Fiona and Gareth’s Elegant South Coast Wedding

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Fiona and Gareth

If you’re itching for the warmer days of Spring, you will love the beauty, romance and elegance of Fiona and Gareth’s wedding- from Fiona’s spring coloured bouquet to the lush greenery of the surrounds, it feels like nature is poking it’s hand up and saying hello!

Fiona explains how she met Gareth. “The first time I met Gareth was at my sisters  18th  birthday party. After being together for some years we went our separate ways to see the world . It wasn’t until years ago when Gareth returned from traveling, we started seeing each other again”

Photos today are by Milk & Honey Photography. I love Milk & Honey’s classic yet relaxed captures and the mood they infuse into each photograph.

Fiona wore a gown by Maria Fellas from Emoda Couture (who also made the bridesmaid’s gowns) with shoes from Panache.

Fiona and Gareth were married at Bush Bank Bed & Breakfast. Fiona explains “We had searched everywhere for the perfect location for the ceremony, the beach was not an option. Trying to find somewhere on the coast which had views, was easy for guests to get too wasn’t as easy as we thought. Then I found Bushbank and discovered they catered specially for small weddings, photo locations etc.  Everything went perfectly on the day including transporting guests by bus to ceremony.  The setting was perfect and we couldn’t have asked for anywhere better to ay our vows.”

The groom wore a suit and shoes from Kostula.

The bride and her father arrived in a car hired from Leisure Coast Limousines.

The bride walked down the aisle to music played by David Christopher.

The ceremony was incredibly special to the couple “One of my favourite parts of the day was the ceremony, everything was perfect I couldn’t stop smiling.   Even though everyone was there with Gareth I, I felt as though it was just us saying our vows and enjoying very minute.”

Asked to describe the wedding, Fiona says “Relaxed, natural, simple, elegant and fun for everyone. Still in keeping with the formal side of this very special day.”

Of Milk & Honey Photography, Fiona says “Anni & Laura were great, very relaxed and friendly.  They mixed with the guests well so many didn’t even know they were there. Once all our photos were taken they just mixed with the guests and were able to take some great shots.”

Fiona and Gareth held their reception at Bellachara Boutique Hotel Gerringong “As we had over 100 guests we decided to have the Reception at the Bellachara, we love the hotel and had been to several weddings their ourselves. It was great to be able to have our wedding  the way we wanted, relaxed and easy without having to compromise on venue to accommodate over 130 guests of close family and friends.”

The couple had a two tier wedding cake made by Balgownie Village Patisserie.

The couple hired The Escalators to entertain their guests. Fiona remarks “The Escalators were great entertainers at the reception, music was perfect . To my surprise they had brought their own dress up box  which included hats of all sorts. Everyone was on the dance floor and they opened it up in the middle. All the guests had so much fun trying them on and playing around, it was very funny.”

The speeches were a favourite for Fiona. “The speeches were another moment which I will always remember. Listening to both dads and best man speak about Gareth and I made me realise how lucky we are to have such wonderful family and friends. I know Gareth was nervous, his speech was beautiful and perfect. It was him and us summed up. Simply in love and can’t wait to start the rest of our life together.”

Fiona remembers “Our first dance was to Lets Stay Together, Al Green. It suited our relaxed nature.”

Congratulations Fiona and Gareth! Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us on Polka Dot Bride! Thank you also to by Milk & Honey Photography for sharing today’s photographs!


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  • Naomi says:
    July 28, 2011 at 3:08 pm

    I do love the mini ruins…such a great place for photos and a wedding. Hope you are well!

  • Hilary wardhaugh says:
    July 28, 2011 at 6:26 pm

    Beautiful bride lovely details great location!

  • antique engagement rings says:
    July 28, 2011 at 8:47 pm

    I love her drop earrings .. classic!

  • Eileen says:
    July 28, 2011 at 10:23 pm

    A beautiful bride. I love the delicate detail on the wedding dress and complemented with the pastel colours of the bouquet. Just perfect.

  • Faith says:
    July 29, 2011 at 7:40 am

    Gorgeous wedding and great photography! The outdoor setting is amazing. And I would have loved to hear the live band!

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    July 29, 2011 at 9:00 am

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  • Aaron Downs says:
    July 29, 2011 at 1:47 pm

    Such a lovely collection of photos. Love the details.

  • Robin says:
    July 29, 2011 at 3:42 pm

    How lucky they were to have such a beautiful wedding! Pictures and setting was gorgeous!



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