From the beginning, this wedding had elegance, thoughtful detail and stunning Western Australian views. Childhood sweethearts, Lindsay and Brad were captured by Simone Addison Photography as they enjoyed a love filled, relaxed day with their family and friends. Think native florals, champagne colours and beautiful scenery as the gorgeous couple laughed and danced the night away. The glowing bride recounts the day that was and the special moments in between.
We were childhood sweethearts – the couple that have been best friends throughout high school and finally became a couple in our final year! We got married after our 10 year anniversary.
Our flowers were from Little Blossom Co. and my bouquet was made up of one large protea, two smaller proteas, native greenery, white/ blush roses and blushing brides. It was so beautiful.
When finding the perfect dress, Lindsay took her Mum, Mother in Law and bridesmaids for breakfast one morning and spent the day searching for the perfect wedding dress.
We looked at 3 different stores. I found the dress I had always dreamt of at the last store! Champagne in colour, thick lace, long train and long veil. The dress was strapless but I designed sleeves to go around the top of my arms to look like they were connected to the dress. The dress was amazing!
In our wedding party, my maid of honour was my sister, Jacinta and two friends, Madeleine and Erin. Brad chose his best mate for his best man (naturally!), Zak, Xavier and Sam. Our flower girl was our niece Ellie and our page boy was our nephew Zachary.
We picked Sacred Heart Church as we love the area and the church building itself. Core Cider House was somewhere Brad and I loved to go while the sun was shining for a cider/picnic on the grass. The food is great there and the staff are always friendly.
I walked down the aisle to ‘I won’t give up’ by Jason Mraz. Our ceremony was relaxed – just as we wanted and we included readings which referred to love and us as a couple.
Our favourite photo’s are definitely the photos of Brad and I walking through a green field with beautiful bright flowers around us. Simone Addison our photographer was the loveliest lady! So easy to get along with and made our day so special. She captured the most perfect photos. We highly recommend her to everyone!
Some of our favourite details of the day were the flowers and photos! The reception layout and ceremony turned out to be perfect and of course, the limousine ride was SO much fun!!
Little Blossom Co and Mai Tai Design and Stylist were such stand out vendors. Both ladies went over and above what we had expected. They were fabulous throughout the planning process and made the lead up to our wedding day and the day after so easy.
I will always remember our friends and family who did speeches at the wedding. They made Brad and I laugh so much and cry too! Our DJ, DJ Phil also made the night for our guests and us. He was lively, fun and uplifting!
One of our favourite details was the wooden arbour behind bridal table – the flower arrangements were stunning and the Edison ‘LOVE’ light letters for the dance floor were such a great detail.
But mostly the best part of the day was having our guests there (closest friends and family) to celebrate with. Everything ran perfectly to plan, the flowers, bridal party and amazing vendors made it such a special celebration for us!
Our first dance was to ‘XO’ by John Mayer. Slow, sway and ballroom!
A final word and advice to any future couples, simply relax and enjoy every minute – the day really does goes so fast!!
Ms Zebra Says: We wish this gorgeous couple a big congratulations and all the best for your new life together as husband and wife! Thank you for sharing your incredible day with us.
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There was not a breath of wind on a stunning Autumn day when Samantha and Christen’s family and friends gathered to watch them say ‘I do’! With enviable backdrops throughout the incredible Highfield Historic House Estate, Samantha was able to live out her childhood dream and married her Prince! After a surprise proposal shoot in Lake Wanaka, the couple couldn’t imagine anyone else capturing their day than Katrina Elton of Imagine Images NZ. Reflecting on their gorgeous day, Bride Samantha shares all the ins and outs of their dream wedding!
I think everyone dreams of a fairy tale wedding and everyone’s picture of what this looks like is often going to be different. This is the story of our fairy tale wedding and the important moments along the way that made it so truly memorable. So where better to start than at the beginning?!
Tasmania has been home for both Christen and I all of our lives. We both spent most of our childhood on the North West coast of Tasmania and despite spending time on the mainland for work and study, we both returned to Tasmania as it was always truly home. We fell in love during our first date for coffee in Salamanca when we each gave cheeky first smiles at each other from across the table. Naturally, coffee turned into a 12-hour marathon date, from cafes to beaches, museums; restaurants and movies and finishing of course with plans for the second date.
One and a half years later we got engaged at picturesque Lake Wanaka in New Zealand, whilst on a ski holiday. Christen had planned the whole thing as a surprise and after walking along the lake for a while he said my full name, got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. Of course I said YES!
All the while, a sneaky photographer hidden in the trees was shooting away, capturing some of the most amazing images of a very special moment. Once home we went straight back into our busy lives. We were working full time, selling one house, while starting to build another and now we had to add planning our wedding in just 8 months!
I started the day getting dressed at Salt Hair, Stanley where we were in the excellent care of Bek, our hairstylist, who provided a platter and champagne for us ladies to relax with. Our make up artist Shannon Armstrong met us here and did a stunning job with all our make up keeping it all very natural.
I couldn’t thank Salt Hair Stanley enough for looking after us enough on the morning of our wedding! Bek was a wonderful host and styled our hair perfectly. And together with our talented makeup artist, you both did a perfect job with our hair and makeup.
Deciding on a venue for us was an easy choice. We were both from North West Tasmania and growing up I had always dreamed of getting married at Highfield Historic House in Stanley after making many visits during my childhood.
Choosing the photographer was even easier! Katrina from Imagine Images NZ had done such a stunning job with our engagement photos she was our first and only choice. Luckily Katrina and her partner Jedd were just as excited as us to travel to Tasmania and continue capturing our story in a state known for the similar stunning natural beauty to that of New Zealand’s countryside.
Naturally we turned to many of our married friends for advice and found a majority spoke of the lack of enjoyment in the lead up to their wedding due to the amount of stress and organisation required in planning it. This was not the experience we wanted with our wedding!
From the outset I was very keen to employ wedding planners as we were getting married 400km away from where we both lived and the task of planning a wedding was daunting on top of our already busy lives. It took a little bit more time for Christen to come around to the idea of paying someone to do what he thought we could do ourselves. But as the saying goes.. “happy wife, happy life” so he sceptically agreed, and he was quickly proved wrong.
Our wedding planners Ash and Brad Bespoke had access to styling elements, their organisation skills and their industry contacts meant we were able to enjoy the excitement and lead up to our wedding without stress. They had a plan for all situations including wet weather and dealt with any issues in the lead up to the wedding, as well as on the big day before they even arose.
Ash and Brad Bespoke were so easy to work with, their styling was unique and tailored to us as a couple. Thanks to our planners the wedding day far exceeded our expectations and cannot be described as anything other than perfect!!
It was at 2pm on the 13th of April when I married the love of my life. It was a sunny day with barely a breath of wind.
The feel of the day we wanted to achieve was to be relaxed and fun. We had lawn games and an outside bar, vintage couches coupled with hay bales and festoon lighting made for the perfect setting on Highfields grounds. One of the elements we had picked to spend money on was in the floral work.
This was styled by our wonderfully talented wedding planners. As soon as you saw the bouquets, arbour, reception and the gorgeous floral centre piece it took your breath away. Our colour theme and furniture were suggested by Ash and Brad and worked perfectly with the setting.
The day went by so fast, but was truly memorable for us and our guests, with 3 main memorable moments. The first memorable moment was the use of personalised vows which made the ceremony more unique and heartfelt. This made our ceremony feel individual to us and meaningful to our guests who had travelled to celebrate with us.
Secondly was the photography. From our experience, it is really important to find a photographer that you connect with. This will ensure you feel natural and comfortable with them as they will ultimately be the one responsible for capturing the memories that will last with you and your guests for a lifetime. Our photos around the town and on the beach with our very talented photographer were just stunning and we had so much fun capturing them. It was also an opportunity to have some time with just myself and my husband to soak everything in before the nights events took place.
Last but not least, was our first dance. We hadn’t exactly planned it other than the song and the location. It made for such a beautiful moment as it happened effortlessly while everyone was relaxing outside under the stars and the festoon lighting.
It was magical when, like a choreographed flash dance, all our guests naturally joined in at the same time and everyone was waltzing outside under the stars. There was a moment where the two of us looked at each other and then around at the crowd all dancing and we simply smiled at each other!
Our wedding day was perfect from the styling to the food and photography. None of this would have been possible without the wonderful people who helped us a long the way. We have to say a huge thank to Ash and Brad Bespoke. Their planning, styling and organisational skills absolutely blew us away.
Our wedding photographer Katrina Elton and her partner Jedd from Imagine Images NZ, you have given us the most stunning photos to look back on and we will be forever grateful for how beautifully you captured our wedding day.
Our caterers, Hugo’s Catering, dished up exceptional food that all the guests were raving about.
I was beyond ecstatic with the timeless elegance of my wedding gown. I was truly thrilled with it! Plus, we can’t thank Highfield House enough for their stunning grounds, facilities and barn. All of our vendors had a hand in making our dream wedding come true and for that we say a huge thank you!
The single piece of advice that both of us would give to any couple planning a marriage is to hire wedding planners, particularly those of the standard of Ash & Brad Bespoke. It allows you to relax and enjoy one of the most important days of your life and from our experience a skilled planner can even save you money or at least extract more value for money.
Ms Zebra Says: We wish this gorgeous couple the absolute best in their new lives together as husband and wife! Congratulations!!
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Set amongst the sweeping plains of their sixth generation farming property in Tasmania, Alicia and Sam tied the knot in front of close family and friends. The rustic setting provided a relaxed and comfortable vibe for guests to enjoy as Event Avenue thought out every detail. Some camped on the property and others came only for the party, however everyone was excited as the budding love birds devoted their love to each other! Alex Giles Photography was chosen to come along for the ride and capture the highlight reel of their beautiful Tasmanian wedding! Alicia tells us about how Sam proposed…
Sam and I were only together for seven months before he secretly planned a surprise trip to New Zealand and proposed to me. We were in Queenstown, New Zealand for ten days. On the third day he had us driven from the hotel room to the airport where a helicopter was waiting for us. I was clueless, I kept pinching myself in disbelief wondering where Sam had been my whole life. We took off over the snow covered mountains and landed at a glacier.
Still clueless as to what was happening we got out and explored the amazing location. There was a small creek running through the mountains and Sam was kneeling down looking at something in the water, he called me over, pulled a ring out and asked me to marry him and of course I said YES! ….. and six months later we were married.
Sam put a lot of thought into his big surprise, he even went to the trouble of getting my engagement ring handmade by James Ashley – a jeweller in Launceston Tasmania. They spent hours together designing something I’d love and boy did I love it!
I have always been in love with long sleeve wedding dresses so it was a MUST for my big day. Little White Boutique in Launceston made it a lovely experience choosing my gown. Simple and elegant with little details sums up my dress. Made With Love Bridal was the designer and it was made in a crepe material which made it warm, which was a must for those cool Tassie nights.
It had custom made and beautiful long flowy sleeves, with cuff and button detail. It had a low back also with button detail and a sweetheart neckline and long flowy train. I felt so amazing in it! Sam and his Best Man and best friend were suited up by Routleys Launceston, Adding their own RM Williams boots and belts.
Sam spent the night before the wedding at the farm at our house and I spent it with my best friend and brides-man Dann. Dann and I stayed at Cressy house Estate. I chose to stay there as it’s a newly renovated homestead, with the most breathtaking gardens which made it perfect for photos! Sam and I also stayed the night of the wedding and we received the most lovely service.
Sam and I live together at Woodside Park, 4000 acres of farmland in beautiful Tasmania so it was an easy decision for us to have our dream wedding on the farm. Sam is the sixth generation to run the family farm so it has a special place in our hearts. Not to mention its surrounded by rugged mountains and lush green rolling hills.
We chose to set the wedding up on a hill that overlooks the entire farm. The ceremony was under a big old gumtree. Wooden welcome sign handmade by Silver Belle Designs, wine barrels covered in flowers at the aisle entrance, hay bales for the guests to be seated on, green foliage and proteas lining the aisle. Our theme was obviously rustic/farm but with a little added elegance.
As Sam and I had not been together for long before we decided to tie the knot, our friends and family had not had the opportunity to meet each other. So our wedding was also a day where everyone was going to come together and meet one another for the first time! Because of this, we wanted our special day to be relaxing, easy going and carefree.
Our celebrant Annie Saunders made it just what we asked for, a short but meaningful ceremony where we exchanged our very own personal vows while our family, friends, two sausage dogs “Lulu & Freddie” and chocolate Labrador “Poppy” watched and waited for the kiss so they could cover us in dried flower confetti by Everland Favours.
Since getting engaged I started to visit every market I could to find little treasures and ideas that would help make my wedding special. I found antique crystal cake stands to display each cake on the dessert table, I found old vintage suitcases to display my wedding favours and to hold blankets for my guests if they got cold through the night.
Even our wishing well was made out of an old suitcase! Sam and I also got a little crafty and built little wooden signs to guide the guests up through the farm to the wedding and a large wooden frame to go in hand with our polaroid photo guest book.
My bouquet was an arrangement of native flowers and deep red and pink roses all tied together with a dusty pink silk ribbon, which added that little something special. All the flowers have dried so beautifully from the wedding. I have them scattered all around our house, they are such a pretty reminder of our special day.
My best friend Dann lives in Melbourne and owns a hair salon, Baxter Melbourne. We have been friends for 15 years and I had always said that if I ever get married, he is going to be my brides-man! It’s just a bonus that he can also do my wedding hair.
He spent the whole day making me feel like a queen. We started our morning with breakfast at the local bakery, then continued onto getting my makeup done at Mesa Hair by Lucy. It was so relaxing and stress free! Lucy exceeded my expectations! Pure body Launceston helped get my skin perfect for my big day by pampering me with facials the week before and Kendall, the owner of Model Lash Studio gave me lush lashes.
We then continued onto convict cutters – a hair salon where Dann styled my hair. This is where Dann and I worked together for 7 years and where we originally met. We were greeted with champagne decorated with fairy floss, just for that extra something special. After a few laughs we drove back to the accommodation to dress and where my parents met us for photos with the photographer.
Alex Giles was our photographer he made our day so easy and went out of his way to get the perfect photo. As the sun was setting we experienced the most beautiful coloured sunset, Oranges and pinks surrounded the marquee on the hill.
We took so long to find the perfect marquee. We looked everywhere for something that would blend into its surroundings. We didn’t want a big white marquee as we thought it would stick out too much and look un-natural. Then we found Events Avenue.
Gabbi the wedding stylist and planner and her team knew straight away what I wanted our big day to be like and made our dream wedding become a reality. It was so amazing turning up on my big day to everything set up so beautifully. Event Avenue also did all the floral decorations, my bouquet and the boys button holes.
Sam and I both had family from all around Australia and even friends from overseas attend the wedding, so we gave our guests the choice if they wanted to camp the night. Some family turned up a few days prior the wedding and helped set up for the big day.
The amount of help from friends and family was so overwhelming! It’s amazing what you can achieve when you all come together to create something beautiful. The day after the wedding we had a BBQ brunch for guests who camped or wanted to come back the following day to catch up and exchange stories and laughs from the night before.
Our marquee was laced with hanging foliage and festoon lighting that continued outside over the giant wooden dance floor. Rustic wooden tables, leather couches and antique velvet arm chairs and fire pits. Native flowers and deep red roses in jars decorated the tables.
We decided to have a cocktail wedding so all the guests could mingle throughout the evening and get to know one another. We had the Kombi Keg for the Beer and a self-serve wine table. Little picnic co. created a beautiful grazing table for the guests for after the ceremony and Ignite gourmet Pizza made the guests pizzas throughout the night.
The wedding cake was made by Delicious Little Things. A beautiful three tier chocolate mud cake, decorated with roses and native flowers and on top of all that my lovely mum, aunts and cousin created a spectacular dessert table covered with delicious little treats for our guests and scattered in-between the desserts were homemade personalised love heart cookies by Bespoke Patisserie. I can definitely say that it was the most favoured table of all!
I think music is a big thing when you’re throwing an event so I did a lot of research before choosing who/what we were going to do for music on our wedding day. My mum and I were shopping one day and there was a young girl singing and playing guitar in the mall. Mum turned to me and said you should have her sing at your wedding! So, I approached her and that was that.
I had Medhanit Barratt sing at my ceremony and half way through my reception. She had the most amazing voice and having her sing at my ceremony made it so much more special. She even learnt the song I wanted to walk down the aisle to which was “Ocean eyes” by Billie Eilish. Later on in the night we had a band play, they were called Well Strung – a local Launceston band. I wanted someone who sung all the oldies because EVERYONE loves old school. Seeing that dance floor filled with people and knowing everyone was having a ball was a great feeling.
Sam and I started our relationship on a big adventure in New Zealand so we are looking forward to returning for 9 days at the start of our honeymoon. We can’t wait to explore the beautiful place again following 5 days in Tahiti on Moorea Island. We are very excited and cannot wait for our honeymoon and to see what other adventures await in our future together.
Ms Zebra Says: We are so happy for both of you – and love your gorgeous wedding on that incredible property. Congratulations and we wish you all the happiness and love in the future!
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