When I first met Kristy, I knew we were going to have fun creating her rural wedding to Lewis; her brief was ‘A HUGE party please!’
Thier wedding was to be set in the dry paddocks of Bellbrae, just outside Anglesea. A school campsite, it has loads of open space, a common room, large kitchen, basic cabins the guests could stay in and not a soul for miles. “We can have as many people as we like, there are no noise restrictions and no curfew”, explained Kristy.
“I want to be a guest at your wedding” was one the first things I said to her.
Living in Sydney Kristy’s high powered position requires long hours and loads of overseas travel. Our first meeting involved going through numerous spread sheets showing exactly what was already booked, timelines, schedules and budgets. I was impressed with her organisation but understood a project of this scale would require more. Kristy hired me to help turn her ideas into a cohesive vision, to style a wedding suited to the couples personality. We enlisted the help of our in-house project manager, Marius, to help co-ordinate the huge list of vendors and suppliers.
To embrace the relaxed bush vibe we set up a festival style event. Using the awesome Tipikata Tipis as our centrepiece and an enormous dance floor surrounded by festoon lighting hired from Pepper and Sprout, many food and drinks trucks sorted out the catering. Lounge areas were set up in the surrounding grounds with hired furniture, umbrellas, rugs and cushions, so guests could relax in the afternoon sun.
The ceremony site was a 1km walk down a very steep hill set on the banks of a dam amongst ancient gumtrees. Picturesque to say the least. I think everyone understood why they chose this spot. Married under a green and white floral archway taking inspiration from the bush around us, Kristy and Lewis were the picture of happiness as they said their “I-Do’s”. After the ceremony the Tom Collins Caravan Bar swung open its doors. Guests were encouraged to lie around in the sun on the lounge areas provided, while the bridal party had their photos taken by the very talented Jess, from Brown Paper Parcel.
Lawn games were played and canapés served while everyone enjoyed the hot January day. As the sun began to set and the tunes were pumping, it was clear what sort of party this was going to be. Our biggest challenge was fending off the guests as they lined up at the fully stocked whisky bar which was not supposed to open until 9pm. An impressive ‘Don’t Tell Charles’ 5 tier wedding cake was cut, the whisky bar was flowing and the guests danced til dawn. Many, including some pretty tired I Heart Flowers staff, enjoyed the photo booth supplied by In The Booth.
This rural wedding was truly a party for the history books!