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aimee russellcaveshouseAimee & Russell's Caves House Yallingup Wedding

Date: 27th August 2016
Wedding Photographer: The Photography Boutique
Wedding Ceremony & Reception: Caves House, Yallingup

Interview with the Bride

Caves House Vintage Wedding

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I gave myself 12 months to prepare, and I found it easy. I kept myself organised with a little list of things to book and prepare and just did them one by one, ticking them off as I completed them. No stress or rushing, everything just fell into place easily. I did take a week off before the wedding, for all the finishing touches.

We set ourselves $20k as our budget, although I think we went just over this. We had 58 guests and 9 children. The photo booth was fantastic to keep the children occupied, but they also really enjoyed the dancing.

We gifted our bridesmaids; purses from Collette (this was the most useful gift I ever received as a bridesmaid), earrings from Birdy & Clementine and shoes from Target.
Our groomsmen received; R.M.Williams boot polish travel kit (of which they used that day to shine their shoes).

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I had seen my wedding dress on Pinterest several years ago when looking for something for a friend, and even back then knew that it was perfect for me.

The lace, is so beautiful and bold. I find the intricate detail in most wedding dresses is lost if the photo is not a close up. This style of lace looks less delicate up close but take a step back and the detail shines through beautifully. It was also immensely comfortable and I could fit it in my carryon luggage when I flew over.


Russell wore a dark grey wool suit that had a very subtle tweed look to it. My husband is not confident in what he wants and so he had asked for my help - I picked it out straight away.


Our whole wedding style revolved around ‘Vintage & Eclectic . . . . a style that is so ‘me’, with neutral and natural tones.

The flowers were a single light pink, almost-white protea with native flowers surrounding it. I had wanted to have baby’s breath and white roses, however due to the unavailability of those I went with something equally as beautiful.

My friend Robyn, did most of the work putting together the bouquets the night before. My bridal shower had been a flower crown making class which is similar to making boutonnieres so I made those in the morning on the wedding day (it really helped keep the stress levels down). While I was doing these my niece was wondering where her bouquet was too, so I quickly made up her flowers before I put my dress on.


My husband wanted a Catholic church wedding which proved to be very difficult to plan interstate so we decided to have a celebrant at the reception venue. We are planning on having a private church blessing in a few months’ time.

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Due to the time of year and the early setting of the sun, we had our ceremony at 3:00pm. The weather was not kind, so the planned outdoor ceremony was brought inside which my husband and I are so glad we did. It was so warm, cosy and intimate and the room looked perfect without any styling needed.

We had a very simple ceremony, a little personal but mostly just how we felt about our commitment. We had a group blessing at the end which I am so glad we did. The day before, my husband’s father asked if he could do a reading on the day which was also very special.

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Our celebrant, Emma, provided a questionnaire that we both completed separately. There was small passage in our ceremony about what we both loved about each other . . . . . that was just beautiful. She also stood to the side of us as opposed to being in between while doing the readings which worked so well with the room (and the photos).

After the ceremony some of our guests went to the bar, others to their rooms. There’s a lovely lounge area they could sit and relax in by the fire until the canapes started at 5pm. The venue was ideal as it gave our guests so many options.

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The fantastic thing about having a wedding at Caves House Hotel is the theme is already there. The beautiful vintage fireplaces and lighting with white walls were all the decoration I needed for the ceremony. The jarrah wood tables at the reception have recently been restored by the new owners with marble tops. I opted to not have table cloths so that these beautiful pieces could be seen.

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The dance room was located in the adjoining room and was perfectly refurbished in time (just completed the day before) for our wedding. The microphone provided by the venue was also perfectly suited to the vintage look.

The centre pieces were succulent plants my Dad started growing in January this year and the doilies were crocheted by me from a pattern emailed to me from Patricia Kristofferson. I used cotton twine from Bunnings and bleached the completed pieces to bring out the lovely white.

My mother and I went down to the Southwest exactly one year prior to see venues that were exhibiting their locations and to attend the Abbeys Beach Resort Bridal Fair. After seeing a few places that were stunning but perhaps not suited to the time of year and planning limitations (a real issue living interstate), she suggested we have lunch at Caves House Hotel and just see what I thought of it.

We had lunch and went for a wander through the gardens and knew it was perfect. The functions management team there go above and beyond any expectations I had in making the planning process so easy. If you find a venue that can communicate clearly and easily, I really think the stress of your wedding day is significantly reduced!

A couple of special elements of the wedding were that my Uncle Mark was MC for the night, and he did such a fantastic job. It was such a privilege for me that he accepted. And, my Father had been practicing a wedding dance for him and I, for months before the wedding. He was faultless and kept me going even when I stumbled a little.


Do you have any advice for other brides planning their wedding or anything different you would have done differently?

If I had it over, I would have stayed another night at our accommodation after the wedding, we left in such a rush the next day and I think an extra day just to relax together and enjoy the after wedding glow would have been really lovely. Also, just go with the flow, things change constantly and you will have so much more fun if you don’t stress the small stuff.

Where did you go on your honeymoon? We honeymooned in Tasmania. Relaxing, enjoying good food, good wine and beautiful scenery. After a few nights in Hobart we spent two nights at Pumphouse Point on lake St Clair and then three at a beautiful “bridal like” B&B in Longford called White Dove (check them both out, they’re both amazing).

Did you use Coast to Country Weddings (website, Facebook or other) to help plan your day? I met Jo, my photographer at the South West Wedding Fair at Abbey Beach in 2015. Finding a photographer was my main intent for the day and I really enjoyed the opportunity to go around and meet everyone as I knew I wanted someone one with more than just good website pictures.

My husband has said to me how friendly he thought Jo was but also that she could take charge and communicate clearly what she wanted us to do on the day. I think by meeting her and talking with her and the fair really helped me to choose someone that would work well with us.

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Ceremony & Reception Venue: Caves House Hotel, Yallingup
Accommodation: Immediate family stayed at Caves House, the Best Man stayed at the Winery Rooms
The Photography Boutique
Brides Dress & Accessories: Free Spirit by Lost In Paris, ceramic earrings by Birdy & Clementine, Tatiana Shoes by Nine West
Bridesmaid Dresses & Accessories: Top from Portmans, skirt from Review, ceramic earrings by Birdy & Clementine
Rings: Hofstay's Jewellers (Brisbane)
Groom & Groomsman Attire: Ferrari Formal Wear
Florist: Bride and girlfriend, Robyn
Cake/Sweets: Summa from Sweet Sylin
Handmade soaps, by the bride

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