Real Essense of Australia Bride Nikki-May + Dustin

Real Essense of Australia Bride Nikki-May + Dustin

Admittedly, we see a lot of weddings around here but every once and awhile a bride comes along a absolutely steals our hearts! Nikki-May and her southern charm did just that. From her long sleeved illusion tulle and lace wedding dress and hand-tied bouquet, to her ceremony deep in the forest, it’s hard not to swoon. Adding elements of burgundy and gold, along with a very intimate guest list, Nikki-May and her groom Dustin pulled off a vintage-inspired wedding that was deeply personal and unique to their spirits. After reading her story and seeing her pictures, you’ll be reminded what weddings are really about: the love between two soul mates.

From the bride: Our most special memory was being able to share our wedding day with family and only the closest of friends, who all traveled from all over the country solely to celebrate Dustin and I. The groom and I have both been in 8-13 weddings each so we truly enjoyed focusing on the most important people for our special day (instead of having to worry about the logistics/emotions of who would be in the bridal party), and the intimate setting it provided. It was truly a wedding and family reunion alike, all nestled along the creek bed beneath the cozy mountain magnolias!

We also enjoyed using only family and friends for almost all aspects of the event – from our family’s homegrown honey favors and wedding decor, to our friend’s live band and southern catering. We also enjoyed the hospitality that hosting a southern-themed event afforded, from surprising guests with hotel (or cabin or B&B) welcome bags filled with Alabama-origin goodies, to adding endless toppings of southern staples to the biscuit bar and mini fruit pie table. It was especially a hit with family and friends who don’t have the luxury of calling the South their home!

Real Essense of Australia Bride Nikki-May + Dustin

Real Essense of Australia Bride Nikki-May + Dustin

Real Essense of Australia Bride Nikki-May + Dustin

Real Essense of Australia Bride Nikki-May + Dustin

Real Essense of Australia Bride Nikki-May + Dustin

Real Essense of Australia Bride Nikki-May + Dustin

Real Essense of Australia Bride Nikki-May + Dustin

Photography by Moriah Elisabeth