Category: Real Weddings
Andrew and I met through mutual friends, while we were both on Christmas Holidays, on the beach in
Who knew that a bike ride would lead these high school sweethearts to an absolutely stunning
Explore this beautiful Westen Australian wedding location. From an Outdoor ceremony on a Farm,
We decided early on to have a large engagement party with all of our family and friends, and a smaller, more intimate ceremony for our wedding. Inviting just 80 people we utilised the front lawn of the beautiful , 100 year old Glenwillan Homestead and couldn't have asked for a better day....the sun was shining and there was not a single cloud in the sky (lucky as we didn't have a back up venue!). From pre-wedding drinks with mates the night before to Mel, who is NOT a morning person, waking up at 5am on the day too excited to sleep any longer, everything went to plan perfectly. Choosing a rustic chic theme to fit with our country lifestyle, we used hay bales as aisle ends, with native flowers, rustic handmade signs, stumps and birdcages as aisle runners and even a handmade altar - along with touches of Mel's favourite colour, purple.
Ecostudio Fellini had everything we wanted for the wedding and reception, we both fell in love with the natural setting of the venue which gives it such a relaxed, intimate ambience and it feels like you are a million miles away in your own little enchanting world.On the day my dad escorted me to the charming open-air chapel overlooking the tranquil Mudgeeraba creek, where Brett was waiting in front of our family and friends alongside our celebrant, who is also one of our best friends, Lindsay.After we made our vows we went to take photos and our photographer loved the variety of locations available within the five acre grounds, especially the lily pond with its sunken boat and the natural gardens connected by wooden footbridges and winding paths.Then we joined our family and friends for drinks and canapes back at the split-level reception deck overlooking the lily pond and gardens to the bushland beyond.We always wanted a rustic chic style for our wedding, which suited the reception deck perfectly with its large French windows, soft pendant lighting and extensive use of timber and iron.We served a menu of hand-crafted gourmet canapes from the award-winning Gold Coast Italian restaurant Fellini and set up half the deck as a casual dining area where people could sit down and relax whenever they wanted.The other half of the deck was set up as a dance floor, flowing downstairs to the romantic al fresco dance floor where we shared our first dance under the stars.Every aspect of the venue looked magnificent and our wedding co-ordinator, Anna, ensured everything ran smoothly so we could completely relax.It was so wonderful having everyone we care about in one place having a great time, it was a truly unforgettable day.
Our dream was to be married in a quaint country church – which we found 10 minutes away from our reception venue, Ecostudio Fellini, which has a natural setting and an expansive split level timber reception deck with beautiful soft lighting, French windows and views out to the lily pond, gardens and bushlands beyond. We complemented the hinterland surroundings with rustic chic styling featuring native flowers, timber, lace and candles, keeping the colours neutral and the lighting delicate to create an intimate, romantic atmosphere. On the day we arrived at Ecostudio Fellini, where the on-site wedding co-ordinator met us with a glass of Champagne. We took some time, just the two of us, to watch as our guests enjoyed the canapé hour – it was so precious to take it all in. The venue looked amazing, the sun was setting and our guests were out on the lawn eating canapes, drinking Champagne and playing lawn games. It was special having our closest family and friends in one place – celebrating and sharing our first meal as husband and wife with those dearest to us was something we will never forget. Italian cuisine is our favourite and the food from award-winning Gold Coast Italian restaurant Fellini was delicious, presented beautifully, and our guests loved every mouthful. Along with the exquisite food our guests enjoyed the wonderful service, exploring the grounds, and dancing under the stars. We have beautiful photos of the outdoor dance floor with our guests holding sparklers and the white festoon lights twinkling around the venue. I'll always remember celebrating the start of our marriage with our closest family and friends in one place, the most idyllic wedding venue. As our perfect day came to an end we retired to our comfortable onsite lodge to relax and reflect.
We were looking for a wedding that was intimate and close, we wanted all the guests at our wedding to be special to us in one way or another - people who had shared in our relationship and lives over the years. We wanted a wedding that defined our characters - something fun, detailed, creative and a little bit quirky! We wanted an elegant and classy wedding with personalized vintage and rustic touches. These elements were used in the styling and intricate details of the wedding. Our wedding colour palette consisted of cream, beige, latte, coffee and apricot. We chose these colours as we feel they perfectly represented the elegant, vintage and rustic style we wanted to achieve. We also displayed a 'Love Story Board' outside of the church which displayed a quick snapshot of our 6 years together. It was displayed on a blackboard with a white baroque frame to tie in with the elegant and rustic style of our wedding. Our little page boy held a distressed 'Here Comes The Bride Sign' down the aisle just before I walked into the church, it was just gorgeous! We choose the Intercontinental because we wanted a beautiful and glamorous location but we also wanted a room which gave us the flexibility to decorate it in a way that suited our theme. The ballroom had a gorgeous aura about it which oozed elegance and class! We adapted this to fit in with our own style by adding touches of rustic and vintage elements and theming to the room. I love photography and wanted to add something a little different and unique to our collection of photos, hence deciding to have some of our pictures taken at the Royal Adelaide Show. The carnival theme also tied in beautifully with the rustic elements
Daniel wanted to arrive in style, after all, the groom normally arrives with a friend or family member while everyone waits for the bride. We surprised all our guests and the groomsmen with a helicopter dropping Daniel and his groomsmen off.I was very calm all day, I had no hesitation about marrying my best friend Daniel, until the helicopter arrived. We live in the resort that contains Links Hope Island Golf Club so I saw Daniel arrive, I started crying as my limo arrived because that was my groom in the helicopter and he was arriving to see me and marry me. It was very emotional.Walking down the aisle with my uncle as my father had passed away, I had to be held back, when I saw Daniel at the end of the aisle I started to run towards him, everyone laughed at my excitement.During the ceremony, every time our celebrant said, husband or wife, I started giggling I was so happy and had to stop the ceremony for multiple tissue breaks.While we were getting photos, our guests were treated to home made chocolate rum pots that Daniel and I make, we personalised them by designing a shot glass with our wedding details for each guest to keep. A sign saying "something to eat, something to keep" was displayed for the guests. The guests were also treated to an assortment of wine from the winery I worked for as well as canapes.We entered the reception space where our guests were already seated with dry ice placed in the fountain in the center of the room.Our wedding cake was made by my best friend and maid of honor and was 3 tiered. Traditional fruit soaked in port, white chocolate & tahitian lime, Chocolate hazelnut
After the engagement Brad was very keen to make me Mrs Lunn, but I had one catch! I wanted to be married on a particular date - the 25th of January, getting married on this date made us the 3rd generation in my family to be married on that day. I left it up to Brad to pick the year - and of course he picked the following one. Which meant I had 4 months to plan a wedding!! Thankfully the date fell on a Wednesday which meant I had my choice of any venue or supplier with no trouble at all! I somehow in this short time frame managed to have a my beautiful Pronovias dress come all the way from Spain to meet our tight deadline, we had just enough time to get my very special 'Something Blue' Manolo Blahniks, my bridesmaids dress tailor made by Charlie Brown and all the other running around done. Phew! We picked to have our ceremony and reception at Inglewood Estate – having the whole day spent on the one gorgeous 25 acre property made it so much more relaxing and easy. We were married in their gorgeous little chapel and had our fun and relaxing cocktail reception on the rustic country style grounds - which suited us down to the ground! The day went off without a single hitch and everyone still talks about how fun and great the day was. I am so thankful we chose Beth at Emotif Photography to capture our day, as every time I look at the album I am taken right back to those precious moments of the day we became husband and wife.