Katherine and Svend's Intimate Winery Wedding
Interview with the Bride
We took 18 months to plan the wedding. Let's just say we went a little over budget; but it was money really well spent. We had 58 guests. We chose Aravina Estate because the grounds and reception room are amazing; so picturesque, almost fairytale like. Plus the food and wine are superb...what more could you want from a venue!
I started looking for my dress approximately 12 months before our wedding. There were no sequins or diamantes; and it was lace which fit my romantic and rustic theme but most importantly I felt good in it. Another bonus was the outer lace layer could be taken off so I didn't have to worry about guests stepping on my train during the reception; two dresses in one!
To be honest I am not 100% sure what my flowers were but they were amazing; I told the florist our theme, she sat with us for a while, got an idea of what we liked, and we let her take it from there; it was perfect. We have received so many compliments about the flowers both at the ceremony and reception.
Svend was fantastic and helped out lots along the way but the main things he organised were his suit, groomsmen suits, their transport and the guest transport. We paid for the suits for the groomsmen and gave them cufflinks as a thank you gift. For the bridesmaids we paid for the dresses, hair, make-up and gave them jewellery that could be worn on the day as their thank you gifts.
We wrote personal vows for our ceremony and we had our mothers as our witnesses. My grandmother lent me a brooch with a blue bird that my great, great, great Uncle (he was a jeweller) had made for his sister (my great, great, great Grandmother) which was put on the front of my bouquet as something old, borrowed and blue.
My mother helped us out with decorating the tin cans, love quotes and making the chalk board signs to place around the venue such as the one at our ceremony "Today two families become one please pick a seat not a side" and the one in the ladies bathroom "Yes you look fabulous now get back out on the dance floor where you belong".
While we were having our photos after the ceremony, the guests went around to the deck for canapés and drinks. We had canapés served as an entrée, the main meal was served as a traditional sit-down meal and dessert was on a table and guests could help themselves. Our dress code was semi-formal.
The theme was romantic and rustic. We recycled all different sized tins and painted them in metallic bronze gold and silver and also some were painted white and used them as vases. We also had 8 -10 small candles on every table with raffia bows to give that romantic glow and we had old love quotes on the plate of each guest printed on rustic paper.
At the reception there was dancing, dancing and of course more dancing. The speeches were amazing and heartfelt; it was a fantastic night. The only child invited was the flower girl; we gave her an activity sticker book, but she was up dancing with us for most of the night. Just after we entered the reception the DJ got everyone up on the dance floor to set the theme for the night; a big celebration!
If I could have my wedding again the only thing I would change is not letting other people's opinions, remarks, dramas etc. bother me so much, after all the day was about Svend and I celebrating our love and commitment to each other! My advice to other brides...don't get caught up in the small things and don't lose sight of what the day is all about; you're marrying the man of the dreams!
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Ceremony location & wedding reception venue - Aravina Estate, Yallingup/Margaret River
Photographer - Blakeney Photography
Bridal Gown & Accessories - 'Anabelle' gown from Tuscany Bridal, shoes from Georgie's and Georgini jewelry
Rings - Showcase Jewellers and Dora
Groom & Groomsman attire - Saba
Entertainment - DJ Macca
Bonbonnieres - Donation on behalf of our guests to Royal Flying Doctors Service