the thought of a surprise wedding (even though that is not how it turned out). At first we planned to throw only an engagement party, in keeping with australian culture, and then arrange the actual wedding in Sweden. But the more we decorated in the garden the more we realized that we were arranging our dream wedding. The only thing missing was a white dress. My grandmother had always talked about the dress she wore on her wedding day in Stockholm, and that was the dress that popped into my memory when the thought of me wearing white finally sunk in. The dress was then shipped, adjusted and there it was: A legacy with delicate silver threads, high collar and a low back was going to write new history. Later in the evenling i changed into a vintage dress with gold threads and big amber earrings.
Tyrone bought his linnen suit at Jack London in Newtown, Sydney. The olive green matched his eyes and the delicate dry australian summer greenery. The guys in the Bridal Party wore black linnen suits from Jack London and the girls wore black silk dresses from Asos.
how amanda and tyrone met
Amanda: Our paths crossed in the summer of 2017 in the alleys of Stockholm. He was traveling across Europe in time for the wedding of a friends, who also turned out to be my friends. Already in 2015 I knew he was the most beautiful thing I had ever seen, but then I didn’t know that he was also going to be the best person I had ever met. And what great timing that i was going to travel to South East Asia and Australia later that year. That the final destination ended up being Northern Beaches in Sydney was because of him.
Shy picnics in Humlegården in Stockholm and late walk around Old Town turned into six months of countless facetime calls in early mornings and late nights. Many people say that long distance relationships never last. We proved them all wrong!
After one year in Australia my visa was coming to its end date, and together with his parents we took a road trip in the country where his mother grew up, as far away from Sweden as you can get: New Zeeland. Little did I know that it was also going to where he would propose to me. It was the perfect day and the last day of the trip when he asked if I wanted to be his forever. He had planned his proposal in a sea of lupines that I had begged to visit, surrounded by the snow covered mountains we had climbed earlier. Under the sun I said YES. We celebrated with champagne and sunstroke.
Amanda: The ceremony was extremely emotional. My strong mother walked me down the aisle and at the same time a song that she always sang for me as a child played. I thought that I would be nervous with over 150 people present, but I felt safe with all our friends and family there. The fact that we had met for a First Look before the ceremony also made it less nervous.
australian garden party
Amanda: The garden where we all spent the evening was owned by a close friend of Tyrone. Tyrone grew up just around the corner and spent countless hours in the surrounding forest, either on his motorbike or on foot. Being close with the owners of the garden made it easy to arrange the reception how we wanted it, and we even “renovated” the shed. We both have an interest in estetics and it was a lot of fun to prepare the reception. We also wanted to plan sustainably, and so we filled the garden with only vintage stuff and we let the australian scenery do the rest.
Amanda: Our history and interests became both the inspiration and the theme for our wedding. We both wanted a relaxed wedding, as we had chosen to be in Australia. My big love for vintage clothing and retro details became our “theme”. We collected velvet couches and classic rugs. We also had a rustic home made bar and a live band under the lights. We also added some swedish details, such as cinemon buns and snaps songs throughout the evening.
The best memory from the wedding day
Amanda: The absolut best, and cliché, about the day was that I got to spend it with Tyrone. We planned carefully so that we would be able to spend as much time as possible together. Now, afterwards, I am so grateful for that.
Tips to others
Start planning in good time and do it togehter. It is YOUR day. And don’t just make one list, make at least 45!