I’m fairly certain there’s a bit of magic sprinkled on each and every Australia wedding we feature here at SMP, and this Xanadu Winery soiree is no exception. Choosing the venue for it’s amazing location near the Boranup Forest and the open, lofted space, this sweet couple needed little in the way of decor. Thanks to Big Love Photography, there’s a gallery full of amazing images for you to swoon over all morning!
From the Bride… As a diehard organiser I was so excited to plan our Margaret River wedding. The planning and the day ran super smoothly and for this I think I should give props to my 15 tab planning spreadsheet and some seriously wonderful vendors and suppliers.
We wanted a Margaret River winery reception, so picking a winery was our first item on the checklist. Upon arriving a Xanadu Winery for an initial consultation, the husband pulled me aside in the car park and said “this is only the first place we are visiting; we are not making any decisions today”. Famous last words. After the one walk through of Xanadu’s restaurant, I was sold. The room is spectacular, with high wooden ceilings, a large rock fireplace and a really open feeling. It really didn’t need to be dressed up much, so that is exactly what we did. Navy & White Damask Table runners, large glass candelabras and wine cork place cards & table numbers stands that I sourced from ETSY to go with the winery location. That was the extent of our room decoration and it looked simple and stunning.
A few things that I don’t want to miss out on mentioning… The photo location – We went to the heart of the Boranup Forest to take photos within the huge Karri trees. The result was spectacular. I have had multiple people say to me how our photos bring to life the exact atmosphere of the day – thanks to super-talented Cristina from Big Love Photography! The cake – A masterpiece of white tempered chocolate shards covering a delicious sticky date cake. It was a big hit and had a few people hunting the room to see if they could sneak themselves a second piece. It perfectly described it’s makers namesake, Edible Art. The transport – Tilly the Vintage Bus from Rolling in Character was a spontaneous decision that we didn’t plan (we were just going to go with a couple of friends Prado’s so we could fit us all in two cars), but when we saw this gorgeous bus we just had to have it! The bouquets – It was the only item that didn’t go how I planned it, as with flowers you can’t be guaranteed that the suppliers will have what you want, when you need it. I originally wanted peonies with lilac scattered through them but both the lilac and peonies were unavailable due to the weather. What resulted was even better! Lucky for me, Wood & Belle took one look at my dress and had like four other recommendations. In the end the Phalaenopsis Orchids suited my dress and the day to perfection. Lastly, the dress – It was like nothing I imagined I would wear. But after trying dresses on all day, the moment I stepped into this one my mum cried. That was it… decision made. I am so glad that I went with my instinct, rather than the dress style that I had planned in my head.
I wish I could plan it all over again…just not pay for it!
Photography: Big Love Photography | Ceremony Venue: St. Thomas More Catholic Church in Margaret River, Australia | Reception Location: Xanadu Winery in Margaret River, Australia | Floral Design: Wood & Belle | Wedding Cake: Edible Art | Invitations: Mahony&Mahony | Transportation: Tilly the Vintage Bus via Rolling in Character | Weddding Dress: Gemy Maalouf “Adrienne” via Brides Selection | Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka “Randee” via Cinderella BellaBadgley Mischka is a member of our Look Book. For more information on how members are chosen, click here.