A serious fairytale from start to finish. That’s what I am calling this beautiful Adelaide Hills affair captured by Lucy Spartalis Photography, because, well… it so is. An amazing proposal (seriously, read below) followed by a drop-dead gorgeous affair filled to the brim with sophisticated details and glamourous moments every which way you turn. In other words, it’s a show-stopping gem with a stunning San Patrick gown, lush blooms from Alyssiums on Pirie and a breathtaking reception at The Pulpshed at Glen Ewin Estate. See all of the amazingness right here in the full gallery.
From the Bride… I always thought I would have an idea of when James was going to propose, especially after seven years together… but he caught me completely off guard.
We live in Adelaide, but I was in Sydney for a two day work trip and staying on for the weekend to visit friends. My friends and I had decided to go out for dinner Saturday night. We went to the Opera House and started with a few photos together in front of the Harbour Bridge. My friends seemed to want a lot of photos (they knew what was about to happen) and I obliged with cheesy posing.
What I didn’t know was that James was sitting on a bench close by waiting to propose. I recall seeing him walking towards me and hearing some excited screams from my friends and tourists as he got down on one knee holding an oval shaped diamond in a box. I could not believe it and of course said YES!
We had celebratory drinks with friends immediately after at the Opera Bar before James and I went back to the spot he proposed to call our parents. To make the moment even more wonderful while on the phone to our parents, fireworks unexpectedly started at a venue nearby. It really was quite magical.
James went to so much trouble for the proposal… asking my Dad for his permission, flying in from Adelaide, booking a beautiful hotel with champagne and asking my boss if I could have an extra day off to stay in Sydney a little longer. His proposal exceeded whatever I had ever hoped for and caught me totally by surprise.
We commenced trying to find venues fairly quickly. I knew I wanted to marry in the same church that my sister had, and while driving home from Glen Ewin Estate in the Adelaide Hills James and I knew it was the reception venue for us. We married 13 months after the proposal on Easter Sunday.
I LOVE weddings and when planning ours we focused on making sure our guests had a great time with great food, wine and music, and choosing great South Australian suppliers who we could trust to make the process stress-free. I looked at Style Me Pretty every single day for a year (and still do), Pinterest and read countless wedding magazines and blogs for inspiration.
I found my dress at the first boutique I went to. My mother and sisters knew immediately that it was the one for me but I still wanted to try others before making a final decision. Of course I came back to the original choice, and everything else seemed to start falling into place once I chose the dress. My attendants were my two sisters, who wore ivory dresses, and my brother, who wore a slim fit tuxedo and bow tie. James had his brother and two close friends as his attendants.
After seeing Shine Invitations on Style Me Pretty I could not wait to get started on invitations. Brittany at Shine was an absolute pleasure to work with. In spite of the obvious time zone differences between Australia and New York she seemed to answer my questions almost instantaneously every time (I wonder whether she sleeps) and when I received the invitations they were packaged securely and beautifully. I cannot recommend Shine more highly.
We were married at St. Andrews Church in Walkerville by the Archdeacon who conducted a beautiful, heartfelt and fun ceremony. We had my brother-in-law’s partner and her sister play the violin and cello during the ceremony which created a beautiful atmosphere. I expected to be very nervous but instead I smiled and laughed all the way down the aisle as I was so overjoyed to FINALLY be marrying the man of my dreams.
Our lovely friends served light refreshments and chocolate-dipped strawberries with personalized serviettes to guests after the ceremony while we had photos with family in front of the church.
We kept the day relaxed by having all our photos at the church and Glen Ewin Estate and chose the gorgeous Lucy Spartalis to capture the day. She made the day fun and relaxed and we were thrilled with the images she took. We made sure we allowed plenty of time for photos in order to join our guests for canapés on the lawns of the estate. This was a wonderful part of the day as we got to spend time chatting with guests without feeling rushed.
The reception venue itself is a 100-year-old jam factory called the Pulpshed. It is a beautiful room and like the surrounding gardens did not need a lot of decoration. We had white paper lanterns on the roof and my gorgeous friend Louise, who runs Lovely Parties, made the most gorgeous material backdrop for the bridal table after we saw a similar one on Pinterest. She also created an amazing photo booth that guests seemed to love. We had a lounge area set up between the photo booth and dessert bar for guests to relax on.
I chose Alyssiums on Pirie to make flower arrangements that sat on rectangular mirrors on each table, and James and my father drank countless amounts of juice leading up to the wedding so we could save the cute bottle for more flower arrangements around the venue. We sprinkled fresh rose petals and added heaps of tea lights around the room to create a warm atmosphere.
The chef and staff at Glen Ewin Estate were incredible. After canapés on the lawns, we moved into the Pulpshed for a 3 course sit-down meal. We had a dessert bar of various mini-desserts, and a cake of cheese that was served on platters to guest’s tables. Being Easter Sunday we gave raspberry truffles to the girls and dark chocolate easter eggs to the boys as bombonieres.
We were honoured to have so many friends come from interstate for the weekend. It really was the best day of our lives and we would love to do it all over again!
Photography: Lucy Spartalis Photography | Ceremony Venu: St Andrews Church, Walkerville, South Australia | Reception Venue: The Pulpshed at Glen Ewin Estate, Houghton, South Australia | Wedding Dress: San Patrick via Bridal on Pulteney | Belt: Wendy Louise Designs | Earrings: Miss Martini | Hair Clip: Chantal Eveleen | Shoes: Wittner + Witchery | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Custom | Bridesmaids’ Shoes: Joanne Mercer | Clutches: Witchery | Hair: Renee Modra | Makeup: Blush Make Up by Jacqui + Larissa Jones from International Make-Up Artist | Floral Design: Alyssiums on Pirie | Photo Booth + Table Backdrop: Lovely Parties | Lounges: Sash Events | Invitations: Shine Invitations | Serviettes + Thank You Ribbon: The Knot | Cake of Cheese: Udder Delights | Bomboniere: Haighs Chocolates