Annie & Mark's Rustic Elegant Winery Wedding
Date: 12th October 2013
Wedding Photographer: Blakeney Photography
Wedding Ceremony: A private garden in Yallingup
Wedding Reception: A winery in Margaret River
Interview with the Bride
We got engaged in June 2012 - we had our engagement party in September 2012 and then began planning for the wedding...so it took us 1 year to plan the wedding. Mark was involved in every meeting with the suppliers. We tried very hard to stick to the budget, but we went just over. We had 85 guests.
We just wanted our day to be a celebration of us and for everyone to have fun. One thing I remember a lot of people telling me is that the day goes so fast and you need to stop and think every so often. We both made sure that we stopped and looked around and took in what was actually happening.
We both remember our day as clear as if it was yesterday.
We did have some children at the wedding - Mark's two boys, my step children, were our page boys, as well as our two nieces who were the flower girls and our nephew who was a steward. They were at the ceremony and then came to the reception until 9pm. They then went home and were babysat by an agency. They didn't need entertainment provided as they were having such a good time dancing and visiting the lolly bar! We also had a polaroid camera and some fun props which they were in charge of, their job was getting people to have a photo!
I had gorgeous robes for my bridesmaids and I to wear while we were getting ready. I also had small gifts for my flower girls and Mark gave the three boys something small. Our ring cushion was handmade using material from my dress as well as hessian. Bridesmaids were given a bracelet to wear on the day as a surprise. Groomsmen were given a flask as well as cufflinks.
I began looking for my dress in December 2012 and my wedding dress was at the first place I visited and the first dress I tried on. It was quite a funny story, we entered Donna Tobin and were all very excited for our day ahead, my Maid of Honour had organized where we were going.
Myself and my bridesmaids were quite hungover. I selected a few dresses to try on and began to put the first dress on, as these were just samples to try it was about a size 6 and there was no chance it was going on easily! I came out of the change rooms with the cups of the dress up around my shoulders, everyone couldn't stop laughing. My Mum was telling me just to take it off and move on to the next one.
The lady who was assisting us came back into the room and managed to calm us down, she pulled the dress down so that everything was in the right place and we then discovered that maybe my choice of underwear wasn't quite the appropriate choice for the day. Anyway a long story short, I had my bridesmaids taking silly photos of my butt where the dress wouldn't do up but once it was put on properly I fell in love with it.
It has a low v-neck back with beautiful silvery applique which went along the shoulders and down into a v at the neck line. It is a fishtail style dress and everything I tried on after that did not compare. I then decided to go with it and began an exciting and fun experience of having my dress made from scratch.
Our wedding day was rustic, homemade but elegant. The colours were whites, timber wood with the bridesmaid colour, which was a peachy colour. I LOVED planning our wedding and was really keen on the rustic look but also wanted it to be elegant. We had wicker hearts on either side of the aisle at the ceremony, white wooden hearts made from old boats hanging from trees, lots of twine and hessian used on mason jars which were tied to the chairs down the aisle filled with flowers. We used a weathered bench seat as the signing bench, my bridesmaids and Mum made gorgeous large white cushions with pieces of hessian sewn on them to go on the signing bench. The ceremony was simple and rustic yet elegant.
The ceremony was at 2:30pm and the order was: Introduction, giving away, personal story, readings, the asking, vows, exchange of rings, declaration of marriage, signing of documents and the presenting of the couple. We then had family photos taken after this as well as champagne to celebrate. From here we went on to take photos while guests had a couple of hours to relax and refresh ready for the reception at 6pm. Buses began picking guests up from 5:15. They either went somewhere for a drink or went back to their accommodation and the buses picked them up from arranged pick up points.
I had planned to have peach David Austins with ranunculis and freesias for my bouquet - the day before the wedding my florist rang to tell me that the David Austins were not available as it had been too hot so I ended up having peach roses as well as some peach roses my Aunty raced down from Perth.
The reception started at 6pm - it was a cocktail style wedding with lots of occasional seating areas and tables with chairs so that people had places to sit. The order was: Bridal party entrance, first dance, cake cutting, speeches were at 9pm as we wanted them out of the way early so people still had all night to celebrate and dance! Even though it was cocktail style there were lots of wicker chair seating areas, high timber bar tables with stools, scattered tables and chairs. We are both social people and enjoy a good party. We wanted everyone to be able to mingle and not feel stuck to a seat or not able to mix with everyone. We also didn't want to be stuck sitting in one spot. One of my biggest fears was not enough seating.
Family helped out a lot on the day - my Aunty and Uncle lent us their silver Audi, Mark's Dad lent us his Jaguar and was the driver, my cousin made macarons to match our colour, other family members helped decorate the ceremony location on the day as well as making different decorations leading up to the wedding.
The reception carried across the same theme as the ceremony but with slightly more colour. I sourced old jars and spent a weekend with my bridesmaids, Mum, Aunty and cousin where we decorated jars for flowers and candles. We ended up with about 60 jars which were filled with gorgeous flowers and tealight candles. These were decorated with hessian, lace, twine and peach coloured ribbon. It was a lot of fun! We also had some old wooden ladders, which had pictures of our grandparents, great grandparents and great great grandparents on their wedding day.
At the reception there was lots of dancing!! Lots of fun, incredible food, drinks and memories made with all of our close friends and family. One thing that was very funny was the speeches. Mark had organized without anyone knowing except for the groomsmen and one of his cousins that part of his speech was all set up. He began his speech and then they broke into a scence from Anchor Man and proceeded to sing the song Afternoon Delight. It was hilarious and something which I had no idea was planned. My Bridesmaid and Maid of Honour had already done their speech and felt very out done!
I loved our wedding day and the planning leading up to it so much that I would love to get married to the same person every couple of years if I could and if it didn't cost money! I looked on the Coast to Country website at least once a week! It was a fantastic resource for planning our wedding! My advice to other brides would be to enjoy, have fun and plan it the way you and your fiancé want it to be.
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Ceremony Location - A private garden in Margaret River
Wedding Reception Venue – A winery in Margaret River
Photographer - Blakeney Photography
Bridal gown and accessories – Gown was a Donna Tobin design, made by Blossom's Brides. My jewellery was from Samantha Wills and shoes from Instyle.
Bridesmaid dresses and accessories – Dresses were designed and made by Blossom's Brides (a contact through Donna Tobin) - we came up with the design and colour and then took it to Blossom to make. Jewellery was from Glitterati and Samantha Wills, and shoes were from Marie Claire.
Rings - Handmade and designed to fit with engagement ring (for bride), titanium rings for groom.
Groom and groomsman attire - Hired from Penguins Formal Wear.
Entertainment – DJ Swami
Cake - Cake was by Edible Art, plus we had the macarons which were homemade by my cousin Peta (Petsie's Macarons is what we called them).
Transport - Mark's Dad's Jaguar! Plus our Aunty & Uncle's Audi. We used Gannaways to transport guests to and from the reception.
Bonbonnieres – Lolly bar with handmade calico lolly bags. I did the lolly bar and the bags were purchased online - unfortunately it was one of the lows of the wedding as I left the box of handmade calico lolly bags on our bed in Perth!
Unique services/hire services - On the tables we also had homemade candles made by my Mum and Maid of Honour as well as other DIY decorations. Cape Marquees provided the marquee.