Asha & Jason's Beachside Wedding
Date: 30th January 2016
Wedding Photographer: Shannon Stent Images
Wedding Ceremony & Reception: Aqua Resort, Busselton
Interview with the Bride
Sometimes when we view a Real Life Wedding, we get goosebumps. Not just from the joy in the couples faces, but also because there's a palpable 'vibe' coming across in the Bride's words and the photographer's images. You'll see what I mean when you read this article about Asha & Jason's wedding.
We took 18 months to plan our wedding as we wanted to be organised, have contingencies in place for unforseen problems (weather!) and be less stressed on the day. I also started looking for my wedding gown 1 year before our wedding; "I loved my dress, it was so comfortable I felt like I was wearing a nighty!" Initially we budgeted for $25,000 but went over this in the end. Jason was responsible for organising the groomsmen's attire and shoes. I gifted my bridemaids their robes, earrings and "team bride" tattoos just for laughs.
We originally wanted an outdoor reception with beachy, summer vibes, and where our 110 guests could spend a whole weekend relaxing and celebrating if they chose to. We instantly loved Aqua Resort with the peppermint trees, beautifully manicured gardens and the luxurious feel of the resort. We also needed somewhere our kids could be babysat and still be in close proximity to us. We also felt that the accommodation itself was absolutely beautiful.
The final factor that helped us to select on our location was that we were essentially hiring a patch of grass; we had a blank canvas to work with and got to plan the entire wedding from scratch. This made for a perfect setting for Charmaine from Ferguson Valley Events to lay out all the gorgeous elements and vignettes around our wedding.
Our ceremony started at 3pm, followed by drinks & entertainment for the guests while we had our photos. Our guests listened to live acoustic guitar, ate gourmet icy poles, played lawn games and enjoyed drinks and canapés, while we were having our photos. Then the guests were seated at 5:30pm and we made our entrance at 6pm. We decided to have no entrees & instead started the whole evening with cheese cutting (instead of cake) and speeches.
For my bouquet, I had roses, lisianthus, freesias, berries and dusty miller. They were all so pretty with a touch of rustic, and perfectly fitted the "garden party" vibe. Our precious little flower fairies carried bouquets of baby's breath.
For our reception we had vintage crates with florals and twine to present the Table Seating. We also integrated lots of chalkboards, a vintage wooden ladder, stacked wooden crates with candles and vases scattered at different levels, and lots of fresh flowers and simple glass candles everywhere. Our centrepieces were timber slices with tall glass jars containing fresh florals, and candles surrounding each one. It was all so beautiful and romantic.
We also incorporated a few special elements to the wedding . . .
. . . a tattoo station: we set up a wooden barrel with custom temporary tattoos included our cartoon faces, "best day ever", our wedding date with crossed arrows, small emojis (love heart, wedding ring and the party emoji), assorted metallic flash tatts and more. Complete with spray bottles and flannels, this was a huge hit!
. . . and Delish Ice provided amazing icy poles from a cute little cart, that was also very popular for after the ceremony.
My Dad's speech involved a story of me making an (almost) life size stuffed giraffe for a school project (when all other kids had chosen to create a small doll or teddy!) & decided this was a good idea to hand it over to collect dust in my house instead of his!
Dinner was then served at 7pm followed by more speeches. Dessert was served immediately after the second round of speeches, and the First Dance was at 8:30pm.
From here, the dance floor was open, formalities were over and the rest of the night was like a big party! At 9:30pm, cheese, crackers and other late night snacks were available as well as tea/coffee. We had a sparkler exit at 11pm.
When planning our wedding we had decided to stick with some traditional elements but incorporating a few personal tweaks: we skipped entree (to save more time for dancing later) and swapped our cake for cheese to be served later for those still hungry. The goal for us was to maximize our time and not waste a single minute sitting around tables waiting. Our wedding was half formalities, and half party!
We adored our romantic rustic & floral theme; touches of mint green, soft pinks and lots of wood & greenery. This worked well with the lush green gardens surrounding us at the venue. For the ceremony we incorporated a white arbor with LOTS of greenery and florals, babies breath on shepards hooks in the aisle, a hessian aisle runner and beautiful and fragrant rose petals along the aisle.
All our family and friends had a fantastic night, even the the cousins we roped in to be the MC and to play accoustic guitar while we were having our photos.
My advice to other Brides would be
1. You can't be too organized!
2. You really do need a plan B when it comes to the weather. I should have never doubted the fact that as long as we were surrounded by awesome people (and alcohol), plan B was always going to be perfect. In fact it was better than the original plan!
Our photographer Shannon Stent, was fantastic. He helped us relax and just be ourselves, and as a result the preview photos are amazing without looking staged in the slightest possible manner. Honestly this guy is next level.
CTCW Wedding Suppliers:
Venue: Aqua Resort, Busselton
Photographer: Shannon Stent Images
Brides dress & Accessories: Tuscany Bridal, head piece Florentes (Etsy)
Bridesmaid's Dresses & Accessories dresses: Bridal Bling
Rings: Jogia Diamonds
Groom & Groomsman Attire: Zara
Makeup: Pure Perfection by Katie
Hair Stylist: Atelier No. 25
Caterer: Supper Rd
Celebrant: Erin Wilson
Transport: Southwest Limousines
Favors/Gifts/Bonbonnieres: Custom tattoos
Stylist/Decorator: Ferguson Valley Events