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Vineyard Wedding in Yallingup

Throwing your reception at Widow’s Estate Winery in Yallingup is one sure way to guarantee you’ll have an unforgettable, not to mention stunning, event. And, teaming with LiFe Photography? Now that’s a killer combination we can get used to. Head on over to the gallery to see why we’re swooning.


From The Bride…Deciding on the kind of wedding one wants is not an easy feat. We had been to many weddings in the past, and had a better sense of what we didn’t want, rather than what we wanted. Over the course of 18months our wedding started to take shape. We knew we wanted an outdoor wedding under the stars strings of lights. We knew we didn’t want people to be stuck at the same table all night, instead preferring people the option to stand and mingle. We knew we didn’t want the traditional dressed bridal table, instead wanting something much more informal, such as couches. We wanted good music- and we wanted lots of dancing. We also didn’t want the formalities of speeches to drag for most of the night, instead opting for all speeches, cake cutting and first dance to be completed by early in the night, to allow guests as well as the bridal party a chance to relax.

We spent weeks searching for the perfect venue which would allow our wedding vision to take shape. When we stumbled upon Window’s Estate Yallingup, we knew we had found the perfect venue. Although not a overly lavish venue, it just felt right. In an area such as the Margaret River Wine Region, it is difficult to escape the larger vineyards where you are simply just another number. Window’s Estate is a small, family run vineyard. With my husband and his family being apple growers, the concept of a small, family run vineyard was perfect. They were great to deal with and allowed us so much freedom to do whatever our hearts desired. After deciding on a reception venue, we needed to select an appropriate place for our ceremony. With our families preferring a church service, we decided on the beautiful rammed earth St Thomas More Catholic Church in Margaret River.

Before searching for my dress, I really had no idea what I was looking for. The dress I eventually chose turned out to be the second dress I tried on. It was simple, timeless and perfect. The couture gown was made exclusively by Pallas Couture in Perth. They are amazing!

The bouquets, button holes and reception flowers were beautifully created by Kat at Poppy + Rose. They feature pale pink and white blooms, including peonies, white hydrangea and David Austin Roses. The church flowers were beautiful and crafted by my Aunt Margaret – as a gift to us.

We walked down the aisle to January Wedding by the Avett Brothers and signed our wedding certificate and left the church to Try a Little Tenderness by Otis Redding.

Photographs were taken by Maz Pederson of Life Photography at the absolutely beautiful Boranup forest, surrounded by tall karri Tree’s as well as in the vines and paddocks at Window’s Estate.

Guests danced the night away to a range of hits from both the past and present. A fantastic night was had by all!

Photography: LiFe Photography | Floral Design: Poppy + Rose | Wedding Dress: Pallas Couture | Cake: Bake The Cake | Invitations: Nevertheless Designs | Ceremony Venue: St Thomas More Catholic Church Margaret River | Reception Venue: Window's Estate Winery Yallingup | Catering: Cilantro Catering | DJ: DJ Damo | Bride's Jewelry : Samantha Wills | Bridesmaid Dress: Forherandforhim | Bridesmaid Dress: Jigsaw | Bridesmaid Dress: Ted Baker | Bridesmaid Jewlery : Peter Lang | Groom's Suit : Parker And Co | Guest Transportion: The Chauffeur Bus | Hair : I Do Hair | Transportation: Twilight Limousines

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Elegant Spring Perth Wedding

My love of pink peonies knows no bounds and when I found this bride felt the same, I sort of felt like kindred spirits. She, along with her charming groom, crafted a day filled with personality, elegance and ease…not to mention killer floral moments by Rebecca Grace. The amazing Mustard Seed Photography captured the pretty and this little taste is only the beginning.


From The Bride… We both had strong ideas about what we wanted for our wedding and we were lucky that our strong ideas complimented each other. Everything we loved about each other and our relationship was reflected in the planning and the end, our wedding day. Jason works in IT, he is organised, focussed and is great at breaking down tasks. I work in health, and am mostly organised and focussed. My fiancé worked hard to keep me on track during this time. He turned our wedding into a work project, creating a card wall, each card with a task and associated contact details.

To combine our love for food and the desire for dinner with a view led us to the idea of a Chinese banquet style reception dinner, but with a relaxed, outdoor feel. Heyder & Shears allowed us to design our own 8 course menu and our event manager Zac was with us every step of the way from suggesting wines to sourcing everything we needed to make our guests feel comfortable. Our marquee had clear walls so our guests could take in the river views from the banks of Matilda Bay Reserve. Once it was dark, the city lit up, creating a lovely romantic feel.

I am so lucky to have had such an involved groom. When Jason saw I really wanted letterpress invitations, he designed exactly what I wanted, including a image of the stuffed toy dog he gave me in the early stages of our relationship with a bouquet of peonies (my favourite flower). The picture of the cute dog would feature on our save the date cards, seating chart and the stickers on our favours. Jason designed our guest book, a coffee table book of our engagement photos. We named tables after restaurants or places where we had shared delicious food, and we framed our menus to give them pride of place at the centre of the tables. We spent weekends filling jars with local raw honey, tying place cards which double as thank you cards on the back.

SMP was my go to blog on all things wedding related. I spent countless hours admiring beautifully weddings while gathering ideas to make our day unique.

We could not have asked for better vendors and our amazing family and friends who travelled from across Australia and Asia to help us celebrate our special day. I would not change a thing, even the rain! Our day was perfect, because of all the wonderful people in our lives who love us so very much.

Photography: Mustard Seed Photography | Floral Design: Natural Art By Rebecca Grace | Wedding Dress: Ae'lkemi | Wedding Cake: Rochelle Adonis Cakes & Confections | Ceremony Venue: Marlee Pavilion, Kings Park | Reception Venue: Matilda Bay Reserve | Rings: Solid Gold Diamonds | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Ae'lkemi | Catering: Heyder And Shears | DJ: Western Sounds | Groom's Attire: Indochino | Groom's Shoes: Hugo Boss | Groomsmen's Attire: Indochino | Celebrant: Graham Lambert | Bridal Dressing Gowns: Plum Pretty Sugar | Bridal Hair: Sharyn Perejuan @ Headroom Hair Studio | Bridal Makeup: Francesca Poggi | Bride's Garter: Olive Farm Designs | Bride's Jewellery: Tiffany & Co. | Bride's Reception Dress: Collette Dinnigan | Bride's Reception Shoes: Oroton | Bride's Wedding Shoes: Valentino | Ceremony Hire: Bride + Groom Store | Dance Lessons: Gilkisons Dance Studio | Groom's Bowtie: Sheridan Man Made | Groom's Cake: Sherbet Cafe & Bake Shop | Invitation Printing: Whiteman Park Print Shop | Photo Booth: Two And A Half Photographers | Reception Chairs: Bride + Groom Store | Reception Marquee: Pedersens Hire | Restroom Hire: VIP Restrooms | Stationery Printing: Moo | Transport: Absolutely Fabulous Wedding Cars | Wedding Photos: University Of Western Australia | Wine: Lamont's Wine Store

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