For this part-time nurse/ part-time creative genius (of The Floral Folk Co.) and her farmer husband, their proposal was definitely one to remember… “Tom was getting a ring made from Natalie Marie Jewellery but it didn’t come in time,” laughs Lucy. “So he proposed with a $12 ring from eBay (including postage). It was real chunky bling and it took him a minute, or so to tell me it wasn’t the real ring. Nonetheless, I wore it for about 2.5 months before the real ring arrived. By that time my bling bling was orange/copper and my finger was green.” That very night there was a missed flight to Vietnam, and later, a surprise pregnancy, but it all worked out in the end, and here are the gorgeous pics by Flossy Photo to prove it…
THE VIBE “As cliche as it sounds, I am constantly inspired by the landscape and colours of the farm we live on and the mountains that surround us. There were a lot of muted brown and dusky pink tones to reflect this. Actually, not one piece of greenery was used in the flowers. I am also a big collector of anything antique, vintage, Moroccan so I used a lot of my own belongings from home to decorate. I guess the theme would be boho luxe. We really wanted it to feel like a country wedding. We supplied the caterers with lamb from the farm and had a few fire pits burning throughout the night.”
FAVOURITE DETAILS “The antique headdress that my Nana and her mother (my great grandmother) both wore to their wedding. I was looking for a headdress and happened to mention this to my mum, who said ‘I think Nana might have one you would love’. I saw a photo and fell in love with it straight away. I felt honoured to wear it and it was just so special. Hopefully, I might be able to pass it down to my daughter one day. Also, we have four dogs and love them all so much. Unfortunately we could only include one of them in the day, otherwise, things may have gotten a bit hectic, but we found other ways to include the other three who were left at home. We named the tables after each of them and my sister-in-law did the cutest seating plan with little silhouettes of each dog at the head of the table. The DIY flowers and styling- with help from my mum, sister, all my bridesmaids and some relatives.”
THE DRESS “Being a four-hour drive from Perth, only having five months until the wedding and being a shift worker, I knew I would struggle to find the time to go wedding dress shopping. I knew exactly what I wanted, so I contacted the same dressmaker my sister-in-law used for her wedding- Harriette Gordon. I showed Harriette two photos of dresses that I liked at our first meeting. She then drew up the most exquisitely simple and elegant design right in front of my eyes. The overall experience with Harriette was wonderful. She has the most gorgeous studio in Fremantle (wooden floorboards, old brass chandelier hanging from the ceiling etc) and I just loved the feeling I got from her. There was no bridal shop snobbery and she handled the curveball of me becoming pregnant after she had begun making the dress very professionally. The whole process took about five months.”
LITTLE LOL “Our Jack Russell, Barra, became the star of the day. During the ceremony, around the time we were about to say “I do”, Barra plonked himself on my dress train, yawned and decided to take a nap. It really relaxed everyone. He was a very well fed dog that night. He ran under all the long tables and was fed everyone’s leftover lamb. He had a good sleep that night from being so full.
A WORD OF ADVICE “Don’t sweat the small stuff. It’s not worth it. Obviously planning as much as you can leading up to the day is helpful, but go in with the mindset that you’ll take the day as it comes. Most of the time, not every single detail goes to plan so just let those moments slide and focus on what the day is really about. The best weddings I’ve been to are the ones where the bride and groom set the happy vibe. If they are happy, everyone seems to be happy.”
WE’RE GLAD WE “We were tossing up between a small wedding of 20ish people or a massive wedding of 150+. We both come from large families and small communities where you’re friends with everyone. We decided on the big wedding and are really glad we did. Tom is from Victoria so it meant we got to hang out with all of his friends and family that we don’t usually get to see. It was Easter weekend as well, so most people made a little holiday out of it.”
STANDOUT VENDORS “Anna Jane Celebrant– Anna is a lifelong friend of mine. She used to babysit me when I was a little girl. Anna’s mum, Penny, was my Godmother (she sadly passed away a few years ago), so it was SO incredibly special to have Anna marry us. She created the most gorgeous ceremony- she’s great at what she does and brings a smile to everyone’s face. Flossy Photo– I had worked with Flossy a few times leading up to our wedding and had always loved her style. But being her ‘client’ for the day was a whole new experience. She was everything we wanted in a photographer. Professional, fun, got involved with the banter of the bridal party, but then at times, we didn’t even know she was there- in a good way. But she managed to capture little moments that we’ll treasure for the rest of our lives. She was also extremely generous with her time and service.”
CONTRIBUTING VENDORS Photographer Flossy Photo Event Styling and Florals The Floral Folk Co. Invites Sara Winfield Printer Peterkin Ceremony & Reception The Shed at Deep Creek Catering The Wood Fired Catering Co Hire Items Hire in Style (tables and chairs), Albany Event Hire (glassware) Entertainment Pinstripe Celebrant Anna Jane Celebrant Engagement Ring Natalie Marie Jewellery Wedding Rings Ciprian Showcase Jewellers Transport Busy Blue Bus Albany, Sunday Drive Ribbon Song Bird Silk THE BRIDE Bridal Gown and veil Harriette Gordon Robes Glamour and Grace Bridal Shoes Mode Collective Hair Kate Samiotis Hair Makeup Alice Ruth Makeup Bridesmaids Dresses Bojenja King, Shona Joy, One Fell Swoop, Camilla and Marc, One Teaspoon THE GROOM Suit New England Shirt and Bow Tie ASOS Shoes R.M Williams Watch Daniel Wellington.