Janelle & Amos' Brunswick Junction Country Wedding
Interview with the Bride
Amos proposed in June 2015 and we both wanted to get married within 12-18 months. I was pregnant at the time, so wedding plans had to wait until after baby Will was born.
We did lock-in the venue pretty quickly, as our reception location only had two available dates in 2016. We chose the 24th September. As it was a Long Weekend, we had a lot of time to catch up with family and friends in the days following the wedding.
After Christmas of 2015, I got stuck into booking all the main suppliers.
We set a rough budget of $20,000. We did go over, as it probably was closer to $25,000 in the end. It's genuinely surprising how quickly all the costs add up. We had roughly 95 guests attend including our own three children, but they were the only children to attend. All our family and friends played with our boys and helped keep them occupied.
They came to the reception for the first hour or two to join in the fun and have a dance with us. Then they went home to their own beds. It's quite special to us that the older boys, Flynn (8) and Deon (5) will remember the day.
For our attendants we purchased the jewellery for the bridesmaids and a belt for the groomsmen to wear.
The bridesmaids and I got ready at my parents’ house. Jenna and Pippa that did hair and makeup went to high school with me and 2 of the bridesmaids so it was lovely to chat and catch up while getting ready. Our photographer Jo, arrived at 1pm for some pre-wedding snaps. I love the ones of our boys getting ready.
I loved my dress. The lace!!!
I love lace and also liked the idea of some sort of sleeve. I didn't want anything to big or full and heavy so I tried on dresses at a few places to get ideas. Tash at Brides by Design was so helpful right from the start and suggested I try on a dress that although completely not my style was a nice shape and perfect fit for me. She suggested some alterations, adding lace and playing with a few different sleeve options. The gown was on sale so I was able to do alterations for less than what the original price was. I just felt so comfortable in the dress, and it felt so feminine and delicate.
I started looking for my dress in January, and found it in March, leaving six months until the big day. Alterations were done in August and it was so exciting finally being able to pick up the finished product.
The Groom's choice was a navy suit from Roger David and Amos nailed it. The suit colour went so well with the bridesmaids outfits, he chose really well.
The bouquets were a mix of wildflowers. I showed my florist a few photos of what I liked and had in mind, and she did not disappoint - they looked amazing!
As the bridesmaids dresses were such a deep colour, I thought it would be nice to keep the bridesmaids flowers fairly neutral in colour and have more colour in my bouquet to set it apart. Honestly I just loved the flowers they looked fantastic, and they lasted at home for ages.
I grew up in Brunswick on a farm myself, and our ceremony location is beautiful and very close to my parents’ home where I had planned to get ready.
Our ceremony was at 3.15pm although I did arrive a little late. After the ceremony we had plenty of time for family photos, and to relax and have a drink with our bridal party . . . . before arriving at the reception at 6.30pm.
We wanted to involve our kids in the ceremony somehow, so my bridesmaid Ashlea made a special certificate for the kids and us to sign together after we signed our official marriage certificate. Ashlea also designed our wedding invites.
After the ceremony most guests went to the bowling club to have a drink and relax until we arrived later. We chose to have our reception at the Bowling Club, mainly because it was so close to the ceremony location. Also the weather was always a concern, and on the day although fine and beautiful for our ceremony there were showers in the evening and it was very cool. So it was a good move being inside for the reception.
The bar manager at the bowling club was wonderful, allowing us to use and re-arrange tables and chairs to suit our cocktail style reception. Charmaine did string up some lighting and extra candles around, helping to set a nice mood for the dance floor. Being a cocktail wedding we didn’t need to go overboard with decorations, but did have vases on the bridal table so our flowers could be shown off. Some greenery of eucalypt & rosemary, made up by Charmaine, tied in so well with the bouquets and made a simple decoration for tables.
We had Hadassah play an acoustic set while we ate, drank and mingled, and then Andre took over to DJ - which was fabulous. There was PLENTY of dancing and fun - just as we wanted. We loved our day! One thing we both really wanted to be great, was the music, and so many guests have told us how lovely Hadassah was singing and how much fun the dancing was later in the night, so we were stoked with that.
Our groomsman and friends also performed a HAKA for us, which was amazing. I've seen them do the Haka a few times before but it was very emotional as it was in celebration for Amos and I this time. And our speeches were fab, with lots of laughs and moments remembered and even a few amusing anecdotes. Our friends & family and especially our bridal party, really made it a wonderful night for us.
There are only two things I think I would change about the day . . . .
1. Have a videographer. It would have been nice to have a few moments captured, as it all goes by in a blur on the day! My cousin did get the speeches on film which was great as there was lots of laughs, and nice to be able to show that to friends who could not be there on the day.
2. Also, we thought about doing a few photos together before the ceremony, kind of a 'First Look' and a few photos with our kids. We decided against it but I wish we did now. It really was such a special day though to spend with each other, our children, family and friends.
We haven't decided where to go on our Honeymoon yet! With kids and a FIFO work roster to work around, we are not having a traditional honeymoon as such, but would like to plan a trip in the next year or so, somewhere with sun and cocktails hopefully!
Did you use Coast to Country Weddings to help plan your day?
Yes I did. I loved looking at Coast to Country for ideas and vendors. It actually was the website I probably referred to most, easy to use and so much info available for brides in the Southwest area.
CTCW Wedding Suppliers:
Photographer: The Photography Boutique
Ceremony Venue: Alverstoke Barn, Brunswick Junction
Wedding Reception: Brunswick Bowling Club, Brunswick Junction
Brides Dress & Accessories: Brides By Design
Bridesmaid Dresses & Accessories: Dresses from Sheike, jewelllery from Lovisa and shoes from Novo
Rings: Michael Hill Jewellers
Groom & Groomsman Attire: Roger David
Celebrant: Christine Gordon
Entertainment: Hadassah & DJ Andre from Morris Entertainment
Catering: Drummond Catering
Stylist: Ferguson Valley Events