Today we take a peek at the real rural wedding of Mr and Mrs Jess and Simon Semmler. This loved up couple were high school sweethearts, they met in 2007 at Gilgandra High School while the pair were in year 10. After dating for the remainder of their schooling life the pair finally said “I do” in September last year.
Food and wine: The main menu was provided by Lazy River Estate, it included antipasto canapés as entre and for the main an alternative drop of Salmon and steak. YUM! All wine was sourced from the vineyard.
Hair and Makeup: The hair was done by Studio 62 in Dubbo. The girls from the salon did everything for Jess from cut and colour to style. They did a great job and had such amazing attitudes that made the whole getting ready experience really fun for the girls. Makeup was done by local makeup artist Bronwyn Davis. Bronwyn uses mainly Napoleon Purdis to work with and definitely knows her stuff. Jess said they all felt beautiful all night thanks to her glam squad.
Photographer: MMG in Dubbo did the photography.
Celebrant: Pastor Steve Hubbard from Dubbo married the couple.
The Armatree hotel has enough rooms to comfortably sleep 20 people. That’s an entire bridal party plus other half’s’ right there and guests can easily find accommodation in nearby Gulargambone or Gilgandra. Ok great, so that’s accommodation sorted.
What next? How about a ceremony and reception area?
The Armatree Hotel has an abundance of space for marquees or outdoor seated ceremonies and receptions. And, as if that wasn’t enough- by the end of 2015 there will be a new weatherproof area out the back of the hotel able to seat between 60-80 people. I think we can safely say that area is sorted.
How about watering the guests?
To date there is no per head cost established for drinks, however drinks packages are easily able to be arranged with Lib or Ash in advance of the wedding. As for catering, the hotel does offer catering options depending on the desired menu and number of guests. Obviously being a pub in a tiny town they are not going to be able to cater for 1000 people. If however, you have a caterer in mind and really would love to use them for your big day there will be no resistance from the hotel. Private caterers are allowed full use of the hotel kitchen from equipment to cutlery ad crockery as long as they are bringing the produce for the meals.
Everyone knows there are 52 weeks in a year right? I’m sure hoping that is common knowledge these days. So 52 weeks means 52 weekends doesn't it, yeah? And most weddings take place over the weekend…. so, I’m not quite sure how she has done it- but one photographer managed to capture a whopping 53 weddings in 2014!! Let’s all just take a moment to appreciate the efforts of Toobeah (near Goondiwindi, QLD) based wedding photographer Edwina Robertson.
Edwina has had quite some practice over the years having worked in real estate photography for 4 years prior to 2012. 2012 was a turning point in her career, it was the year she made the switch from real estate to the glamorous wedding scene. Being truly inspired by the stories behind each couple has kept her in the wedding game.
What an awesome job! While at work Edwina gets to see moving ceremonies, eat all the delicious food, meet amazing people, rip up the dance floor and take fantastic candid (natural not posey) photos that capture the magic of each wedding.
It’s safe to say that I’m jealous. Someone pass me a camera.
“A wedding day is far from just smiles. It’s often filled with tears, joy, sadness, vulnerability and laughter.” Explains Edwina, who says her aim is to capture all of this in photos for the couple to keep and use to reflect upon the milestone for years to come. Couples will pay a slightly higher than average cost for her services, but this is simply because of the TIME and EFFORT Edwina puts into so accurately capturing the event. Photography coverage usually occupies 15 hours of the big day (which is significantly greater than what the competition offers), each shot is of as it happens- meaning no mock shots of a cut cake, and Edwina is based in Toobeah (which, lets’ face it is pretty much the middle of nowhere) so it is understandable that the cost be higher to cover any travel.
Edwina pours her heart into her work. It’s her pride and joy. She WANTS to cover the weddings of our rural brides, so let her. Edwina says that while taking photos is her priority, right up there is making sure you have THE BEST DAY EVERRR!!
So note to self: if I ever get married please ask Edwina Robertson Photography to do the honours, because the way I see it- She is like a bridesmaid with a camera.
On that note of bridesmaid with a camera… please don’t. Not the bridesmaid, your Mum, Dad or great aunt Rose should be handed the responsibility of wedding photographer. Not even if they have one of those wiz-bang super massive, expensive, DSLR cameras. Just DON’T. Take it from a wedding photographer (Edwina, not me, I couldn’t take a decent selfie let alone a wedding photo) who has seen the devastation of amateur photos. Leave it to the experts.
For more information visit: http://edwinarobertson.com or check her out on Facebook or Instagram.
All photos courtesy of Edwina Robertson Photography
As a decoration, bunting has become more prominent in weddings. The carefully strung together and evenly spaced flags are a great way to add a little more character to a blank space. And not to mention – so on trend! However, have you ever tried to make bunting? The initial steps are easy but it is just oh so time consuming- that is where rural suppliers Meg & Lu step in.
Meg & Lu is a small business run by creative duo Megan and Laura Wetherspoon, just two sisters supplying the country with handmade bunting. That’s right- HANDMADE BUNTING.
Meg & Lu was established in 2013 when Lu became inundated with requests for her bunting that she gifted family and friends. With the talent of sewing already under control it was then that she turned to her creativity. Lu drew inspiration from her time as a photographer’s assistant, recalling what colours, patterns and themes worked well to conspire with Meg and create a range of unique bunting.
The range of bunting is available for hire upon request. You’ll save yourself time and money by hiring the bunting as opposed to making it yourself. When the wedding is over you’re not going to have a need for lengths and lengths of bunting, so just mail it back to Meg & Lu and it can be hired by another like-minded bride.
If you’re looking for customised bunting Meg & Lu will consult with you as to what colour scheme you’re trying to achieve and create samples until you’re happy. Customised bunting can be made to any length and is yours to keep after the wedding (additional costs associated).
Meg & Lu are here to serve brides from the land, when establishing the business they envisioned country weddings and consequently have made deliverance of their products flexible. Bunting can either be delivered in person (depending on distance to Meg & Lu’s at-the-time location), or mailed out to your property.
Bunting is such a simple and effective way of styling a large area and looks fabulous in a country setting. Whether strung between trees in a garden, between fence posts in a paddock, between chairs down the aisle or across the roof of a marquee- bunting can quickly add a pop of colour and charm to an area. Lets face it, bunting is going to cost a heap less than hundreds of flowers would and add a personal touch to the occasion.
For more information contact Meg & Lu at email@example.com
(All photos courtesy of Lu)