Real wedding – Hayley & Jeremy, Pialligo ACT
Hayley and Jeremy set about creating a beautifully-styled, fun and relaxed celebration to kick off married life, and boy did they deliver.
Giving their suppliers creative license to create a wonderland of florals and finishing touches, their day came together to provide a multitude of truly magic moments.
Twinkling fairy lights, a wedding cake that could only be described as a masterpiece and custom neon signage all came together beautifully. But let’s take a moment to appreciate Hayley’s impeccable One Of a Kind Designs gown and her accompanying bride tribe in a romantic, rust-hued display of elegance!
Their ceremony moved them to tears, and their dance floor was positively wild – Hayley and Jeremy’s day was perfectly ‘them’ and dreamily documented by the ever-talented Kelly Tunney.
We met back in 2012 in a local “pub” in passing through a mutual friend and I worked at a bar at the time which we kept connecting through, we definitely just hit it off as friends from the beginning, but later began growing into a relationship.
I think after a few years we just grew into this space in our relationship where we had been through a lot and overcome a lot, and we were so comfortable and had grown up together so much rather than apart, and we both just knew that we wanted to spend our lives together.
We went to a beautiful little mini home in Tilba Tilba – Tilba Lake House (go there, its amazing) I think Jeremy was hoping for a beautiful cool night so we could sit out by the fire and he would propose there, but instead it absolutely poured down rain, Jeremy cooked me a lovely dinner and we just sat there chatting by the mini fireplace and I went into the bathroom and I could hear noises coming from the kitchen, so I asked Jeremy what he was doing (cleaning, he said) then when I came out he was sitting back on the couch totally unbothered (so I didn’t think anything suss at all) and I was standing by the little staircase fixing up my polaroid camera paper and I could feel him standing there staring at me and I turned around and there he was, looking at me and a bit lost for what he wanted to say, and he got down on one knee and opened the box and asked me to marry him. Nawwww. I was pretty shocked, he did well.
We had a 8-month long engagement and after being together for seven years already and being in the wedding industry, I had basically planned much of what I wanted our wedding to be like over the course of the year or two leading up to when we got engaged, so it was a relatively easy process.
Jeremy let me make many of the styling decisions and whatever he didn’t like we adapted, but it was a great process overall, I really enjoyed planning the wedding and we were so grateful that all of the vendors we wanted were available on our day, it kind of came together so seamlessly that it felt so “meant to be”.
We wanted beautiful and fun, and we wanted our wedding style to represent us and who we are as a couple. We gave alot of creative freedom to all of our vendors and suppliers, especially our florist. She did the most amazing job creating this wonderland of beautiful florals and backdrop for our ceremony which then moved across the room to be the corner piece for our little “polaroid photo corner”.
We had fairy lights all around the windows, beautiful florals and this insanely perfect cake, and our arbour with all the florals had a custom neon sign attached to it. The dance floor was so much fun and the style really reflected us as a couple.
I got a custom made sequin gown which I designed and the amazing Rachel bought to life so perfectly and Jeremy had a custom made all black suit with a black velvet Jacket. I really wanted something that represented me and my personality (hello, fun
sequins) and Jeremy is very laid back and he wanted to stand out a little from his groomsmen without standing out too much, so he chose to have the black shirt/vest/velvet jacket.
I’d have to say my favourite moment was when I walked down the aisle to Jeremy and we began our ceremony in worship, it was so calming and beautiful and it was so important to us to honour God in the start of our marriage and that moment was one I’ll never forget, our guests couldn’t stop talking about how beautiful it was, for many of them, this wasn’t a usual way to begin a wedding (that they had experienced before).
Meaning of marriage.
Marriage is a lifelong commitment, its more than just loving a person and signing the paperwork, its a choice, an adventure and a partnership of two people coming together and fighting through the hard times together (you are a team) and being forgiving and loving and creating a life that has impact and purpose together.
Bridesmaid entrance: Bless the broken road by Rascal Flatts
Bride aisle entrance: Marry me by Train
Reception entry: Lay away love by Notch + Farman Scoop
First dance: Better today by Coffey Anderson.
We had musician Steve Amosa performing the aisle and our first dance songs.
Funny stories (or near disasters).
Oh gosh, besides a few general bumps in the road, our process was really good, the only “hiccup” was the wind and cold on our wedding day, we had to move our ceremony inside from outside as it would of been too dangerous to have it outside (and way too
cold) due to winds over 50kmh. But looking back, it worked out so perfectly the way it all happened.
I don’t think there was anything that caught us by surprise, except the fact we enjoyed it slightly more than we thought.
Words of wisdom.
Remember that your wedding (as beautiful and amazing as a wedding is) is just a day and that marriage and your life together is the end goal, not just the wedding day itself. Sit back and take in every part of your day, from the moment you wake up, and enjoy your day, invite those you love the most and who love you both and don’t stress about the things that cant be changed.
The day goes so insanely fast, so I always recommend you invest in a great photographer and videographer so that you can re-live it over and over again. Don’t allow outside voices to ruin the process and go with what will ultimately make you both happy. Also, take a moment just the two of you to process and enjoy each other’s company.
HAYLEY & JEREMY’S VENDORS
Ceremony venue / location: Pialligo Estate Glasshouse – Such a beautiful venue and the team there were so professional, helpful, organised and created a seamless and stress free day from the get go.
Reception venue / location: Pialligo Estate Glasshouse
Celebrant/Officiant: Pastor Tinashe Sydney of Sevenstreams international church – Our Pastor who helped create the ceremony of our dreams and we are forever grateful and thankful, and David Campbell for all the legalities.
Photography: Kelly Tunney – an absolute dream photographer, fun, creative and so easy to have around, and
all around wonderful woman and photographer.
Videography: Marcus of c2 films – he was fun, candid and creative and created many laughs.
Styling and florals: Peony n Pearl – wow, not enough words to describe how impressed we were with the beautiful florals,
we gave full creative freedom and she created florals more beautiful than we could of imagined.
Hair: Kate Lily Dressing Hair – Absolutely amazing at what she does, made all of our hair so perfect, we all still looked great even after all our time out in the insane winds and her beautiful personality and fun nature was great to have on the morning of our wedding.
Make-up: Tara Florence Artistry – Tara is the best at what she does and her personality is even greater, it was
so wonderful having her apart of our day, I felt so beautiful.
The Dress(es): One of a kind designs and my reception dress was made in NZ ( not sure on designer, it was a gift
from Jeremys family and he had a matching shirt for the traditional Samoan Siva dance). The team at one of a
kind were phenomenal, Rach took everything I said I wanted my dress to be and she bought it to life so
perfectly, I’ll be forever grateful, she also altered my traditional style dress two days out with barely any notice
to fit me perfectly.
Veil / headwear: One of a kind designs
Groomsmen’s suits: Jeremy and his groomsmen all had custom suits from Institchu– they had such a great
experience with the team there and the suits were perfect.
Bow ties / ties: Institchu
Favours: Cookies made by Flour & Dough and custom black acrylic name plates by Letters from Belle.
Cake / Cake topper: Laombre Creations – She is insanely talented, again, we left the creative freedom up to her
and our cake was something out of a dream and tasted absolutely amazing too. Cake topper was Letters from Belle.
Stationery / Signage: My bridesmaid and great friend Amy of Where The Roses Are did all of our signage designs
and we did the printing through Bytes n Colours. Amy also created our save the dates and invitation design. She helped us so much throughout the process and we are so grateful.
Entertainment: Steve Amosa of TuchaSoul (live music throughout the ceremony, pre-drinks, dinner) Dj Trigga was our DJ.
Transport: Crowne Chauffeurs
Décor: Wishing well – Hey Sweet Peach
Signage – Where the Roses Are
Arbour – Florist – Peony n Pearl
Outdoor Festoon Lighting – Chicago Charles
Custom Neon Sign – NeonPoodle
Acrylic names – Letters from Belle (she was amazing, quick turn around, great customer service).
Honeymoon: We were meant to travel for our one year anniversary but Covid, we hope to travel overseas
in the future.