Matthew & Helen's Margaret River Winery Wedding
Date: 29th March 2014
Wedding Photographer: Blakeney Photography
Wedding Ceremony: Cowaramup
Wedding Reception: Winery in Margaret River
Interview with the Bride
Both of us have a real love of nature. Matt in particular loves the ocean and I love the forest and vineyards. We loved that we could enjoy all of this together in Margaret River while enjoying the region with family and friends before and after the wedding as a holiday. Guests had come from the UK so this was particularly nice for them. Matthew proposed in March and we married the following March. We had 80-90 guests. Our ceremony was at 2.30 followed by cake and drinks in the garden. Guests then hit the pub before heading onto the reception at 6pm.
Matt organised almost everything - he got the nickname 'groomzilla' as he was the real driving force making sure our dreams came to fruition. Seriously though, it was so nice to plan it together. And we had so many special people helping us to get things organized. In particular are the friends and family who helped to get everything organized when it looked like it was possibly going to be a very wet wedding. The lengths people went to making sure our day went perfectly made us feel extremely loved. As a thank you for the bridal party in particular, Matt got the groomsmen personalized cufflinks and leathermans. I got my bridemaids silver infinity bracelets, pearl earrings and matching gowns to get ready in.
Everyone we worked with down in Margaret River had such a positive influence on our day and we can't thank them enough- I think the personal touches people in the south add to their service is part of the charm of getting married in Margaret River. We can't recommend it enough.
The decorations had a hint of vintage, with lace and burlap and different shades of mint and teal. The ceremony was in a beautifully manicured garden so really spoke for itself. We added a few pops of mint and teal with lanterns hanging from the tree where we exchanged our vows. Jars of babys breath hung from the chairs along the aisle. It was perfect. We kept the reception simple with jars of babys breath along the tables and scattered tealights.
We have some very dear little friends who we invited to the ceremony. It wouldn't have been the same without them. They had a great time playing in the garden, blowing bubbles and eating cake. For the ceremony, it was important for me to have some way of honoring the people who have had such big impacts on both of our lives, in particular those who are no longer with us so we had a tree with black and white wedding photos hanging from it. This came to the reception too. In addition, my cousin led everyone in a karaoke style send off as we walked back down the aisle. Everyone sang 'Can't take my eyes off of you' as we had been to see the 'Jersey Boys' in London straight after purchasing my engagement ring.
We would do absolutely nothing differently - we couldn't have been happier and feel it was captured perfectly by our amazing photographers, Steve and Ros at Blakeney Photography.
My advice for other brides would be to relax. Don't sweat the small stuff. Share the load - our wedding day was made all the more special by the touches our friends and family had influenced.
I found my dress on my second day of looking! The lace and the key hole back were the parts I liked the most about my dress. I was pretty relaxed about what flowers I had. After speaking to Courtney at Sorella on the phone I straight away felt comfortable to let her be creative. I couldn't have been happier with my flowers and the beautiful personal service.
We had a traditional sit down reception. At the reception, the father of the bride shared a very embarrassing story about Matt sending an inappropriate text message to him instead of me. I'm not sure Matt will ever live that one down. After the wedding we spent a few more days in Margaret River so that we could continue to enjoy some time with our family, followed by 10 fabulous days in Mauritius staying at Lux Le Morne.
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Ceremony Location: Cowaramup
Reception Venue: Winery in Margaret River
Photographer: Steven Blakeney and there was a DIY photobooth created by the groom!
Cake/Sweets: Carmello at Edible Art. Carmelo promised 'epic' and he delivered. One of the most talked about things from the whole day.
Celebrant: Priest was a family friend from Perth
Favors: Bride & girlfriends made caramel apples as wedding favours