There are some weddings that I look at and think, “I would give anything to have been a guest there!” Hannah and Cam’s wedding looks like such a fun, colorful event where all the guests were entertained from beginning to end. They really had a clear idea of the day they wanted– one filled with love, cotton candy and pony rides!
From the adorable bride, Hannah: We wanted a wedding that was going to be memorable, casual, relaxed, fun, unique, kid-friendly and personal. We wanted our day to to ACTUALLY be OUR DAY!!!
First things first…We wanted a theme! During the time that we were dating we would visit as many country shows that we possibly could, and we both love the 1950’s. Put the two together and we had our theme…a 1950’s country fair!
We turned the shed into a barn and decked it out with an area for the band, a massive haystack for the kids to climb, a photo booth, and a lolly bar. We created a loft area where our guests could relax, and filled the shelves with caramel apples, fairy floss and home made chutney. We also had two food booths in the barn where the guests would go to get their meal…and in true country fair style, they ate gourmet sausages, corn soaked in butter, and sweet potato with cinnamon and sugar!
In the paddock, we had a kissing booth (to which everyone of our guests received a ‘FREE KISS’ ticket in their invitation) and a face cut, where guests could get their photos taken, a balloon stand full of helium balloons for the kids, and a calf, sheep and goat in a nursery, and a pony for the kids to have rides on!
Our wedding cake, which was two tables filled with homemade dessert pies provided by some of our guests, was set out like a display so that the guests could marvel at the wonderful pies that had been created! Just like a pie/cake competition at a country fair!
In the Marquee, which ran out of the barn, the guests could sit at tables on covered hay- bales, and use the table decorations (jars of homemade chutney) as part of their meal!
We wanted both out engagement party and our wedding reception to carry a similar colour theme, and so we used the same bunting at both events. The colours for the invitation for both the engagement party and the wedding were the same and were the colours used for the bunting and the other decorations at the reception eg the covers for the chutney lids were made out of the same material as the bunting. We didn’t have ‘a colour’ but instead had a pallet of colours to work with. But the colours that we wanted to work with were salmon, mint and light grass green, lemon yellow, oatmeal, brown, and turquoise which gave the fresh, spring, country feel that we wanted!
What would you tell brides preparing for their big day? Do it how you want it. Break traditions if you want to (really, who likes fruit cake any way, and does anyone really eat the top layer a year later??) Seriously…work out what is most important to YOU! Other peoples opinions (and they will have them) in the end don’t matter. If it’s what you want then go for it! Get a fantastic photographer, even if it means skimping on something else! Your photos are going to be what you rely on to remember your day!And the night before…RELAX! Forget about the food and the weather, they are going to happen with or without you stressing over it!
Wedding Vendors (location, South Coast Countryside, Milton, Australia):
Flowers: Family and friends / Photography: Gemma Clarke Photography / Photobooth: Photobooth Events / Wedding dress: Vickie Van Gough / Bride’s Shoes: Nine West, Wrangler / Groom and Groomsmen’s Pants: R.M. Williams / Groomsmen’s shirts: Vintage Western Wear / Bridesmaid Dresses: Bride’s family and friends / Pinwheels: Bride’s mother / Booths: Bride’s father / Bunting: Bride’s family / Face cut-out: Bride’s cousins / Wedding dessert pies: Friends and family / Stamp: designed by bride’s friend, made by Office National / Catering: Gav’s Deli / Band: Ricky Lynch and Band / Wedding Planner: Clare Foreman