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You’d be looking this pleased with yourself too if you’d just pulled off the surprise backyard wedding to end all weddings! As was the story with the lovely Emma and Lee from Melbourne, Australia, pictured above.

Emma tells us ‘Lee and I met six years ago at a burlesque ball in Melbourne. We have backpacked all over the world together, built a few houses and now we run a furniture and interior design business. But our best venture has been the birth of our baby boy Archie. We were never planning on getting married, but when Archie was born in June 2012, we thought we would gatecrash his naming day with a surprise wedding!”

So how does one pull off a surprise wedding I hear you ask? Pretty damn easily judging by these gorgeous photos by Tricia King. Step 1. Plan a decoy event (Archie your parents owe you one!) Step 2. Decorate  backyard, make food and greet guests in a dashing red frock like it;s just your run of the mill backyard bbq. Step 3. Sneak off into the house and get changed into a vintage gown purchased on eBay. Step 4. Saunter on out into aforementioned backyard and… surprise!!!

We love the looks on all of the guests faces, casually dressed for a naming day, as Emma walks out of the house and down the make shift aisle. Emma says “It was an absolutely magical moment! Everyone threw confetti as my dad and I walked out of my kitchen door to Sea of Love by Cat Power. My best friend who I’ve known since we were four was a bridesmaid, and my three-year-old cousin was a flower girl, unbeknownst to her mum! (They had to kidnap her and get her changed on the sly)

Although this intimate backyard shindig was top-secret Emma tells us it was still very much a communal family affair when it came to preperations. Emma’s wedding ring belonged to her great-grandma and she wore a necklace that once belonged to her grandma. Not wishing to skip a generation Emma’s (super) mum made a whopping 51 metres of bunting in the lead up to the day AND matching bow ties for Lee and young Archie along with Emma’s hair piece, the invitations and most of the other decorations. With chairs borrowed from dad’s footy club and baked goods from her soon to be mother-in-law the whole day came together with out a hitch!

Keeping to their backyard budget dinner was twenty pizzas from the shop around the corner, eaten straight out of the box. Emma bought her stunning dress from eBay and had the kind folk of Snippity Snip customise it for her. Emma says “I have always loved Audrey Hepburn’s wedding dress in Funny Face and loved the idea of a short retro dress, especially to suite the carnival feel of the backyard surprise wedding.”

All budgets aside Emma says “getting a decent photographer was definitely the best investment we made – I still get happy-teary looking at the photos. Tricia was awesome – she captured the fun and happiness of the day perfectly and was super creative and flexible. I want to wallpaper my house with the photos!” High praise from a interior designer if we don’t say so ourselves!

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CREDITS Photos The Itchy Eyes // Bridal gown eBay // Alterations Snippity Snip // Brides shoes Wittner // Bridesmaids dress Portmans // Grooms shirt and pants Country Road // Flower girl dress Target // Ice cream machines Smart Amusements // Makeup Natalie Tullio