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Alicia & Sam

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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  • Delicious Little Things
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  • The Little Picnic Co.
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  • Hairstylist
  • Dann Baxter

Elisa & Danie

From the outset, you can feel the love between Elisa and Danie! Their day surrounded by lush farmland is the perfect backdrop to their stunning white dresses and bridesmaids in deep burgundy. Family was at the centre of their day, as Gemma Clarke Photography seamlessly caught all the special moments at Ottimo HouseElisa is sharing their day with us, as the self-confessed ‘wordsmith’ of the relationship!

Danie and I met through Danie’s sister. Her and I started playing soccer together, however it wasn’t until many years later that Danie and I became best friends and spent most of our time together – the rest I guess is history, as they say! Our friendship moved into uncharted territory and blossomed into something neither of us was expecting but we haven’t looked back since.

Our wedding was held at Ottimo House, in Denham Court, on the 31st of March this year. The venue is on large farmland and has this spectacular view from up on the hilltop, plus the day we had was brilliant blue skies, so it set off the best day for us!

We didn’t have a theme as such exactly, it was sort of a green woodsy type feel, flowers that fit with a relaxed garden with pops of burgundy to match our bridesmaid dresses. We wanted everyone to enjoy the day and not go overboard with theatrics or embellishments, the venue in itself is breathtaking, and we wanted to match that atmosphere.

Choosing a song to walk down the aisle to was a bit of a process! I had songs I wanted, but most of them too fast and upbeat to walk down the aisle to! A bit of you tubing and a few songs later I picked Ellie Goulding’s ‘How Long will I love you’.

Danie’s choice was Luke Graham’s ‘Love Someone’, she knew she wanted that from when she heard it on the radio one day in the car! On the day however, we had some interference with the speakers and so the songs couldn’t play loud enough for us to hear, I don’t think I actually walked down the aisle to anything in the end!

Danie and I weren’t planning on finding our dresses the day that I picked mine out. We were looking for bridesmaids’ dresses and if we found something for ourselves it would be a bonus! Danie was expecting that she would find her dress before I would and to be honest, I thought the same. I knew it would be something like the styles I found (and pinned) on Pinterest though! We had decided that neither of us wanted to see each other’s dresses so it was a bit of work trying to pick something that the other wouldn’t see!

At one of the stores I remember seeing this dress as soon as we walked in and whispering to my sister that I wanted to try it on. Unfortunately, that store told us we’d never get any dresses ready and delivered by March and so we walked out again without being able to try the dress on. When we walked into the very last store for the day, I wasn’t hopeful of finding something, but the universe thought otherwise because when I walked in, I saw the dress I wanted. I tried it on while Danie went outside and I knew it was the dress for me, but it was out of my price range and I knew I wouldn’t be able to push the envelope on this one, so I tried on other dresses and none of them made me feel the same.

The lady in the store was really lovely and she offered me another amount to help with my budget – if I decided that was the one and if I put a deposit on that day, but I still wasn’t sure I could afford it, so again, I left the store without a dress. We found the bridesmaid dresses that day which was great but I knew the dress I tried on was the one I wanted and so I told Danie I may have found a dress, but it was more than what we’d budgeted for. She said if I really wanted it and knew I wouldn’t like anything else, to go back, try it on again and decide – so my sister and I went back, I tried the dress on and put a deposit down straight away!

Danie found her dress after trying on about 10 different ones with her Mum and good friend. She had put the one she liked in the ‘maybe’ pile and wasn’t 100% on it at first. After trying on the others she liked, it came down to 2 and after trying on the one she got for a second time, her mum teared up and that’s when she decided ‘I think this is the one’.

For our bridal parties, I had my sister and two brothers as well as my cousin, who is just like a big sister to me. Danie had her sister and niece as well as her very close friend!

Gemma our photographer was amazing! She captured some amazing moments and I couldn’t have asked for a better result. The photography was another one of my designated tasks for the wedding, because like the flowers, photography is another love of mine and I had a very specific idea in mind of what I wanted. Danie and I aren’t the ‘serious, look into each other’s eyes and hold that pose’ kind of girls, as you can see from our pictures, we’re mostly laughing! Gemma was great though, she knew that wasn’t what we wanted and so was like, just walk over there together, forget I’m even here and just take in the day…that’s when she captured some sneak shots of us NOT laughing.

Even at one point when some stray horses were coming towards us and I was freaking out one would eat my dress her assistant Katie was there to guide them away and calm me down – in one of the sunset photos you can see I’m slightly leaning into Danie and away from the horse too!

Gemma is an amazing photographer and we’re really glad we stuck to using her on the day!

Again, I had an idea from images I pinned, so it was a matter of finding a florist who could emulate that within our budget. I was very close to securing one when it fell through as soon as I was going to make the deposit – the florist booked the date out and so it was back to the drawing board. I looked around, sent through quote requests and then found a florist who could provide what I wanted within the budget.

We visited Petals and Leaves, discussed arrangements and Amy, our florist did an amazing job! I did make some changes to our original selection, but the result was just perfect. I had deep red carnations, dusty roses, succulents and white freesias, Danie had the same but with burgundy dahlias and white carnations and the bridesmaids had a combination of both.

I’m a bit of a lover of flowers and carnations are my favourite. Most of what we had in our bouquets were flowers/items I love. Danie had already designated flowers to me so I had free reign on this one!

I have so many favourite images! If I had to pick, it would have to be one of Danie and I on hill (there are quite a lot!) but it’s where Danie has her back to the camera and we’re laughing at something…we have so many like that. I also love the one of my youngest brother hugging me after the ceremony and the one at the end of the night with my siblings.

Danie’s favourite photo is one that I’m standing on my own and picking up the tule on my dress, she has it as her screensaver on her phone and always goes on about it

The venue, photography and florists were all pretty standout vendors, and our celebrant, who is the wife of a family friend, was just amazing. We couldn’t fault any of them!

In terms of our favourite part of planning, you could probably ask any of the vendors but we were actually pretty cruisy when it came down to it! We only had a short time frame to get things sorted – normally you’d aim for a year of putting it all together, but Danie and I did it in 7 or 8 months I think. Personally the end was a favourite!

We only used the one venue, it’s quite a way away from where Danie and I live as well as most of our family and friends so we wanted somewhere that both ceremony and reception could be held, and this was a perfect fit. As soon as we saw Ottimo House, we looked at each other and agreed this was the place!

The photos showcase just how amazing the venue is and we’re happy with how our entire day turned out – it was all we could have hoped for and more.

Our table seating chart and our party favours were made by us! The party favours doubled as name places as well! We also gave our bridesmaid, flower girl and ourselves personalised glasses – we DIY’d the names on them – that was a process in itself!

We had this song picked a long time ago for our first dance! We were watching Twilight one night and Christina Perri’s Thousand Words played, and we knew that would be our song. It was also the night we got engaged so seemed fitting!

Danie isn’t into dancing as much as I am, but we did a practice at home without the music just to see how we’d dance – and didn’t even do that on the day! Danie had fractured her ankle a few weeks earlier and so we were dancing in tiny little circles, basically the same spot, for most of the song! Neither of us wanted to be in the spot light for that long and Danie’s ankle wasn’t ready for a full song, so midway we asked our family to come and dance with us for the rest of it.

It went from being a little awkward to watch (and be watched) to being one of the most emotional parts of the entire day!

Advice for any future ‘marrieds to be’, I think you just have to remember that the day is about you, pick a venue that resonates with you, not just somewhere convenient or close or extravagant. If you want a farm wedding, choose it, if you want a castle wedding go for it.  No one else should factor into your day apart from you and your other half.

Pick food you know you’ll love (even though we barely ate ours!), choose songs that speak of your love. Don’t stress about the weather – it’s the one thing no one can control. If it rains, your photo’s can have an amazing effect with the right photographer! Go with your gut feelings and stick to your budget – but always be flexible. If you can’t save on one price, look at saving on another, that’s what we did!

Lastly, enjoy your day!! You can’t fix something before it happens, so take it as it comes. If you have your dress/tux, the one you love waiting to marry you and the people who matter around you, the day is already perfect. Take the time to go, “WOW!”, the day will be over before you know it so take as much in as you can.

Ms Zebra Says: It’s hard not to have tears in your eyes as you witness the true love between Elisa and Danie! Congratulations lovers! We wish you all the best in your wonderful lives ahead.

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  • Adriana Guidaci
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  • Rachel Browne
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  • Steph Riggio
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