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kellistephenKelli & Stephen's Karriview Nuptials

Date: 10th October 2015
Wedding Photographer: Real Image Photography
Wedding Ceremony & Reception: Karriview Lodge, Cowaramup

Interview with the Bride

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We gave ourselves about a year to plan our wedding. We set a budget of $10,000, but we did go a little over. Our guestlist was kept small with 42 adults, six children and one baby. We (Stephan & I) have 2 children (8 and 5) so we did invite kids to our wedding.

We didn't have anything special to entertain them, they danced and ate icecream, ran into waitresses and split their eyebrows open. LOL - our daughter . . . . . but it was ok, as two of our guests were registered nurses. The poor waitress felt terrible but it was definitely not her fault!

I started looking for my wedding gown in January. I loved everything about it. For my bouquet, I chose fabric flowers because I didn't want to spend heaps of money on something that would die in a day. I chose the white roses and orchids because they matched my theme.

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My bridesmaids and I started getting ready at about 9am, with the ceremony starting at 3pm. Stephen and I gifted the groomsmen belts, and the bridesmaids some jewellery.

I think the boys went 4WDing in the morning and started getting ready around lunch time. Then there was about and hour and a half between for photos before the reception started at 6.

Out theme was peacock. I made all of my own table arrangements (including cutting up and spray painting bamboo screening), and bought some blue and purple orchids and some white calla lillies which I placed in blue and purple glass bottles with some peacock feathers, and we had more orchids scattered along the tables.

We had lots of help from our parents, my maid of honour/sister did a great job of organising my hens night in Perth from Albany, and all of my friends were always offering to help with my DIY stuff. We at CTCW asked Kelli what Stephen helped with . . . . "Um, yeah. He helped me spray paint the bamboo...".

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We decided to look Downsouth, as everything seemed to be a bit cheaper than in Perth. As soon as we drove up the driveway to Karriview I knew it was the place, it was exactly what I wanted, with the beautiful Karri trees and surrounds.

We had a buffet, and although we had a sit-down arrangement, everyone just moved around and mingled throughout the night. It was great.

After the ceremony most of our guests them went back to their rooms for a breather, and travelled back to the reception before we arrived after our photos. The night was filled with toasts, dancing, some minor injuries and lots and lots of laughing.

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We didn't go on a honeymoon, as our kids went back to school a couple of days after the wedding, but we will go one day. Probably on a nice cruise or something.

Did you use Coast to Country Weddings to help plan your day? Yes absolutely, as I was planning a down south wedding from Perth, I think I got most of my vendors from your website, and chose them based on the reviews.

Our photographer Pete, from Real Image Photography, was amazing! He took into account everything we wanted and I especially love the beautiful mosaic he made.

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Ceremony & Reception Location: Karriview Lodge, Cowaramup
Photographer: Real Image Photography
Accommodation for you & your guests: Karriview Lodge, Cowaramup
Brides dress & Accessories: Dress - The Complete Bridal Cannington, shoes - Novo, veil borrowed - a friend, jewelry - Jisoo by Design
Bridesmaid's Dresses & Accessories dresses: Dresses - Bridesmaids and Ballgowns (Gosnells Markets) and jewellery - Big W
Rings: Michael Hill
Groom & Groomsman Attire: Groom and Pageboy - Ferrari Formalwear and Groomsmen - Myer
Makeup: Done by my beautiful bridesmaid Joceline.
Florist: Flowers Forever After
Cake: Cupcakes by SugarMummy Cakes
Celebrant: Anita Revel MC
Favours: Cupcake boxes made by my wonderfully talented mother in law

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