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danikejoelweddingDanika & Joel's Romantic Wedding

Date: 17th October 2015
Wedding Photographer: BEN YEW Photography
Wedding Ceremony & Reception: Old Broadwater Farm

Interview with the Bride

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We gave ourselves 18 months to plan and organize our wedding. We wanted lots of DIY elements, so giving ourselves lots of time was essential. I also started looking for my dress a year before the wedding.

I wanted my dress to be comfortable and easy to move in, so I could dance all night. For my bouquet I chose proteas and gum as they’re native and felt rustic. I also wanted something special for my bridesmaids so I ordered handmade leather clutches from Germany with their names inside.

Joel organized the groomsmen’s suits and he also organized our entire honeymoon. For our honeymoon we are going to Europe for 4 weeks in January. The only other attendant was our flower girl.

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Our ceremony started at 3 pm when it was a bit cooler. One of the more memorable moments of the day, was when Joel walked both our Mums down the aisle to their seats. Our vows were also very special. There wasn’t a dry eye in the house so I knew everyone felt as happy as me and could see the love between us. We had a cocktail hour on the lawn whilst we were having our photos. Guests were entertained with games, a photo booth, an open bar and acoustic musician.

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We had over 100 guests who raved about the intimate, gorgeous and romantic space at our venue. I wanted to incorporate my DIY elements which were romantic, rustic and homely and OBF gave us the freedom to do this.

Some of my DIY elements were white-washed furniture, handmade details, stacks of candles and lots of native flowers. I wanted the day to reflect us as a couple - humble, romantic and homely. I got in touch with my creative side and I’m so happy with how everything turned out! Setting up the whole ceremony and reception the morning of the wedding was so much fun!

Having DIY actually added an extra special part to our wedding, as, in the morning of our big day all our close family and friends got together to set up all the DIY features. Table settings, candle placement, flower arranging . . . even climbing trees (to hang romantic fabric).

My mother - in law and I made the cake the night before the wedding with just some sponges and buttercream.

Then the party continued inside the marquee for dinner, speeches and lots of dancing. During the cocktail hour we had tapas served to our guests. Our main course and desserts were served in a more traditional sit-down style. The caterer was SUPPER ROAD ( formally The Goose - Busselton) they were so amazing – our guests are still talking about the food!!

Oh, and the sparkler exit at the end of the night was great fun too!!

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Ceremony and Reception: Old Broadwater Farm - Busselton
Photographer: BEN YEW Photography
Catering: Supper Road
Brides Dress & Accessories: Mia Solano
Rings: LeGASSICK - Hearts on Fire
Groom & Groomsman Attire: Roger David
Florist: Mable & Grace
Hair: Top Cut Hair, Brow & Beauty
Cake: Made by Bride
Celebrant: Joanne Armstrong CMC
Stylist: By bride and family

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