We’ll be dreaming about Elaine in her wedding dress sample from Lena Medoyeff. The stunning dress and cape combo are pure goals, and we’re seriously here for it. Having a tiny church wedding a few days before their big day, Elaine & Max hand-picked their suppliers with incredible care. They naturally gravitated toward smaller businesses (you know we approve), including some friends of friends! Opting for a relaxed and casual day. They ate pie and mash for dinner (we’re a little sad we missed out on this…), oh, and those olive green bridesmaid gowns… yes. Please.

Lena Medoyeff wedding dress sample with cape

We had a tiny church wedding a couple of days before the big day. It meant we could design the main ceremony to be a real celebration of us and our community. We took a lot of time to deconstruct all the usual rituals and make sure that the day was telling our story. Max's sister conducted our ceremony and Elaine's brother and sister-in-law did the music. It was really special to be surrounded by family.

Elaine & Max


We're really casual people, so more than anything we wanted guests to have fun and feel relaxed. St Stephens, a decommissioned and restored church, was such a beautiful setting, it took the pressure off of the decorations. In the end, we went for a vintage, banquet vibe with long tables and old school crockery and cutlery. And we ate pie and mash for dinner! Visually, the flowers drew everything together with their deep autumnal colours. In particular, the way they were styled. A wilder, non-traditional look helped everything feel as relaxed (but stunning!) as we had imagined.


Stay chilled, it doesn't have to be stressful. Before you get to a vision or plan of any kind, agree on your priorities/values so you can always return to them when unsure. Create a more intimate moment before/after with your closest family and friends, if possible. Don't, I repeat, DON'T skimp on your photographer! Brides on a budget: sample sales and second-hand sites (like Recycle My Wedding) are your best friend. Also, borrow borrow borrow. Most of Elaine's outfit belonged to her mum!

We love this couple's wedding favours; homemade jars of hot sauce!

Walking into the reception to a booming Barry White, "My first, my last, my everything". All our family and friends were stood up, dancing and cheering from their tables. That was when we knew the party had really started!

Elaine & Max

A wedding dress sample can be the perfect way to cut a little cost out of your wedding day. Remember, you can always head on over to Recycle My Wedding, where you’ll find pre-loved gowns just waiting to make your day. Don’t forget to check out our podcast about finding the one too

Ella Turner

Written by Ella Turner

Venue: St Stephen's Rosslyn Hill | Florist: Philipa Day | Catering: Humble Pie | Wedding Cake: Jacques Et Lilie | Hair Stylist: Hairbnb | Bridal Gown: Lena Medoyeff | Bridal Boutique: Heart Aflutter | Bridesmaids Gowns: The Own Studio | Grooms Suit: Moss Bros

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