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alverstokebarnjessiesammieSammie & Jesse's Rustic Bunbury Wedding

Date: 12th November 2016
Wedding Photographer: Ben Yew Photography
Wedding Ceremony & Reception: Alverstoke Barn, Brunswick

Interview with the Bride

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We were engaged for 2 years but other than booking our photographer, we didn't start planning until 12 months before our wedding day. We were adamant to finish all the planning a month in advance so we could just enjoy the last 4 weeks.

We stuck to our budget for the most part. We planned our wedding then found ways to make that wedding fit into our budget, and with 140 guests, we knew that were elements that we would have to compromise on. This meant more work for us (well . . . more work for the bride haha), however by doing this we pretty got much exactly what we wanted, within our budget.

For our ceremony we asked that no small children or babies attend, however they were welcome (and encouraged) to attend our reception. We had lawn games and a photo booth, the kids could run around as they pleased and we loved that.

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How much help did Jesse give you in the lead-up to the wedding?
He helped me with the invitations, Groomsmen outfits and our bridal party gifts. He also came along to multiple bridal expo's with me so I've got to give him credit for that.

He also helped organise the gifts for our attendants - our groomsmen were given engraved pewter mugs and the bridesmaids were given engraved champagne glasses.

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My wedding dress was a very unique colour and had a really nice fit for my body shape. I was very unorganised when it came to finding a dress.

I found my wedding dress about 9 months before our wedding day at a bridal expo. I hadn't even started looking at that point and had no intentions of purchasing my dress that day, but when I found it, it was a magical moment for me. I guess it was just meant to be.

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Our style was Vintage, Simplistic Elegance.

We tried to let the venue do most of the talking with our decorating, it really was beautiful enough without any help. We used posey jars for the bar tables and put most of the attention on our bridal table. We really wanted a dramatic and unique focus point for people to look at and that was definitely achieved!

We were incredibly lucky to have an insane amount of help leading up to and on our wedding day. The people who stepped up to help us will always have a special place in our hearts and we really cannot thank them enough. Our day was unforgettable.

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We are a very country loving couple. I grew up on a farm and Jesse is an outdoors kid from way back, and we felt that the venue had a perfect combination of country style and elegance. It has a home-like feel about it which is a very important element for me. It was also a casual and laid back location that put Jesse is his comfort zone.

We started our ceremony later in the day at 4pm. Following the ceremony we had a cocktail hour underneath the big olive tree and opened the reception area at 6pm. We had a relaxed structure to the evening but with some of the traditional elements included.

After the bridal party was announced the speeches began. An hour or so later, we had our first dance followed by the father daughter dance and we then finished the formalities by throwing the bouquet and cutting the cake. We spend the rest of the night dancing it away and enjoying our family and friends.

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I have always loved peonies, so I didn't care what length I had to go to for them to be in my bouquet (including picking our wedding day around the month they are available). I wanted it to be simplistic but elegant so I asked for greenery such as eucalyptus leaves and plain white roses. My bouquet was stunning, the perfect size and the perfect shape.

We decided to do a rose ceremony for our mothers, instead of using fresh flowers we used gold dipped roses so they would be able to keep them forever.

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We had organised a cocktail hour with canapés, an acoustic band and of course... cocktails, for our guests while we had our formal photographs.

Our reception was fairly laid back. We have a lot of people who mean a lot to us so we did have a few speeches. We split the speeches up into two parts and kept them short but sweet.

Our first dance and the father-daughter dance were performed acoustic by Jesse's extremely talented cousin Zoe and then a few of the girls battled it out for the bouquet throw. There was no way my friend Ebony wasn't going to win but Grandma put up a good fight.

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One of the funniest moments of the day was when the groomsmen decided to do a 'shoey' which essentially was them drinking beer from their shoes and it gave us all a great laugh. Those boys are gross  . . . but we all knew that already haha.

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My advice to other brides is . . . . to stay calm, do plenty of research, be organised and ask for help. Give yourself plenty of time and do things at your own pace.

Is there anything you would do differently if you could have your wedding again?:
I wouldn't change a thing, it was an amazing day.

Where did you go on your honeymoon?:
After all that planning and organising we wanted to go somewhere we could go to drink cocktails and do nothing, so we went to Bali for 10days.

CTCW Wedding Suppliers:

Ceremony & Reception Venue: Alverstoke Homestead, Brunswick
Photographer: Ben Yew Photography
Brides Dress & Accessories: Dress by Tuscany Bridal, Accessories by Ambrosia Bridal
Bridesmaid Dresses & Accessories: Forever New
Rings: Michael Hill
Groom & Groomsman Attire: Tarocash
Entertainment: Zoe Dellaca Music
Brides Bouquet & Grooms Buttonhole: Scentiment Flowers
Bridesmaids bouquets, Groomsmen buttonholes & Floral Styling: Bos Tents & Events
Catering: Tapalicious Catering and Events
Mobile Bar: MOE Mobile Bar

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