Anyway enough about me… first up for the year I have a seriously gorgeous South Australian wedding from Emma Sharkey. The gorgeous bride, Kelly, is a stylist so naturally their wedding was in very safe hands! They chose to have a ‘planting ceremony’ which I just love… read more about it from the bride herself below.
My dream wedding vision was to be an outside celebration ceremony and reception – a casual feast with long trestles, shared food, flowers galore and strings of bare globes everywhere full of our nearest and dearest friends and family. I don’t pin point my styles or choices to ‘themes’ but I wanted an organic and warm feel about it. Obviously, weather can do strange things and I wasn’t prepared to create my outdoor dream reception only for rain or a thunderstorm to ruin it. So, my second thought was – to still have the outdoor ceremony, but for the reception – I’ll bring my outside dream inside. We stumbled across Golding Winery one day whilst driving around the Adelaide Hills to look at wedding venues, and as soon as we stumbled across it, we knew it felt like ‘us’. We wanted a venue that we could have total creative control. It wasn’t too big, the gardens were lovely and the ‘barn’ was just what we wanted – a blend of beautiful gardens and old stone. A perfect blank canvas to create the type of celebration we wanted.
We wanted our ceremony to a celebration that included our best friends and family. We didn’t want anything too formal – just something inviting, pretty and ‘us’. We were so excited about the fact that all our nearest and dearest would be in the same place together. Cinema chairs created a point of difference for our seating with the custom made altar, which I made myself, sat at the top of the lawn decorated with flowers. We decided to include a ‘planting ceremony’ to symbolise our commitment. We chose a native rosemary plant, which was the first plant we planted at our house when we bought it – and this same plant was to be our bonbonniere for guests as a thank you gift.
My flower ‘recipe’ for the wedding tables were loose arrangements in a ‘just picked’ style full of spring blooms, gums and herbs. Included were peonies, blushing brides, ivory roses, pale pink roses, white and pale pink astilbe, dusty miller, sage, rosemary, blue gum and white berries. The boy’s buttonholes were an organic construction of rosemary, berry and burlap binding.
Upon entry of the reception, we wanted to do something different when it came to escort cards. Our idea of sourcing old drawers in A-Z to put the escort cards in was a little ‘interactive’ feature of the wedding but we wanted show the guests that they weren’t just a number on a table. Our guests were invited for a reason, and it only felt right that we would hand write a personal thank you to each and every guest in a custom made card which also featured their table number. We decorated a few of the drawers with flower arrangements ourselves to allow the organic tones to flow through.