Bindi & Gabe's Yallingup Farm Bush Wedding
Interview with the Bride
We took one year to plan our wedding with 6 months of that I was on maternity leave. In regards to our wedding budget it was roughly planned for around $35,000 and no we did not stick to it with our 150 guests.
Gabe’s family have a beautiful quaint country cottage amongst the trees, on a bush block just off Caves Road, Downsouth. Gabe proposed to me down by the dam in October 2014 and so we decided to have our ceremony here. I always wanted a big sit down bush wedding and so the Australian bush theme emerged.
Our ceremony started at 3.30pm, after this drinks followed in front of the purple cottage at 4.30pm and then our MC, Peta Bradshaw ushered the guests up through the paddock to the marquee, for a three course meal commencing around 6.30pm.
Our ceremony styling was simple, with a twisted willow arch made by my Dad & co, flower arrangements by Gabe’s mum, Cim and a walk way of gum leaves made our aisle. Gabe’s sister Bianca played the guitar and sang a slow version of the Beatles ‘I want to hold your hand’ as we signed our Marriage Certificate. We also had our dog, Ryder, front row to witness the marriage of her parents
SO many people contributed to the day! My mum spent endless days with me helping me look after my now almost 8 month old daughter, Billie Rose, while I planned, rang suppliers and shopped around. Cim and Elsie (Gabe’s nanna) were the masterminds behind the flower arrangements and bridal party bouquets.
So many family friends popped in the day before the wedding to assist with flowers, lighting, furniture and placing ornaments around the three main areas (the ceremony by the dam, drinks by the cottage and dinner in the marquee on the paddock). My Bridemaids, Claire (my sister), Simone, Clouds and Pia worked tirelessly in the days leading up to the wedding with absolutely everything.
I found my wedding dress about 5 days after Gabe proposed and clicked ‘buy’ straight away, without trying a single dress on. I received the dress in the Post, in August this year. I liked that is was long, made with beautiful lace and elegant with an almost mythical quality to it. It just felt right from the first time I saw it online and I couldn’t have wished for a better dress!
For our reception we had three long rows tables with the bridal party sitting in the middle of the middle table. I wanted some formal elements to the day and had always envisioned a sit down dinner outside on the property (much to the naysaying of many people!) with an abundance of hearty food. We had a pickings plate to start – smoked salmon, venison chorizo, grilled calamari, white anchovies, olives and bread with truffle butter. This was followed by shared platters of beef cheek tagine, Israeli couscous, grilled barramundi, truffled mash, steamed green beans, mixed leaves and roasted pumpkin and beetroot. We had a mouthwatering selection of desserts served on tiffany stands to finish, along with the decadent sponge cake by Nadia Haskell.
My dad, John, gave the most amazing speech which left the whole marquee wiping tears from their eyes. He was almost not going to make our wedding as his doctor told him only days before that he had complications with his heart, and 2 weeks after the wedding, he ended up having a triple bypass.
My favourite moment on our wedding was our impromptu wedding dance to the Rolling Stones, ‘You can’t always get what you want’. That was the moment that it all sank in!
Is there anything you would do differently if you could have your wedding again?
Because I had to feed my baby, we ran out of time for family photos, so I would organise to have them straight after the ceremony.
Also just relax, be positive and put all your little problems into perspective – it’s really not to stressful if you plan properly and give yourself enough time.
We went to Seminyak, Bali with baby and grandmother/babysitter in tow. We ate, swam, got massages and ate again. We went the Tuesday after the wedding, only stayed 5 nights, but loved every minute of it!
Testimonial for your wedding photographer?
Paul was professional and very easy going. He came to the property months before to meet with me and walk around to organise where we would like photos on the day. He came out the day before the wedding and met the bridal party and looked how the positioning of the sun would affect photos so that we could angle our ceremony setup accordingly. On the wedding day, he made us all feel relaxed and easy with him taking photos (when usually Gabe and I are not ‘huge’ on professional photographers!). Since the wedding, Paul has been in constant communication and we have loved the online album that he has put together. He has captured moments that have allowed us to reflect back on each amazing part of our day. I honestly could not recommend him more highly!
CTCW Wedding Suppliers:
Ceremony and Reception Venue: Kangaroo Parade, Yallingup
Photographer: In Sight Photography
Accommodation for you & your guests: The Hideaway, Kangaroo Parade
Brides dress & Accessories: A white lace dress from Grace Loves Lace
Bridesmaid's Dresses & Accessories dresses: Fusia pink dresses from Coco & Lola
Rings: Bindi's wedding band was originally my Nanna’s (she was married in October 1946) and Gabe’s ring was a simple white gold band from Angus & Coote.
Groom & Groomsman Attire: Gabe’s suit from Calibre and groomsmen from Australian Formal Wear.
Makeup: Bindi's mum and sister used Mecca products.
Florist: The flowers were all native Australian plants from Gabe’s nanna’s farm near Harvey.
Cake/Sweets: Nadia Haskell
Transport: Gannaways Transport
Favors: S’mores and Succulents
Unique Services: Southwest Event Hire for marquee, wine barrels, dancefloor, tables and chairs.