What better way to start the week than with a perfectly romantic and timeless garden wedding?! From the lush pink and white flowers to the garden party setting, Tamara and Shane’s celebration will remind you just why classic weddings never get old.
Tamara and her bridesmaids carried classic and romantic bouquets of white peonies and pink and white roses and rosebuds, tied with pale pink ribbon.
Tamara’s bridesmaids wore matching blush colored floor length chiffon gowns. The flower girl wore a half-wreath of leaves and flowers in her hair.
“The only priority for our ceremony was for it to reflect us as a couple. We didn’t want it to feel fake, lame or in any way contrived. Our celebrant was a huge help and had endless options of how we could structure the formalities. To be honest when we met with her we felt a little embarrassed that in the craziness of wedding planning we hadn’t even thought about the ceremony itself. Having a celebrant who was able to brainstorm ideas with us was fantastic and meant we had a ceremony that really meant a lot to us.”
Your ceremony in three words. Relaxed, personal and fun.
What was your ceremony music? We have always loved music so ceremony music was a big decision. I walked down the aisle to my favorite Ben Howard song, “Gracious.” It was a song that most people wouldn’t know but it was perfect for us. As the ceremony concluded we had an acoustic musician who was fantastic! One of the best things we splurged on for the day.
What were your ceremony readings? Our celebrant read out an adaptation of Bob Marley’s thoughts on marriage. It might have been a little unconventional but it was beautiful, fun and our guests later commented how perfect it was for us.
What were your vows like? Our vows were chosen from some options provided by our celebrant. We loved having this part of the ceremony a little more formal but we then also added on a personalized promise to each other at the end. We both wanted to be able to memorize our promises and maintain eye contact as they were said, so they weren’t long but very much from the heart.
What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony? My favorite thing was that it was “us.” We laughed and enjoyed the moment together with our friends and family.
Is there anything else that you’d like to share about your wedding ceremony? I had never expected how nervous I would be in the lead up to the ceremony. I was excited about marrying my best friend but started worrying about tripping on my dress, forgetting my vows and being the center of attention. But the combination of music I loved and a celebrant we were really comfortable with quickly calmed my nerves.
“Our reception was surreal! It felt like a huge dinner party with all my favorite people in one place. So much fun!”
What inspired you when you were planning your wedding? For us it was all about creating a relaxed and elegant atmosphere. It was important that our guests were comfortable, well fed and having a great day with us. This guided our color palette, musician choice, floral arrangement and even my dress, shoes and hair.
Are there any DIY details you’d like to tell us about? One of my favorite details was our bonbonnieres. We filled glass test tubes with our favorite tea and attached our escort cards to them. As guests arrived to our reception we had them on a table so they found their card and took their gift with them to their table. My dad is pretty handy and made a rack to sit them all in. It looked amazing!
Why did you choose this location for your wedding? We wanted the day to be relaxed, elegant, intimate and stress free. As soon as we arrived at Clovelly we knew it was the perfect location. It was private, beautiful and sophisticated without being pretentious. Best of all it meant we could host the ceremony and reception in the same location meaning we didn’t need to coordinate moving everyone to multiple locations.
What was the best advice you received as a bride? Get a videographer! As the bills start coming in you will start thinking about where you can save some money. I almost said goodbye to our videographer and it would have been a huge mistake. Our three-minute highlights video is absolutely fantastic and something I watch all the time.
What advice do you have for other couples in the midst of planning a wedding? Get help! Unless you are event planner chances are you aren’t even going to know where to start. I can honestly say we loved our wedding but we also found the planning process fun and enjoyable because we had expert help. While I wanted to organised the venue, photographer, celebrant etc things like stationary, flowers and equipment hire were left to our planner. Usually she would bring us 3 – 5 options to match our style and budget and we would pick from these. She was amazing! Also, make sure you share wedding jobs with your fiancé. For some reason I assumed wedding stuff would bore Shane, but a few months in he asked if he could be responsible for a few things including the cake. He loved being involved and did a brilliant job!
If you had it to do over again, is there anything you would do differently? The only thing we would change would be to have a 3 course meal rather than 5-course tasting. The food was divine but it meant we had more time seated. The day goes incredibly quickly so it would have been nice to have a little more mingling time after our meal.
What type of cake or dessert did you serve? Dessert was a Bombe Alaska that people still talk about! It was amazing! Our cake was served after our first dance and also put into take away containers for guests. The three tiers were chocolate, passionfruit and vanilla.
What was your favorite moment or part of the reception? We chose to have our speeches broken up between each course of food. Every speech was so special and it gave us the chance to enjoy such nice words but then also take time to personally thank them straight after.
What was your first dance song? Our first dance was to “This Year’s Love” by David Gray and my father/daughter dance was Van Morrison’s “Brown Eyed Girl.” Our dance floor was out on the lawn under a jacaranda tree with strings of lights hanging. It was really romantic, magical and one of my favorite things.