Real Wedding – Lauren & Kiran, Hagley TAS
Loz and Kiran threw the rule book out the window when it came to planning their wedding, choosing to create a day that realised their relationship and their love, their way. The result was a spectacular success of contemporary glam and celebratory cheer!
We loved Loz’s vision of Hamptons hip meets boho beauty, realised through stunning styling by Flocked Events. The crisp white lines of the bar and marquee contrasted classily against the rattan decor to create a look that gave us all the vibes of the coolest lounge party.
Loz was luminous in her Mariana Hardwick lace gown, with the whole look exquisitely finished with loosely constructed, cascading florals in natural hues of dusky peach, muted sage and soft apricot.
There to capture every stylish scene against the awe-inspiring Tasmanian backdrop was photographer Tessa Shannon. For couples considering a Tasmania wedding, scrolling through this divine day will no doubt seal the deal!
We met through mutual friends a party when I was 17 and Kiran was 18. I made the first move, and we have been together ever since.
We are just best friends and its effortless. I just feel like it’s meant to be, and we want the best for one another as individuals and together.
Kiran took me to our favourite place in Tasmania, Bruny Island. He organised for us to go on a beautiful old timber sailing ship. It was just us two and the husband and wife that owned it.
It was a magical, clear, warm day, and we pulled into a sheltered place along the coast of Bruny. We were set up at the front of the ship with a romantic platter for two and a bottle of bubbles. Kiran asked me to stand. He got down on one knee and said some beautiful words, ending with “I have forgotten what else I was going to say so I’ll just get to the point; Lauren will you marry me?”. I was in shock and eventually said yes. It was perfect.
The inspiration was Hamptons meets Boho. I wanted our floral to be white, pink and peach and the bouquets not to be perfect, but cascading. I imagined a rattan timber look with lights. Also, lots of white furniture and a white bar with a clear marquee.
My dress was made by Marianna Hardwick in Melbourne, and it was the first dress I found. However, I made some alterations to the dress to make it unique for me, and to be my dream dress.
My favourite moment of the day was marrying my best friend in front of all our friends and family.
Meaning of marriage.
A partnership where we care for one another and are each other’s best friends. We support each other as individuals and together as a couple.
Aisle: Stand By Me by Tracey Chapman
Reception entry: Absolutely Everybody by Vanessa Amorosi
First dance: Truly Madly Deeply by Savage Garden
Funny stories or near disasters.
I picked up my dress from Mariana Hardwick in Melbourne and flew it back to Tasmania. On the plane, there was no place to hang or safely store my dress. So, I waited until everyone on the plane was seated, and the air hostess was closing the overhead baggage compartments when I stood up and found a safe place to store my wedding dress. I sat back down, and the plane was about to take off when a man comes running on to the plane, opens the overhead locker, and forcefully stores his large carry on suitcase on my wedding dress – crushing my dress!
Safe to say it was my first bridezilla moment. I jumped up, glared at the man, pulled out his suitcase and threw it on the floor in the middle of the plane and took out my wedding dress to make sure it was okay. The man looked at me like I was insane, and no one spoke a word. The air hostess came to mediate the situation and kindly told the man what he had done and asked him to please find another place to store his luggage. I was furious.
In hindsight, I can now laugh and realise what a crazy person the whole plane must have thought I was. Just a stressed bride with precious cargo.
I don’t think I am alone in being surprised by how expensive creating a beautiful wedding is. However, it’s the biggest and best day of your life, and a celebration of you and your husband and two families joining together. Therefore I have zero regrets, and it was worth every dollar to create the perfect day.
Words of wisdom.
Your wedding is only about you and your husband. You can create whatever you want your day to be; there are no rules! Remember what is important to you both and do not be influenced by others around you. It’s your day to be selfish and don’t feel like you have to apologise for it.
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LOZ & KIRAN’S VENDORS
Ceremony and reception venue: Quamby Home Tasmania. Quamby Home is a self-contained accommodation located on a farm in Hagley, Tasmania. We met with the owners of Quamby for a site visit prior to booking Quamby Home. The owners are lovely people and great to work with when organising our wedding. It was a great opportunity for us to have a blank canvas to be able to create our dream wedding.
Also, we wanted to be able to stay on-site the night before and night of our wedding and have our guests not have to travel to different locations. Everything was at the one location, and it made the day effortless.
Celebrant/Officiant: Emily Rawlings, one of our best friends. Kiran and Emily went through school together, and I worked with Emily. She is a social worker and new to being a marriage celebrant. Knowing our celebrant made the ceremony more special and personal. It also made me instantly relaxed, knowing I was walking down the aisle into safe hands.
Photography: Tessa Shannon flew down from the Gold Coast to photograph our special day. She takes the most amazing natural photos without you even knowing she is there.
Styling: Flocked Events, Ailsa and Annabelle. I would not have been able to organise such a perfect day without these two amazing women! They made the whole lead up to the day stress-free. They organised everything and helped me in creating our perfect day.
Florist: Murphy Bloom, Emma Williams. The most beautiful bouquets and florals. I wanted white orchids with peach and pink foliage. The flowers were perfection.
Hair: Newstead Hair, Taylee
Make-up: Tanisha Koops. Both Taylee and Tanisha made myself and my bridesmaids look and feel so beautiful.
The dress: Marianna Hardwick. My dream wedding dress. It was the first dress I tried on, and I was able to customise the dress to exactly what I wanted. The dress was tailor-made to fit me perfectly. I chose everything down to the buttons on my sleeves. Such a fun experience creating my dream dress.
Earrings: I did not wear a veil; however I wore some amazing pearl earrings hand made in Paris by designer Maison Sabben.
Shoes: Country Road
Rings: Jim Hughs and Sons
Bridesmaid’s dresses: Bec + Bridge
Groomsmen’s suits and bow ties: Routley’s Menswear
Catering and bar: Hubert and Dan. We had Hubert and Dan also cater our engagement party. They were the most amazing people to work with, providing lots of different food options to choose from. The food is incredible and the catering and bar staff on the day were so much fun and professional at the same time.
Favours: Kiran and I made jam jars for our favours.
Cake / Cake topper: Hubert and Dan
Stationery / Signage and decor: Flocked Events
Entertainment: The Geal Brothers
Honeymoon: Satellite Island Tasmania. The most beautiful place in Tasmania.