Let’s stop and rewind again back to issue two today when we first introduced you to Alison and Nathaniel – a kind couple from New South Wales whose wedding rocked our world. Enjoy…
Perhaps the greatest description for this wedding and later, the reception, came from one of the guests; £if Nat and Ali were piûñatas filled with stuff, when we blew them up, this room would be the result. For a pair who weren’t sure if they ever wanted the whole wedding shebang, they sure know how to put on a good one!
After finding their location, Broger’s End, a spot with character where they could have both the ceremony and reception, Allison and Nathaniel went about filling it up with decorations, furniture and props that represented them. £We collected and made pretty much everything, said Allison. £I trolled through eBay, Vinnies and secondhand stores to find the furniture, dessert plates, cutlery and tea cups. Mum was in her element shopping every weekend at the Canberra Markets. There were lots of handmade bits and pieces. My mum made 100m of bunting, Nat’s mum who is an artist, painted the signage and menus and my sisters and friends made the cakes for the dessert table.
The couple appreciated all the help, with Allison admitting, £Let friends and family help you! I’m a bit of a control freak and had specific ideas of what I wanted and had a hard time giving projects to others to do but everything they did for us way surpassed my expectations and I was so glad that they were involved in helping out. It also made them feel much more a part of the day too.
With the heavens opening on the day, the relaxed pair married inside the reception venue, their parents walking down the aisle before them, with Nathaniel and Allison walking down together. £I was really nervous about walking down the aisle in front of 80 people! We were both so overwhelmed, it was nice that we were going through the same thing together.
Allison and Nathaniel spent some time in the lead up writing their own vows, and it resulted in one of their favourite moments. £We had trouble finding the right words in the beginning, so we went through a bunch of ideas we found online and pieced them all together, and ended up with vows that really reflected us and our relationship. It made saying the them to each other so much more intense and emotional and definitely one of the highlights of the day.
Never a couple to let a little bit (or a whole lot!) of rain spoil their fun, they trooped on outside with their photographer Lara Hotz, and took full advantage of a dance in the rain! In the end, the weather had the last word on the day. £By far the most memorable moment was that the bridge to the farm flooded and everyone had to stay the night! It was such a fun adventure. A bunch of people were billeted out to nearby holiday homes, others slept on camp beds and futons in the back of the shed, we had five people in our bridal suite and those that partied on into the night pulled apart the hay bales and slept on those!
Whilst issue two sold out long ago there is still plenty of real wedding love to be found in issues three, four and five, available for purchase here. Issue six hits the newsstands September 4 too, so check here for your near stockist in preparation.
CREDITS Photos Lara Hotz // Bridal gown The Vintage Clothing Shop // Shoes Miss L Fire // Rings Vintage Times, Victoria & Albert Antiques and Curious and Art // Ceremony and reception Broger’s End, NSW // Catering Etiquette Catering // Stationery ThatNoiseGallery via Etsy // Gift registry What We Wish For // Grooms suit M.J. Bale // Celebrant Dallas McMaugh.