Having already been together for eight years, Emma and Tim (first featured in Issue 16)got engaged just after their son Arthur was born. “So it was almost a three year engagement. We weren’t in any rush, but seven weeks out from the wedding we found out we were having another baby,” Emma explains, keen to share her best piece of advice for other couples tying the knot.“Don’t fall pregnant and have awful morning sickness in the weeks leading up.”
Held on the groom’s Nana’s property in rural Victoria, these two hired I Got You Babe Weddings to capture their day were beyond glad that the farm gave them so much flexibility and allowed them to do as they pleased. “We always knew we would struggle finding a venue. We love to party and so do our family and friends, so we weren’t okay with the idea of it finishing at 10:30 or 11. Thanks to Tim’s beautiful Nan, we got to have our perfect day!”
Tim goes on, “I’m glad we did it at the farm because we could really do as we pleased. Having said that, it did triple the amount of work involved as everything had to be carted up there.”
As far as DIY goes, these Victorian nuptials included several projects according to the bride and groom. “We got family and friends to save their wine bottles so we could use them on the tables as candle holders (didn’t take long!). We soaked off a LOT of labels. My mum and I also did a bit of painting together for the signage,” says Emma, adding that they had a specific vibe in mind for their day of love.
“We just wanted it to feel as relaxed as possible and to give our guests (and ourselves) the best possible time! We loved the idea of a festival but also loved the idea of sharing a sit down meal together.”
A meal which, thanks to Ricky Holt Catering and Angies Cake Emporium, was brimming with enticing eats – just ask the groom who was quick to exclaim that the cakes were his most loved detail of the day…We’re talking five mouthwatering cakes including a triple berry cheesecake, a double barrel black velvet cake and (Tim’s fave) a french vanilla bean cream patisserie croquembouche. YUM!
“The food was to die for,” says the bride, who had no trouble finding a rather clever dressmaker. “My mum is very talented with a sewing machine and always said she wanted to make my dress so I never even thought to buy one! I had a rough idea of what I liked and had one appointment to try some on just to see shapes and that was that. We drew a sketch and she did the rest. She started only three months out and had most of it done within two weeks,” Emma tells us, adding that, as far as highlights go, there were many.
“I loved every second of the day but we got to share our first dance with Arthur and it was just perfect. Also, everyone sharing dinner in the clear marquee with the sun slowly going down and candles burning was a moment I’ll never forget. Everything and everyone looked so beautiful! I was so happy right then.”
CREDITS Photos I Got You Babe Weddings // Florist Stephanie Llewellyn // Stationery Lenny Sunday // Ceremony and reception Private property, VIC // Catering Ricky Holt Catering // Food trucks / carts Tom Collins Caravan Bar // Cake Angies Cake Emporium // Prop / furniture hire Dann Event Hire // Rugs from Nomad Styling // Garden games DBL Event Hire // Marquee / teepee Dann Event Hire // Entertainment Andrew Swift Music // Engagement ring Michael Hill // Brides wedding band Jenni Kwon Designs // Grooms wedding band Mazzuccelli’s // Transport Hire a Kombi // Bridal gown, veil and cap Handmade // Shoes Free People // Hair Amanda Millard // Makeup Cassandra Lusi // Suit MJ Bale // Tie / Bow tie Declic // Shoes Peter Jackson // Socks Myer // Watch Daniel Wellington // Groomsmen suits Bell and Barnett.