Adam and Chantelle
From the moment I met Adam, I knew there was something special about him, he was funny, talkative and had a spark that I decided I never wanted to be without. We met at work in 2007 and 10 months later moved to London to pursue our mutual dream of living and working overseas. Since then, we have travelled, built a house and bought a cockatiel named Dexter that has us both smitten. In 2010 while on a Great Ocean Road Trip, Adam unexpectedly dropped to one knee at a secluded waterfall and asked me to marry him, a perfect memory that I’ll treasure forever.
We chose to marry in March (largely due to wanting to go to New Zealand for our honeymoon) and we decided on the stunning Cruising Yacht Club of SA for our waterside wedding. We knew we wanted a simple civil ceremony and much to my surprise, Adam suggested that we write our own vows and reveal them to each other on the day.
We decided on a French Provincial theme for our wedding, with simple decorations. The wedding attire was fun and laid back as Adam didn’t want to wear a suit. The boys wore suspenders and fedora hats, while the girls had cute Duponi coral, knee length dresses. My gown was a simple silk, strapless sweetheart by De Varga from my friends at The Ultimate Bride.
I chose a fresh bouquet of coral and apricot roses for my bouquet and the girls all held large paper pinwheels that had been specially designed to fit in with the colours of the wedding in coral and pale mint green. Adam wanted Chevy Impalas and we were lucky enough to find red, green and white cars big enough to fit our large bridal party.
The stunning harbour was the only decoration I needed for our ceremony. My step father walked me down the aisle to Jason Mraz’s “Lucky” a song very close to Adam and I. The ceremony was short and sweet with readings by Adam’s sister and my cousin as well as our hand written vows that moved many guests to tears. Adam chose to include lyrics from a song that he had written for me when we first met, it was like his own little secret message to me and was a very special moment.
Our photographer, the very talented Carly from Stirling Photography, perfectly captured our happy go lucky personalities with artistic photography in front of old buildings and warehouses around the harbour area. The bridal party had a great time just being themselves and mucking around.
The decorations were all set up by my own company Chairished Events and being a graphic designer, I designed all the stationery to perfectly coordinate with the theme, using corked bottles filled with chocolate beans and vintage labels as place cards and bonbonniere.
The reception was exactly as I hoped, one big party. We had a wonderful buffet for our 160 guests with South Australian wines that I had selected myself, followed by heart felt and hilarious speeches by my father and the best man. For dessert, we had a gorgeous four tier chocolate and butterscotch fondant cake, topped with a cake topper replica of Adam and myself.
We started the dancing going with our surprise wedding dance “The Napolean Dynamite Dance” which had our guests in stitches (we had been practising for weeks).
We ended a magical day with private photos on a yacht. It was a day I will cherish forever.
Ms Gingham says: I just love coral as a wedding colour. So happy, fresh and summery but not too bright so that it overtakes. Easy to combine with other colours too! Thanks for sharing today Chantelle!
Chantelle says: “I love creating beautiful things and coming up with new and fresh ideas to keep my mind occupied. Planning my wedding was one of the funnest things I have ever experienced and allowed me to find new ideas that were a true reflection of who I am.”
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