After several years of dating, Kale surprised Sam by pulling a pearl and diamond ring from his back pocket and proposing marriage. She was so astonished that she heard herself saying, “Oh no, oh no, oh no,” before realising and very quickly changing her answer to “Yes!”.
Even before their engagement, Sam started to collect decorative vintage pieces. “I always loved the idea of a rustic wedding,” said Sam, “There is something heartwarming about vintage things, something that modern decorations can’t bring.” Her 18 month collection turned out to be a real conversation starter for their wedding guests. “They all hold stories, they all have memories and they all have character.”
Perhaps the most rustic element of all was Sam and Kale’s ceremony venue – an old wooden building near Bridgetown. Having struggled to find the perfect place to say their “I do-s” (a local hall turned out to be not quite right and a winery booking fell through just months before the big day), Kale’s mother joked about another possibility. “Over the four years with my partner and visiting his family farm, I had never entered the old packing shed on their property… but after a quick walk down the gully; Kale, my mother in law and I entered the building and we all instantly knew it would be a unique place to get married,” said Sam.
“It took many special people to make the magic happen and our dreams come to life!” recall Sam and Kale. However, half a second’s glance at their amazing wedding photographs taken by the inimitable Ben Yew, and we think you’ll all agree that coming home to a barn and backyard wedding couldn’t be any more perfect.
| Venue: ceremony in the old Kalara Park packing shed, followed by a backyard reception in Bridgetown, Western Australia | Photography: Ben Yew Photography | Styling: Avril Chantelle and Sam’s own vintage decoration collection | Caterer: Bridgetown Pottery | Wearables: Sam wore gown by Hobnob and shoes by Betts. Bridesmaids wore gowns by Review. Kale and the groomsmen wore Roger David. Rings by Linneys. | Blooms: Flowerhouse | Desserts: wedding cake by Di Briggs, lolly buffet by Ooh La Lollipop and mini desserts by Cakes by Tasty Edibles and Petite & Oh So Sweet
Sometimes there appears to be an extra guest at a wedding that noone realises was invited. They’re looking mighty fine, they’re in all of the photographs and everyone is so glad they’re there, but they weren’t on the invitation list. We think you’ll agree that the port city is that guest in this wedding. Fremantle is looking lovely. But nowhere near as delightful and dapper as newlyweds Fiona and Michael.
Their heartfelt family affair took place in Merv Cowan Park against the backdrop of the port. Michael’s stepmother, celebrant Tamara Lampard, conducted the ceremony which included a handfasting ritual. The bride’s and groom’s hands were bound together in a tartan ribbon as they tied the knot – a Scottish tradition that references both Fiona and Michael’s family’s ancestry. They described the handfasting as “representing the coming together of our families and the strength of our bond.”
Fiona said, “All of our wedding guests were ‘VIPs’. We were particularly blessed and grateful that so many of our close friends could make it across Australia from Canberra, Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney. It was very humbling and made our day so special that so many family and friends could attend.”
Their ceremony was followed by photographs taken in the streets of Fremantle and on the docks of the historic city, to be followed by a restaurant reception on the river. Even the song chosen for their first dance together as husband and wife spoke of a sense of place – Busby Marou’s version of Crowded House’s ‘Better Be Home Soon’.
We thank Fiona and Michael and their photographer of aceness, Peggy Saas, for sharing their beautiful day with us.
| Venue: Ceremony at Merv Cowan Park, followed by a reception at The Red Herring in East Fremantle, Western Australia | Photography: Peggy Saas Photography with second photographer Flossy | Celebrant: the groom’s stepmother Tamara Lampard | Wearables: Fiona wore gown by Samantha Wynne, headpiece by Holly Young Headwear, earrings by Kate Spade and shoes by Pink by Paradox. Michael wore suit by Australian Formal Wear. The bridesmaid wore gown by George. The groomsmen wore suits by Australian Formal Wear. Hair by Refinery Hair Design. Makeup by Frida Vaughan of Studio Noir Makeup Artistry. | Blooms, styling and hire items: Poppy’s Flowers | Wedding cake: Velvety Treats by Lyn Falantin | Stationery: Wedding Paper Divas | Vehicles: Deluxe Chauffeured Cars | Entertainment: acoustic guitar by Lee Schneider and DJ Tom Drummond of Western Sounds
Can we admit that we have a little crush on Cat and Ben? I think we can. After all, it’s not unusual to fall for a musician (the lyrics! the love songs!) Let alone two musicians.
“We share a love of music. Ben plays the guitar and I like to sing… I’m not sure how talented either of us are! But we bonded over our love of acoustic music, having a beer and a sing-a-long, which made a nice break from studying,” said Cat. She and Ben met whilst both studying psychology. Cat was an Honours student and Ben was working towards his Masters. She said, “He was very supportive of me and the project I was working on. I fell for Ben’s brains, kindness and happy smile.”
Choosing to be wed down south was a given for the couple. Ben proposed on Cat’s uncle and aunt’s farm in Rosa Brook – a special and meaningful place for her. From his picnic proffering in a treehouse, to her emotional reply (“Are you sure?!”), to their big day at Aravina Estate in Yallingup; their happily ever after was set in stone.
And to sweeten the deal? Ben surprised Cat by playing a song for her during the reception. “Ben is really nervous about singing in front of anyone, including me, so I was brought to tears when he took to the stage… He sung the song ‘Hearts on Fire’ by Passenger.” And instead of a bridal waltz, the whole bridal party sang Mr Big’s ‘To Be With You’, accompanied the Damien Cripps Band. Too much talent.
We thank Cat and Ben for sharing with us and their equally talented photographer Carly of CJ Williams Photography.
| Venue: Aravina Estate in Yallingup, Western Australia | Photography: CJ Williams Photography | Celebrant: Chris Temoz | Wearables: Cat wore gown by Hobnob Bridal, shoes by Nine West and bespoke headpiece by Bride La Boheme. Hair by Dawn Dobbie of Brenda Lee Makeup and Styling Management. Bridesmaid’s makeup by Gemma Skane Makeup Artist. Ben wore suit by Hugo Boss. The bridesmaids wore gowns by Studio Collections. The groomsmen wore SABA. Rings by Linneys. | For hire: furniture items from the Zest Group and Chic Rustique | Blooms: Tracey Finney of Bespoke Wedding Flowers | Wedding cake: dessert bar and cake by Summa Taylor of Sweet Stylin’ | Stationery: Minted | Vehicles: limousine by Classic Jaguar Limousines and kombi by Dunsborough Wedding Company | Entertainment: Damien Cripps Band
There are some people you could never picture in ugg-boots or yoga-pants. They are elegance personified. Lucinda and Jackson are those people!
Firstly, they met in the city of love – Paris. From their fanciful French meeting, Jackson upped stumps and moved his life from Brisbane to Perth to be with Lucinda. And “… a few years later on holiday in Broome, he proposed,” said Lucy. You couldn’t write a more classic tale of swoon-worthy loveliness if you tried.
Fast forward to their big day: a refined church wedding followed by a riverside reception. A dashing groom and dishy groomsmen, perfectly powdery ‘something blue’ bridesmaids and Lucinda in an elegant custom gown, topped with a vintage veil. “On the wedding day, I wore my mother’s veil which was very special,” said Lucy. Sophisticated white blooms with textured greenery and the most delicious-looking naked layer cake you ever did see – also made by Lucinda’s mother.
Their wedding song was John Mayer’s ‘Who You Love’, about which Lucinda said “It perfectly describes our relationship in that you can’t choose when or where you meet the one you love, but you know when you do!”.
We’re so thankful they found one another and are lucky to share the images from Lucinda and Jackson’s day, thanks to another wonderful find of theirs – photographer Angela Higgins (also an elegant soul!).
| Venue: St Thomas the Apostle Church in Claremont, followed by a reception at Mosmans Restaurant in Mosman Park, Western Australia | Photography: Angela Higgins | Celebrant: Father Tony Maher | Wearables: Lucinda wore gown by Paula and Jo Designer Dressmakers, her mother’s veil, shoes by Nude, jewellery by Allure South Sea Pearls and Chloé perfume. The bridesmaids wore gowns by Paula and Jo Designer Dressmakers and shoes by Nude. Hair and makeup by Djurra Lifestyle Salon & Spa Fremantle. Jackson and the groomsmen wore suits by Tony Barlow and ties by Kenneth Cole. | Blooms: IVY | Wedding cake: the bride’s mother | Stationery: Senna Jean Designs | Vehicles: Hughes Chauffered Cars
Kat and Courtney are joy on a stick. We know. We know. Every wedding is joyful, but trust us – take a quick peek at the film below (by the clever folks at The Wedding Video Masters) and see if you don’t agree?! An abundance of joy! And smiling and hugs and kisses and tears and flowers and food and sharing and love. Kat was a gal who made sure she had three pairs of shoes for her big day – heels, platforms and flats – so you just know that unbridled happy dancing took place.
Generosity of spirit was also present in what Kat and Courtney called their ‘bridal crew’. They had a total of seventeen bridesmaids and groomsmen, which Kat said “…was AMAZING and completely crazy, teehee! Everyone was involved, which made it SO special.” Another member of their unconventional wedding party? Kat and Courtney’s dog Maddie. “During the ceremony, all our dog wanted was to come up and be with us. So during Courtney’s vows, that’s just what she did!”
These two are all-embracing people-people. Courtney is a primary school teacher and Kat works in social impact. They met eight years ago at a local cafe where “…we got talking across tables and the rest (as they say) is history,” said Kat. “We really wanted our wedding day to be a reflection of us as a couple, which meant a relaxed, backyard celebration down south. The day was so wonderfully personal.” Even their first dance together wasn’t solely about the two of them. Choosing the drum and bass track One by Shapeshifter ensured that “It definitely got the dance floor started too!” said Kat.
We thank these generous souls, and their photographer Gordon Becker, for sharing. Kat and Courtney, may the rest of your lives be equally as joyful as your wedding day. Mike drop.
| Venue: The Red House in Yallingup, Western Australia | Photography: Gordon Becker Photography | Film: The Wedding Video Masters | Celebrant: Emma Dickson | Wearables: Kat wore gown by Elvi, silk flower crown by Olive Farm Designs and shoes (3 different pairs!) by Hobbs. Hair by Lisa McIver. Makeup by Sophie Farrar and Jessica Bridge. Courtney wore suit and tie by Country Road and shoes by Hype DC. Bridesmaids and groomsmen chose their own outfits. | Blooms: Zest Flowers and Yelverton Protea Farm | Eats and drinks: Catering by Supper Road. Wedding cake, cupcakes and cake pops by Heavenly High Tea. Ice pops by Delish Ice. | Styling: Kat and Courtney and friends and families, with items from the Zest Group and Southwest Event Hire. Vintage caravan (extra accommodation and photobooth backdrop!) by Courtney’s sister. | Stationery: Mitchell & Dent | Vehicle: a friend Kieran’s Mustang | Entertainment: DJ Beaver from HERODJs