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bron chrisBronwyn & Chris's Family Farm Wedding

Date: 14th February 2015
Wedding Photographer: In Sight Photography
Wedding Ceremony: Our delightful hobby farm
Wedding Reception: Our Hay Shed

Interview with the Bride

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I went for deep purples and light greens in my bouquet. Having no clue about flowers I showed my florist, some pictures of roughly what I had in mind and left it entirely up to her to chose which flowers would suit best. Make sure you ask for a psuedo bouquet to though, so that you can keep your own beautiful bunch.

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We got engaged in September and I started looking for my dress in November. Luckily I found a beautiful dress that fit me perfectly! It only needed shortening so that it didn't get ruined in the paddock. I loved that it was so very different to my usual style. I like simple designs but this one was covered in bling! The crystals looked gorgeous in the sun and the sash under the bust broke up the colour nicely. I had tried an exquisite white lace dress on before choosing this one but the detail was lost in the photo and it looked quite plain. Bling it up girls!

Brides, make sure you give yourselves plenty of time to find a dress and don't order online. You will miss the amazing experience of trying on beautiful dresses.

In regards to gifts for my bridesmaids I paid for their dresses, hair, makeup, accommodation and bought them some gorgeous pearl earrings. Chris bought his groomsmen a pocket knife.

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We had our wedding here because it's our home and we love it! We bought the farm last year and it offered the perfect location for our big day. We put on everything ourselves so lots of little things added up, like portable toilets, a shower, lights, a cool room, extension leads etc. We saved money bybuying only plastic plates and cutlery and asking friends and family to contribute where possible, e.g. salads, cake, DJ, decorations.

Our guests arrived at the ceremony at about 4:30- 5.00pm via our old rusty tip truck 'Bumble bee'. Everyone loved the ride and it set up the atmosphere for fun. The girls and I arrived fashionable late at 5:30pm. We started getting hair and makeup done at noon and found we had plenty of time with only 2 bridesmaids.

We also had a pre-makeup photo shoot on the beach. Just girls out having fun and making sure our pre-baby bodies were captured to look back on when we are older. We loved this part of the day and I recommend all brides and their bridesmaids do this as a way to relax and have a laugh before the big event. Our ceremony went for about 40 minutes and then everyone loaded back into the truck and were taken to the hay shed. The photo session only took about 30 minutes as we were running out of sunlight.

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Our celebrant wrote a very personalised and humourous poem about us based on a questionaire we both filled in prior to meeting her. It had everyone laughing. We also let go some white helium balloons in memory of my dear father, and finished the event with a tequila shot to ward off illness!

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Chris's mum made some beautiful decorations to mark the aisle at the ceremony and we had a few white flags around. At the reception we kept things simple with homemade signs, chalkboards, hay bales, solar lanterns and some good lighting across the hay shed roof.

We DIY'ed most of the wedding, including the decorations and enjoyed doing what we could by ourselves. We put in quite a few solar lights and lanterns to enhance the festive look. Friends and family pitched in where they could, e.g. mum made a cute lace collar for our dog Lucy and some friends offered decorations they had left over from their weddings.

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While we were off having our wedding photos, everyone went back to the hay shed and cracked open the kegs/wine and got stuck into the platters. Everyone was starving so the platters were an absolute necessity and were devoured quickly.

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Some family and friends brought salads/sauces. On the day of the wedding we had about 6 family/friends setting everything up while Chris and his friends surfed and the girls and I got beautified.

Dinner was a BBQ buffet and was about as informal as you can get. At the reception we got all the formalities over and done with by 9pm and then the party really started. As we allowed people to camp and it was on our own property there was no time curfew, which really allowed people to relax and kick their heels up.

After dinner we heard speeches from parents of the bride and groom, best man and maid of honour. All speeches were hilarious and energised, holding everyone's attention. The first dance followed the speeches immediately so we didn't interrupt the crowd's groove and conversations too many times with formalities. We danced to Dropkick Murphys 'Dirty Glass', a song we both know all the words to. It is one of Chris and my favourite songs and we wanted to have fun with our first dance, rather than do the traditional waltz. It set the mood for the epic night of dancing which followed.

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Any advice for other brides planning their wedding?
Involve your family and friends as much as possible, especially your mother. This was the hardest part for me as I prefer doing everything myself and it is often best not to have to rely on other people when time deadlines are so important. Other people are great to delegate decorating to though, so communicate your ideas well and let their creativity flair! Also, use Pinterest to gather ideas of how you would like your hair, makeup, bouquet, dress etc. It's a vital tool.
Is there anything you would do differently if you could have your wedding again?
Have some video footage of the ceremony, speeches and first dance. The day is so full of key moments that it becomes a blur in the end and is all over so quickly. Record and reflect on it in the quiet days that follow.

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Ceremony Location: Our delightful hobby farm
Reception Venue: In our hay shed
Photographer: In Sight Photography
Accommodation for you & your guests: Guests either camped around our block or stayed in nearby hotels such as Abbey Beach Resort. The girls and I stayed at Abbey Beach Resort for the Friday night in a beach front apartment and got ready there on the Saturday together with Mums and flower girls.
Brides dress & Veil: Bunbury Bridal and Invitations
Bridesmaid's dresses & accessories: We had the bridesmaids dresses made to measure and ordered them online from Sheindress.
Entertainment: Chris's mate DJ'd and had everyone dancing, some until the sun rose.
Celebrant: Cath Jennings
Cake/Sweets: Friend
Transport: The ladies arrived in a two tone FC Holden - the pride and joy of the groom's father. The boys arrived in an EJ panel van - the pride & joy of the groom
Favours: From Personalised Favours we ordered a mini thong bottle opener pictured with a personalised message and the date of our wedding.

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