How long was your engagement? Just under two years!
Do you have a proposal story? Matt proposed on February 11th on Great Barrier Island off New Zealand. Matt had bought us tickets for the trip as a Christmas present and it was just magic. We had a cosy little chalet on top of a hill overlooking the ocean. One day Matt suggested that we go for a bush walk and pretended to forget his lighter so he could run back up and set up the ring/proposal. When we got back we were both sweaty and hot and when I saw the box on the table Matt said ‘Shall we get married?’ It was so unromantic and so perfect.
What was your wedding date? 5th December, 2015
Location (Ceremony and Reception) Jalbrook Estate and Alpaca Farm, Balingup, WA
What made you choose there?
We saw lots beforehand! We had many a scouting mission ‘down south’ to the Margaret River Wine Region in WA. We were pretty specific in what we were looking for, wanting somewhere to have both the ceremony, reception, photos, accommodation, and be allowed to style the venue ourselves! We also had a budget (of course!) and found it pretty hard to find something that ticked all the boxes. On our way back to Perth one weekend/scouting trip we decided to ‘go the scenic route’ and thought it would be fun to check out the local alpaca farm – We were blown away! We loved every part of it and had lots of friends tell us how magical and ‘whimsical’ it was.
The Wedding Details
Theme? We definitely wanted a relaxed vibe with a festival theme (like a really relaxed ‘Blues and Roots’ festival haha). We wanted it to feel more like a party than a wedding.
Where did you draw your inspiration/ideas from? Hello May, White, Hooray, Perth Wedding Upmarket at the University of WA (and the good old Pinterest!)
Were any aspects of your wedding D.I.Y? If so What? I did lots of DIY projects leading up to the wedding, but I changed my mind so often that hardly any of them were actually used on the day! I did write the Blackboard signs myself and did make the covers for the hay myself (though to be honest that wasn’t very hard!). Matt also made all of our flower boxes for the tables and they turned out great!
Wedding Gown (the most important part!)
What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes? My ‘dress’ was a beautiful two-piece from Karen Willis Holmes. I wore the Tillie top and the Natasha skirt. I was definitely not planning on buying a two piece wedding dress, As soon as I tried it on I knew it was the one for me! I actually found my dress in a magazine (Hello May or White I believe) but at that time KWH only had stores in the Eastern States! By some magical wedding miracle their Perth store opened just in time for me to order my dream dress.
Where did you purchase your gown from? Perth boutique
What advice would you give brides organising their wedding?
- Remember even though you know your plans right down to the tiniest detail – no body else does, so it’s not a huge deal if everything isn’t perfect.
- Try not to stress about the weather, but try to prepare for it! You can’t change it and the photos will be magical anyway.
- I know this one is a really common one, but try to slow down on the day! It will go so quickly! Take some time with your new partner to just squeal and squeeze each others hands.
Photos: CJ Williams Photography
Florist: Alice and Rose
Stationery (invites, place cards, favour tags etc): La Pomme Et La Pipe
Ceremony & Reception Venue: Jalbrook Estate and Alpaca Farm, Balingup, WA
Catering: Ole Paella
Food trucks or carts: Caravan Bar by Mable and Co
Decorative elements (bunting, straws, plates, balloons, garlands etc): Garland by The Confetti Project
Prop or furniture hire (chairs, drink dispensers, tables, games etc): Ferguson Valley Events
Marquee / teepee: Marquee – Wonderland Tents and Events, Teepee/bell tents – Soul Camping
Lighting / sound hire: Lighting hire – Ferguson Valley Events and Jalbrook Estate
Signage: Bride (blackboards hired through Ferguson Valley Events and written by Bride)
Entertainment: Music – Majestic Wedding DJs
Celebrant: Kerry Grist
Rings: Bride: Tayha Designs & Groom: Meadowlark