Katherine and Pete's Colourful Manjimup Wedding
Interview with the Bride
Are you a local couple to the Southwest and how did you meet?
Pete is originally from Manjimup although we met in Perth and he has since moved here (after a year of a long distant relationship). We met at the Newport in Fremantle in December 2008. We were both out with friends and by that stage we were very close to being pickled! 'We are the Champion' by Queen came on and Pete came bounded into the room and we locked arms and sung along to the song. From the first moment that we met it felt like we had known each other forever.
Why did you choose the Southwest to get married?
It is such a beautiful area. Pete's family and friends live there so it worked out nicely for that side and I really wanted to share the area with my family and friends as that have heard so much about it from me.
Who helped you to plan your wedding?
I did the majority myself with some help from my mum, my mother-in-law and my bridesmaids.
What was the hardest part to plan for your wedding?
Firstly, I would say finding wedding suppliers such as hair & makeup artists, who were willing to drive to Manjimup for the wedding! But the Coast to Country Wedding website was a really helpful resource and I was really lucky to come across Pete and Lorna Marie.
Perhaps the hardest part was what I was going to say about Pete in my speech. I thought it would be the easiest part!
What was the theme & colour scheme for your wedding?
I didn't really have a theme as such but the colour scheme was a black and white base with loads of colourful flowers to top it off! My bridesmaids were in black with bright yellow beaded jewelery. The groom and groomsmen had a white shirt with a black suit.
Did you have a budget and did you stick to it?
We had a rough budget but as most wedding's it went over!
How many guests did you have at your Wedding?
We had 112 guests.
When did you start looking for your wedding dress?
I started looking about 10 months prior to the wedding, it didn't take long to find!
What flowers did you carry?
My only request for my flowers was that I wanted them to be colourful and they definitely were! Olivia did a brilliant job. She used a huge variety of flowers, and they looked stunning.
Details about your ceremony...
Our ceremony was held on the decking overlooking Fonty's Pool, under a beautiful big tree. It was held at 4:30pm and the weather was perfect! I was a little concerned as the week leading up to the wedding the weather was awful!
I made some aisle posts out of some fence pickets which had a bottle tied on with some black and white ribbon and some beautiful pink roses in them from my mother-in-laws garden.
I walked down the aisle to 'Something" by the Beatles, I've always loved that song.
On the decking we had a Persian rug that Pete and I had bought for the day. I wanted to get married on it so that we could tell to our children that we got married on that rug and we would always keep it in our house as a memory. We also had all our family and friend come up after the ceremony for hugs, kisses and well wishes on the rug. So it is full of positive energy and memories.
I didn't want a reading for the ceremony so instead I came up with the idea of getting both our mums to write us letters that we would open if we ever got to a point in our marriage that we had decided to break up and we attached them to a bottle of vodka with some ribbon. So before we opened the letters we would sit and have a couple of drinks first then we would read the letters before we made our decision. Our celebrant very cleverly called these our "Spirit Letters" and they were placed in to a beautiful wooden box that my father-in-law made with the vodka. The wooden box is now safely locked away in our memory box and hopefully we will never ever read them!
We had my brother and Pete's sister as our witnesses.
Did you say traditional vows to one another or write your own?
We said traditional vows
What did your guests do after your ceremony while you went for photos?
We actually had all of our photo's taken prior to the ceremony. So we were able to have drinks and canapies with our guests prior to the reception. That was the best decision that we made! It flowed so well and gave us extra time to spend with our guests rather than having to run off and have photo's taken in a rush. If you aren't fussed about tradition then I would recommend doing this!
Why did you choose your particular wedding venue?
We chose Fonty's initially because it was such a beautiful location but it also ticked many boxes for us including accommodation for family and friends. It was also the first place that Pete took me in Manjimup.
How did you decorate your wedding venue?
I had a black and white base theme. So black table clothes with white napkins and black chair covers with white sashes. Our center pieces were a large round mirror with some tea candles and 3-4 different shaped glass jars filled with heaps of colourful flowers.
We put up fairy lights and white round paper lanterns of various sizes, which created a really nice mood.
I setup a table with all of our family and friends wedding pictures in black frames. It was a surprise to them all as I had got most of the photos secretly. I wanted people to reminisce about their wedding day.
We asked people to contribute to our 'Adventure Fund' so we also had a table for any gifts or well wishes. On the table was a beautiful wooden box that was hand made by my granddad who unfortunately couldn't be at the wedding due to his health. The box has been converted to a memory box now and is filled with all our wedding memories.
We also had created a photo booth for guests. My bridesmaid helped to make the background, I had a box full of props and we set up a camera on a timer. It worked really well.
What happened at your reception?
The reception was wonderful. We really wanted to get the party underway as soon as possible and get all the formality done straight away. So once everyone was seated, the MC did a bit of housekeeping and then the bridal party entered to 'Yellow Submarine' by the Beatles. Once Pete and I arrived we went straight into the first speech.
I started the speeches off and welcomed everyone to the wedding, thanked a few people and said a little bit about my husband. We then went into Pete's parents, my parents, the bridesmaids and then the best man before the grooms speech.
All of the speeches were great. I had 3 bridesmaid and I was happy for them all to make a speech as they were all my best friends and each represented a different part of my life. They did a brilliant job and had everyone in hysterics. Our best man was Pete's brother and he was incredibly nervous but he made a lovely speech and did really well delivering it.
I have to say, I was pretty impressed with my husbands speech. He was also really nervous about making a speech (he has been worrying about it for weeks) but he made the most well thought out and beautiful speech and I was so proud of him.
We then cut our cake and went into our first dance to 'Is this love' by Bob Marley.
We then partied the night away!
Kelly and Jeremy from Fonty's Pool were amazing host. There was no time restriction for us as long as the music was turned down at midnight. The party ended about 4am, long after I dragged my new husband to bed at 2am.
Best moment of your wedding day?
This is a hard one to answer.... I really loved every moment! The first look with Pete. Taking our time having our photos taken on the sand dunes. Arriving to our wedding together before parting briefly before the ceremony. Having the time to spend with everyone between the ceremony and reception. The speeches. Our first dance.... The list goes on!
I would like to thank ....
There are so many people that I would like to thank...
Both mine and Pete's parents, our extended family, my bridesmaids, Pete's groomsmen, Olivia for my stunning flowers, Fiona for our yummy cake, Emma our celebrant, DJ Vel for his rocking tunes, Raj for the amazing food, Pete from Real Image Photography for his incredible efforts as our photographer and for our beautiful photos, Lorna Marie & Lynette my wonderful hair and makeup stylist, Kelly & Jeremy from Fonty's Pool and their staff for their extra ordinary hospitality, my cousin David and friend Steph for taking some video of the day for us, and the list goes on... I hope that I haven't forgotten anyone!! I am sure that the photo's show what a wonderful day we had.
Did you use Coast to Country Weddings to help plan your day?
Yes I did. It was great for finding the right suppliers for our day and I found the tips and inspiration very helpful.
CTCW Wedding Suppliers:
Wedding Ceremony & Reception Venue - Fonty's Pool Manjimup
Wedding Photographer - Real Image Photography
Accommodation - Fonty's Pool is a caravan park and also offers some lovely chalets so some of our guests had the option of staying on site.
Brides Dress & Accessories – Tuscany Bridal. My accessories were found on Etsy from various shops.
Bridesmaid's Dresses & Accessories - Bridesmaid dresses were from Tokay Boutique in South Perth and accessories were again bought on Etsy
Groom & Groomsman Attire - Groom's & Groomsman attire was from Roger David
Rings - Verity Jewelers - Garden City Shopping Centre
Entertainment - Michael Vellios one of Pete's friends from Manjimup
Flowers - Olivia Cliffe (a very good friend), did our flowers and she did an absolutely wonderful job!
Cake - Fiona Grieves (another good friend). She stepped in at the last minute and did a wonderful job.
Transport - We just used a couple of 4WD's as we had some of our photo's down at the sand dunes at Yeagarup beach, D'Entrecasteaux National Park that required 4wd access.
Stationery - Kat Atkinson. (Another friend)
Bonbonnieres - I bought some small black photo frames from Ikea and we printed out some thank you cards to put in them.
Wedding Decorator - Bride