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lisa jasonLisa & Jason's Taunton Farm Country Wedding

Date: 15th November 2014
Wedding Ceremony: Ellensbrook House, Margaret River
Wedding Reception: Taunton Farm Function Centre, Margaret River

Interview with the Bride

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Our bridesmaids received hand made bracelets with their initials on them by Tania Clare Australia; Groomsmen – custom made skull with moustache cufflinks from Etsy.
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We chose Ellensbrook as our ceremony location for its beauty, and for the fact that it reflected all the things we love – beach, outdoors, running water, trees and a bit of rustic charm!

Jason and I started dating in high school, 13 years ago, so we started the ceremony with Jason's little sisters (who are 13 and 15) reading our old school tacky love letters to each other. It had everyone in stitches, and really set the vibe for the rest of the day!
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Ceremony was 3pm... I hate the 'in-between' time between ceremony and reception, so decided to keep our guests entertained with picnics and bubbles following the ceremony at the beautiful Ellensbrook House, then we have buses take our guests to the reception site from about 5:30, where they had drinks, canapes and garden games. We arrived at around 6:30/7, right on sunset on the back of a tractor! Food was served throughout the night from then on, with speeches around 8:30, followed straight away by cutting the cake and our first dance.

Kids were invited – they were easily entertained at the ceremony with the picnics and beautiful surrounds; then at the reception, they played on the bouncy pillow at Taunton Farm or danced.
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Theme/style was rustic farm. The colours were very much dusky hues. Bridesmaid dresses were heather, boys suits were charcoil, yet the flowers at the reception were all the colours we could fit! I bought my wedding dress 10 months before the wedding day. It was so different to anything I had seen yet, and completely different to what I was looking for. The layers of lace were just stunning – I called it my walking Chandelier!
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Reception was easy as my parents own Taunton Farm Holiday Park. Plus, it was ideal for our theme – rustic/farm style with a lot of fun and character and could accommodate our 200 guests not only for the reception but also our guests were able to stay in the chalets or pitch a tent.
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Most of our decorations were DIY – actually most of it was made by myself, family (both bride and grooms) and friends. We also had friends doing the flower arranging and all the flowers were sourced from local suppliers.

The venues really spoke for themselves in terms of setting the styles – we used lots of "collected things" glass jars decorated with lace and hessian, or hanging from walls full of flowers. Tablecloths and runners we home made from hessian and lace, and we used different sized wooden blocks as the cupcake stands, which was really effective. Wine barrels were scattered as drinks stands. My best friend also hand made some beautiful bunting in white, heather, pink and lace. We also had an outdoor bar and hay bale couches scattered everywhere.

We had a stand up wedding, which worked perfectly with the reception setting at Taunton Farm.
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Speeches were all fantastic – no akward uncles or anything. There was lots of dancing inside the old school, and we had a photobooth set up in the old principles office, with props on entry. The lighting and bar on the decking were amazing, and the many areas provided all our guests variety for socializing. There were a few entertaining hook ups, but we won't go into too much detail there!
Our day was made so amazing with friends and family! We had a lot of international guests, and it was amazing how helpful everyone was, from decorating to moving stuff/delivering, driving the cars, flower arranging... everyone was so eager and willing to help.
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Lisa's advice for other brides planning their wedding?
DELEGATE! People, and especially family members all want to help, and if you give them jobs, then you find that they are less inclined to have opinions about everything. Remember what the day is all about – you and your future husband. Be organized in the lead up, but on the day, just go with the flow and expect something will not go to plan, and when it doesn't, just make it fun and roll with it! And make sure you have a bbq the next day so you actually get to talk to your guests...

Where did you go on your honeymoon?
We had a mini-moon down in Esperence for just a couple of days. We are planning a honeymoon to Kenya further down the track.

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Ceremony Location: Ellensbrook Homestead
Reception Venue: Taunton Farm Holiday Park and Function Centre
Photographer: EverArcher Photography
Accommodation for you & your guests: Taunton Farm Holiday Park
Brides dress & accessories: Dress – Martina Lliana; Jewellery- Tania Clare Australia
Bridesmaid's dresses & accessories: Dresses – Zimmermann; Jewellery – Tania Clare Australia
Rings: Miles Henderson
Groom & groomsman attire: Hired from Brittons Formal Wear
Entertainment: Band at ceremony- "A Bit on the Side"; Reception - own
Makeup: Elle Campbell from Mecca
Cake: Friend
Catering: Cowaramup Food
Favours: Home made succulents
Stylist: Family and Friends

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