Real Wedding – Jessica & Kyle, Uraidla SA
Jess and Kyle’s South Australian celebration was pure romance, glittery glam and entrancing elegance.
A beautiful old building in regional South Australia provided the perfect blank canvas for these two inseparable lovers to create their dream day. The raw, textured walls and arching exposed beams formed a rustic backdrop to contrast the softly ethereal silks and white woods of the reception. Hundreds of candles added a soft glow to hues of ivory, taupe and soft creamy blush worked throughout the dreamy design.
Jess looked luminesce as she stepped down the aisle towards her husband to be, surrounded by florals of classic roses. The only thing distracting from her jaw-dropping gown by Pallas Couture was Kyle’s beaming smile.
Danielle Stymes was the master behind the lens, capturing every ethereal moment as it unfolded.
Kyle and I met over six years ago, after being introduced by mutual friends at Oakbank at the Easter races. After a few dates, which I’m sure were incredibly awkward, we quickly became inseparable.
On a night out with my maid of honour, I pointed to Kyle across the room and said: “I’m going to marry that man”. Sure enough, we were married a few years later.
Kyle explains that he knew I was “the one” when I was singing in my car to Drake, not very romantic, unfortunately.
A few months after purchasing our first home, Kyle proposed, on our anniversary weekend away in the Barossa Valley. He had carried the ring in his pocket all day, and I was completely oblivious.
After a beautiful long lunch at Fino Seppeltsfield, we went for a long walk, where I found Kyle in the middle of a vineyard on one knee. I was completely surprised as we hadn’t really discussed marriage or engagement at all, just our future babies. It was pretty perfect, just the two of us. He absolutely outdid himself.
We were fortunate enough to plan over two years, so this gave us plenty of time to organize everything, I’m an incredibly indecisive person and with so many beautiful wedding styles to choose from I definitely needed that time to get organized.
After many months spent trying to find the perfect venue, we found a beautiful old building in Uraidla, with raw white walls, exposed rafters, and high ceilings. It was the perfect blank canvas for us. We were set on having amazing food and wine, and this venue allowed us to bring in our own vendors, which was perfect as we could have it exactly how we wanted.
I decided to take on as much as possible, so I did all of my own floristry, styling, and desserts. I did, however, have an incredible amount of help from family and friends, everyone went above and beyond to help me pull everything together; from flowers to styling and all of the little details.
My inspiration for the wedding was drawn from a few different styles of weddings. I love a really romantic, minimalist and elegant style. I had long white tables, adorned with soft silk runners, hundreds of candles and fresh roses. I kept the colours very neutral with white, beige, and soft blush roses.
We loved the relaxed and minimalist feel of the venue, so for the ceremony, we had white Bentwood chairs with an aisle of white roses petals. My Papa handmade our arbour, adorned with roses. I used delphiniums, dahlias, lisianthus, roses and hydrangeas throughout all of the florals.
Pallas Couture was the designer of my dress. After trying on a few different styles, I was still feeling indecisive, but one of the lovely ladies at Pallas selected a style for me to try that I absolutely wouldn’t have chosen otherwise. I instantly fell in love with the Neome gown and had the cliché “this is the one” moment. The gown has the most incredible fabric, embellished with delicate beading, a fitted elegant bodice and a blush undertone lining. I opted for a very low plunging back with the longest train possible and a custom cathedral veil for the ceremony.
Our ceremony is a moment I’ll never forget. Seeing Kyles face at the end of the aisle, and all of our loved ones was incredibly special.
We also had sunset photos done on top of a hill, and the wind was absolutely insane, I will never forget how much we laughed during this. It was wild but thankfully made for some pretty beautiful photos.
Our dancefloor was a big highlight; having everyone together all night was perfect.
Meaning of marriage.
The promise to choose one another again and again, at the start and the end of every single day. A best friend for life, with unconditional love and support. We still can’t believe how lucky we are to have found each other.
Aisle: Can’t Help Falling in Love by Kina Granis
Reception entry: Nice for What by Drake
First dance: Adore by Amy Shark
Father/daughter: Here Comes the Sun by The Beatles
Funny stories or near disasters.
Fortunately, we didn’t have any big disasters on the day, although the weather was a little disconcerting early on. Thankfully, the rain held off, leaving the low clouds to make for some very incredible photos.
The overwhelming amount of options for styling, themes and venues was difficult to narrow down; I loved everything! I initially envisioned a boho dress, a rustic theme and at a winery but ended up with a sparkly dress, rustic venue and a black-tie theme – crazy!
Words of wisdom.
I think it’s really important to take the pressure off yourself, particularly as a bride. The more pressure you put on yourself to enjoy every little moment, the less you will. Don’t expect to be anything but yourself on the day.
Loving Jess’s brides babes style? We can’t get enough of the vanilla vibes, so have pulled together some cream looks to delight and inspire. Check them out here.
JESS & KYLE’S VENDORS
Ceremony and reception venue: The Uraidla Show Hall
Celebrant: Celebrations by Penelope
Photography: Danielle Symes Photography
Videography: Fragment Films
Styling: Petal and Cake Co. plus all of our wonderful family and friends.
Florist, cake and decor: Petal and Cake Co.
Hair: Yots Hair, Balayage by Isabelle
Make-up: Jessica Searle Makeup
The dress and veil: Pallas Couture
Rings: GW Cox Jewellers
Bridesmaid’s dresses: ASOS
Grooms suit: Calibre
Groomsmen’s suits and bow ties: Peter Shearer
Catering: Andres Cucina
Bar: Are You Being Served
Entertainment: Adelaide Entertainment
Transport: My Dad’s vintage Mercedes
Hire: Olympic Party Hire
Honeymoon: Europe (sadly cancelled due to COVID)