Unplugged Western Australian Wedding
Major props to today’s couple, Sarah and Andy, who decided they wanted to have an “unplugged” wedding. Before the ceremony, they reminded their guests to put away their phones and cameras so that everyone could be truly present in the moment, and the result was an intimate ceremony for all involved! Of course, Teneil Kable worked her magic and captured every detail of their wedding day brilliantly.
From the bride, Sarah: Primarily, Andy and I wanted our wedding days to be intimate, where our guests felt connected and relaxed. We wanted to create a day that was simple enough that its true essence shone through, and had a style that reflected our personalities and the path of our relationship. Our theme evolved of its own accord, as things fell into place. I started by choosing a dress of vintage lace, purely based on my sister’s reaction as I came out of the change room. From that point we rolled with a vintage theme, with a touch of the nautical.
We had loads of DIY, which proved challenging at times with our 7 month lead time. With the help of friends and family we made the lace and rope arch for the end of the aisle, and the brown bottle flower decorations for the ceremony chairs, the ring bearers bow tie (our Kelpie cross), theme based art work for the ceremony and the reception, jam and honey jar favours, the polaroid photo chain decorations and home made wine glass charms. All that crafty time was worth it in the end, as it gave the event a warm and hand-made feel. The colour theme was in sepia tones, with suits of caramel brown, my sisters bridesmaid dress in apricot, and floral ties with sage green, yellow and apricot and fresh bouquets to match.
We requested that our guests did not take photos during our ceremony as we really wanted people to be completely ‘present’ in the moment, without having to worry about getting a good photo (we had the fabulous Teneil for that job). One of my favourite memories was turning to look at our guests partway through the ceremony, and seeing the faces of our closest friends and family, all there to support us in our commitment to each other. It will be one of the most significant memories of my life. There was the precious hour or so, that we shared with our bridal party when our photographer collected beautiful images of us just being ourselves, and the quiet moments amongst that when it was just the two of us. And then there was our first dance. Andy and I had been practising some moves to our chosen piece of music for several months, but on the night, Andy had a confidence and ease beyond our all practise runs. For a few minutes we were the only ones in the room. Lastly, towards the end of the night, I skipped around the reception and saw all our guests, talking, laughing and dancing like maniacs, and I felt I couldn’t have had a more perfect day.
What advice do you have, if any, for brides planning their wedding day now? Always remember the real reason you are getting married, because you want to formally make a commitment to your life partner. Put as much into the wedding planning as you have time and energy for, but always remember that the majority of guests won’t notice the small things that don’t go to plan. They are there to celebrate with you, not pick at your colour selection, or table setting design. A tip that was shared with me that I found really valuable is to stop at various points during the day, look around and consciously take it all in – the bits in between will fly by so quickly and you’ll really appreciate these memory snap shots.
Processional: “Mango Tree,” Angus and Julia Stone
Signing of the Registry: “Follow the Sun,” Xavier Rudd
First Dance: “That’s What’s Up,” Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
Reception Exit: “Home,” Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
Wedding Location: Fremantle, Australia / Photographer: Teneil Kable / Preparation Venue: Silver Street Studio / Ceremony Venue: Round House / Reception Venue: Little Creatures Deck Bar / Flowers: Lime Flowers / Wedding Dress: Bride’s Desire “Petite Rose” via Bridal by Aubrey Rose / Pearl Hair Clip: Bridal by Aubrey Rose / Hair: Wendy at Eklectic Fringe, Adelaide / Makeup: Milla Makeup / Groom’s Attire: Calibre / Ties: Oh Good Heavens / Rings: Rowan Jewellery / Macarons: Maison Saint-honore
Artwork: Ronnie Smith and Grace Williams / Ceremony Musician: Sam Smith / DJ: DJ Ego / Wedding Invitations: Ronnie Smith (helloronniesmith @ gmail.com)