Kayley & Scott's Wedding at Laurance Winery
Interview with the Bride
We were engaged 15 months before our wedding day and I started planning straight away.
We had 90 guests. The only children invited were our nieces and nephews. Laurance has a playground and we also had a children's table with colouring in books and textas.
We made gift boxes for each bridesmaid and groomsman to say thank you for being such a big part of our day.
* The bridesmaids' gift boxes each contained a satin robe for getting ready, a pair of heels, a pair of earrings and matching bracelet and a champagne glass engraved with their name.
* The groomsmen’s gift boxes each contained a pair of shoes, a personalised pair of socks, a belt, a cigar, a small bottle of scotch and a scotch glass engraved with their names.
I started looking for my dress 11 months before my wedding day.
I loved that my dress wasn't what you picture when you think of a traditional wedding dress. I had never seen anything like it before, it made me feel like a princess.
For my bouquet of flowers, I wanted a mix of native and non-native flowers and foliage. I chose dark pinks and purples as I wanted them to really stand out against my white dress and the cream bridesmaids dresses.
Tracey from Bespoke Wedding Flowers was phenomenal - I didn't really know how to describe the type of flowers I wanted but she just seemed to read my mind. I was over the moon when she showed me what she had made for me as it was exactly what I had pictured.
I've always wanted to get married at Laurance, as soon as we got engaged I knew it would be the place! The grounds are just spectacular and the rose garden is gorgeous. I loved the long garden aisle to walk down.
I also loved the idea of the Love Lock fence - each couple married at Laurance gets to place a padlock on the fence by the lake and throw the key into the lake as a symbol of their everlasting love and marriage.
We had a cocktail style wedding as we wanted a fun, casual wedding where guests could mingle. Scott and I aren't particularly formal people so we wanted our wedding to feel more like a big party with our closest friends and family rather than a formal sit down affair.
We had the ceremony start at 4:30pm and guests welcomed into the reception venue from 5:30pm. The bridal party arrived at 7:15pm after photos and the night finished at 11:30pm.
We wanted our ceremony to be short and sweet so we didn't have any family members deliver readings, but we wanted both our Mums involved in the ceremony so we decided to have them as our witnesses.
While our Mums were signing the certificate, Scott and I went over to the lake and locked our padlock onto the Love Lock fence, and threw the keys into the lake.
We wanted a rustic theme with lots of wood and native foliage. The bridesmaids wore cream and the groomsmen wore navy blue.
For our ceremony we had wooden chairs and a matching wooden arch and signing table. The arch was draped with white fabric and decorated with native foliage and white flowers. We had native flowers on each aisle chair and also on the signing table.
We had wooden crates with cones of petals and umbrellas for guests as it was a very rainy weekend (although luckily the rain stopped before the ceremony!).
We had lawn games (giant jenga, giant scrabble, bocce and croquet) for guests to play and served handmade iceypoles.
For the reception we didn't need to do much decorating as the cellar at Laurance is already pretty incredible! We had different sized tables and a few leather couches scattered around for guests, and vases of native foliage on top of a wood slice on each table.
We also had blackboards with the timeline for the night, our love story and our Instagram hashtag (#happilyeverparker) displayed. Outside on the verandah we had fairy lights hung to add a bit of sparkle, and, as it was an uncharacteristically cold weekend for mid-Feb, the staff at Laurance lit the huge wood fireplace which looked great and kept the guests warm.
We had a photobooth for guests to enjoy, and we had the speeches and cake cutting fairly early so that the guests could enjoy themselves with all the formalities out of the way. We also played a game for the unmarried men to win the prize of removing the bride's garter, and a bouquet toss for the unmarried ladies.
The dance floor got going nice and early and by the end of the night everyone was dancing! I didn't want it to end.
Do you have any advice for other Brides planning their wedding?:
Try to get as much planning as you can done as early as possible, so you can relax closer to the day. Try to take some time off work beforehand if you can.
On the night, make sure you and your husband take a few minutes away from everyone else just to be with each other, as the night will be over before you know it!
Where did you go on your honeymoon?:
We spent two and half weeks in Hawaii, it was absolutely amazing!
CTCW Wedding Suppliers:
Ceremony & Reception Venue: Laurance Wines (now Robert Oatley M.R. Restaurant & Cellar)
Photographer: Blakeney Photography
Brides Dress & Accessories: Tuscany Bridal
Bridesmaid Dresses & Accessories: Forever New
Rings: Inkas Jewellers
Groom & Groomsman Attire: Roger David
Invitations: For Papers Sake Busselton
Hair Stylist: Oscar and Ivy Busselton
Bouquets: Bespoke Wedding Flowers
Photobooth: King Image Photobooths
Stylist: Ferguson Valley Events