Ebony & Daniel

Willie Smiths Apple Shed, Huon Valley Tasmania
Photographer: Agape Media House

Ebony & Daniel share some snippets from their party of love in the Huon Valley…

Love, humour and dancing

Our day was exactly how we wanted it to be, just a big party of love! The most important thing for us when planning our special day was remembering it is a day of celebrating us and making your big day reflect on the couple you are. We are just a typical couple that loves humour, dancing and love all around; and that’s what we made our day about.

The First Dance

If I had to choose, my favourite moment of the day was definitely our first dance mash up. We had a week to rehearse it and after a few bridal ciders to knock off the nerves we managed to nail it!!! All we wanted to do was give everyone a little piece of us to take home and remember it whenever they reflect on our special day. It started with a slow dance to our favourite song ‘you are the reason’ by Callum Scott and then broke it down with a bit of MJ, Whitney Houston, MC Hammer and Backstreet boys! It got our guests in tears of laughter and dancing the night away!

DIY Crazy

Our advice to couples planning a similar wedding would be to get into your creative side and attempt making props and things of your own. It really does make your day so much more sentimental and you can make these things a keepsake of your day; and you also feel proud on the day when it all comes together. `We managed to pull off our mug shot seating chart which was a funny photo of each guest that we stuck on a palette in their tables and it gave the guests a big laugh.

 
Dress / Grace loves lace, with Bride’s mother’s veil
Suits / YD Australia
Transport / Kombi Krew & Oakleys coaches
Celebrant / Jenny Ferguson
Stying / Bride, Groom & family
Bridesmaids’ dresses & accessories/ Shona Joy, Collete
Bride and Groom jewellery / Michael Hill
Florist / Flamboyant flowers
Cake / Dees cakes and sweets
Makeup Artist / Sarah Wittison MUA
Hair / Chelsea Howe
Bridesmaid and bride shoes / Spurr
Flower girl attire / Tea Princess
Entertainment / Dave Seabourne

Sarah & Bryan

Venue – Kingston & Mt Wellington, Tasmania
Photography – Light and Type


An Ecuadorian-inspired gathering featuring a chilly mountaintop evening… Sarah shares some of their favourite details from her and Bryan’s Southern Tasmanian wedding…

 

The first and foremost thing was that our wedding would celebrate our God and be in every way a representation of us, who we are and what we love. From the small details to the big, we wanted things that oozed Bryan and Sarah. The second was that our friends and family would be involved in it like they are involved in our lives. We loved having a mix of Australian elements and South American elements through our flowers, styling and food.

Bryan proposed (by the side of a Volcanic crater lake!) while we were on holiday visiting his family in Ecuador. When we went to a local artisanal market I knew this was the perfect chance to pick up something for the wedding that would represent Ecuador and keep me warm in the Tassie evening- that was where I found my shawl!

I fell in love with the Grace Loves Lace – Fabienne dress, but it was proving to hard to track down second hand. I found a lady on Etsy who could make one similar, and with her help, I designed the high
neck top.

Growing up in Tasmania, I’m such a fan of it’s natural beauty and splendour and we wanted to include that in some way. The church where we married and had the reception is the church I’ve grown up in. I think it’s beautiful, as well as having lots of meaning and a big enough space for us to pull off an outdoor reception, with a backup if it was going to rain!

For the ceremony we loved having our friends play and sing worship songs, and especially two extra special songs; my late father’s favourite song – Morning has Broken, and – Tu Poeta (in Spanish) as we signed the register.  

We also cut our Mojito-flavoured cake (made by a friend) mid-ceremony, because we wanted everyone to be able to see and enjoy it. Post-ceremony we had a table of cakes which friends and family had made and brought.

Another amazing detail we were so excited to have was a professional live stream of our wedding ceremony, which meant that Bryan’s family who couldn’t be there, could watch it in the moment from Ecuador.

Sarah’s Advice? Don’t be afraid to do things your way and make a wedding that is very much ‘you’.

Church / St Clements Anglican Church
Dress / AtelierTAMI from Etsy
Grooms Outfit / Zara
Shawl, Rings & Sarah’s necklace / From Ecuador
Earrings / Amanda Life
Flowers / Swallows Nest Farm
Catering & Cake / Friends + Franks Cider & MooBrew
Makeup Artist / KazC Mobile makeup artistry
Celebrant / Rev. Peter Adlem (Minister of St Clements)
Yurt hire / Don River Yurt Co.
Wedding Arch / All 4 Divas
Wedding livestream / Signal Audio

Courtney & Michael

Venue / Home Hill Winery
Photographer / Sophie Sullivan Photography


Courtney shares with us the special details from her and Michael’s winery-wedding in Southern Tasmania…

 

We took our photos beforehand at Michael’s cousin’s boutique hotel Maylands Lodge. We took our photos first for two reasons, one we wanted to have the reveal just be a moment shared between the two of us but also to save time later. We didn’t want to leave our own party that we had been planning for months for three hours! This also meant we got to relax before the ceremony and we could have drinks with our bridal party.

I got my dress custom made in Vietnam because I wanted something plain and elegant that wasn’t going to cost and arm and a leg. It turned out to be my dream dress particularly because it had pockets!

Michael made his own wedding band from a railway nail from a camp where his grandfather was a prison of war. He used the nail and turned it into a very sentimental ring. Michael also designed and helped make my wedding band at Metal Urges (there are photos of him wielding bits of diamond in). Michael also made all his groomsmen a handmade wooden tobacco pipe which they all loved and used on the night to smoke fancy tobacco.

One of my closest school friends since I have known since prep was our wedding celebrant which made the ceremony all the more beautiful. We wrote our own vows and I promised to support Michael with his wild hobbies (bee keeping, jewellery making, raising quails, home brewing and bushwalking) and he put Biggie Smalls lyrics in his to honour my love of hip hop.

Michael is an extreme animal lover and one of his requests was for us to have access to the alpaca paddock! Unfortunately our furry friends didn’t want to get too close but we still had a blast trying to pat them.

And finally…we got a friend of ours to run a game where we had to answer questions and raised each respective shoe for answers which added another element of fun to the day!

Dress / Custom made in Vietnam
Brides Rings / Metal Urges
Grooms Ring / Handmade
Shoes / Bared Shoes
Makeup Artist / Holly Ella Beauty Studio
Bride’s Hair / Rachael of Lehcar Hair
Accommodation/ Maylands Lodge, Hobart

Dani & Zane

Ceremony and Reception / Hellyers Road Distillery, North West Coast
Photographer / Michelle Dupont Photography
Words by Dani


 

Our wedding day really was the best day of our lives…

The weather was a perfect January day and  everything flowed just as it should. We spent the day with our bestie, our one bridesmaid, – because as my florist-become-friend would say .. “You just don’t need seventeen maids”.

We sipped on Mumm Rose out of my favourite glasses, while getting ready with my favourites who just so happened to be my MUA and hairstylist! WINNING! If you haven’t been to Table Cape on the North West Coast it is a must see! We stayed the night prior in a quaint little barn on the property built from a large tree that blew over nearby.

We spent the next day being pampered and prettified totally calm and relaxed in the main residence soaking in picturesque views of the farmland and ocean, Mumm always in hand of course!

Our ceremony was everything I imagined and more.

My hubby Zane built the most epic hexagonal arch from reclaimed timbers we had been saving for the perfect project to use, and Emma burst a floral explosion on the finished product that became a feast to the eye in front of the green hills behind.

Emotionally and spiritually to be surrounded by every single person you love while you say your vows from your heart is really, the most magical moment of all.

Florist / @thefoxglovefloralco
Makeup Artist / @beauty_by_chelsea_langford C/O @indulgencebeautywithin
Cakes / Addicted to Bakes
Dress / Karen Willis Holmes “Caitlyn”, fully customised by Rose from @glitter.is.a.neutral
Hair Stylist / Earth Angel Emma
Entertainment / Mason Waller Music and Entertainment
Accommodation / Table House Farm, Table Cape

Sam & Brendan

Location / The Long Gallery, Salamanca
Photographer / Rosie Hastie
Words By Sam…


The venue…

The Long Gallery had been suggested to us, we had originally thought about an outdoor wedding. However we were so thrilled when we visited the Long Gallery and saw how beautiful it was, we loved the hardwood floors and sandstone, it felt so homely. Later in our journey Amy had suggested using the Side space Gallery for our ceremony and The Long Gallery for our reception which couldn’t have worked more perfectly. Being in the centre of Salamanca was also very special and it is now somewhere we hold even more special as it holds our wedding memories.

That dress..

When we were first engaged and I was browsing dresses online I stumbled across Anna Campbell, and I fell in love with her designs. From that moment I had my heart set on an Anna Campbell gown! I made a couple of trips to Melbourne to visit their boutique with my Mum and Grandma and it was so special, the team were really helpful and the choice changed a couple of times before deciding on the final gown and veil. My Gorgeous Jacket was a vintage find and it teamed so perfectly with the theme and feel of the wedding, I felt like a 1920’s princess!

Favourite Moments…

After we had our photos and a walk through battery point and Salamanca we went to the Whisky Bar in Woobys Lane for some time just the two of us, we got about an hour to ourselves and we really savoured that romantic alone time before getting back to the celebrations with everyone else. It was so special to touch base with each other and appreciate the moment!

Advice…

I would say not to rush if you have the option, take your time with things. Our whole theme completely changed over the time of planning. Our aim the whole time was the day was all about us, and all decisions we made were for the day to be fun and worry free.The most important thing to us when planning our wedding was that we had the time to save for what we wanted. We have very little time with working commitments so having a Coordinator was a life saver for us! We prioritised some of our budget to hiring our Co-ordinator Amy (House of A Event Management), which was worth every cent. It really took the worry off us, even if you can have a set up and pack up co-ordinator it means you don’t need to be involved in the pack up the next day!

 

 

Wedding planner & styling / House of A Event
Management
Videographer / Ashton Howe
Dress / Anna Campbell
Florist (arch, table & signage) / Gay Flowers
Shawl / Bride’s own vintage find
Florist (bridal party) / Lisa Kingston
Signage & place cards / Letter L Designs
Makeup Artist / Liv Rodgers
Hair Stylist / Amanda Joy Hair Stylist
Entertainment / Night Life Mobile
Music & The Matt and Nate Show

Colette & Luke

Venue / Quamby Estate, Hagley
Photographer / Clint and Bethanie Photography
Words by Colette…


 
It was a beautiful sunny spring day at Quamby Estate in Hagley spent with our closest family and friends…

The 17th of November was honestly the best day we could have ever imagined. It is a day that I myself have always dreamed of since I was a little girl. The love that Luke and I have for one another is what made our day the most precious day to date after 6 years together.

When planning our wedding the most important thing was making sure it was us and what we wanted, simple but classy. We had always set out for a classy themed wedding and Quamby was the perfect location.

Our favourite moment of the day would have been when we both saw each other on the day for the first time.

The week of our wedding Luke and I endured one of the hardest days of our lives that we did not think would ever happen and lost something that was so precious to our next chapter together. That first moment we saw each other and during our vows to each other it made us both realise how incredibly lucky we are to have one another.

Our advice for other couples would be to relax and let the day unfold.

It’s those little things that happen that make your day special. At the end of the day all that matters is that the bride and groom are there, the rest is just truly a bonus. Live in the moment and enjoy every minute as it goes so quick!

 

Florals & Styling / Florist International Flowers and Balloonland made all the bouquets and styled the venue
Dress / Kenneth Winston, from Timeless Elegance
Entertainment / Nathan Broomhall
Makeup Artist / Tanisha Koops
Hair Stylist / Kirby Manion from The Loft Salon
Grooms Outfits / Routleys Launceston
Videography / Ashton Howe
Cake and wedding favours / Scrumptious by Sophie Radin
Signage – Bespoke Message Boards

Christy & Nick

Photographer: Nina Hamilton Photography
Videographer: The Love Lab
Location: The Central Highlands, Tasmania- Thousand Lakes Lodge
Beautiful words by Christy & Nick…


We got engaged during an amazing Tasmanian adventure and being from Sydney instantly fell in love everything Tasmania had to offer. The scenery, the food and of course the wine. There was no doubt in our mind that we wanted to have our ceremony somewhere in this incredible part of the world.

We knew we didn’t want a big wedding we wanted to create something intimate. Something that made the most of the beautiful wilderness and something we could share with our family and closest friends. After much searching we stumbled across the beautiful Thousand Lakes Lodge and after a trip there ~10 months before the big day we fell in love.

Being able to spend 3 days in this remote location felt like we were a million miles away from everything and could focus on the important things, and we created some magical memories.

Being an outdoor ceremony to make the most of the surrounds the weather was always going to be in the back of our mind. What we didn’t expect with just how gorgeous it turned out to be! After stocking up on hand warmers, blankets and a hip flask full of Tassie whisky it turned out to be a beautiful sun soaked afternoon.
Not only was this amazing for us and our guests but the light made for the most stunning photography and videography captured things we could only dream
off forever.

We wanted to create an experience that would bring our two families together over a few days so we could all take sometime to relax and share in some incredible memories.

We wanted our day to have as much of us in it as we could. From designing our own invites to making little weekend welcome gifts we wanted to create an experience that showed how important our family and friends are to us and how much they have been a part of our journey.

Our best advice though is choose amazing vendors to work with.

It is so easy to be overwhelmed when starting out. Have a clear picture of what you want and don’t let yourself get carried away. The team of wonderful people we had around on the day was something we will always be grateful for. They helped shape our planning and made everything so comfortable and stress free. By the end of our day it felt like they had become part of our little family as they all bought so much.

 

Favourite Moment…

We had snuck out with Lewa and the Love Lab team to capture some golden hour shots. We were both standing holding each other on a rocky outcrop looking over the water and the lodge with the sun setting around us. We could see our closest family and friends enjoying wonderful food and wine by the fire and hear the laughter and lovebeing shared from a few days of perfect family bonding.

It was our first quite moment together surrounded by silence and the most gorgeous of scenery. It was a time for us to reflect on how lucky we were to have shared in the most perfect day surrounded by so much love and support. It was the realisation not only of the life we had ahead of us but a sense of overflowing joy for creating a special few days that we will never forget.

 

Other Vendors & Contributors:

Celebrant / Cinta Celebrate Love (Merren Wilkinson)
Dress & Veil / Nelder Jones
Groom’s Suit / Instichu
Groom’s Shoes / Undandy
Wedding Rings / Larsen Jewellery

Florist & Stylist / Swallows Nest Farm
Catering & Cake / Hubert & Dan

 

Cat & Luke

Piermont, Swansea – East Coast of Tasmania

Photographer: Fiona Vail 

Videographer: Light Noise Films

Written by Cat

“In planning our wedding, the most important thing was trusting all of our suppliers and working with great people.”

On the day, we had 100% confidence that everything would be amazing – and it was. We knew that Bek and her team would just work together to make it all happen. Finding people that we connected with and trusted really paid off – the day was faultless.  So everything went to plan! I had been mentally preparing for something to come unstuck, but it just happened that our day went so smoothly. We were relaxed the whole time, even my girlfriends were surprised at this!

“Plan out what you want the day to look like, then go about organising it before sharing all the details with your close friends and family.”

The best thing we ever did was choose our venue, guest list (having a small wedding helped), suppliers, vibe and dates before chatting with our family. It gave us to really think through how we wanted our most special day to go. We booked it all in and then shared the news with our family and bridal party. They were so excited to be shown the details and we were glad we got to make decisions without the pressure of (well-meaning) outside opinions.

I couldn’t possibly a favourite moment – everything from waking up to the most amazing sunrise, Luke’s dads speech at breakfast (the tears started early), our nephews high-fiving Luke when they walked down the aisle, the time just the two of us during our photos, all the food and drinks and the after party (at a cottage that kicked on til 3am with the boys from the Foley Artists on the DJ decks.)

Styling / Bek Burrows
Music / Foley Artists
Dress / Savannah Miller Bridal from Bluebell Bridal in Melbourne
Celebrant / Rachael Calvert
Earrings / Christie Nicolaides
Grooms Suit Jacket / Barkers
Rings / Natalie Marie Jewellery – Sydney
Bride’s shoes / Gucci
Hair / Jess Manning
Makeup Artist / Tanisha Koops
Videography / Light Noise Films
Food / Homestead Restaurant @ Piermont

Gabby & Josh

Location – Ceremony: Shene Estate & Distillery 

Location – Reception: Coal River Farm

Photographer: Jon Gazzignato 

Videographer: Folktale Films

Celebrant: Jessie Poke

Florist: Mrs Florist 

Dress Designer & Boutique: Made with Love from Little White Boutique 

DJ: Hum DJs – Hobart’s Ultimate Mobile DJs

Photo Booth: Confetti Weddings & Events Tasmania 

Stylist (Isle Runner & Welcome Sign): Style My Day 

Cake: Kristy’s Kreations 

Make up Artist: Makeup by Yaz 

Hair Stylist: Ben O’Brien 

Wedding & Engagement rings: Claudia Jewellers 

Spray Tans: Liv Rodgers – Spray Aus 

Bridesmaid Dresses: Mixbridal 

Suits: Routleys 

Dance Floor: Weedings Hire 

Lighting Reception: Artaud & Co 

Earrings & Bracelet: Francesca  

Buses: Barry’s Buses 

“Our day was beyond perfect, we were surrounded by our family and friends who were all so excited to celebrate the love we share. Each vendor we chose created more than we could have ever imagined, paying careful attention to every detail, and captured in our beautiful photographs.  Our ceremony was completely us; relaxed, intimate and filled with love and laughter. It told the story of our love and reminded us how blessed we are to have such special people in our lives. Our dear friend wrote a poem, especially for our ceremony, and delivered it with such love, respect and eloquence. Our friends and family still speak of the beauty, intimacy and stunning details of our ceremony. From the second our ceremony ended the party started, with drinks and award winning gin served in the breathtaking barn at Shene Distillery. It was perfect to have such a relaxed vibe as we greeted our guests for the first time as husband and wife. Our guests then departed on the bus to get to our amazing reception venue, Coal River Farm. Our reception continued to provide the perfect mix of relaxation and partying; outstanding food and drinks, lots of good (and bad) dancing and heart-warming speeches from some of the incredible people in our lives. We had speeches from each of our fathers, the best man and the maid of honour: It took our breath away from both feeling so overjoyed by the relationships we have and from all the laughs, as you can see in our photos! We also had my brother MC our reception. It was a great choice as he made the night run so smoothly, all while entertaining our guests with some light banter! It was just what we wanted.

If I had to choose, my favourite moment of the day was when Josh and I had photos with our bridal party and just the two of us. These moments were so special and thanks to our photographer, videographer and the amazing staff at Shene Estate, these first few moments as husband and wife were so natural and were captured candidly. Our bridal party was small but meaningful – we each had our two best friends and they each made the most profound impact on our day, we are incredibly grateful for all that they did! Of course, I can’t leave out dancing the night away with our family and friends at our reception; this part of this night is so special and forms the happiest memories when you get to celebrate the hours of planning that goes into your big day! I often wish I could go back and relive this part of the night – thank goodness for our video!! 

Planning our wedding was both stressful and exciting and one of the most important things to us was that my dad would be there to celebrate too. My Dad had been undergoing treatment for cancer for 3 years prior to our wedding and unfortunately we knew he didn’t have a lot of time left. In November 2018, after we received the news of his health declining again, we decided to move our date forward twelve months to the 10th March 2019. It felt so much crazier when we had less than six months to rebook our vendors, venues and to finish the planning process, we are so thankful Dad could attend and are forever grateful to have such beautiful photos to remember these precious moments together. Dad passed 5 weeks after our wedding which was and still is incredibly difficult after being on such a high with our wedding day – but the photos, video and memories of our day are an amazing thing to be able to have while we work through our grief. Keeping the day about us and why we were there in the first place was our major focus while planning the whole event. Also, to celebrate love; not only the love Josh and I share, but the love from and for our family and friends was a major influence on how we made the choices for our day. 

Our advice to couples who would like to plan a similar wedding to ours would be to always remember what’s important to you and why this celebration is so special – whatever that may mean to you as a couple. For us, it was the people that have helped us get to this point in our lives: our friends and family, It was also a nice touch for us to have our fur baby, Murphy, to come along and be a part of our day! I think making choices that reflect your style as a couple is so important to feel emotionally and physically connected to the day. The vendors you choose have a major influence on your day – so choose the ones you think will help your day to have the feel you want it to. My final piece of advice is to appreciate how photos and videos can perfectly capture your experience. It all happens so quickly and having the photos and video footage to look back on is so special! So don’t hold back here; go for the photographer and videographer that you love! It is so worth it!! Most of all, remember to relax and enjoy – it’s your day!!!!

 

Kate & Mitch

Photographer / Bonnie Jenkins
Venue / Family Home Roches Beach, Lauderdale
Custom Designed Dress / Oglia-Loro Couture
Venue Styling & Flowers/ Annie Young & Bride
Catering / The Wild Kitchen, Sarah Glover
Music / Jeremy Matcham
Makeup Artist / Claire Hunt
Videographer / Yamina Gold
Bouques/Boutonnieres /Botanical florist Hobart
Celebrant / Mary Hemming
Cake / Sweet Envy
Lighting / Blackout contractors

 

Words By Kate…
I wanted our wedding to be very personal and reflect our natural lifestyle, to share the occasion with great Tasmanian food and wine, and to enjoy the celebration with our family and friends. 

 

We had around 120 guests that we hold very close to our hearts. The day was picture perfect and full of nothing but love & sunshine.

We had all of our food on display for guests to watch being cooked over open fire by the most amazing Sarah Glover (The Wild Kitchen). All the seafood was caught fresh & supplied by my husband and his closest mates that included crayfish, abalone, Blue Eye, Octopus and Calamari. Sarah and her team had pineapples & chicken hanging from chains, whole pumpkins being cooked in hot coals and the most delicious salads and potatoes. The Dinner Grazing table was outstanding. Not to mention the cheese grazing earlier on in the day and the deserts were to die for…

If I had to choose, my favourite moment of the day was sitting back at the bridal table taking in our surroundings and thinking how lucky we are to have such beautiful people in our lives, incredible families that support and love us so much.We are so grateful for each & everyone of them… Also having our Fur babies Macey the Bullmastiff & Deo the Pug a part of our Ceremony was a special moment.

Make sure that you have a huge support team around you & plan well in advance so that everything runs smoothly on your special day. As we always think that we have everything sorted but the final touches can’t be done by yourself when you’re the Bride, trust your team.