Now this is a combination I can really get on board with: a little bit rustic, a little bit vintage and a whole lot of romantic elegance all coming together for a seaside wedding that dreams are made of. Think a glorious gown from Jane Hill with crazy cool invitations from Akimbo and an entire gallery of lovely captured by Stefani Driscoll and you are sooo on the right track. It’s what I call a trifecta of wedding goodness, aka, the perfect way to start the week here on SMP Australia. Click here for sooo much more.
And a little something special from Day Twelve Pictures…
As most brides I had the perfect picture in my mind of what my day would look, feel and smell like. It was to be whimsical, dreamy, have amazing lights, and pretty flowers. I wanted a vintage feel with a splash of rustic charm and a touch of quirkiness. It needed to be calm with an overwhelming sense of love, some sweetness and a mysterious touch! I wanted our day to represent who we are as a couple.
Adrian and I met twelve years ago in the seaside town of Torquay, Victoria. We were both there celebrating the end of our secondary school years with our friends and magically crossed paths. The relationship begun with a strong friendship and almost two years later the stars aligned and we were inseparable.
Adrian commuted from his home town in North East Victoria each and every weekend to visit me in Melbourne, nearly a three hour drive each way. What I’d known since the first time we saw each other was cemented by his dedication and passion to be with me at all times. Not long after Adrian moved to Melbourne and we fell madly in love… well, fell deeper.
A few years later whilst on a European holiday we were in Paris- the city of love. It was an evening of sparkling lights and some delicious french champagne to which a gorgeous man kneeled before me and asked me ‘If I’d have the patience to marry him?’ All whilst atop of the Eiffel Tower. I think you know the answer.
Some two years went by and the day we’d been dreaming about arrived.
On November 30, 2012 Adrian and I married at Terindah Estate in Portarlington, Victoria. Our wedding was inspired by my love for all things pretty and whimsical and Adrian’s huntsman, country-style honest background. Both the ceremony and reception were held on the grounds as we wanted to create a really relaxed and easy day for our closest friends and family.
The bridesmaids all wore pure silk dresses in navy with the most amazing monochrome statement heels. I wanted my bridesmaids to feel beautiful and choose everything that they wore. And they certainly didn’t disappoint! I also asked the girls to make their own floral bouquets which looked amazing.
The groomsmen all wore black suits, french-cuff shirts, navy braces and a black bow tie. They looked so smart and were so helpful throughout the whole process. Who would have thought!? No really, they were perfect.
Which leads onto me, the bride. There’s no words, I absolutely loved my gown. I had the gown made for me by leading Melbourne/London based designer Jane Hill. The french beading, soft tulle and oyster coloured silk chiffon was floaty, dreamy and perfect. I never really pictured myself finding the ‘one’ in wedding dresses but when I saw this masterpiece which had a french name I fell helplessly in love, again. I chose to pair the dress with some gorgeous green heels, just for a bit of fun!
And the man of the moment wore a very decadent navy suit, perfectly tailored of course, all paired together with white braces, navy bow tie and mahogany boots. He was also sporting my wedding gift to him which was couriered over earlier in the morning, a TAG Heuer watch. It was such a treat to see Adrian in a suit (Especially his wedding suit!) as his tradesman job doesn’t allow me to see him like that all too often. He looked perfect.
The venue was styled with pale pink and mauve peonies, white hydrangeas and the most fragrant David Austin garden roses of all time. These were all set in scattered tinted jars in which my mum, sister and I had collected over the year. I also had hundreds of candles and glass hanging orbs suspended above the guests from exposed wooden beams to create a sense of romance. My fascination with lights led me to hanging some spectacular festoon lighting above the reception seating so that the venue lighting wouldn’t be needed as I wanted to create an enchanted forest indoors.
As we had organised buses to collect and drop off our guests we thought it only fitting to supply our guests with pre-ceremony drinks of pimms and lemonade with fresh fruit or mojitos. The weather was perfect and we wanted our guests to be spoilt throughout every part of the day. The food was deliciously creative with a twist of rawness from the home grown veggie patch onsite.
Our lovely photographer took the best snaps of our special day and we can’t thank her enough. She was discreet, creative and so very personable. We ‘clicked’ straight away which I think is so important. Along with our videographers, who may I say I only booked one week prior to the wedding! Yes, I’d started having wedding video envy from hours of blog snooping! They were so perfect and to be honest I am so grateful I booked these guys as we watch the highlights snapshot frequently and love love love it!
Our flowers were all purchased direct through a family friend. Our family’s previous business was wholesale flowers so it really helps to have the contacts and the patience and creativity to do this yourself. I loved creating my own floral arrangements and in particular my bouquet. It makes it all the more special.
We had the most amazing band playing for us throughout the evening, firstly for my aisle walk we chose ‘Somewhere over the Rainbow’ by Israel Mamakawiwo’ole. Adrian and I loved this version of the song, it was calm, relaxed and very romantic. The band continued playing for us and our guests all night including our first dance which was ‘Have I told you lately ‘, cliche` but original when sung by an awesome group! Honestly we received so many compliments from our day especially about our band and we can’t recommend them highly enough.
Last but not least our very handsome and immaculate celebrant, Matt was fantastic. Matt worked with us every step of the way so that we could create our own vows, timings and make it as personalised as possible.
Finally, we hope you have enjoyed our story and enjoy the pictures below as Adrian and I had the bet day of our lives.
Photography: Stefani Driscoll | Videography: Day Twelve Pictures | Invitations: Akimbo | Brides Shoes: BHLDN | Bridesmaids shoes: Wittner Shoes | Bridesmaids Dresses: Fleur Wood | Catering: Andy Pye Catering | Band: Like This | Bow Ties: Myer | Grooms Attire: Rhodes & Beckett | Groomsmen Attire: Formal Red | Celebrant: Matt Finch | Braces: Myer | Brides Dress: Jane Hill | Ceremony & Reception: Terindah Estate | Groomsmen Shirts: Country Road | Vendor: The Bride's Aunt & Grandmother