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claire toddClaire and Todd's Country Winery Wedding

Date: 10th October 2014
Wedding Ceremony & Reception: Duckstein Brewery, Margaret River

Interview with the Bride

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We announced our engagement in August 2013 and married in October 2014, using that whole time to plan and put together our wedding.

For our bridal party we put together a little gift box for the bridesmaids that had some chocolates and things in it but also their wedding accessories, with a personal note as well. Todd put together gift boxes for the boys, with an engraved scotch glass, a small bottle of scotch and their ties for the day.
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We chose the venue as we found it absolutely stunning. It was also the first venue that Todd went to with my family on his first trip to the winery region. We also wanted an all in one venue as we didn't want guests to have to travel.
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Our ceremony began at 4pm however I was very late and it didn't kick off until nearly 4.30pm. Todd and I created our own vows for our ceremony. We wrote them together. We also had all of the bridal party walk down the aisle together. Todd began, escorted by his parents, then the groomsman and paired bridesmaid one at a time, and then I followed with my parents. We then did a coming together of the two families were our parents acknowledged their contributions to our lives, instead of a traditional giving away.
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My bridesmaids were fabulous and such a help in the organisation. One designed and created my invitations, one put together the favours with the fabric top, name tag and twine bow, and my maid of honour put together our guest baskets for the toilets featuring little things to help get through the night! My parents helped to create the homemade jams and sourced the favour jars, and well as the log centrepieces and doing lots of running around with me leading up to the day and for me on the day! They were all so great and I would not have been able to do it without them!
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I started looking for my wedding dress in January, 10 months before the wedding. I loved that my dress was all lace and different to others I had seen before. It just seemed to fit my style perfectly. I really loved my dress!
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We first chose our colours and then developed our style around that. We chose pink and yellow in various hues as our main colours and then went for a vintage, country look. The main thing was that we wanted it to be simple and let the venue do the talking. We also chose some textures like lace and burlap feature in table runners and in other decoration like the invitations, centrepieces and bouquets.Our centrepieces were designed around 3 bottles of various sizes for the flowers that were featured on a log disc that my father created from wood on our farm. The bottles were decorated in laces, burlap and twine. We also wanted ourselves to feature throughout so had little touches like horse shoes with the centrepieces as the grooms family loves horses, and we had a table for our love legacy featuring our parents and grandparents wedding photos. Our wedding coordinator did the stationary for the reception featuring our trademark fingerprint heart that Todd and I created for our invitations. I made our table numbers using photo frames I spray painted grey.
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Our reception began at 6 pm for seating of guests with the bridal party arriving and 6.30pm. Guests ate amazing canapes in between the ceremony and reception in the Ducksteins beautiful beer garden.We had a traditional sit down reception using round tables. We did however plan the reception so that there were a variety of things going on during the time, and not all at once. Todd and I did our first dance upon entering the venue, we had games for the garter and bouquet toss and also a father/daughter dance. The atmosphere was great. Very light hearted, lots of dancing and mingling.

We had toasts by our parents, the maid of honour, best man and the groom. We also did our first dance right at the start followed by a father daughter dance later in the night to officially kick off the dancing. We had musical chairs for the boys to win the garter which was hilarious and a bouquet toss. There was lots of mingling and dancing!

I am a coeliac and so our entire wedding menu was gluten free. Although the food was all gluten free, it was still amazing and just made such a difference. Our wedding cake was also gluten free.

Do you have any advice for other Brides planning their wedding?
Leave plenty of time to plan your wedding day to make it as stress free as possible. I thoroughly enjoyed the weeks before my wedding as everything was planned and sorted and I didn't need to worry about too much. My other tip is to really use your venue wedding coordinator to take some of the load off you.


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Ceremony and Reception: Duckstein Brewery, Margaret River
Photographer: Kellie Sinclair Photography
Accommodation: AQUA Resort for Bridal Party and family, Abbey Beach Resort for most guests
Brides Dress & Accessories: Allure gown from Bunbury Bridal, Accesories Hype and Eshe
Bridesmaid Dresses: Review dresses
Rings: Bride and Groom Wedding bands from Kalgoorlie Diamond Jewellers Brides Engagement Ring from Rogers Jewellers
Groom & Groomsman Attire: Suit hire from Tony Barlow Formal Hire in Perth
Hair Stylist: Wave Lengths
Florist: Scentiment Flowers
Cake: Harwoods Cottage
Transport: Private cars, Gannaways Buses for guests to and from the wedding, Down South Luxury Limousine for bridal party transport during photos
Favours: Homemade Jams for the girls and gummy bears for the boys
Stylist: Wez Enterprises and items that I put together myself

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