Jodie and Adam's Relaxed Restaurant Wedding
Date: 15th March 2014
Wedding Ceremony: Yallingup Ceremony
Wedding Reception: La Casina Restaurant, Dunsborough
Interview with the Bride
To plan our wedding day took about 3 months with looking and booking. The budget was about $15 000 including honeymoon and yes we stuck to it. We had 48 guests plus 6 in the bridal party.
The locations we chose for the ceremony and reception are places we love to go to. We had a few romantic dates at La Casina while we lived in Dunsborough and thought it would be a perfect intimate setting for the reception. We have done the maze at Yallingup a few times and thought it would be a nice backdrop for a ceremony.
Most of our family and friends made the trip down south for the big day so we arranged the structure of the day to suit them so that if they were coming down that morning, they had time to check into their accommodation. The bus picked everyone up from central Dunsborough at 3.15pm then went onto the maze for my arrival at 3.45pm. Then the guests were picked up at 5.15pm to go to La Casina at 5.40pm, then we arrived at 6pm for a sit down reception and lots of dancing! We didn't take too much time with our photos. The weather was great and everything ran on schedule.
We involved Adam's daughter Kiara (who was the flowergirl) and my younger sister Shannon at the ceremony by giving them poems to read. We also did a sand ceremony that involved Adam, myself and Kiara who poured the sand for her and her little brother Cohan (who did not attend). Kiara was the only child invited to the reception, she was entertained by family members and she kept herself busy being a little photographer with the disposable cameras available on each table.
We didn't really have a theme or colour scheme. The girls were in coral and the look was just rustic casual with myself a little more old school glam I guess. We just went with whatever suited the girls and boys as we let them pick what colours they wanted. We had no decorations at the ceremony as we just let the lake and the forest be our setting. At the reception we just had a few flowers (from Coles) in different shaped and sized glass wear and some candles. We just kept the decorations minimal which suited the charm of La Casina.
I started looking for my wedding dress about 6 months before the wedding. I like my wedding dress as it was plain and simple but still very classy plus it covered everywhere I wanted and it was silk so it felt and looked amazing. I didn't have a bouquet as I wanted to concentrate on walking and holding my dress and to not be worried with holding flowers and passing them off every other second.
Adam (the groom) arranged the entertainment, suit hire and little gifts for the bridesmaids and Kiara (his daughter who was the flowergirl too). Adam got the girls little jewellery boxers with the word 'bridesmaid' on top, his daughter some books and crafts to do on the day and myself a book. I got the groomsmen and my dad socks with their title on it and the groomsmen and groom got briefs with diamante titles on the bum. And the groom got a bracelet.
At the reception we had dinner and speeches (the bridesmaid disappeared before her speech to "freshen up" as she was very drunk, I found it so funny!). All the speeches were really good, the groomsmen were very funny.The dancing afterwards was a highlight and we loved that towards the end of the night, when the general public at the restaurant had left, the waitresses and waiters came out to dance with us and I think it was Alan's (the owner) mum who had a good dance with us too. It was a great night!
My advice would be don't get caught up with worry (not that I did, I was pretty chilled) but I have been involved in a few weddings and the stress is pointless. Just try enjoy the planning and day as it does go by as fast as everyone says and also don't worry if your ideas don't have a theme or if everything doesn't match. Do what you want and add your own touches if you want, remember it's your day not anyone elses (well, maybe it's the groom's day too!).
If I could do it again I would probably make everything start slightly earlier in the day so we could have more dancing later in the night. Apart from that there were no big dramas on the day plus I've only heard good feedback from everyone so I guess keeping it simple and not over doing it was good for everyone involved.
CTCW Wedding Suppliers:
Ceremony Location - Yallingup Ceremony
Wedding Reception Venue – La Casina, Dunsborough
Photographer - Lauren at Backroom Media Margaret River
Accommodation - Guests stayed at various hotels and resorts in Dunsborough and Busselton
Brides Dress & Accessories – Dress from Zoo Bridal Mandurah
Bridesmaid’s Dresses & Accessories – Dotti for bridesmaids dresses, Target for flower girls and accessories all from Equip
Rings - Rings from Shiels and Adam's ring was from his grandfather
Groom & Groomsman attire - Penguins Formal Hire in Perth
Flowers - We didn't need a florist!
Hair and Makeup - Take 2 Hair & Makeup Studio Margaret River
Cake - Cake was part of the menu at La Casina, we also had nuts and a lolly stand I arranged myself
Transport - Limo for us was by Cruising the Cape Limo Service (really great service!)
Bonbonnieres – No favours were given out
Wedding Decorator - I organised the decorations and styling myself (La Casina put out the decorations for me)