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ian penny mainPenny & Ian's Private Property Wedding

Date: 1st March 2014
Wedding Photographer: James Simmons Photography
Wedding Ceremony & Reception: Private Residence, Busselton

Interview with the Bride

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Our ceremony and reception was held at a private residence in Busselton and is owned by my dads cousin, we went there last year sometime and realised it was the perfect venue and exactly what we wanted - a beachy, casual, cocktail style location, outdoors and under the stars. We had our ceremony at 5pm, with 110 guests it was short and sweet and just perfect. We had our photos before the ceremony, so that after the ceremony, we went straight into the reception - it was casual and classy and so much fun.

We wanted to keep it to a minimum and did the best we could. We didn't really have a budget, but I think having it at a private residence saved us on alcohol and venue costs, however it is expensive in other ways..but it was so worth it and wouldn't change it for anything. I haven't added it all up - a little scared to! But paying for things as we went along, definitely helped not worrying about huge bills just before the big day.

When did you start looking for your wedding dress?
In the school holidays we would go to Perth from Kalgoorlie as Bugs is a teacher, so I would look then - it wasn't until mid 2013 that I looked seriously and I went to a few bridal shops in Perth, looked on line and found the lovely Samantha Wynn and she was amazing and helped me find my perfect dress!

What was it about your wedding dress you liked the most?
Although I always thought I would get a simple and not too 'weddingy" dress, in the end the dress I chose was very girly and pretty and I just loved was my one day to be a princess and it made me feel like tat! It was so comfy (especially being 20wks pregnant at the time) and I loved the lace detail on the bodice and the sash for the colour.ian penny 2

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What gifts did you get for your bridesmaids & groomsmen?
Gifts to Bridesmaids - satin gowns, cotton on, to get ready in on day of wedding and each a personalised pearl bracelet - etsy. Gifts to Groomsmen - engraved beer mugs

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Were there any other ways in which family & friends contributed to the day?
Just being there and enjoying the day and night. My sister and bridesmaid Clare - over and beyond amazing! She organised my hens and on the wedding morning a high tea for all the bridesmaids and ladies in the family - it was amazing! Highly recommend - Peta at Heavenly High tea. She also helped me do so much clean up and set up for the day. My mum - looked after Charli and Sophie and got them all ready for the wedding, while the bridal party got ready.

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What did Ian organise?
Hmmm - he is friends with the photographer and he sorted that. He organised the proposal ( amazing lunch at Flutes) and a post engagement dinner with all the family as a surprise and got the engagement ring made - I took over from there I think. But I ran everything by him an he usually just aggreeed. Oh he had a huge input into music and choice of songs, as music is his thing. He also picked up the alcohol! after I'd ordered it, but he decide on the beers and wines.

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What did your guests do after your ceremony while you and your wedding party went for wedding photos?
We decided that we wanted to get our wedding pictures before the wedding ceremony, so that we could just continue straight on into the reception and so that we didn't miss out on the fun with our guests..some people found that strange and not traditional when we said that's what we were doing. On the day, it worked so well! Our photographer James Simmons, was amazing, he works with his partner Olivia and together they made the pictures so much fun and not a chore at all! We played games, he does natural shots and makes it easy and not awkward or staged. We still did a little reveal when Bugs and I saw each other for the first time, that was so nice and emotional, I think it was good to do it then, as then we didn't get too emotional at the ceremony.Having the photos first, meant that the caters could start serving drinks and food straight away and the music was great and everyone began mingling and chatting. We had bocce, quoits and jenga for guests to play...which was fun and the fantastic setting on the beach, encouraged people to wander to the beach and have their own pictures taken. Having pictures first also meant we got to hang out with the entire bridal party before the wedding, so it was quiet and fun and seemed really special. we also got to then go back to the house and freshen up and chill out before the guests arrived, I think it was perfect! 

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Where children invited to your wedding and if so how did you keep them entertained?
We were happy for kids to come to the ceremony, but didn't invite them to the reception, as we wanted all the parents to relax and have a night off (like we did) My daughter, Sophie and niece, Charli, were flower-girls and stayed until about 730pm, then stayed with a friend, which was great. A few bubs were of course at the wedding, that was fine. The kids danced to the music while they were there and entertained the guests!

Planning a private property wedding.
We had to hire caterers and then all the glassware and tubs to store drinks, a cool room, portable toilets, get the alcohol, cool drink and water. We also had to hire marquee, chairs and trestle tables, dance floor, lighting, decorations etc.

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What special details did you incorporate into your wedding ceremony?
We are expecting our second child in July and we decided to surprise all the guests and our family at the wedding ceremony, by asking the celebrant to announce that we were having another baby daughter during the ceremony - that was a nice surprise for everyone I think.

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What happened at your reception? Toasts? Dancing?
Any funny or meaningful stories you'd like to share? The reception was fantastic, it was like a party with a few formalities, such as speeches, which were all great! We have an amazing friend, Kitt, who is a musician and he played chill out music straight after the reception, he is such a fantastic musician and his voice is breathtaking - that made it special for us! We then had an fantastic DJ, Swami Adima, of Down South DJ's, he played all the music we requested, that guests requested and mixed it all in so well, sensing the mood and the crowd, perfectly! Everyone danced - the dance-floor was full from early on, and the grass surrounding it! The lights at night looked amazing and we all danced under the stars all was just what we wanted, everyone was happy and in good spirits and seemed to enjoy themselves. The food throughout the night was superb and plentiful! everyone commented on how delicious it was, as well as  the amazing service of the staff! Cowaramup food provide wait staff and bar staff with their catering service. They were all friendly, happy and helpful! They sought out the vegetarians or any one needing special food and they made sure that the food reached all the guests. They were great at cleaning up and some of the staff even danced! It was perfect and even better than I could imagined.

Did you have a traditional sit-down reception or did you do something different, if so, what was it like?
Cocktail style - finger foods and then substantial boxed foods later in the night, a lolly buffet and cupcakes as desert. It worked so well, everyone mingled, chatted, met people they did and didn't know and ate yummy food - without being stuck at a table. Cowaramup Food were fantastic - they catered to our individual guests tastes and dietary requirements and they made food that suited us. We loved the menu, there was plenty of food and everyone commented how yummy it was!!!

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Is there anything you would do differently if you could have your wedding again?
NO! We were talking about this the day after the wedding and I honestly don't think that there is anything tht I would change - and I think thats a pretty good sign that it was a great day and night! I'd do it again if I could.

Where did you go on your honeymoon?
We haven't been yet, as Bugs is a teacher, we are going for a short trip to Bali in the school holidays - a relaxing holiday, with out Sophie, I'm sure we will miss her so much! As I'm pregnant we didn't want to go too far or for too long either, especially leaving Soph at home...but it'll be fun and nice to chill out after a busy few months, of wedding, new jobs, moving, baby etc.23.

Did you use Coast to Country Weddings to help plan your day?
YES!!!! The website helped me so much! It was such a valuable research tool, especially living in Kalgoorlie, which made it hard to know about local companies. It was an easy to use website, so much info, it meant that I didn't have to search out individual companies and services, as they were all listed there, together with their contact details.


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Ceremony Location - Private Residence, Busselton
Reception Venue - Private Residence, Busselton
Photographer -James Simmons Photography
Accommodation for you & your guests - We live in Busselton, guests hired various houses around town and we stayed at our wedding venue for a few nights
Brides dress & Accessories - Watters Gown - Samantha Wynn - Mt Hawthorn.
Jewellery - Pearl earrings and bracelet- Esperance
Family Ring - My grandmother
Shoes - Betts
Bridesmaid's Dresses & Accessories Dresses - Bloomingdales, Zimmerman, Review, For her and for him, asos. Flowergirls - Target and Cape Kids
Rings -Egoli Place of Gold - Tim Coote - designed by Ian for Penny - handmade.
Groom & Groomsman Attire - Rodger David - pants and shirts, Shoes - Betts
Entertainment - DJ Swami Adima and a close friend - Kitt Byfied - musician - played his keyboard and sang for an hour after the ceremony
Cake/Sweets - Bree Byfield - cupcakes and wedding cake
Favors/Gifts/Bonbonnieres - Homemade cookie/brownie jars - made by friends, one for each guest to take home.
High Tea - Heavenly High Tea
Gifts to Bridesmaids - Personalised perl bracelet - etsy
Gifts to Groomsmen - Engraved beer mugs
Stylist/Decorator -Bride and help from some close family friends and bridesmaids to decorate.

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