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sam daveweddingSam & David's Gorgeous Bunker Bay Beach Wedding

Date: 1st November 2014
Wedding Photographer: The Photography Boutique
Wedding Ceremony: Bunkers Bay Beach
Wedding Reception: Bunkers Beach Cafe, Bunkers Bay

Interview with the Bride

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David works away so he didn't have a lot of time to help organise our wedding day. But we chose the venue together, our celebrant and photographer and the menu and wine, things like that. All of the styling was up to me. David also arranged a gift to be sent to me on our wedding day. Two beautifully boxed bottles of red for our future 1 year and 5 year anniversaries.

Our wedding budget: Originally we set our budget at 20,000 as people we knew spent about $15,000 on their weddings about 8 years ago so we were allowing a bit more. We had no idea how much everything really cost and eventually the budget blew out to $30,000. I can't say we spent too much on any particular items. In hindsight I actually think we did quite well!

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Pretty much as soon as the date was set! I tried on a lot of dresses off the rack but they were never all the elements I imagined in one dress, so I ended up getting mine made. I loved the fifties style boat neck and sweetheart neckline, and how the gorgeous scalloped chantilly lace followed the V down my back. The silk satin and gorgeous skirt just flowed so beautifully too. Katie (Loui Col Designs) is very talented and lovely. I really loved the whole design process too, because Katie knew exactly where I was coming from and created my vision perfectly.

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I always wanted the wedding to be quite neutral, with vibrant pops of colour. The flowers were a huge focus for the day I absolutely adore big, full blooms which is why I chose a mixture of peonies and roses in ombres of pink.

It was a bit of a fusion of vintage and rustic. I drew a lot of inspiration from the 1950's which is when my Nan got married. Their marriage has lasted over 55 years and my Nan has always been a stunner so I wanted my wedding to somewhat resemble theirs, as a bit of a tribute I guess, and for good luck! So my dress and the boy's attire were very 50's inspired, but I also really wanted a bright point of difference, which is why I chose bright flowers, to really pop against the whites and blues of the beach!

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Our ceremony was kept fairly simple starting at 3.00pm. I walked down the aisle to our song, Angels by the XX. In the wording we made a point of saying that we hope everyone can share the same privilage of getting married one day, as the legal wording doesn't yet support gay marriage.

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A mixture of peonies and roses, predominantly David Austins. I love the fullness of them and the way they feather as they open. I've always loved roses as I grew up with them at my late grandparents' house. I liked the idea of a neutral wedding with a vibrant pop of colour and I chose to create this with the flowers.

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We knew we wanted to get married in the Margaret River region because it was a favourite holiday spot for us. We were down there one day deciding between a winery and the beach and when we went to see Tracie at Bunkers Beach Cafe, we absolutely fell in love with the beach and the venue! Tracie was lovely and we knew right then and there that she would go out of her way to make our day special. We were blown away by the menu there too, the food was to die for!

I did a mixture of hiring and DIY. I sourced the arbour and chairs from Katrina (Evoke) and she went above and beyond to make sure everything was layed out perfectly on the day. The rest was hired from Cape of Love and Poppy and Rose who made the tables gorgeous! I made my own bunting and tissue paper balls and my sister made up the menus and played a big role in the decorations and making sure the reception was perfect. I stuck to the vintage theme with tiffany chairs and a vintage suitcase and added a rustic feel with hessian table runners and a wood slice for the cake.

We had canapes to start, then a sit-down three course choice menu with our gorgeous cake as dessert all served with an amazing drinks package. The food and the service was all completely faultless. Every plate was clean, everybody raved about the food and I had what felt like my own waiter letting me know when my food was ready and making sure my drink was full all night!

It was a really relaxed and fun night. My Dad, the best man and David's mum and brother made toasts throughout dinner, we cut the cake and I threw the bouquet then we all danced the night away. It went so quickly but we all had such a great time!

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Sam's advice for other brides planning their wedding?
Stay true to your vision. Lots of people will have opinions about your ideas, just listen and then do what feels right. Relax and enjoy the process, it will be over very quickly and you don't want to look back when it's all over and feel you didn't enjoy the whole planning phase because you were too stressed! Ask for help too, most people are more than happy to be involved. And do your research and set your budget early, so you absolutely know what you can afford!

Is there anything you would do differently if you could have your wedding again?
We stayed at a different accommodation before the wedding so that we had a new place to go to on our wedding night, but in hindsight I think it would have been better to have everyone in one place so that we could all enjoy it together, and not have to worry about checking in, moving luggage and crashing in spare rooms on the eve of the wedding!

Where did you both go on your honeymoon?
We stayed at The Havannah in Vanuatu. It was so beautiful! The people were so friendly and it was nice and quiet and relaxing, just what we needed after a full on couple of weeks. But we also did some fun things like deep sea fishing and diving.


CTCW Wedding Suppliers:

Ceremony Location: Bunker Bay Beach
Reception Venue: Bunkers Beach Cafe
Photographer: The Photography Boutique (formally Clare Day Photography)
Accommodation for you & your guests: Bride and Groom stayed at Windmills Break Retreat. Guests at Pullman Resort Bunker Bay
Brides dress & accessories: Bridal gown by Loui Col Design, Shoes by Rachel Simpson, Earrings by TheSilverDiva, Etsy
Bridesmaid's dresses & accessories: Bridesmaids dresses by Ruche, Inc, Shoes by BHLDN, Earrings by TheSilverDiva, Etsy
Rings: Engagement Ring by Rand
Brides wedder: Stefans, brides own design
Groom's wedder: Koro
Groom & Groomsmen attire: Calvin Klein and T M Lewis, Shoes by Steve Madden, Cuff links by MissEngrave, Etsy
Entertainment: Sound and Lighting by Alprimo Sound. Music by Ipod and a great friend
Transport: 1956 Rolls Royce. Guest Transport by Dunsborough Taxis

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