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emmadanielyallingupweddingEmma & Daniel's Shelley Cove, Yallingup Wedding

Date: 19th March 2016
Wedding Photographer: Shannon Stent Photography
Wedding Ceremony: Shelley Beach Cove

Interview with the Bride

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We got engaged in September and I always felt it was important to just spend some time celebrating the start of a new chapter and enjoying that post-engagement glow without the stress of wedding planning.

We waited till the new year to start discussing our wedding and then spent 15 months gradually ticking everything off the to-do-list. We paced ourselves and actually found it a relatively stress free process, contrary to what everyone tells you.

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We set a budget of $30 000 for our wedding (including honeymoon) and managed to stick to it (surprisingly). We did a LOT of DIY which enabled us to come in on budget. We are both very creative people so made most things, from the driftwood arbour, to all the flower arrangements/bouquets and even the floor cushions.

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I loved everything about my dress! I was so so blessed that beautiful friends of mine at Indigo Couture offered to help design and create a stunning couture dress that I had always dreamed of. Shelley and Amy you worked your absolute magic to create my dream dress and I will be forever grateful!

I started looking at different wedding dress designs about 12 months prior to the big day. I found trying on various designs really helped to determine what you feel comfortable in and what suits your unique body shape.

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I suppose you could call our ‘theme’ beachy boho. We both love the ocean and all things raw and natural so there was no debating that our ceremony would be on the beach referencing earthy tones and textures.

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We had 75 guests and warmly welcomed children. However as most of our guests were from Perth they managed to attend child free, therefore only had a handful of toddlers on the day who were escorted home early.

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Living in a small town in the South West I have an avid love for native flora. I chose to include king protea’s from a local farm in Yallingup, along with carnations, disbuds, tetragona nuts and gum leaves from my favorite silver gum tree in our front yard.

With help from family I arranged all the bouquets as well the arbour and reception flowers in the days leading up to our wedding day.

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We are both very creative and love getting our hands dirty so we found ourselves DIY almost all of our décor.

We spent most weekends leading up to the wedding building things like the arbor and timber crates for the ceremony to the LOVE sign and even custom soy candles for the reception and much, much more.

I think by infusing our own creativity and personal touch into everything we ensured our day looked the way we dreamed it to and also had a special energy about it.

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For my 2 bridesmaids I got them a beautiful large seashell as memorabilia of our Shelley Cove ceremony. I also gifted them earrings, bracelets and crochet barefoot sandals to wear on the day.  

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I had always dreamed of getting married on the beach with the sand between my toes and fortunately so did Dan. We absolutely loved the unique intensity and rugged backdrop of Shelley Cove, and the cliffs also provided shelter from the wind should that have been an issue.

We also asked that our guests join us barefoot and experience the relaxing and grounding feeling of the sand between your toes. What we hadn’t realized was that the sand left everyone’s feet absolutely filthy…. Ooops.

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We wanted to keep our ceremony casual and quite short and sweet. We didn’t include any readings but we did write our own personal vows and did the traditional ring exchange and I do’s. It was so intimate and beautiful.

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Our ceremony commenced at 4.30pm to avoid the peak of the heat. We decided to move straight to family photos following the ceremony and save all congratulations until the reception. This worked really well and enabled us to make the most of the remaining sunlight with our wonderful photographer Shannon Stent.

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Dan had always envisaged a very casual and relaxed (also barefoot) wedding where everyone can kick off their shoes and enjoy themselves. His outfit was from Sportscraft, a white linen shirt with beige trousers and leather thongs (or barefoot whenever he had the opportunity).

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After the ceremony our guests made their way to the reception venue, which was about 20 minutes away. Awaiting them in the beautiful gardens of Yallingup Brook was an open bar and lawn games to keep everyone entertained whilst the bridal party went for destination photos.

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We also had live acoustic music by a local duo called Salt Tree, they created an amazing relaxed vibe and all our guests raved about them!

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We arrived at Yallingup Brook around 7pm where we mingled with guests for an hour. We started speeches at 8pm followed immediately by the first dance, combined father-daughter and mother-son dance then finally the cake cutting.

We found this worked really well having the formalities early in the night. It enabled those doing speeches to relax, and there was then 3 hours for all our guests enjoy themselves and dance the night away.

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When looking at various reception venues we both fell in love with Yallingup Brook and didn’t give it a second thought. I had always dreamt of a big white marquee overlooking beautiful gardens and Yallingup Brook definitely delivered.

It provided the perfect setting for relaxed drinks and games on the lawn, and the silk lined marquee looked stunning with the lights on at night. In addition to that, the owners Dave and Kylie were an absolute pleasure to work with. They ensure that every wedding is unique and meets your personal style, thanks again guys!

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One thing that makes me so happy when reminiscing of our day is what an amazing, relaxing yet uplifting team of suppliers we had.

Everyone worked so well together and created such a positive vibe throughout the day, from my hairdresser and makeup artist to the celebrant, photographer, caterer and everyone else involved they made sure we were smiling and laughing the whole day.

So my advice would be when choosing suppliers make sure you meet with them in person to see if you click with them, its not always just about the finished product but the experience and energy you feel on the day.

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I always felt it was important to have a honeymoon immediately after our wedding, to enjoy that dreamy post wedding love bubble. After our wedding we stayed an extra night in Dunsborough to unwind and recoup from our big day. We then stayed 2 nights at home with family who had traveled over from the UK.

After that we flew over to the Whitsunday Islands and stayed for a week on Hamilton Island, which was undoubtedly the best week of our lives, and would highly recommend it to anyone looking to honeymoon in Australia.


Did you use Coast to Country Weddings to help plan your day?

Coast to Country Weddings was an amazing resource for me when planning our day. I found quite a few local suppliers here and they were all so professional and provided an amazing service.

I would highly recommend it for brides looking for reliable wedding suppliers in the South West.


CTCW Wedding Suppliers:

Ceremony Location: Shelley Beach Cove, Naturaliste WA
Reception Venue: Yallingup Brook
Photographer: Shannon Stent Images
Accommodation: Regency Beach Club, Dunsborough
Brides dress & Accessories: Indigo Couture
Bridesmaid's Dresses & Accessories: Etsy
Rings: Gallery 18, Ballingup
Groom & Groomsman Attire: Sportscraft
Makeup: Lani @ Envy the Beauty Specialists
Hair Stylist: KW hair design
Florist: DIY
Cake: DIY
Transport: Friend
Favours: DIY
Stylist: DIY

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