Wedding date | 06/10/18
Guest numbers | 120
Location | Hunter valley
Your engagement story:
It was our first trip to Europe together, in our last stop Barcelona.
With every place we visited Ben looked up the highest view point of that city and he took me there. He is a romantic I know! So there was no suspicion when we went out for dinner and Ben said he had somewhere he wanted to take me... but we had to hurry.
We jumped in a cab. Raced to Montjuïc Fountain, where ben pulled me from the cab. As we ran, he lead me through the crowd to see the most incredible fountain that danced effortlessly to classical music. It plays at the same time every night but only for a few songs.
We caught the last song of the night. It was the most beautifully romantic thing I’d every seen.
After the fountain had finished he told me he wanted to take me to the top of the castle above Montjuïc fountain. Walking up these stairs we stopped to sit on a bench that overlooked the whole of Barcelona. As I sat, Ben got down on one knee and asked me to marry him.
The most incredible day of my life.
A moment I’ll never forget.
What is marriage to you Marriage is loving wholey and Unconditionally.
Wedding location venue
We both wanted our wedding to have a beautiful but laid back vibe about it. A wedding where everyone was comfortable, looked after and totally at ease. When people are comfortable and could be themselves, they have the best time.
The forest chapel was chosen because of its beauty. Cut trees built into puuus, neesled into white pebbles. A stage under a canopy of beautiful forest with the most incredible wound timber arbor.
Yarramalong Valley Farm Stay was chosen because of its gorgeous dark timber guest house with an enormous cactus in front of it. Not to mention the property overlooking a valley of paddocks, lamas, horses and beautiful long golden grass. This all really added to the vibe of the wedding.
We went for the Boho luxe theme with a naked tipi and gorgeous sherry tent. We used mixes of bamboo and brass, with blush pinks Persians and woven jute cushions.
Inspired by Lisa smiths Byron bay wedding.
The dress was by ‘willowby by watters.’
Alterations were made to suit me. Buttons were removed at the back to create a cowl and a lower back of the dress.
Streamers were added to the shoulders to create a longer train (they were removed after the ceremony) and give effect as I was not wearing a veil.
I loved the ribbon tying up my leg so found a beautiful pair at forever new that did the trick.
The bridesmaids dresses were by Bec and Bridge a gorgeous neutral linen look fabric that was made in two different styles. One was a string strap simple drop dress and the other a high neck v shape being fitted on the hip and loose around the busy.
Flower girl & page boy
Wore a neutral floral 100% linen dress by miya and ma, a boater hat (with ribbon customized by me) and leather shoes by arrabella and rose
And very cute little socks by pretty wild kids. For our page boy, Linen look shirt with tortashell buttons from target, navy chinos from cotton on kids and brown belt and leather woven loafers from next official
All custom designed by Natalie Marie Jewelllery.
Lauren has a Rose gold lotus style setting, emerald cut, pink morganite with 3 diamonds set either side.
A plane squared off rose gold band and a half diamond band to go with.
Ben has a matte black coated rose gold squared off plane band.
Fine gold chain necklace with small diamond by Sarah and Sebastian.
Small diamond earrings from Michael hill jeweler.
Bridesmaid fine chain Earings by dejuba
Ben and the groomsmen wear faded navy chinos and white linen shirts and Ben wears a beige linen jacket to stand out.
All by Industrie.
Tan woven dress shoes are by urge footwear and belts from H&M.
Hair & Makeup
My hair was worn out, with an antique looking wave. Ive always had very long hair and I never wear it out so this was the occasion. Makeup was done in soft pinks and golden hues. Inspired by our bouquet.
I created our save the dates. I did a sketch of some flowers and transferred them on to card ash grey textured card and tore around the edges. It was bound with twine and a wax stamp in a rose gold O.
We ordered our gorgeous favors from Thailand. Woven fans to sit on the peues of the forest chapel.
My flowers were inspired by Lisa smiths Byron bay wedding.
(Sorry darling I am aweful with flowers couldn’t tell you what’s in the bouquets)
I got ready with my 4 bridesmaids, Sam, Jess, Laura and Sheri and my beautiful mum Heather.
The morning of my wedding we had fruit and banana bread with champagne, The girls got pampered while I wrote my vows in overwhelming emotion and tears. Every word I wrote was heart felt and real. Then it was my turn.
We had a unique confetti bar at the back of our ceremony on a large timber table.
Sign was done by me.
We bought cut glass bowls in all sizes to put all different coloured potpourri in. Little brown paper bags and stickers to put on them where from hot dollar and put together by me.
Wedding cake was a copy of my parents wedding cake a croquembouche tower covered in spun toffee.
We also had a desert table with cakes, biscuits, slices and chocolates.
We requested a playlist that ranged from 60’s ,70’s, 80’s and 90’s music that our band played all night. This was all done with bongos, by Kuta Groove.
Exploring the Italian coast for 2 months.
Our gorgeous celebrant was Lauren Teys from the central coast!
Young! Fresh and full of unique ideas! Extremely Reliable and professional whilst being completely down to earth.
One thing I wish I knew before I started planning How much was ACTUALLY involved, when planning and building your entire wedding from scratch.
If I could give other brides to be one piece of advise
Focus on the one you love! All they want is you! They don’t care about all the STUFF that women worry about, They would marry you in a heart beat even in your pj’s.
they don’t care about
anything else but you! And marrying you!
It’s the most incredible moment getting married to your soul mate, so just be in that moment and enjoy every second!
PHOTOGRAPHY | WHITE LANE
VIDEOGRAPHY | WHITE LANE
BRIDES DRESS | WILLOW BY WATTERS
BRIDES SHOES | FOREVER NEW
BRIDESMAID DRESSES | BEC & BRIDGE
BRIDESMAID SHOES | LIPSTIK
FLOWER GIRL | DRESS - MIYAANDMA , HAT AND SHOES - ARABELLAANDROSE, SOCKS - PRETTY WILLOW
PAGE BOY | SHOES AND BELT - NEXT OFFICIAL
GROOMS ATTIRE | INDUSTRIE
WEDDING RINGS | NATALIE MRIE JEWELLERY
HAIR | SILK HAIR AND BEAUTY BAR
MAKEUP | BRITTANY IVERY
STATIONARY AND INVITATIONS | BY THE BRIDE / SKETCH AND ALL
FLORIST | MERAIN GRACE FLORAL DESIGN
CAKE | LUDO'S
CATERING | DONN EATS
ENTERTAINMENT | KUTA GROOVE
MARQUEE | KATA LANE
STYLING | LOVESTONED STYLING
CELEBRANT | LAUREN TEYS
WEDDING CEREMONY | THE FOREST CHAPEL @theforestchapel
WEDDING RECEPTION | YARRAMALONG VALLEY FARM STAY
HONEYMOON DESTINATION | ITALY