I know that some readers have seen photos that I posted from our wedding back in March, but I haven't told you about our day...not in detail anyway. Now that I have some more photos to share with you I thought it would be nice to finally write about our special day.
Dean and I had originally planned to be married in 2011, 6 weeks after the birth of Ben. It didn't go to plan. We changed our date to March this year and kept all of our plans in place to marry locally at the beautiful Brandy Creek winery. As I counted down the weeks (until 3 weeks before the wedding) things just didn't feel 'right' and I literally begged Dean to consider going back to our original plans of marrying at home. He and many others thought I was crazy. If I was crazy it was a good thing because once the decision was made everything fell into place beautifully and it was a wonderful day. It just felt so special to marry at home, my favourite place in the world.
After 3 weeks of working bees and frantic mowing, pruning and cleaning we married in our backyard with my two brothers escorting me down the aisle (my father is deceased) to Israel Kamakawiwo'ole's 'Somewhere Over the Rainbow'. We followed my children, first Max pulling Ben in a billy cart (lovingly made by Dean and his father especially for the day - as Ben wasn't walking) followed by Jess. We were married by a lovely, local celebrant, Vicki and wrote our own vows. During the ceremony Deans cousin read a beautiful hand blessing. We signed our marriage certificates to an acoustic version of 'You and Me' by Lifehouse sung by local singer, Julianne Bremner and we greeted our guests as husband and wife to Newton Faulkners 'Dream Catch Me'.
Our ceremony space was our backyard. I decorated the backdrop with doily bunting and a vintage cloth covered our signing table. We had white timber look-alike chairs for guests and standing space on our back verandah. It was simple.
My something old: My shoes & dress
My something new: My custom hairpiece from Etsy by LuluSplendour & ear rings
My something borrowed and blue: My mum's embroidered vintage hanky
Our flowers were purchased from a wholesale flower supplier, from my favourite local nursery Kurinda Rose Nursery and gathered from friends and family. The bouquets were made by a friend and my mother and I assisted....which if you read my first post about our day you would know that I really enjoyed it! The bouquets contained dahlias from a prize winning local grower, succulents from our garden, roses, snowberries, lisianthus and dusty miller. I wrapped our bouquets in velvet ribbon, a wide band of vintage lace and finished it off with an engraved disc by Giggle and Groove, layered over a vintage pearl button.
Our reception was held in a large marquee set up in our front yard. The marquee was decorated with paper bunting made by my mum, vintage books, tea light candles and I displayed our flowers in preserving jars and vintage vases. I created a display of photos of our family members on their wedding days, a special table for my father, a corner where guests could create photo messages for us instead of a traditional guest book and we had a play corner for little Ben. It was simple and as we only had 3 weeks to gather everything we were all very tired...but very happy!
This image was taken by me prior to the ceremony
We had a family friend supply us with nibbles, guests BYO'd their drinks and finger food was supplied by locally based Debritz catering. Their food is beautiful and we were so grateful that they were available on such short notice! Our wedding cake was simply chocolate and vanilla cupcakes displayed on 3 cupcake stands and these were made by a friend, Expressions 4 Impressions. We had our first dance to Newton Faulkners 'If This Is It'.
This image was taken by our neighbour
Overall it was a small budget wedding with all clothing bought pre-loved, on sale or we used already available items from our wardrobes. My mum made our boys tie and bowtie. I made the invitations and all signage for the day using chalk paint on large timber boards. Yes, we could have done it simpler in many ways but I am happy with the decisions we made and as they changed many a time (as many of our suppliers and helpers know) I am grateful for the way things turned out!
Four months have passed since the wedding and each day that I go out into our yard I am reminded of our special day, our vows and the love I feel for my husband. I am glad we got married at home.
Thanks for visiting,
P.S These images (unless specified) were taken at our place by a friends cousin, Michelle of Michelle Couling Photography. Please do not copy these images, however you may link to them if you wish.