Bree & Mitchell's Summer Day Wedding
Interview with the Bride
I always dreamed of a wedding down south near Yallingup so that narrowed it down quite early for us. On a warm summer's day in January 2013, we took a family drive to the Ferguson Valley to check out a few wedding locations. They weren't what we were looking for so we decided to stop at St Aidan Winery for lunch. We immediately fell in love with the place, the staff, the food and especially the wine! Once that was locked in as our reception venue, it was easy to decide on Ferguson Farmstay as the location for the ceremony.
We wanted to limit our guest numbers to 100 people. It turned out to be perfect as it was a great number given the size of the reception venue, the budget we had and the quality of time that we wanted to spend with everyone during the course of the day.
For my wedding dress I started looking at pinterest and online pretty quickly. I tried on a few in some bridal stores but couldn't justify spending thousands of dollars on one dress. I kept coming back to the same one online that was only $350 but was worried that it wouldn't be made well. I ended up biting the bullet and ordering it. I figured if it wasn't great I would just keep looking. It arrived and it was perfect, so well made and absolutely beautiful. I ended up getting it altered as I lost some weight, but otherwise I wouldn't change a thing.
The ceremony was always going to be the most special part of the day. We asked our good friend, Shannon to be our celebrant and I asked two of my closest girlfriends to say a poem. We also had our two little nieces to be flower girls. The most special part was the personal vows that Mitch and I wrote. They were beautiful, funny and will always be a reminder of our love for each other.
As the ceremony was at the Ferguson Farmstay, we had Rosa, the Farmstay owner put on a country spread of home-cooked treats along with drinks from the bar. We're pretty confident that most were able to indulge for the 2hr break. Those that chose to were free to return to Bunbury to change or freshen up prior to the reception. We organized a separate bus to collect people from Bunbury specifically for the reception.
We had both the bridesmaid dresses and suits custom made so each member of the bridal party kept their outfit (the groomsmen suits could be used for a business suit etc). we also paid for the bridesmaids hair and makeup.
Jeff from Henderson Photographics was simply amazing. He worked quickly (the time flew!!!) and got all the shots we wanted plus more than we could imagine. He managed the bridal party brilliantly and managed to get everyone where he wanted. I could not recommend Jeff highly enough.
Children were invited to our wedding. Some of our closest friends have children who are also important people in our lives. We didn't want to miss out on the opportunity to have them share our day with us. They were kept busy at a separate table with coloring-in books, crayons, games and of course, the sweets table.
The reception was quite traditional with the bride/groom, bridesmaids and groomsmen sitting at a head table. Family were seated close by and all guests seated evenly around a decently sized dance floor. Prior to everyone seated, however, we had lawn games set up on the grass banks of St Aidan Wines. It was perfect.
A bit of a country girl at heart, I always wanted a vintage themed wedding. I've always loved the vintage whites and hessian fabrics that make up a vintage wedding. Mitch is a country boy so was always inclined towards the grey suit, grey vest which matched well.
I made lace glass jars as candle holders, our table flowers were simple white baby's breath and we used wine bottles as our table numbers. There were lots of candles, lots of lace, and lots of hessian.
Our very good friend, and talented artist, drew us a finger print tree. Our guests all left their finger print and we are getting the tree framed. Our friend was our MC, a friend read a poem. We tried to incorporate as many people as possible! The reception was so much fun! We kicked it off with an entrance to ACDC's "Shook Me All Night Long", which was followed by our good friend, Glenn Hack who stole the show as MC throughout the night. He was able to put a really personal touch on the reception which we are forever grateful for. The best man, Mitchell's brother, Brenton, was typically hilarious in his speech yet it's something that will have to stay with guests only. Other beautiful things at the reception included framed photographs of Mitch and my parents and grandparents on their wedding days, as well as an amazingly beautiful finger print tree personally created by our friend, Mark.
Mitch and I had a traditional "first dance", cutting of the cake. We added in a bit of fun by playing the "shoe game". Mitch and I sat back to back, we had one each of our shoes and our MC asked us questions (e.g. Who does our puppy love the most) obviously there were many questions we disagreed on! But it was a lot of fun.
For our honeymoon Mitch and I both wanted a relaxing holiday. Our initial choices were the Maldives, Fiji and South East Asia. In the end, we settled on the island, Koh Samui in Thailand. It was a beautiful holiday where all we did was swim in our infinity pool, watch the sun set with a few cocktails and spend quality time together.
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Ceremony Location: Ferguson Farmstay, Ferguson Valley
Reception Venue: St Aidan Wines, Ferguson Valley
Photographer: Henderson Photographics
Accommodation: Ferguson Farmstay & various Bunbury locations
Brides dress & Accessories Dress: JJ House.com
Accessories: Sinclairs Jewellers, Applecross
Bridesmaid's Dresses & Accessories dresses: Light in the box
Groom & Groomsman Attire: Anthony's Tailors
Makeup: Lani at Envy Beauty, Bunbury
Favors: Homemade Candy buffet