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You know how the ol’ love story tends to go… they meet in a circus, they juggle, paint, unicycle, draw and perform together… they get engaged, then married, and live their lives as a husband and wife face painting duo. Yep. Evidently Rachael and Tom’s story has a little spin on the usual tale.

Thomas, a graphic designer, and Rachael, an arts student, went about planning their wedding day in the someway they approach their daily creative work. Rachael says, “When we started planning our wedding we realised that we wanted it to be like a work of art: something we would create together and have our creativity flow into. Also something that would suit a very tight budget.”

And create they did! With their wedding including loads of personal and handmade details, from the stationery by Tom to the hand painted lanterns by Rachael. “We hand painted lanterns, I made some watercolour paintings, Tom threw together a photo booth and (being a graphic designer) created some awesome graphics to hang at the reception venue. Our wedding day was like a painting we made together. It was personal, filled with colour and stitched together with our creativity and love.”

As the day moved into the evening, it wouldn’t have been complete without a circus performance from the pair – Rachael and Tom eschewed the tradition of a first dance for a piñata and a show instead. Their photographer, Jo Bartholomew, who captured the day so perfectly in these pics, said this was one of the highlights of the day. “Later in the evening, after the speeches and food, guests took to the dance floor to have a go at breaking a piñata. The couple wanted to have this fun celebration instead of a traditional first dance. After this Rachael and Tom and some of their guests went onto the veranda and put on a little show of spinning hoops and juggling, things that they learnt in the circus to entertain the guests. It was such a fun and unusual wedding!”

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CREDITS Photos Jo Bartholomew // Bride’s dress eBay // Bride’s shoes Zu // Bride’s earrings Stefenystanyer via Etsy // Hair Latouff Hair // Makeup Napoleon Perdis // Bridesmaids’ dresses Naked Art Design // Bridesmaids’ earrings Tree of Life // Bride’s ring, Tom’s great grandmother // Groom’s ring Novica // Groom’s suit Roger David // Flowers Jade Mcintosh Flowers // Ceremony venue Dixon Park Beach // Reception venue + catering Dixon Park Lifesaving Club  // Cake Cakes to Dream On // Stationery, made by groom // Watercolour paintings and artwork, made by bride and groom // Paper flowers SunnyskyeCreations via Etsy // Guest book Inga Veilande via Etsy // Circus equipment Carousel Arts