Real Wedding – Caragh & Paul, Wandin VIC
Caragh and Paul are all about laid back vibes, so a private property with an incredible view set the scene perfectly for their stunning celebration.
Their day began with a perfect ceremony dedicated to their love story, delivered by Tribe talent Precious Celebrations, who had the couple and their guests both giggling and swooning from start to finish.
Later, Caragh and Paul would step away from the limelight to take some time out with each other and some sunset shots. It turned out to be one of their favourite moments of the day, as they soaked up those ‘just married’ feels.
Jackson Grant was the talent behind the camera, so get scrolling this sweet day.
In Caragh’s words…
Paul and I met at the Bridge Hotel in Richmond on the 30th of April 2016
I knew pretty quickly. There is always something different when you find the one and somehow you just know.
Paul and I were on a holiday in New Zealand when he popped the question. It’s kind of a funny story. It was only the first day, we’d picked up our Winnebago and driven all day until we go to Greysmouth. We popped into a shopping centre and he had joked about a jewellery store we passed and how cheap rings were and that he didn’t even need to spend that much. Later that night he decided to ask me and because of his joke earlier I didn’t believe him and assumed he’d bought a fake ring. So after about his 3rd or 4th time asking me it clicked and I realised he was dead serious. I said YES of course.
I myself think I’m pretty laid back so none of the planning process really stressed me out too much. The key is to definitely start early though. This helped massively because a lot of the planning was spread out. Obviously closer to the day I was a little nervous, hoping that everything I had planned would all come together smoothly. But all our suppliers were amazing and they basically run the show.
We are both very laid back and we wanted it to be more of a fun party for us and all our guests. Our venue was amazing, we had the ceremony outside overlooking an incredible view and our reception was in the Woolshed on the property. This basically set the vibe we wanted. A lot of my inspiration for decorations/flowers etc came from Pinterest.
Finding my dress was pretty easy, I had in my head what I wanted. I only went to two bridal shops and tried on maybe 5 or 6 dresses until I found the one. You definitely just know when you put it on.
In all honesty my favourite part of the day was when we got pulled away from our reception by our photographer/videographer to get some shots as the sun was going down. By this time we’d done all our bridal party photos, family photos and spent a bit of time at the reception so it was all go, go, go, until we got to step outside for a bit, just the two of us, and take in everything that had/was happening.
At the same time as getting some amazing photos, we got to just be together for 10 minutes and to really just realise how perfect the day was and that we just got married.
Meaning of marriage.
Marriage to me is really just cementing that you are going to spend every single day with your best friend, no matter how hard or what you go through, you are making this promise to them that you aren’t going anywhere.
Aisle: The Wedding Song by Angus & Julia Stone
Reception entry: We Are The Champions by Queen
First dance: Tennesse Whiskey by Chris Stapleton
Father-daughter dance: Daddy by Beyonce
Funny stories (or near disasters).
The only near disaster would be our espresso martini van that we were having for after the ceremony for a few hours until the reception started. Just over a week out from the wedding he had his trailer stolen with everything in it (shattering). But he came through and still turned up on our day, just with a little bit different of a set up. This made everyone’s day, obviously, because who doesn’t love an espresso martini?
Nothing that took me by surprise but I probably didn’t realise just how much planning really went into the day. At one stage I really considered a wedding planner because I thought I was way over my head but it really does all just come together. Every supplier I had was beyond helpful and made life so much easier while planning the big day.
Words of wisdom.
Just enjoy your day. I had so many people tell me that it goes so fast and it really really does. The best advice I got for the day was to take two minutes at the reception, to step back with your new wife/hubby and to take it all in. Everyone is there for you and its so easy to get caught up, take a breather and appreciate what’s going on around you.
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CARAGH & PAUL’S TRIBE
Ceremony and reception location: Wandin Park Estate – Wandin North
Celebrant/Officiant: Precious Fawcett
Photography: Jackson Grant
Videography: New Age Films
Florist: Pretty Petal and Co
Make-up: Makeup by Rhilee
The Dress: Luv Bridal (Moonee Ponds)
Rings: Franco Jewellers
Bridesmaid’s dresses: Forever New
Groomsmen’s suits: Ferrari Formalwear & Bridal (Mitcham)
Bow ties / ties: Politix
Catering: Going Gourmet
Favors: By Pop Cookies
Cake / Cake topper: Cakes by Pippy
Stationery / Signage: Willow and Ink
Hire: Wandin Park Estate offers hire of most things you need
Espresso martini cart: Double Park Coffee
Spray Tans: Studio28 Tanning