Here they are... the details on our overly talented photographer and videographer.
We first heard about Jess's photography skills when living up in the Gulf in 2014-2015. Her parents were managing the station we were on and so I'd heard all about what she was doing. It wasn't until the actual wedding day that we met for the first time though. But when we did meet, it was as though we'd known each other for years. Jess was great! Literally every single member of our bridal party said how relaxed Jess had made them feel and what good company she was. And it's so true, Jess is bloody good company to have around. Her energy was infectious, she made friends with everyone and to top it off, took some ripper photos!
If you've read any of the posts I wrote last weekend you would have already seen some of Jess's work.
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Here's a few of my fav's (unintentionally chose all black and white photos to share). Check them out....
I know most of you have seen the preview video I shared the day after our wedding but its time to see the full thing!
Day One Films are insanely GOOD at making films. As just mentioned- they had a preview video ready within 24hrs after the wedding. When we were laying on the couch feeling rather sorry for ourselves, Matty was busy working away on the preview so we could relive the day again.
Matty from Day One Films was out at our venue bright and early. At first I was worried he'd have too much time to wait and get bored but oh no, no, no. Matty was up for a yarn with anyone and everyone. He got to making friends very quickly which actually made it less awkward when I knew later he'd be filming an intensely special moment. He is such a professional, if he wasn't chatting to the bridal party or photographer he was walking around getting shots and scoping for potential video/ photo locations.
The banter between him and Jess (photographer) throughout the day had been hilarious! They took it up a notch after the ceremony and were clearly having a great time which then made each of us feel even more comfortable with cameras in our faces. Honestly, I could never be a celebrity with cameras following you all day but as a one day only experience I would choose Day One Films any day!
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The video is better than I could have ever imagined.
Check it out for yourselves..
If you're anything like me you'll run for the dance floor at any event. Any excuse to ditch the awkward conversation you were trying to have while mildly tipsy right?
When we were planning our wedding we wanted to make sure our dance floor went OFF! We wanted all our friends and family to cut loose after dinner and just enjoy the night. I knew that a band or musician would be the best way to get people moving- you can ignore a DJ with a speaker but if someone is up there singing their heart out it's a little hard.
A couple of months before our wedding I put a call out on The Rural Bride Facebook page asking for recommendations for an amazing musician. I received so many emails, private messages and comments recommending your most loved musicians. We ended up choosing Richie Gudgeon because it wasn't just a couple of people who recommended him to us, but about 5 or 6! And oh did we choose well!
Richie was really easy to organise everything with. He was all too flexible with his performances. Richie played during our cocktail hours, then leant his speakers and microphone to the MC for speeches- this involved a lot of moving and resetting up, and finally he played from our first dance right through until the bus left. We had compliments on his performance from almost every guest at the wedding. Richie's energy was felt by all and he never stopped! His song list was ON POINT and it got EVERYONE up and dancing which brought Doug and I such joy to see.
Thanks to you beautiful Rural Bride readers for recommending Richie Gudgeon to us.
The wedding ceremony and reception was held on a property that has been in my family for many years. When I was little my grandparents lived in the beautiful homestead, Cynisca, and I have so many wonderful memories of their time there. Both Doug and I wanted to have the wedding in a garden, Cynisca has always had a stunning view and with my Aunt Deb taking over things at the homestead since my grandparents passed we knew the garden would be brought back to its glory days in time for the wedding. And it was!
The ceremony was held in the garden as imagined and the old grass tennis court area was transformed by the Ivory Lane team into a stunning reception space.
Ivory Lane helped make our dreams a reality. We both felt strongly about having round tables, for us it was a must, we wanted our guests to be able to engage easily. Too often round tables aren't styled well and can, quite frankly, look like s**t, but Jane and her team got everything so, so right. Our colour scheme was grey, white, green, silver and wood. The colours worked so well inside the Ivory Lane tent that was lit with their hoop lighting that hung around each pole. Each hoop was adorned with foliage by Designer Bunches. Ivory Lane really are a class act. They constructed our tent layout, set up the last minute items and styling items, provided the bar staff (who make a mean Aperol spritz by the way), majority of our hire items, table seating chart print, and even packed the whole thing up- what a god send!
Thank you so much Ivory Lane- there are no words!
Designer bunches not only provided the hoop roof display foliage but also provided the table centrepieces, bouquets and button hole flowers. Jan and her team were super easy to work with particularly for someone who doesn't know a single flower type.
Thank you to both Ivory Lane and Designer Bunches for working together to give us our dream venue!