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helenjulian weddingHelen & Julian's Yallingup Elopement Wedding

Date: 25th August 2015
Wedding Photographer: Anthea Auld Photography
Wedding Ceremony & Reception: Private Home, Yallingup

Interview with the Bride

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We gave ourselves 3 months to plan our wedding day, with no set budget and only 7 guests. We chose to "elope" with 7 family members so a week away with family became our wedding celebration!

Each family member played a role in the ceremony which made it the family experience we wanted it to be. Our respective daughter and son were Maid of Honour and Best Man. Officially blending our families was our gift to ourselves. Our Grandson was the only child present. He participated beautifully during the ceremony and photography session. As both the ceremony and dinner were held at our accommodation, he could play with his toys in between activities.

We had a mid afternoon ceremony on the veranda, overlooking the hills. As it was during the week and at private accommodation, there were no pressures to fit in with outside venues. As the ceremony and dinner were all conducted in the one location, we didn't have the additional pressure of travelling to different locations.

We had a private caterer come to our beautiful in-house dining experience. Full table setting, with our own chef and waitress. It just added another memorable element to our day. We also chose our wines from our favourite winery, Windows Estate.

Our wedding was a relaxed celebration. We chose to dress to celebrate the importance of the occasion without being too formal - blush pink for the Bride and a blue suit for the Groom. The only decoration was the beautiful dining table centrepiece and candles organised by our caterers.

My wedding dress ended up far more "bridal" than I had anticipated, but I'm grateful that my daughter convinced me that it was 'the' dress for me. Feminine and fairly classic. I did not have a bouquet. Throughout the day it was my husband who was my support person!

We had a "warming of the rings". All family members held our wedding rings in turn before we received them, wishing us love and happiness - "warming" them before we presented them to each other. After our ceremony our guests were able to relax in the comfort of our accommodation and enjoy some pre-dinner drinks.

We had an amazing dinner and felt very pampered. There were short and informal speeches by the Father of the Bride and Groom. After dinner the whole family retired to the games room for wine and several games of Pictionary.

We had previously cancelled a much larger wedding two years earlier due to family ill health. Our wedding became a moment not just to celebrate us becoming husband and wife, but also to acknowledge our gratitude that we were finally able to celebrate our families joining together in health and happiness.

Advice for other brides is to . . . . . . . . . .  Elope, elope, elope!!

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CTCW Wedding Suppliers:

Ceremony & Reception Venue: Private home, Yallingup
Photographer: Anthea Auld Photography
Accommodation for you & your guests: Exclusive Escapes
Brides Dress & Accessories: Forever New & Swarovski
Bridesmaid Dresses & Accessories: Forever New
Rings: David Fiori, Jeweller

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