Yarra Valley has to be one of our favorite locations for Australian weddings. I have yet to see a wedding from this region that hasn’t wowed with its rustic charm and beauty! Steven and Sara’s wedding is, of course, no exception, as you can see here courtesy of Kirralee Wedding Photographer.
From the bride, Sara: We wanted to be in keeping with the rustic, country style of the beautiful winery where we got married. We wanted it to be relaxed, a little bit whimsical and filled with beautiful soft colours. We wanted to have our wedding away from the city so we could make a whole weekend of it with our family and friends. We had the idea that we wanted the wedding to be in an old barn with lots of garden style flowers, lanterns and candles and when we found Stones with its restored barn with big wooden beams, polished concrete floor floor to ceiling windows overlooking the rolling vineyards. The venue also has the beautiful bright white chapel next to the huge tree and an old stables and dairy, perfect for rustic, sweet photos. We didn’t want everyone to be sitting the whole time so we had 2 hours of stand up canapés and entrees and then 1.5 hours of sit down, shared style mains and speeches and then stand up for dessert and lots of dancing.
The main colours for the wedding were pale blues, pinks, creams, peaches and soft silvery greens. DIY items included: name cards with ribbon to wrap linen napkins, an old wooden fruit box turned upside down for the wishing well, bunting in pink and blue in the pre-drinks area-‘The Dairy’, black and white photos on twine with mini pegs, white frames with brown paper, white writing and lace (for ‘Cards’ and ‘Sweets’, a wooden sign on an old spade with an and old watering can filled with Gladioli. Our friend Heidi who is a designer helped with putting this together for us before and on the day.
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Start early and give yourself a deadline to have everything done that is a few months before the big day. That way, if some things aren’t done by then, then there is still time and if it IS done then great- now its time to just enjoy the lead up in a relaxed way! Also, follow your instincts and remember its your day so try not to worry too much about what you think everyone else wants. And finally, choose suppliers carefully but don’t over-think every decision – you want to enjoy the process!
Processional: “I’m Kissing You,” Des’ree (from Romeo and Juliet)
Signing of the Register: “You’re My Best Friend,” Queen
Recessional: “You’ve Got the Love,” Florence + the Machine
First Dance: “Feel So Close,” Calvin Harris
Last Dance: “Little Lion Man,” Mumford & Sons
Wedding Location: Coldstream, Victoria, Australia / Photographer: Kirralee Wedding Photographer / Florist: Blooming Brides / Wedding Venue and Caterer: Stones of the Yarra Valley / Wedding Dress: I designed the dress with the help of my mum and she spent many hours making it. We both made the veil too out of left over tulle / Wedding Shoes: Steve Madden / Earrings: Linda Gorringe / Groom’s Suit: Oxford / Wedding Dessert: We had a tiered doughnut cake in pale blue icing and white icing with coconut and the top tier was a chocolate orange cake covered in white icing and topped with pale blue hydrangeas / Wedding Music: The White Tree Band / Wedding Invitations: Designed by a friend / Transportation: Both the boys and the girls were collected separately in Steven’s grandfather (Nonno’s) 1950’s pale blue and white Fairlane which had been restored by Steven’s cousin who drove on the day