Real Wedding – Tarryn & Darcy, Curlewis VIC

Real Wedding – Tarryn & Darcy, Curlewis VIC


Long time lovers, Tarryn and Darcy, put on the perfect party to celebrate their wedding with their nearest and dearest at Rusty Gate Estate, a stunning olive grove boasting spectacular, unrivalled views of Port Phillip Bay and the You Yangs.

A tipi tent, an array of fabulous food trucks and a surprise dance off brought all the fun festival vibes to their special day. Ali, the face behind the lens at Smith + Archer, was there to capture each and every beautiful moment.

In Tarryn’s words…

The meeting.

Darcy and I first met at an under 15’s netball presentation night and then later at a friend’s house. He then would come and visit me frequently at Subway (my part time job at the time) until we finally ended up going out.

The one.

When we couldn’t go a day without seeing or speaking to each other.

The proposal.

Darcy organised a weekend away at Lorne where he popped the question whilst sitting on the beach at dusk. He was hoping for a beautiful sunset but he quickly realized that the sun was setting in the wrong direction behind the hills!

The planning.

Darcy and I took a very long time to find the perfect location for our wedding, as we knew we wanted to have a tipi wedding and be near the beach. Not to mention, we had to convince my parents about the concept of our wedding, as they were used to very traditional weddings. However, once we came across Rusty Gate we knew straight away it was the perfect place for us.

I loved researching and finding ideas for the styling of our wedding, although it did make it hard having lots of options when finally trying to select things. Luckily, I had seven bridesmaids that were very good at helping me sort things out.

Darcy and I also enjoyed going and trying all the different food trucks! We both love good food, so finding the right vendors was extremely important to us!

Style inspiration.

We wanted our wedding to feel like a mini festival, where people could relax and mingle and enjoy good food and music whilst celebrating our special day.

The dress.

Believe it or not I had picked two other dresses until I finally picked my dress for the big day. I had originally picked a dress from Grace Loves Lace. However, once I heard that Rue De Seine had their new collection being released, I instantly booked myself into their trunk show at the Bridal Atelier in Melbourne. Sure enough I fell in love with the whole collection and I was very lucky to meet the designer Michele who helped me lower my choices to three beautiful dresses. I ended up picking one of the dresses only to change my mind to the other style once I left the shop. A quick call to the Bridal Atelier was made and I changed to my final dress, the Aria Violet.

My biggest fear for the wedding was not finding a dress I loved, however in the end I found several and I am very grateful to the girls at the Bridal Atelier who were so patient in helping me pick the perfect dress in the end. I would say my dress is best described as modern bohemian. I just adored the tassels and simplicity of it.

Favourite moment/s.

We decided to have a dance off at our wedding where Darcy and I would crown the King and Queen of the dance floor. We had already pre-selected 6 competitors based on who we thought would make excellent contenders. They had no idea it was coming but boy did it get everyone up and about.

Also, my maid of honor made the most amazing speech, that she so cleverly made rhyme. It went for over 15 minutes however she had everyone hanging off each word and she managed to tie everyone into it!

The meaning of marriage.

Making a commitment to always be there for each other and love each other unconditionally.

Wedding soundtrack.

Aisle: Follow the Sun by Xavier Rudd

Signing of the Registry : Georgia by Vance Joy

Reception Entry: Uptown Funk by Bruno Mars

First Dance: Loving is Easy by Rex Orange County

Funny stories/near disasters.

The bridal party entrance songs; each partner combination had chosen their own entrance songs to come in to and made a short routine to it. Watching them practice the day before and on the day was hilarious, they were very competitive!

Darcy couldn’t find the pocket squares on the day of the wedding, as he had put them in one of the groomsman’s shoebox. Thankfully they found them in the last place they looked.

I also got makeup on my wedding dress when putting it on and right at the end of the night a guest accidently knocked his glass of red all over me. I wasn’t fazed at all but the poor thing felt so bad.

Planning surprises.

I was surprised by how quickly things can book up. It’s easy to say I’ll make my mind up later but lots of things book out quickly.

Words of wisdom.

Some great advice that was given to us was to get most of formalities of the night over straight away so you can spend the night on the dance floor. Also, select the style of your wedding and stick to it. It’s easy to get caught up in all the amazing different things you will come across.




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Ceremony venue / location: Rusty Gate Estate

Reception venue / location: Rusty Gate Estate

Celebrant/Officiant: Jessie Belle

Photography: Smith + Archer Photography

Videography: Neon Sheep Films

Styling: Myself and Peppa and Peach

Florist: Gisborne Cottage Flowers 

Hair: Genaya Lock and Blondie Hair and Cosmetica

Make Up: Blondie Hair and Cosmetica

The Dress: Rue De Seine 

Veil / head wear: Parisima

Shoes: I had one pair for the ceremony and another for the reception. The nude pair were Billini and gold were Wittner

Rings: Siren Fine Jewellery 

Bridesmaids dresses: Spell and the Gypsy Collective

Groom’s suit: Calibre

Groom’s Shoes: Blaq

Catering: Tom Collins Caravan, Taco Truck, Paella Pan, Platter Co and 196 Below

Favours: Custom Stubby Holder Geelong 

Cake / Cake topper: Blackbird Cakes Woodend

Stationery / Signage: Lily Kiss

Entertainment: Lark Entertainment

Transport: Abda Bus Company

Tipis: Tipikata

Décor: Peppa and Peach

Hire: Peppa and Peach

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