Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Dress Code and Hashtag

 The theme for the wedding is Enchanted Forest, as it has been a constant theme in our relationship.
So what does this mean?
Semi formal wedding appropriate attire with an enchanted forest inspiration. It can be as simple as wearing something green, to florals, botanicals, glitter, a fern on your lapel or leaf brooch, a mossy velvet cloak to whatever you wish. It can be as subtle or creative as you want.
Please also remember:
Appropriate footwear for traipsing thru forest, gardens, steep hilly bumpy ground, stairs etc at the ceremony site, see entry below.
Think: All things botanical, Midsummers Nights Dream, old forest Folklore, vintage fantasy, Art Deco era fairytale illustrations, Lord of the Rings etc
Lauren will provide a basket of handmade botanical brooches for guests to wear if they choose at the ceremony and a fantasy inspired botanicals dress up table with floral headbands and leafy clips to wear for photos if you want at the reception.

Why Enchanted Forest?
From our first trip away to camp in the magical Tasmanian forest 2 weeks after we began dating to when he (Ben) surprised me (Lauren) by proposing in a rainforest 5 years later by a billabong surrounded by glow worms. We have shared a mutual love of nature, adventure, fantasy and whimsy since we first met.

The offical wedding hashtag: #BenandLaurensEnchantedWedding  please use this on photos you post on all social media so we can find them.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Ceremony, Reception, Times and Location

Alfred Nicolas Gardens- Ceremony: 2:45pm
Ferny Creek Reserve- Reception/ Drinks/ Finger Foods: 4:30
Buffet Dinner: 6pm
Cake: 7pm
Circus Entertainment (not to be missed!!)
Show 1 : 7:30pm
Show 2:  8:30pm
Merriment: till late

-Is being held up in the Dandenong Ranges surrounded by forest of the
national park.
-Begins at 2:45pm  (check your invite for the date) on the island in front of the waterfall at the Lake at Alfred Nicholas Memorial Botanical Gardens on Sherbrooke Rd, Sherbrooke.

Just drive up Burwood Hwy towards Belgrave, then after you go through Upper Ferntree Gully, veer left onto Mt Dandenong Tourist Rd, then after Ferny creek you will see the turnoff on your right. Travel about 1 km down this road (past the ferny creek reserve, where our tipi is set up) and you will arrive at the Gardens :) Or simply type in Alfred Nicholas Gardens in Google Maps :)

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Once you Enter the gardens, have a look at the map on your right at the gateway to locate the lake, Look out for the signs and arrows along the way. Walk down the path veering towards the Empty 1920's Art Deco mansion that you'll see on your left and then you will see a sign on your right pointing towards the Lake down the hill. Walk down hilly pathway through lots of trees and Hydrangea filled gardens, past the gazebo and sculptures on the right, and keep going.  Eventually you'll end up on the intersecting path, which you'll cross, go past the toilets on the right of the lake and go down the stairs into the Lake section.

-It is a 10 minute walk from the entrance gate so please allow time to get there!
-It is a bit of a hike downhill to the lake and back up so please wear appropriate shoes, bring spare flats or save the heels for the reception :)
-Look for the signs to guide your way and listen for the sound of a waterfall and hang drummer at the site to help find your way.
-Keep in mind there is often no phone reception at the site.

More into about the gardens:

After the ceremony we'll be getting photos taken with the bridal party in the gardens, feel free to have a little wander on your way back, and we'll see you at the reception down the road.



-Is being held in a Scandinavian tipi marquee with tatami matted floors and a fire place.
- Just 5 mins down the road from the gardens, back towards Mt Dandenong Tourist Road, at the Ferny Creek Recreation Reserve, in a clearing near the tennis courts.
-Look out for the love heart sign, the tipi and the sound of the hang drummer.
-There are 2 different bathroom facilities right nearby, a small toilet block towards the entrance gate and inside the nearby Ferny Creek Reserve Recreation Hall we have hired also as it's on the same land.
-There are also fridges inside the community centre if you have brought extra drinks you want to cool.

 2 shows- Contortionist and hula hoop circus acts by one of the most highly respected contortionists in Australia: Jacinta Rohan

Wishing Well & Gift Registry

Hey Everybody! :) <3

 -There will be a 'Wishing Well' in the Tipi for anyone wishing to contribute funds to one of our current biggest life goals in getting together a home loan deposit :)

-We have already been saving and planning to buy land with a small humble dwelling to live in whilst we build an Eco Friendly 'Earthship' home -

-They are designed to be completely off the grid, 100% solar powered, made from lots of recycled and natural materials and utilize indoor kitchen greenhouses, complex water recycling systems, clever insulation temperature control techniques and many other features . Then once the Earthship is complete convert the original dwelling into a sustainable bed and breakfast or rental property <3 your gift could make that dream happen faster.

Copy and paste this into your browser to see a video of how they're built:


-We also have a Gift Registry as requested for those who prefer to give a physical gift, just head across to:

You will find a list of things we need for the house. Just click take gift on the item you wish to buy, so that no one else buys the same item and there will be a link on each item that tells you where to buy it :)

-We tried to choose stores that had both Australian located online shopping options (faster cheaper shipping) and also easy to visit physical stores too for those who prefer to shop in the flesh without travelling far.


We thank you kindly and really appreciate your generous gifts :) xox

Food and Allergies

Our reception will be catered with all 100% VEGAN food and drinks! Yay! Including organic drinks, finger foods, buffet dinner and then cake at the reception.

We have gone to great lengths to support small businesses who specialise in Eco friendly, organic and ethical options.

 There will be available a lot of Gluten Free options, all clearly marked :)

If you have any other allergies please contact us on and we'll do our best to accommodate you :)

Ceremony: 2:45pm
Reception/ Drinks/ Finger Foods: 4:30
Buffet Dinner: 6pm
Cake: 7pm
Circus Entertainment (not to be missed!!)
Show 1 : 7:30pm
Show 2:  8:30pm
Merriment: till late

Local Accomodation and Taxi service


For those wanting to spend the night in the hills after the reception, which we encourage you to do, so that you can drink and be merry and make a fun weekend of it. There are a number of options, inlcluding local accomodations nearby, here is a list of some of them:

The Dandenong Ranges are famous for their adorable bed and breakfast cottages.
Como Cottages
 1465 Mt Dandenong Tourist Rd
Olinda 3788
Candlelight Mountain Retreats
7-9 Monash Avenue, Olinda - Ph: 03 9751 2464
Arcadia Cottages
188-190 Falls Road, Olinda - Ph: 03 9751 1017
 Mount Dandenong Imperial Retreat
4 Bayview Terrace, Kalorama - Ph: 0412 111 545
Observatory Cottages
8 Observatory Road, Mount Dandenong - Ph: 03 9751 2436
Merrow Cottages
21-23 Hume Lane, Mount Dandenong - Ph: 03 9751 2712

There are a lot more options aswell, If you are planning on staying in the hills, make sure you book soon, because these places are booking out fast!

Monday, September 8, 2014

Welcome and Contact Info

Hello beloved friends and family! This is for invited guests only.

We will use this blog to put info about our upcoming wedding, including directions, maps, accommodation info, local taxi info, food and allergies, dress code, theme, wedding gift registry, wishing well info and hopefully answer any questions you may have.

To RSVP for our wedding or ask questions not answered here please contact us: Lauren's phone 0410725923 or email