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Stacey + Mike’s Glen Ewin Estate Wedding

Stacey + Mike’s Glen Ewin Estate Wedding

Stacey and Mike got married at one of my favourite Adelaide wedding venues – Glen Ewin Estate – and it was a pleasure to work with their coordinator Rita Andretti, never underestimate how smoothly a wedding coordinator can make your special day run especially for someone like me! Stacey and Mike got ready across the road from each other and both houses were packed. There were even tents outside and every single room had a bed on the floor to accommodate all the special people that had travelled so far to enjoy the day with them.

We met the wonderful couple first at their engagement session in Adelaide, where we learned of their romantic story that was almost cut short by an ending Visa.  “Mike is incredibly good at communicating. I’ve never met a guy before that was able to share their thoughts and feelings, and make me feel like the most loved girl in the world. We have great conversations on life events and share similar view points on many subjects. We complement each other in so many ways and I feel so very lucky to have followed my guy and kissed him that night in August 2011.”

Fast forward nearly 4 years and Mike and Stacey were ready to ‘officially’ start their life together in front of friends and family at Glen Ewin Estate. Opal earrings worn by Stacey matched the 2 different blues of bridesmaid dresses and the blue and white flowers. While she wore gold sequin flats, her bridesmaids wore silver, and they probably had the most comfortable footwear of everyone!

Stacey wore a beautiful wedding dress with a sheer neckline and lace overlay, button up back and a layered full skirt complemented with a diamond cuff to complete the outfit. When she finished getting dressed her mum was overcome with emotions and I was pleased to capture the sweet moment. After a few selfies it was time for a surprise reveal for her Dad, and his beaming smile screamed pride over the little girl whom he was about to give away.

Following with the shades of blue there were ornamental umbrellas to shade guests on the day and paper fans to keep them cool at the ceremony. The groom waited at the end of the aisle as all of the attendants made their way arm in arm down the aisle. Because Stacey chose to have her brother make up part of her ‘bridesmaid’ side of the bridal party to keep it to 5 attendants each side, it broke the ice of nerves for the groom to see the two guys walking down the aisle arm in arm. I think the laugh definitely relaxed him! But then came the best reaction from the groom when he saw his bride for the first time. Overcome, he fought back tears, but the closer his bride got, the bigger his smile became.

In the gardens of Glen Ewin Estate, Stacey and Michael’s parents gave their blessings and together they all lit the family candles. There were so many gorgeous moments in this wedding ceremony – the way Michael’s parents held each other, the way Stacey and Michael were lost in each others eyes, their heartfelt first kiss, and the dads shaking hands in congratulations only to end up in a hug. Even as I write this I have a big smile on my face. This wedding was pure happiness and it has an everlasting effect.

We had family photos under the trees and by the little pond while champagne was handed around to celebrating guests. I tell you what – I had some competition at this wedding. I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many cameras out – and professional cameras at that! Stacey and Mike would have a great set of photos to tell the story of their day – and I love that they got to capture every angle.

The bridal party, made up of Stacey’s 3 bothers and sister as well as their closest friends were a bundle of laughs – we seriously had so much fun doing their wedding photos. They really were their own little party while we were away from the main event! As the season was changing to autumn, we were blessed with not only the greens of the winery but also the reds and oranges of the changing leaves – making for a gorgeous wedding album. Stacey and Mike are so in love, every kiss and smile in their photographs is pure and genuine emotion – they didn’t even have to be directed.

The blue theme flowed through to the reception – candles handmade by Stacey’s friend light up the tables. Stubbie holders designed by Stacey’s sister were brilliant caricatures of the bride and groom – I loved them! A photo booth with printable photos entertained the guests, and they stuck their pictures in the guest signing book with a message for the bride and groom. Paper lanterns hung from the roof and Stacey and Mike chose to keep their decorations grand but simple, following the theme of the rustic old winery pulpshed where the reception was held. Tall arrangements of white flowers embellished the tables and fairy lights wrapped the poles with a tree of light adding to the room ambience.

The cake was cut, the speeches inspiring laughter and cheering, and it was time for Stacey and Mike’s first dance as husband and wife. The dance floor didn’t take long to fill with their fun loving guests, but one photo sums up the whole day. Even with all the people, dancing and fun around them, Mike and Stacey still had eyes only for each other as they swayed on the dance floor. A love that runs deep like that will last a lifetime – congratulations.

Wedding dress: Found on dhgate.com
Bridesmaid: The Dainty Yard
Suits: Tailor4Less tailor4less.com
Rings: Solid Gold Jewellers
Jewellery: From Bali
Cake: Made by Stacey’s Mum
Celebrant: Gerrelyn Gilco 
Ceremony and Reception Location: Glen Ewin Estate
Bouquets: St Agnes Florist 
Adelaide Hills Wedding Photographer: Jade Norwood Photography

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Wedding of the Year | Please Help | VOTE + SHARE

Wedding of the Year | Please Help | VOTE + SHARE

Earlier in the year, the beautiful wedding of Carissa and Locky Brown was chosen as a finalist in the Easy Weddings – Wedding of the Year competition for August. With your wonderful help in voting for them, as well as anonymous voters who thought their wedding was as fabulous as we do, they won! They now go on to compete in the 2013 Easy Wedding, Wedding of the Year competition, up against the 12 other finalists from this year – and they’ve got some pretty tough competition.

We still think that Carissa and Locky’s wedding is the absolute best, and definitely the only true Aussie wedding, so team, please assemble once again! We need your votes for Carissa and Locky to win! Spread the news to your family and friends and together lets drum up enough support to make Carissa and Locky the Wedding of the Year winners, and send them off on a second honeymoon!

Please help us and Carissa and Locky  win Easy Weddings Wedding of the Year. We need as many votes as we can to win. Click the link and vote for us please  http://www.easyweddings.com.au/real-weddings/carissa-lachlans-rustic-bush-wedding/

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Including your children in your wedding

Including your children in your wedding

I think I have just seen one of my favourite episodes of ‘Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta’. It wasn’t because a woman had an ‘I’ve-transformed-from-ugly-duckling-to-swan-princess’ moment. There were no tears because they gave an unwell girl a free wedding dress when they connected with her story. Instead it was a fantastic mixed family searching the racks for mum’s wedding dress that had me giggling and feeling the warm and fuzzies.

It got me thinking – when you’ve already begun your life story together with beautiful children, or perhaps are brining two families together when you get married, how can you involve the kids in your wedding day?

Some children are too young to even realise the importance of the day or to play a big role, but look ridiculously cute in a beautiful flowergirl or pageboy outfit – what better way to include your children than to have them in your bridal party.

A beautiful moment between mum, dad and child is blended vows, when mum and dad make their lifetime promise to their child, and vice versa. Bound to bring tears to the eyes of all at your wedding ceremony.

As you exchange your wedding rings, why not present your children with their own wedding jewellery along with your lifelong promise – an engraved pendant or watch, or even a ‘family medallion’ for all family members.

Instead of following tradition and having your father walk you down the aisle, have your kids meet you half way down the walk, so they too can escort the beautiful bride down the aisle to the groom.

Some other ideas include:
–               Family sand ceremony or candle ceremony.
–               A family head table instead of bridal table
–               Change wording on your invitations to include the kids
–               Special dances  – following the first dance, share a moment with the children – have them help pick the song too!
–               A family bridal cake topper.

No matter how you do it and no matter the age, when you’ve included the most important people in your wedding day – your kids –it is a moment both you and they will cherish forever.

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Your Wedding Budget – Our Calculator

Your Wedding Budget – Our Calculator

I’ve just come across a wedding website that lists the following costs as the average for an Australian wedding: (Source)

96 Average number of guests at an Australian wedding.

$10,701 Average reception cost for food and booze.

$4043 Average spent on bridal party clothes and accessories

$3030 Average spent to clothe the bride and groom

$4234 Average spend on photography and videography

$919 Average that couples spend on flowers

$907 Average spent on transport

$418 Average spent on the cake.

$7,105 Average that couples will spend on their honeymoon

Some of these costs might seem crazy when you first look at them, but when the average amount spent on weddings is nearly $30,000 in Australia (for a wedding for under 100 people) it isn’t unreasonable to see these kinds of costs taking chunks out of your bank balance.

But how can you figure out what you can afford to spend on your wedding day if these figures seem unrealistic? The following is basic breakdown of what percentage of your budget goes toward what part of your wedding day – we’ve made this wedding budget calculator to make it easier for you. Just sit down and figure out together – what can we afford to save/borrow/spend for our wedding day.

The items with a * next to them are those that we have identified that you can actually take away from the day – meaning they last longer than the wedding day itself. This may alter your view of their costs.

You might see an item that doesn’t seem to have enough of a budget next to it than you would like – that is fine, and presents you with 2 options. Either you a) save more to add to your budget, or b) cut money elsewhere where you don’t feel you need to spend so much or can compromise on a cheaper alternative.

Putting each of the wedding costs into perspective and understanding what the value of them is to you can truly help you to make informed wedding budget decisions. The best way to do this is for bride and groom to sit down separately and list from top to bottom, what is most important to you on your wedding day, then come back and compare lists or create a combined one using compromise where your views don’t match. Top of the list is what you spend most on; bottom of the list is what you compromise on most.

Other ways to look at your budget are saving in some areas, and spending the ‘saved’ money on those items that are top of your list. For example, in a $30,000 wedding budget, there is $900 set aside for your wedding rings, and $600 for the ceremony. But if your ceremony is being held in a public and free location with minimal decorating, you may only need $300 to pay the celebrant, and spend what you have ‘saved’ on your wedding rings instead.

You might find a fantastic chef who can feed your guests for $30 per person, reducing your reception costs and upping the money you can spend on your wedding photography – the keepsake of a lifetime. You could have friends with fantastic old cars for your wedding transportation, which will cost you their favourite carton of beer and a full tank of petrol, and instead spend the money saved on gifts for your bridal party. It comes down to what you can get your hands on, what you can compromise on, and what is the most important thing to you on your wedding day (aside from actually getting married!)

Don’t forget the incidentals, like the marriage license and pre-wedding counselling (required for some religions), and think about whether you will be budgeting for your honeymoon amongst your wedding budget, or you will be saving for that separately after the big day. But if you focus on what you really value on your wedding day, what you take away from the day itself, and be realistic about what kind of budget you can afford, you will make wise decisions about your wedding spending with little regret – and still get the wedding that you dream of.

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Jess & Mark’s Adelaide Hills Winery Wedding

Jess & Mark’s Adelaide Hills Winery Wedding

Jess and Mark knew it was love at first sight when they met at a house party at aged 14 and 16.  It is Mark’s sense of humour and Jess’s kindness that has taken them from childhood sweethearts to husband and wife. And Mark’s sense of humour was also what kept Jess none the wiser about their impending engagement! ‘Mark proposed on my birthday; I didn’t see it coming because he had tricked me into thinking he couldn’t afford a ring!’

After being together for so long, how would they describe their relationship in a single word? ‘Bliss! We just love being together and playing with our little Jacob.’

Jess and Mark were married at their favourite local winery, Anderson Hill, on the 2nd of November. Their special wedding day was rustic themed, and was a casual and relaxed affair.

Jess’s beautiful wedding dress was from Grace Loves Lace, and she was attended by maid of honour Melissa Zimmermann and Bridesmaids Kathleen Banas and Claudia Zimmerman. Mark’s Best Man Michael Ribbins was joined by groomsmen Blagoja Maslarov and Stefan Zimmermann. But the real star of the bridal party was Jess and Mark’s son, Jacob who was the gorgeous pageboy.

The couple personliased their wedding with little craft projects and their own music playlist, making sure their rustic themed wedding was truly reflective of them. It was a day full of love and happiness, which was only increased when the couple shared their happy news during the ceremony….they are pregnant with number 2!

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Beautiful florals by Celeste at Illum Flowers; so impressed by her work and presentation.

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Antique jewellery handed down through generations, such amazing pieces to include

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Jess and Mark opted for a first look.. Just love it!!
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Love love love the outdoor reception

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Wishing you all the very best for your life as husband and wife, and your beautiful growing family! Cant wait to meet your new addition to the family.. xx

Vendor Information
Adelaide Wedding Photographers: Jade Norwood Photography
Adelaide Hills Winery Wedding Location: Anderson Hill Cellar Door
Wedding Dress: Grace Loves Lace
Bridesmaid Dresses: Forever new
Florist: Celeste from Illume Flowers
Celebrant: Peter Champion