We wanted our Wedding to be a relaxed, casual affair. We chose a spot under some shade down by the lake at Yanchep National Park in Perth. It was a 32 degree day but the breeze off the mirror like lake cooled things down. Small signs which were placed along the pathway, guided guests to the ceremony. Both my parents walked me down the red carpet aisle as I wanted to symbolize both of their input into my upbringing. We stood in a heart shape made out of white pebbles during the ceremony. Each guest received a pebble at the start of the ceremony which they were asked to warm in their hands with well wishes for the bride and groom during the ceremony. When we signed the registry the guests came up and placed their pebbles in a large vase filled with water and rose petals. The vase is a focal point in our house today. The Guests greeted us with rose petals and bubbles as we ran back down the aisle as the happy couple. We had our own portable ipod playing song by Michael Buble’ before the ceremony, during the signing and at the end. The reception was in a Cabaret Cave at Yanchep National park. The cave is only used for private functions so is a well kept secret. The cave is lit by millions of fairy lights and candles. This cave was used in a music video by the Australian Band “Empire of the Sun-Standing on a Shore”.Place markers were pebbles with guests names on each. The favours were small brown paper bags with a small hand beaded African animal keyring. These came over with Marks family from South Africa.Our first dance song was and Bryan Adams “Inside Out".
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Our day was wonderful. We were so happy with everything and cherished every mument. We had friends and family from near and far with us. We were married in a small country Church by my father who is a Pastor. Our reception was at a local winery that had perfect views and a great atmosphere for a party. The theme of the wedding was based on red roses and the gold of my dress. Single roses in ornate jars and bottles I collected lined the window sills in the Church and vases of flowers were on each table at the reception. All our bouquets were red roses and the cake also had red roses and was designed after my dress. We had live music at the Ceremony and reception which everyone loved. The bridal party travelled in a super stretch limousine and a friend who is a professional photographer took our wonderful photos. Andrew and I wanted to have a day that was special, fun, relaxed and a real party feel to it. We wanted to have lots of personal touches and paid attention to the finer details. We feel we achieved this and wouldn't change anything.
We wanted our Wedding to be an initimate affair; casual and with a vintage feel. We themed our wedding around the 1930's glamour of train travel and used this throughout our ceremony and reception. Our ceremony took place at The Workshops Rail Museum, in front of the beautiful brown brick Powerhouse. We loved this building because of the old feel of it and wanted it to be the backdrop to our ceremony. I walked down the aisle with my father and my son to Pachabel's Canon in D Major. Michael and I wrote our own vows as we wanted to express to each other how much we meant to the other person. It was really touching. Our readings were an Apache Wedding Prayer, A reading by Walter Pinder, and Michael and I read "The Art of Marriage". Our reception was also held at The Workshops Rail Museum in the Refreshment Room. This meant that everyone could easily walk around the museum while we were having our photos taken and be served fingerfoods under the old tree that was on the ground. The Refreshment Room contained all the old turn of the century carved wooden tables and chairs that the museum had. It also had lots of pictures of trains so we thought that was a great way to incorporate our train aspect into our reception. We chose this room for the intimate feel and added to the elegance of our vintage theme. Our main colours were black and ivory for a vintage glamour feel. We also added a touch of red by using the old train lanterns on the tables as decorations. Our cake was a double stacked two tiered mud cake and our bridal waltz was to Billie Holiday's "I'll be seeing you"