• Photography: Pure Mac Photography.

A laid-back celebration

By Bride and Groom 17 September 2020

With two young boys to consider, thoughts of a winery wedding were soon shelved by Alex Mays and Jake Wheeler, the couple instead choosing an intimate gathering at the bride’s parents’ home.

Pinterest became Alex’s go-to when planning the relaxed boho-inspired celebration with a marquee, festoon lighting, flowers, gum leaves and timber furniture transforming a typical backyard into something special for the childhood sweethearts.

Having the wedding ceremony and reception at home meant the couple could spend the entire day with family and friends and their two gorgeous sons, Jaxon and Keegan, could join in the fun.

“My first thought was a winery wedding, it’s what I had always planned, but we’ve been together for 10 years and have two boys so the more I thought about it, having the wedding at home really suited our present lifestyle,” Alex said.

The emotion-charged ceremony was made even more so by the couple honouring three special people, who were no longer with them, by reserving three vacant chairs, each with a photo and red rose.

“My dad, Jake’s dad and my brother Ashley are no longer with us but we wanted to make them a part of our wedding as they are very important to us. Our guests were really touched by this, it was a really nice way to honour them,” Alex said.

Walking down the aisle to Ed Sheeran’s Perfect, Alex said the song was meaningful and reflected their relationship.

“We have been together since we were 15, and are each other’s first loves. We have been through a lot of curveballs together so this was just the perfect song,” Alex said.

Her gorgeous two-piece Grace Loves Lace gown was the perfect choice for the early autumn wedding day and gave Alex a great excuse for a pre-wedding weekend getaway with her sister to try the dress on in-store on the Gold Coast.

“I knew I didn’t want to take the chance of buying online, I wanted to try it on, so my sister and I made a weekend of it,” Alex said.

A cropped lace top and floaty skirt were practical, comfortable and fitted the relaxed-vibe brief and – not to be outdone in the sophisticated-casual stakes – the groom and groomsmen were kitted out in navy shorts, suspenders and linen shirts.

See more photos from Alex and Jake's wedding day over on our Instagram.

Wedding date: Saturday, March 9, 2019

Bride’s parents: Helen and Mick Attoni and Dean Mays (dec)

Groom’s parents: Karyn and Rodney (dec) Wheeler

Ceremony and reception: Private property, Nathalia

Photographer: Pure Mac Photography, Shepparton

Celebrant: Ian Bull, Shepparton

Catering: Rocky Pellegrino, Numurkah.

Hire: Goulburn Valley Party Hire, Shepparton

Entertainment: Paddy and Veronica, Nathalia

Flowers: Zoe’s Little Flower Farm, Nathalia

Cake: P.S. I Cake You, Kialla

Rings: Prouds The Jewellers

Bride’s gown: Grace Loves Lace

Bridesmaids’ dresses: Showpo

Hair: Silk Hair Design, Tatura

Make-up: The Beauty Project by Sophie, Shepparton

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