Gabrielle & Josh's Breathtaking Clover Cottage Wedding
Interview with the Bride
We gave ourselves 12 months to plan and organize our wedding. I think we came in slightly over budget, which was great considering that we had 93 guests. We didn’t have any children at the wedding.
We gifted our bridesmaids their robes and earrings, and we gave the groomsmen an engraved glass, their shoes and ties.
I started looking for my wedding dress nine months before the wedding. I chose a dress from Eternal Bridal in the Strand Arcade in Sydney. I adored it, as it was simple yet elegant and perfectly suited the theme of the wedding and the beautiful garden setting.
I had the most incredible bouquet with David Austin roses and two King proteas. Honestly, people commented on and complimented my bouquet all day and night long. The flowers were breathtaking, and I LOVED them.
We were SO lucky to have our wedding at Clover Cottage as it is my family’s farm . . . . so, it wasn’t just a stunning location. I don’t think we could have had a more beautiful venue that had the same significance to me and my loved ones.
My day started at 9am with hair and make up. The ceremony started at 4pm and ran for half an hour.
We had a ‘Warming of the Rings’ which entailed the rings being handed around to chosen loved ones, in my Mother’s bridal bag. My mother is deceased, so having this little ceremony and having a chair with her photo set up, meant she was included in our day.
It meant an awful lot to me.
Drinks and canapés were served in the garden directly after the ceremony, as we had our photos. We had an acoustic guitar player in the garden as well.
Our sit-down reception was more of a ‘shared’ affair, which was really fun.
Our wedding theme was inspired by the incredible Clover Cottage setting . . . . the garden had so many soft and romantic colours. We picked up on these tones and used lots of natural and soft colours, incorporated into the décor and flowers.
We also had fun decorating one of the big trees on the property with fairy lights and we had hanging installations throughout the marquee. My uncle put up all the hanging installations himself – which was NOT a small job! I was so impressed and grateful.
As I live in Sydney there is a lot I could not organise so my Aunty and Uncle did a lot of the planning. My aunty was basically my event planner and I felt comfortable knowing she was as she has good taste and is amazing at organizing and she knew what I wanted . . . . we basically used shared Pinterest boards to make sure that we were on the same page. It was awesome. Josh was also fantastic, as he organized the ‘Schedule of the Day, the Invitations, etc.
The first dance with my husband was very special, as was the dance with my Grandfather. The music was meant to be ‘easy’ music to dance to, but then someone put on “Forget about Dre” hard-core rap music . . . . and my Grandfather still kept dancing with me. It was funny and special.
Overall, the decorating was a team effort. My uncle and aunty did the majority of it and they had some of their friends who were amazing help. My aunty and her friends decorated the marquee, with my uncle doing lots of the technical work. I think he enjoyed the lead up to the wedding more, as he got to work out so many technical things like the hanging installation in the marquee. In all, it was a very special feeling to have so much input from my family.
Our family helped a lot with the setting up of the day/marquee and organization. Clover Cottage is my Aunty and Uncle’s farm, and their generosity towards our day cannot be measured. They listened to our desires and dreams for the day and orchestrated the day to perfection – and this was even more incredible as we (me & Josh) live in Sydney. All our friends and family also helped with the clean up the next day. Josh and I are so grateful to everyone.
Do you have any advice for other brides planning their wedding?
Enjoy the day don’t get caught up on the small things and don’t try and please everyone
Is there anything you would do differently if you could have your wedding again?
Try and get a better sleep before the day
Where did you go on your honeymoon?
Lombok and Gilli islands
Did you use Coast to Country Weddings to help plan your day?
CTCW Wedding Suppliers:
Ceremony & Reception Venue: Clover Cottage, Manjimup
Photographer: Yoram Conradt Photography
Brides Dress & Accessories: ShonaJoy Dresses
Rings: Linda and CO
Groom & Groomsman Attire: Topman
Bouquets: Sentiment Flowers and family members