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diana nathan mainDiana and Nathan's Yallingup Venue Wedding

Date: 14th March 2014
Wedding Photographer: Andrew Burns - Imajica Photography
Wedding Ceremony: Family holiday home, Yallingup
Wedding Reception: Aravina Estate, Yallingup

Interview with the Bride

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We planned our wedding in 9 months. We are very lucky to have amazing family and friends who have talents which would rival the most professional wedding planning services. This kept our costs down and allowed us to stay within budget. We also saved money by using our family's cars for transport, getting married on our family's property, and doing our own decoration and styling for the ceremony.

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We had 40 to our ceremony and 140 to our reception. We wanted a very low key, casual ceremony so kept it small and had it at our family's holiday house. Plan according to what makes you comfortable. I couldn't bear the idea of getting married in front of 140 people, so I had a small ceremony. Initially, I struggled with this decision, particularly in regards to what everyone would think. In the end, I wanted to feel comfortable and enjoy the lead up to and the day which I did.

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I have no idea when it comes to identifying flowers! I simply took in a photo of something I liked to the florist and she created a masterpiece! It ended up including three different types of roses, Dusty Miller, and a flower similar looking to Geraldton Wax.

I started looking for my dress in October (although when I walked in to bridal shops, each appeared quite stressed that I left it too late! Dress arrived with plenty of time to spare! Lesson for future brides: don't get stressed by the stress or panic of others!). What I liked most about my dress was the simplicity of the silouhette....and it was easy to put on and very comfortable!!

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The wedding had simple, relaxed, neutral tones. Trying on wedding dresses, I soon discovered I didn't suit the traditional style or colour white. I ended up in a platinum colour and my bridesmaids in ivory, so I didn't have a specific colour theme. I love hydrangeas and I'm told they are a bit tricker to get in March than the summer months so any colour we could get them in was fine with us! The different coloured flowers actually worked quite well against the neutral toned bridal party attire.

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As this wedding was organized interstate (we live in Melbourne), I really didn't know how everything was going to come together. I didn't have strong ideas about how things looked exactly – I just informed suppliers that I wanted a simple, low fuss, relaxed feel to the day. Our ceremony took place under some peppermint trees. We had two bunches of hydrangeas on either side of us and one hydrangea in a glass vase on our small wooden signing table. I left styling and decoration of the reception up to my talented aunt who did a magnificent job. Living interstate meant I just had to trust family and friends and go with the flow.

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Our ceremony was at 2:30pm and reception at 5:30pm. We wanted it to be a very simple ceremony. We had no readings and our celebrant (my cousin) was instructed to keep it short which he achieved very well! It was lovely to have someone I grew up with marry us. Children came to the ceremony, but not to the reception (except for three newborns!). Drinks and nibbles were served after the ceremony which we enjoyed briefly before heading off for photos. We had photos around the ceremony location, then at a friends property, followed by photos at the reception venue prior to guests arriving. We decided to travel only to one off-site location for photos to minimize the potential of feeling rushed.

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It was really a joint effort between myself and Nathan to organise the day, and many decisions were made together (although we weren't overly fussed with details so this made organizing easier!). The groom organized accommodation, DJ / live music, transport for guests, suits, and photo location. We didn't buy specific gifts for the bridal party, but contributed to the cost of their attire. Decorations were largely a mixture of DIY and massive input from family/friends.

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I don't think we would have had a wedding day without the input of family and friends! My cousin married us (a vital component of the day!), another cousin did the make-up, another cousin videoed, family lent their cars and drove us around, and my aunt & family friend organized all styling and flowers for the reception. This is outside of everything my parents did in ensuring a spectacular ceremony.

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Our choice of reception venue was limited by our relatively large guest list. When we visited Aravina we loved the hydrangea filled gardens and intimate feeling of the venue (which we felt was missing at other venues), however, we did not think the venue could cater for 140 people. By sheer luck, when we chatted to staff we were told they were building a new function centre which could easily cater for this number of people. Venue booked! Of course, we didn't see the reception venue until the week of our wedding as we live interstate – but it was magnificent. We had a traditional sit down reception, although had a buffet style dessert as we found that at other weddings people were usually up and mingling by the time dessert was served.

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The only thing I would do differently if I could have my wedding again would be to mingle more during/between meals. I feel like I didn't really get to see everyone – I was still turning around at 11:50pm and saying hi to people I hadn't seen yet!

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We wanted speeches during meals so we could finish all the formalities as early as possible and get started dancing. We had a few short breaks in between speeches, but essentially speeches occurred one after another. We then did our first dance to Pharrell Williams "Happy", which we got a few lessons for from a colleague of mine in Melbourne. The night was filled with plenty of dancing and continued the following day with afternoon drinks at the family house.

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CTCW Wedding Suppliers:

Ceremony Location - Family holiday home in Yallingup
Wedding Reception VenueAravina Estate, Yallingup
Photographer - Andrew Burns, Imajica Photography
Brides Dress & Accessories – Dress by Jenny Packham, earrings and shoes from Jeanette Maree, hair comb from Linda Gorringe
Bridesmaid’s Dresses & Accessories – Dress by Sana (Claremont), earrings Jeanette Maree, shoes Nine West
Rings - Charles Rose
Groom & Groomsman attire - Jack London
Transport - Family cars
Stylist/Decorator - my amazingly talented aunt and a very special family friend

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