How did you meet your (now) husband? We were set up by a mutual friend
How long have you been together? 5 years
Do you have a proposal story? Todd proposed on the Busselton Jetty, Western Australia on a Friday at sunset. We then spent the weekend down south at Bunker Bay. It was the most amazing blue sky weather for August!
What was your wedding date? 14th November 2015
Location (Ceremony and Reception)
Where? Hay Shed Hill Winery, Margaret River, Western Australia
What made you choose there? We knew we wanted a down south wedding, both loving the region and growing up holidaying there. Hay Shed had everything we were looking for … an incredible chef, Jake Drachenberg, a relaxed atmosphere, friendly staff and the beautiful vista over the vines.
How was the weather on the day? We woke up to blue skies and enjoyed them all day. The clouds came over in the evening for a pink sky sunset and the night closed with a lightning storm in the distance over the vines.
The Wedding Details
Theme? Whites, greys and greens. We wanted it to be simple, classic and natural. We wanted it to be about good food and good company. To feel like a large dinner party for our nearest and dearest.
Where did you draw your inspiration/ideas from? I loved trawling pinterest for ideas and really enjoyed the planning stage! Our venue already suited our style so we didn’t feel we needed to decorate too much. We both like a minimal style and wanted to try and keep things simple.
Were any aspects of your wedding D.I.Y? If so What? My mum, Todd’s mum and I spent the afternoon together sewing linen napkins for the table. We also collected rose petals for months that our guests threw over us as we walked down the isle. I loved the idea of being showered by rose petals collected by family and friends.
I also hand wrote the escord cards for the table and soaked off labels from Hay Shed Wine bottles and replaced them with table numbers.
Chef, Jake Drachenberg takes so much pride in his food and created the most incredible menu for our wedding day. Something Todd and I will always be grateful for! It was hands down the biggest thing people raved about after the wedding!
We thought it was only right to paint up the menu so guests could read what they were being served. I hand painted it on to ply wood and stood it next to our “find your seat” board.
Our whole dessert table was also DIY. A close friend, Krissie baked and cooked up a storm! Together we styled the table with concrete pots and gum leaves.
Our bonboniere were also homemade. Little jars of chutney and a play on words – TnT .. Todd and Tash.Together with family we spent the day making a tomato chutney so our guests to get to take home. A friend’s wedding a few years back had the same idea and we loved being able to take it home and enjoy it over the weeks to come. When it came time for our wedding, there was no doubt we were going to pinch this idea!
Bridesmaids – who/relationship?
Maid of Honour, Brodie – primary school/high school friend
Sofie – university friend
Rachel – high school friend
Groomsmen – who/relationship?
Best Man – Brad, brother of Todd
Luke – highschool friend
Liam – highschool friend
Flower girls/Page boys – who/relationship?
Flower girl – Todd’s cousin’s child, Sophie
Page boy – Tash’s cousin, Macario
Macario carried a home made ring dish that was inscribed with a line from our vows … which was taken from our first dance lyrics .. “I’ll wait for you and should I fall behind, wait for me”
Our rings were tied with a piece of grey ribbon and rest on this clay dish.
Wedding Gown (the most important part!)
What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes? I had an appointment at Zanzi’s Bridal, Subiaco. She’s a close friend of Karen’s … and said that she thought my style would more suit Karen’s designs. She told me a new store was opening in Perth and I should go and check it out. I had to wait a month or so for the shop to open and then I made an appointment.
Where have you seen our gowns (if at all) before? I hadn’t!
How many gowns did you try? Only three! Third’s the charm
Where did you purchase your gown from (which store or stockist)? Perth
What did you especially like about your gown? I really loved the two piece. I wanted some lace but was finding the full lace gowns too overwhelming. I wanted something more modern and light. I also wanted something simple, no layers, or tulle, or sparkle! The 'Sienna' gown was classic, and light, but modern and just elegant. I loved it. Still do!!
Who is your bridesmaid dress supplier? Amsale in Dove Grey. I wanted full length gowns and let the girls pick the style they liked.
Where did you get the groom and groomsmen’s suits? Myer.
What accessories did you choose to finish your gown and also for those in your bridal party? The girls selected their own shoes to wear with the dress in various nude colours.
Brodie and Rachel wore drop earrings I found on Hardtofind and Sofie (who wore strapless) wore a bar necklace from Samantha Wills
Where did you get your shoes from? My shoes were from Tony Bianco
Did you wear a veil/headpiece? Where did you get this from? My Mum made my veil. I wanted just a very simple strip of tulle and only wore it for the ceremony. My headpiece was from etsy… Anna Marguerite …It was a gold leaf comb which matched my little gold leaf earrings which were my Mums.
What advice would you give brides organizing their wedding? Work with people you love and enjoy the company of! Every one of our vendors were so wonderful. People we really admired for their work but also people we could see ourselves being friends with. This made the process so much more enjoyable!!
What advice would you give brides searching for their wedding gown? Be patient! And shop around!
Something Old? I wore my Mum’s gold leaf stud earrings which I’ve always loved. My Aunty also gave me my Nanna’s ring on the morning of the wedding as a surprise. It was such a beautiful moment and I’ll always treasure that memory of her popping in that morning. I wore this ring on my right hand. It was nice to have Nanna, who has passed, there with us.
Something New? My dress!
Something Borrowed? Mum’s earrings also fit this category!
Something Blue? Todd has always called me “Blue” because of my eyes. I figured that was all the blue I needed.
Florist - True Love by Laura. Laura was incredible. She owns the Yelverton Protea Farm, a local native flower farm in Margaret River. She was an absolute joy to work with and I loved our florals. She made an incredible wreath that hung from the gumtree we were married under. It was then carried up and hung over our dessert table.
Photographer – Eric Ronald. Eric flew over from the east to be a part of our wedding day. Photography was right at the top of both of our lists for Todd and I so we knew it had to be someone special. Eric was just so friendly and warm to work with. He truly loves weddings and committed so much time to be with us the day before and all through our wedding day. He was even there until midnight photographing the lightning! He caught some incredibly beautiful candid moments and was able to capture the beauty of the south west which we wanted. We can’t speak highly enough of him.
Videographer – My uncle works as a film maker in Sydney. His little son was our page boy! We are so grateful he played the role of family member and videographer for the day! We’ll always be grateful for the footage he captured.
Music – DJ Damo for the dancefloor. My brother, Chris played guitar and sang at the ceremony. And a collection of my uni friends (we all studied music together) sang and played after dinner in a surprise for Todd! His favourite song, Dancing in the Dark – bruce springsteen.
First Dance – If I should Fall behind – Bruce Springsteen. We both heard this a few years ago when we were in the Macedon Ranges watching Bruce perform at Hanging Rock. It’s a wonderful ballad that has lyrics which really resonated with us. We used them in our vows.
MC – Todd’s university friends, Dave MeHarry and Josh Johnson
Celebrant – Laurissa Knowles
Stationery – The Little Press. Emily created our custom letterpress invites to mirror the gumleaves and native flowers that we so love!! She was just the most beautiful person to work with! And crazy talented!!
Menu – Jake Drachenberg
Cake – Our friend Krissie styled and cooked the dessert table. My Mum, Lisa made a chocolate roulade which we cut together. It was a recipe she learnt to make with her Mum (Nanna) so it has very special memories.
Bombonieres - Chutney jars made by family
Hair – Ashley Pacey, Eric Moran Hair
Make up – Carmen Atkinson
Wedding Bands – Antony Colin the Jeweller