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Laurie was chasing a sweet and simple strapless wedding dress with a little less ‘poof’. Brides looking for less ‘poof’ is something we hear a lot… We created a stunning lace and tulle wedding dress for Laurie and Ross’s epic down south wedding. Seriously, these two do marriage like rock stars!!!
I wanted to be a relaxed bride. You can definitely tell when brides are stressed on their big day. They say that happiness radiates – so does stress! When I woke up that day, I had a sense of calm…if something was to go wrong, I couldn’t do anything about it anyway! I had four amazing girls as my bridesmaids, as well as the best mum ever, so even if there was anything to go wrong, they wouldn’t let me know about it. I couldn’t fault anything with the entire day, which I know is rare. Go in with a calm mind, strong calm people around you and the rest will fall into place.
– use Pinterest!!!! I didn’t know what style wedding I wanted until I looked through my Pinterest board and realised that I’d subconsciously chosen what theme suited us.
– Take it slowly and spread the workload: We got engaged 2 years prior and booked our venue, style hire and cars within a few months. We didn’t start on the rest until 11 months- 12 months out, and it was done bit by bit. Life doesn’t stop because your getting married! The bridesmaids also all took on something that expressed their talent. From jewellery choice to ceremony styling.
– Be firm on guest numbers. Parents and in-laws can sometimes forget that you won’t notice if your second cousin’s wife’s brother is there. Keep it realistic. We managed to keep our numbers low by using the question ‘Would I pay $120 for them to have dinner on any other day?’.
– Take your time and have real hard think about bridesmaids/groomsmen. We had the most amazing group of people supporting us throughout the whole process. There were no arguments, and no stress. Even on the day, I don’t think the ten of us stopped laughing the entire time.
We went for a relaxed natural country style wedding. Our ceremony was in a paddock on the grounds of Windows Estate Winery. We were married underneath a large arbor with amazing floral pieces hung on either side. Guests were sat on long benches, with our aisle made out of hessian. At the reception, each table had rounds of wood (cut down from my father in law’s paddock and sanded by my husband), jars, candles and flowers. Each guest was given a succulent grown by our brother in law.
That everyone (including us) was having a good time. Throughout the planning process, we took into account how we thought people would enjoy the day. There’s the saying that its ‘your day’, but you don’t want to see people uncomfortable on your wedding day. We made sure that we had enough shade for the outdoor ceremony and a mixture of songs for the dance floor (which didn’t stop)!
Laurie’s Suppliers // Photographer(s): VargaMurphy Photography // Florist: Bespoke Wedding Flowers (Yallingup) // Style hire: Aislestyle (except wooden arbor at ceremony – by florist) // Celebrant: Mary Simpson // Windows Estate Winery: Ceremony and pre-reception drinks venue // Wills Domain Winery: ReceptionLisa’s Lace Tea Length Wedding Gown Kat’s Lace and Tulle Wedding Gown