The Details of our Rustic Farm Wedding
How did you and your partner meet?
We were housemates! I moved into a share house with Tim and two others (who were a couple). We barely spent any time together for the first 6 months or so, but then our other housemates went away on holiday and we got to know each other… The rest is history!
How did he propose?
On the last night of a holiday in France – we were on an evening river cruise along the river Seine and he completely surprised me!
What’s your most important piece of advice for creating and maintaining a strong relationship?
Marry your best friend… or housemate – no surprises!
Tell us about your wedding gown and how you chose it:
I had always thought I’d be very relaxed about choosing a wedding dress as I’m not the type to want the ‘fairytale’ look or even necessarily wear white. I thought I’d just take the opportunity to buy a gorgeous designer dress, not something bridal! After couple of months of searching, I realised I wasn’t going to find anything that felt special enough and had developed an idea of what I wanted but couldn’t find it anywhere! I went into Belluccio on a whim when I was walking past (it was nearby our house at the time) because they had intricately beaded dresses in the window and I hoped they may know where to locate the type of fabric I wanted… In the end they helped create my vision, even having the fabric custom beaded (well, sequined) for me!
What sort of style did you envision for your wedding day?
I had never really thought much about my wedding day and in fact would have been happy to go to the Registry and out for a nice meal (or skip marriage all together!) – it was actually Tim that wanted a ‘proper’ wedding! I’d visited the Childrens’ Farm since childhood and knew it would make a lovely relaxed venue with an outdoorsy/ rustic feel without making our friends and family travel out of town! It made a perfect Rustic Farm Wedding.
What was your favorite moment from the day?
I hate to say it but walking down the ‘aisle’ to Tim’s smiling, crying face. It’s funny how it doesn’t seem to matter how sure you are about the marriage, you still get nervous waiting for the ceremony to start! Seeing Tim put that to rest completely and I was so excited to just get on with the ceremony and marry him!
Any DIY décor elements?
I made our cake, including sugar flowers to decorate it; one of my bridesmaids sat on the floor of our apartment with me for hours on the eve of the wedding, stripping flower stems and arranging them in vases for the tables. Tim and I made the scented soy wax candles together for the bonbonniere and Tim and one of his groomsmen climbed the massive old Oak tree we were married under to string festoon lights through its branches after we realised at the last minute that daylight savings would end the before the wedding and we’d possibly be getting married in the dark!
If you could do it all over again, what would you change?
I’d nominate someone to be in charge of the decision making/question answering on the day. Without a wedding planner or event manager, I was frequently interrupted while getting ready with questions from vendors as things inevitably went wrong (rain!) or needed to be clarified. Also, wet weather back up plans are great. Especially in late Autumn. What were we thinking!
Any tips that you can give to future brides?
I loved that nobody had phones or cameras out during our ceremony, but if you don’t hire a videographer, nominate one guest you trust to video the ceremony for you. It doesn’t matter if it’s shaky or poor quality – the ceremony is such an overwhelming, emotional blur that it’s hard to remember and I wish I had just one video to watch back and see exactly how it played out.
Wedding Invitations: BWedding Invitations www.bweddinginvitations.com/
Photographer: Darin Collison www.darincollisonphotography.
Dress: Custom Belluccio http://www.belluccio.com.au/
Makeup: Zoe O’Meara
Hair: Justine O
Accessories:Love On Jewellery www.loveonjewellery.com.au/
Bridesmaids Dresses: Bridesmaids’ own
Grooms Suit: Saba
Menus & Place Cards: Adorn Invitations www.adorninvitations.co.uk/
Cake: Made by bride
Food: Ed Dixon Food Design
Flowers: Azalea Flowers
Ceremony Venue: Collingwood Childrens’ Farm www.farm.org.au/
Reception Venue: Collingwood Childrens’ Farm
Real Wedding submitted by Kathryn Thompson at www.bweddinginvitations.com/