16 Nov

Married at the Uniting Church, Wollongong CBD

Boho Weddings
Bohemian with an influence from the Amazon, Jaya looked amazing in her Grace Loves Lace wedding dress and ornate headpiece however her two daughters stole the show. They just looked so cool and were super comfortable with their responsibilities on the day. Their feather head pieces caught everyone’s eye and instead of a wicker basket filled with rose petals, Jaya’s flower girls held white dream catchers as they walked down the isle.
Etsy Boho flower girl feather head dresses

“Our vows were different to most weddings, Justin gave my two princesses their own rings as a promise to take care of all three of us and love us forever.”

rustic style wedding rings wollongong
Rusty Kombi picked Jaya and her bridal party up from their home in Farmborough Heights and chauffeured them to the Uniting Church located in the Crown Street Mall, Wollongong for their 3pm ceremony. Access to the church is from the mall so we drove through the mall and parked directly out the front of the church.
Wollongong Kombi
Kombi Hire
Wollongong Uniting Church Wedding Ceremony
Bohemian Wedding Wollongong Uniting Church
Whilst the ceremony was taking place, we positioned some steel barrels filled with fresh ice and soft drinks around the car. With some coastal chill tunes playing on our car stereo we set the vibe and encouraged the wedding guests to linger outside the church for an hour or so. This gave everyone ample time to celebrate the wedding, take family photos and to congratulate Jaya and Justin on their big achievement.
Wedding Kombi Wollongong
Following the wedding ceremony we travelled to several Illawarra locations for wedding photos. We even tried to access the Nan Tien Temple however we arrived after 5pm and were unable to drive through the front gate.
Bohemian Wedding Ideas
Wedding Bus
Fig Tree in Farmborough Heights Wollongong NSW
Groom suspenders blue shirt grey suit bowtie
Wedding Taxi
The wedding reception was held at the beautiful Level One Harbourfront restaurant and bar. The restaurant boasts stunning 180 degree views of Wollongong Harbour and can accommodate up to 180 guests. The restaurant has great customer reviews and is a breathtaking location for your wedding reception.
Level One Harbourfront Wedding Venue Wollongong

Photographer: The Robertsons Photography
Wedding planner: Easy Weddings
Ceremony Venue: The Wollongong Uniting Church in Crown Street Mall
Reception Venue: Level One Harbourfront
Videographer: Jessica MacDonald
Venue Decor: Splashes Occasions
Brides Wedding Dress: Grace Loves Lace
Brides Shoes: Modcloth
Bridesmaids Accessories: Etsy
Bridesmaids Dresses: Arizona Rose and Jaase clothing
Celebrant: Rev. Ian Tucker
Flowers: Flowerbud
Groom and Groomsmen Dressed By: Tramps the store, Wollongong

To book Rusty Kombi to service your wedding visit our bookings page

07 Nov

Married at the Loxley on Bellbird Hill, Kurrajong

Bohemian Bride and Groom and Rusty Wedding Car
Kathryn and Nick had their hearts set on getting married in the Blue Mountains. They chose to tie the knot at one of the quaintest churches I’ve ever had the pleasure of visiting. St Gregory’s Church located on Bells Line Of Road in Kurrajong, is set high on a hill overlooking the Sydney Region. It’s exterior appears weathered and untouched, as if it’s been sitting for centuries. It’s surrounded by native bush lands of the Blue Mountains area.
St Gregory's Church Wedding Kurrajong Blue Mountains Sydney
The priest was a family friend of Kathryn and Nick which made their ceremony that much more intimate. The ceremony they chose wasn’t full of bling or over flashy, it felt earthy, real and was meaningful. It meant something not only to them but also to their friends and family who had made the effort to attend. It was easy to tell both Kat and Nick have a great family network. There was a real buzz in the air and a lot of love in the room. Everyone was very excited to be at their wedding.
Family and Friends Celebrating
The Loxley on Bellbird Hill Wedding Venue is a short 5 minute drive further into the hills. Kat and Nick chose to host their wedding reception there. It offers a bridal chalet and various other rooms for guests. In the morning the sun rises over farm paddocks with the Blue mountains in the background. According to Kat the food was amazing.

“The Loxley has everything you could need”.

The bridal chalet is beautiful and it’s located close to the church. It has a spectacular reception room with a view of the mountains. The venue will only host one wedding at a time, so it’s private.

Loxley on Bellbird Hill Reception Dining Room
For some brides this might be hard to believe, but Kat actually purchased the first dress she tried on. Kat and her mother walked into the bridal outlet in St Mary’s one afternoon. Shortly after they had arrived her Mum suggested she try on one of the wedding dresses. Kat loved it and purchased it straight away.

“I learnt that day, mum knows best and sometimes you’ll find your perfect dress where you least expect it”.

White lace bride dress bohemian style flower boquet and head piece
Coloured smoke bombs are on point right now. Kats not the first bride I’ve seen use them to spice up their bridal photos either. Bless photography were responsible for the imaginative wedding photos.
Coloured Smoke Bombs Wedding Photos
“The whole day couldn’t have run more smoothly, many people don’t believe us that there wasn’t one hiccup. We were both relaxed and enjoyed it as much as we could. Our amazing vendors made that happen. These include bless photography, Sierra Blooms Floral Design, Renee from smash n hair and makeup, our dj/mc Scott Phillips and most importantly Rusty Kombi Hire”.
Blue suit white shirt brown tie and brown shoes wedding
Happy Bride and Bridesmaids in Wedding Kombi
Loxley on Bellbird Hill Wedding Venue
Wedding Combi Kombi Blue Mountains

Venue: The Loxley on Bellbird Hill
Groom and Groomsmen dressed by: Roger David
Smoke Bombs purchased from Coloured Smoke
Photographer: Tamar and Matt: Bless photography

To book Rusty Kombi to service your wedding visit our bookings page

20 Apr

Married at the Quarantine Station, Manly

Kombi Celebrations at the Q Station Sydney NSW
Yoshi and Ellie were married in mid February at Sydney’s heritage listed quarantine station. The Q Station is located at North Head, Manly and accessed through the Sydney Harbour National Park. If you are not familiar with the Q station it’s a historical landmark which holds many clues to Australia’s colonial past. It’s an amazing location for a day trip and a super cool venue that’s definitely worth considering for your wedding day.
Q Station Wedding Ceremony and Reception Bookings
Some days it’s the rain that can impact a wedding ceremony and on other days it’s the wind, for Yoshi and Ellie it was the heat. The midday heat was very intense and although just a short drive from their onsite accommodation to their ceremony location which was held at Quarantine Bay, I still remember the clapping and cheers from Ellie and her bridesmaids sitting in the back seats as I cracked open Rusty’s safari windows to let the cool ocean breezes flow in.
Q Station Manly Wedding Venue For Hire
Yoshi’s mother is Japanese and she flew over especially for the wedding day. She wore a traditional and ornate Japanese kimono which was so tightly wrapped around her body it made it difficult for her to walk. Although she must have been suffering whilst waiting for the family photos in the hot midday sun, she didn’t show it. She had made the effort to fly over from Japan to spend this day with Yoshi and Ellie and she wasn’t going to let a little bit of heat ruin her day. Well neither were Yoshi, Ellie or any of the other guests.
Q Station Manly Sydney Harbour National Park Wedding
The vintage esky I supplied with fresh ice and cold waters were cherished and it didn’t take long for the waters to be replaced with craft beer and champagne. Whilst the bridal party had their photos, i spent my time cracking beer caps and making sure the bridesmaids glasses were full. The afternoon was filled with jokes and laughter. It was a really fun day spent with great people in a first class location with world class scenery. I’ll never forget Yoshi and Ellie’s wedding day!
Bohemian Flower Girl Lace Headband
Flower Girl Lace Vintage Bohemian

Location: Q Station Manly, NSW
Photography: Studio Something Photography
Celebrant: Marry Me Nicky

To book Rusty Kombi to service your wedding visit our bookings page

03 Apr

Married at Terara Riverside Gardens, Nowra

Boho bride and groom cutting their wedding cake
Nikki and Matt were married at Terara Riverside Gardens on 18 March 2017. The week prior to their wedding day the weather was terrible with high winds and lots of rain. There were reports of localised flooding in the area. Rusty and I were bombarded with the bad weather during our drive down to Nowra from Cronulla. The rain was so heavy that rain water started streaming into the kombi through the front pop out safari windows. In heavy rain the safari windows on an old VW bus are well know to leak. The rubber seals are no match for heavy rainfall and it’s all part of the fun. All you can do is carry a towel in the front and try to catch the drips before they land on your leg 🙂
Terara River Side Gardens wedding venue driftwood shed Nowra
As we arrived to pick up Nikki and her stunning bridesmaids at 2pm the rain started to ease and Nikki made the decision to have her wedding as planned outside on the banks of the Shoalhaven River. The ceremony was at 3pm and as if it had been planned all along, the clouds had parted and rays of sunshine were seen shinning down onto their ceremony.
Terara Nowra Gardens Shoalhaven River white arbour raining
flower crown bride bohemian just married raining wedding umbrella outdoors
Bohemian Bride black and white lace dress flower crown
Terara Riverside Gardens

Location: Terara Riverside Gardens
Photography: Kylie Scott Wedding Photography

To book Rusty Kombi to service your wedding visit our bookings page

30 Jan

Rustic Farm Wedding, Kurrajong NSW

Vintage Kombi Hire on the Farm Western Sydney
You know what they say ‘Home is where the heart is’, so why not have your wedding day at home. For some of us this is not an option, especially if your like me and you live in the city suburbs in a small unit. Even if you do live in a house with a big back yard it makes life hard when your wife wants to invite everyone she knows. Is your back yard big enough? She might be inviting her school friends, work colleagues and gym buddies. Not to mention your extended family.

If your home is too small and definitely no wedding venue, I’m sorry because you’re about to turn green with envy.

Farm Wedding Rustic Bride and Groom

We want to introduce you to Josh and Kristina, a happy couple who got hitched on their parents property. The property is in rural Kurrajong, NSW and surrounded by bush land. On the property is a quaint farm house, a large farm shed, some old rustic fences, a few cows and a large water filled dam.

Volkswagen Beetle covered in moss on the farm ceremony

We blog about kombi weddings, and I am a big fan of everything Volkswagen. So to find out Josh and his father are mad Volkswagen enthusiasts, made this wedding very special. Their yard is full of old beetles, bay window busses, car parts and even a rusted out old splitscreen Kombi. I offered a tour of the property. I was in my element.

Wedding banquet and bar tapas rustic wedding

Josh and Kristina spent months planning their wedding. Their dream had come alive. The presentation was on point. Their wedding venue looked amazing.

Happy Red dog Kelpie on the farm in a PMG Kombi
Rustic Gift Table Wedding Ideas

They thought big but also focused their time on the fine details. The outdoor dinner marquee and dance floor was spectacular. The music played by the live band was super cool. But for me it was the the gift table, old family photos, rustic bench seats and their kelpie ‘red dog’ that stole the show.

champagne bar in combi bus
Bridal party cheering on the farm in rusty kombi

The wedding ceremony was beautiful and their post ceremony wedding photos were a lot of fun.  We utilised Rusty as a prop for the photos.  At one stage we had the whole bridal party in the kombi and Josh’s favourite tunes playing. The beer and champagne was flowing.  It was time to celebrate.

Husband and Wife smiling at the farm in a cool rustic combi
Kombi Weddings Sydney

This wedding featured in Vintage Bride Magazine

Tent:  The Avant-Garde Glamping Company
Wedding Dress:  A Bride’s Blessing
Makeup:  Oakville Beauty Bliss (Ash)
Hair:  The Cutting Room At Riverstone (Sarah)
Flowers:  Marie Johansson
Wedding Car:  Rusty Kombi Hire
Venue:  Private Property
Photography:  Bless Photography

03 Nov

Old Bar Beach Festival – Rusty Wins an Award

The old bar beach festival 2016 was HUGE! The event hosted an array of attractions including a mega markets, live music, side show rides, pop up bars, food stalls, a surfing competition, fire works display, VW car show and the renowned Kombi cruise. This event holds the Australian record for the most Kombi/Transporter’s gathered in one area at one time and the number of participants is growing every year. The Manning River Times reported there were 249 VW’s entered in this years show and shine sponsored by Shannons and a total of 8 awards up for grabs. Two years ago I made it my goal to enter this event with the intention of winning the coolest rat award. As it seems 2016 brought with it some tough competition, so you can imagine how stoked I was to find out at 3pm in the afternoon that I had won it! It’s a great feeling to have my hard work noticed and Rusty admired. Thank you Kombi Event Hire for sponsoring and presenting this award!

The event is held every year on the October long weekend. Each year we choose to stay at Lani’s on the beach old bar camping. If your interested in joining us for the festival in 2017 we highly recommend you stay here. It’s a great location to watch the fireworks and a short stroll to the surf beaches and festival. If the waves are small you can hear the live music from your tent. Oh, and the best part is you can still have fires. The fire just need to be in a drum that sits at least 400mm off the ground.

Next year i’ll be entering a second bus i’m currently building. It’s a 1970 lowlight kombi with original antarctic white paint on the outside and a fresh white interior with original red basket weave seats. So stay tuned for the big reveal which is due sometime in early 2017;)

Old Bar Beach Festival Coolest Rat Bus Award Winners

A big thank you to Kombi Event Hire for sponsoring this award!

Here is some of our competition and winning rides.

Volkswagen Kombi Samba Splitscreen 21 Window Red Black Australian

Winner of Best Splitty

1964 rat rod single cab splitscreen kombi bus

Nice looking 1964 ratty single cab bus

Deluxe Kombi 1972 Yellow Lowered BRM Wheels

A beautiful 1972 deluxe lowlight bus

Australian Delivered VW Westfalia Kombi Campers

Two westfalia campers.

1961 Splitscreen Ute white original

1961 Splitscreen Ute

Cyclops Light VW Kombi Rat Rod

The cyclops light displayed on John’s kombi

Rat Rust Kombi Lowlight 1972

Most Novel Kombi Winner

1970 Deluxe Kombi Bus

A tidy and original 1970 deluxe bus

1960 white single cab kombi ute

A beautiful single cab ute

Old Bar Kombi Cruise 2016

The line up

28 Sep

Married at Sandon Point Beach, Bulli

wedding combi Sydney
Amy Jane and Steve were married on the lawns above Sandon Point Beach, NSW. They were married on a beautiful Spring day with a strong southerly wind. The wind was strong enough to blow over their white wooden arbour during set out, but stayed firmly anchored into the lawn during their wedding ceremony. Access to Sandon Point Beach Park is from Blackall Street, Bulli NSW. It is an easy walk to the beach for the bride and groom and their guests. It also means that you get to enjoy the best parts of a beach wedding without having to tip the sand out your shoes at the end of the day.
Kombi wood grain ply interior leather seats
Following the ceremony we chauffeured the bridal party to Sandon Point headland for their wedding photos. Their hero shots were taken on the headland. For something different their bridal party traversed the cliff face to access the rusty boat sheds. The rusty boat sheds are located at the bottom of the cliff and are regularly used by local photographers as a shoot location.
wedding bohemian style
Their reception was held at the Harbour front restaurant. The harbour front restaurant is a spectacular reception venue that boasts 180 degree views of Belmore Basin, Wollongong NSW. Stand near the window with a drink in your hand and you will witness the fishing boats and sailing boats entering the harbour on dusk and during big seas you have front row seats to watch the waves crash over the break wall. As the sun begins to set over the Illawarra escarpment you can take family photos on the jetty. The jetty is used by local fishermen and swimmers and is located directly outside the entrance. It is a spectacular reception venue with a great food menu to match.
Blue suite white shirt brown shoes rustic vintage cool groom
On the way to their reception we stopped at Wollongong lighthouse for photos. The council gate was open so we took the liberty to drive Rusty Kombi up onto the break wall. We parked him in front of the lighthouse and thanks to T-One Image Photography we managed to get some beautiful sunset photographs of the bridal party and our car.
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It was an exciting day and a beautiful wedding. We all had fun. Amy’s father offers the following recommendation for bridal parties considering our wedding car service;

“You will have the most amazing time, a thoroughly professional and fun service. Recommended by the father of the bride.”

Cheap Wedding Kombi

Reception Location: Harbourfront Restaurant
Photography:T-One Image Photography and Video
Bridal Gown: Made with Love Bridal

The Sandon Point surf life saving club is located nearby and is available for hire as a wedding reception and function venue. It offers spectacular views of the ocean and is licensed for 200 guests. We recommend you add this to your list and inspect if you plan to get married in this area.

To book Rusty Kombi to service your wedding visit our bookings page

05 Sep

Hazelhurst Art Gallery

We were lucky enough to be invited to showcase our business at our local wedding fair held at Hazelhurst Art Gallery, Gymea. It was a great event and we met some great people. If your lost for reception venues, I suggest you visit this gallery.

wedding car vintage & unique & cool

28 May

The Driftwood Shed

This is the first wedding Rusty and I have done at the Driftwood Shed, and yes we really want to go back! For those of you looking for a wedding venue that isn’t run of the mill, then the driftwood shed maybe the space for you. It’s character filled, charming, clever, simple yet interesting, vintage, rustic and eclectic. In fact there are so many more words that I could use to describe this venue because it really does have so much going on in the one space. The owners have spent years collecting and strategically placing all of their vintage treasures inside the old chicken shed (barn) and its grassy 5 acres surrounds. This place has a rocking cool vibe that will fit in perfectly with your rustic or bohemian theme. The location is beautiful and there is so much to look at an explore, your guests couldn’t possibly be bored. As you can see in the photos, Rusty really does look great at this venue.

Photographer: Me:)
Venue: Driftwood Shed, South Coast NSW. For your wedding ceremony and reception

Wedding Venues the Driftwood Shed and Jaspers at Berry NSW Rusty Kombi Bus Hire

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Steve and Stacey tie the knot

The reception and rat rod holden with paint patina at Driftwood shed Nowra

Harry the rat rod Holden

Modern Vintage south coast wedding ceremony and reception shed venue bohemian style

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Stacey and her bridesmaids