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LizBen weddingElizabeth and Ben's Busselton Garden Wedding

Date: 5th April 2014
Wedding Photographer: In Sight Photography
Wedding Ceremony: Wonnerup House, Busselton
Wedding Reception: The Goose Beach Bar, Busselton

Interview with the Bride

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I really wanted peonies but they were out of season so I left it up to our florist with the instructions 'soft and pretty' and it was everything I wanted. She substituted the peonies with cabbage roses and it was a pink, apricot and white dream.

LizBen wedding 4LizBen wedding 5LizBen wedding 6Both of our families helped in the organization of our wedding day and our parents all helped financially. We were engaged for 18 months so we took our time planning over that period. We really tried not to go too overboard and managed to cut costs buying things cheaply off the internet and using friend's services where we could. Our guest list was 90.

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Our ceremony was at 3.00pm, I arrived at 3.15pm. Ben and I read some of our vows together and had the 'blessing of the rings' which everyone commented on as being lovely. We also surprised both our Mums and by asking them to sign the wedding certificate.

We didn't want to rush ourselves in the time between the ceremony and reception but didn't want too long a break for the guests so we started the reception at 5.30pm for guests and bridal party arrived at 6.00pm.

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About 15 months before the wedding I read that it can take ages to get your dress made and fitted once you've chosen it so I panicked and started shopping then for my wedding dress. It had a lace underlay with a silk overlay so while it looked simple it showed the lace through the silk when I moved which I thought was pretty.

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Our cake was simple buttercream frosting but had a poem written around it in the same frosting so it looked simple but was really effective and we made that a bit of a feature decoration wise.

My advice to others planning their wedding - Plan everything beforehand but don't get too caught up in the small details. I had a good idea of what I wanted but was happy to let the professionals run with their opinions and ideas when it came to the smaller stuff. It took a lot of stress off and it left a bit of a surprise for me on the day too.
Also remember that once the day arrives you can't change anything so just relax and enjoy it.

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Ceremony Location: Wonnerup House, Busselton
Reception Venue: The Goose Beach Bar, Busselton
Photographer: In Sight Photography
Accommodation: We rented a beach house in Busselton which the bridesmaids and I used
Brides dress & Accessories: Dress was a Martina Liana gown from Tuscany Bridal, headpiece from Hobnob Bridal and my beautiful blue shoes were Alan Pinkus from Myer
Bridesmaid's Dresses & Accessories dresses: Dresses online, bracelets were the bridesmaid's gift I bought from Splash Gallery, Bunbury
Rings: Bride's rings designed by groom and custom made in South Africa when he was contracting there in 2013
Groom & Groomsman Attire: Bon Marche Mensland
Hair Stylist: Alfreya Hair, Bunbury (sister in law)
Transport: Personal Jeep Cherokee's belonging to friends
Favors: Heart shaped mini blackboards used as place cards that everyone seemed to think were bonbonnieres!
Stylist: Wez Enterprises

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