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Inspired Words – Kate

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Are you planning a wedding in a hurry? Or are you, like our lovely Bride Kate in preparation for her Fun Country Wedding, taking an extended engagement period to ensure every detail is locked in?

Kate has provided some great advice for anyone deliberating how much time you may need (or want!) to ensure things go to plan!

“I originally thought it would be good to have a long engagement so that I had more time to prepare things, but I think the longer you have, the more you put things off, so I would say there is nothing wrong with a short engagement! I would also say to make sure you enjoy every moment of the day, as it goes so quickly and will be over before you know it!”

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Images by Erica Cummins.

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Sean and Katherine’s Vintage Wedding

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Sean and Katherine

Sean and I had a clear vision of our perfect wedding. We always adored the old world charm of vintage, the relaxed vibe of rustic, and the ancestral connection of traditional themes. I believe we jelled these themes amazingly and this reflected in the atmosphere and happiness of our day.

On the morning of the wedding, our emotions were polar opposites. Sean was flustered, anxious and nervous. Whilst I was cool, calm and collected. I guess this is what makes us such a great couple; the ideal yin and yang. But despite feeling so different on the inside, on the outside we agreed that getting ready with close friends and family was a memorable part of the day.

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I think I was the first bride in the history of brides to arrive on time! I knew Sean would be nervous and I didn’t want to keep him waiting any longer than necessary. We got married in the chapel at Tatra Receptions in Mount Dandenong. The grounds were magical and the service was impeccably high. I couldn’t recommend this venue enough.

I walked down the aisle to Your Hand In Mine by Vitamin String Quartet and my bridesmaids to Renesmee’s Lullaby by Global Stage Orchestra. It’s fair to say there wasn’t a dry eye in the house; including my husband’s. It was so sweet to see him react the way he did – even though he was a bit embarrassed!

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After signing the marriage certificate to Ellie Goulding’s How Long Will I Love You and Your Song, we retreated to the grounds where Frank Vlahos worked his magic on our photography. We couldn’t recommend Frank enough and plan to use him for all our future events.

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Sean was in charge of choosing our entrance song into the Reception. He’s a huge Manchester United supporter so he chose their theme song. It got a lot a few laughs which set the fun, relaxed mood for the evening.

The reception was held in the Ballroom where our stylist Jess from Sassafrass Flower Design really brought our vision to life. Rustic elements of wood slices and burlap met the vintage charm of blue mason jars and crystal decanters. Jess also created our candy bar which was a big hit!

We also paid homage to my Polish heritage with a few vodka shots throughout the night. Let’s just say the Poles really know how to party!

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We danced to Snow Patrol’s Chasing Cars for our first dance – a song my husband chose as it was released the year we started dating.

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Eighteen months of hard work and planning really paid off. Our wedding day was perfect, and everything went according to plan. The only negative is the day passed far too quickly!

Images by One2One Photography

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Ms Gingham says: What a beautiful wedding! I just love that headpiece! Thankyou for sharing your day with us today Katherine and Sean.

Katherine says: “I’m 23 and married to my partner of eight years, Sean. We  planned a vintage wedding with a rustic twist which was held in The Dandenongs in 2014.”

Photographer: One2One Photography / Bride’s Dress: Fairytales Bridal Boutique / Bride’s Veil/Hair Accessories: Doloris Petunia / Bride’s Shoes: Vivienne Westwood / Dressing Gowns: Homebodii / Groom’s Attire: Andrej J / Groomsmen Attire: Julius Marlow / Bridesmaid Dresses: Wedding Outlet / Bridesmaid Accessories: Summerblossom / Hairstylist: Sara at Hennesylane / Makeup Artist: Natalie Tullio / Chapel & Ceremony Decor: Sassafrass Flower Design / Bouquets: Flowers Forever After / Invitations & Stationery: The Print Fairy / Venue: Tatra Receptions / Transport: Hot Rod Heaven / Ceremony Officiant: John Byrne / Cake Baker: AbFab Cakes / Wedding Rings: Michael Hill

Almora & Leigh’s Rustic Winter Wedding

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Leigh and Almora

Leigh and I met at work and had the luxury of getting to know each other while having regular lunches as colleagues for six months. It was only after our other lunch companion went on holiday and it was just us having lunch together that we realised we had feelings for each other.

I was completely surprised when Leigh proposed on our fourth anniversary as he had done so much to throw me off the scent. He woke me up at 4am, blindfolded me and drove for over an hour to get to our surprise destination – a hot air balloon ride for just the two of us. I will admit at this point to subtly patting him down to see if there was a ring box and was somewhat disappointed when I couldn’t find one. I had the second surprise for the morning when, as the sun was rising, Leigh got down on bended knee and asked me to marry him.

Leigh proposed with a beautiful pink diamond so that we could design the ring together (for those of you wondering, he knows me so well he hid the diamond box in a long sock he specially wore!). We used Anthony Colin Jewellers ((08) 9218 8537) for my engagement ring and our wedding bands, and highly recommend him. We decided to get married on our fifth anniversary in 2013.

I stayed at the cute and cosy Hovea Ridge Cottage the night before the wedding. Waking up and hanging out with my two sisters (two of my three bridesmaids) on the wedding morning was one of my highlights and a memory I will always treasure.

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My bridesmaids were amazingly supportive and I loved having them with me along the way, even if it was just for a supportive phone call of text when things got stressful. They helped me chose my dress and were there for the moment I was persuaded to try on a veil even though I hadn’t planned on wearing one…and cried as I felt like a ‘bride’ in it. I got my dress from Anastasia Collection and absolutely loved it and wish I could wear it all the time.

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Our chosen venue, the charmingly rustic Darlington Estate Winery (with amazingly accommodating owners in Andy and Michelle), set the theme for a rustic winter wedding yet classic and custom tailored to be our wedding. I gathered lots of inspiration from Pinterest and shared my ideas with Leigh so we could talk about which option to go with for decorations, stationery and guest entertainment.

Leigh and I made the save the dates, invites, place settings, seating chart and thank you cards. Leigh is extremely handy and also made the table numbers, hanging photo frame, apple candles and, along with his dad, the wedding signs. We had lots of help from Leigh’s mum and nanna with making the decorations and I spent lots of fun weekends with them making the table runners, treat bags and decorating the glass jars we collected. I loved being able to enjoy the planning process with them and that our wedding wasn’t just one day of enjoyment.

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My older sister walked me down the aisle to Canon in D played by Zaffiro Quartet. It was quite an emotional and poignant moment as Shanti has been like a mother to me, but she is also my best friend so it was great to have her by my side so we could have a joke and support each other while everyone looked at us.

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The view from the Gazebo was breathtaking and we were very fortunate for the sun to be out (seeing as there had been very heavy rain the night before!) shinning on all of the greenery. Leigh and I wrote our own vows but didn’t share them with each other until we said them at our wedding, which made the ceremony extra special for both of us. Our celebrant Lesley Gasmier put into words what we have always felt, that out of the routine of ordinary life, the extraordinary happened.

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Russell Winter was our photographer for the day. Not only does he take amazing photos that capture the moment with so much atmosphere, he is also a friend of ours and added to the relaxed feel for the day.

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Appeasing the control freak in me, we were lucky to be able to decorate the venue the day before the wedding, ensuring everything was exactly how we had envisaged. Even though it was a bit stressful and I’m so thankful for everyone that helped, it was really nice seeing everything come together and made me really excited to celebrate with everyone the next day. As it had started to rain by dinnertime, it was such a warm and cosy atmosphere inside the restaurant with the quartet playing and fairy lights on the roof and through the tree (yes, they have a tree inside the restaurant – amazing!)

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With the most spectacular side-jump and catch ever seen, my younger sister caught my bouquet, sending petals flying everywhere and being one of the biggest talking points of the whole wedding.

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We ended the night by walking through an archway of sparklers held up by our guests. It was so fun walking through them and ending the night on such a high.

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Ms Gingham says: A beautiful day to reminisce about on Almora and Leigh’s first wedding anniversary! Congratulations to you both and to many more years together!

Almora says: “I’m a 27 year old recent bride from Perth, WA. I got married on 24 July 2013, one year exactly since we got engaged and five years since our first date. I wasn’t a little girl that dreamt of her wedding, but I loved the process of planning our wedding and can honestly say it was the best day of my life (cliché I know!).”

Photographer: Russell Winter / Bridal Salon: Hovea Ridge Cottage / Ceremony & Reception Venue: Darlington Estate Winery / Bride’s Dress: Anastasia Collection / Ceremony Musicians: Zaffiro Quartet / Ceremony Officiant: Lesley Gasmier
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