Real Wedding – Tim & Bridget, Hawkesdale VIC
Bridget and Tim’s country celebration was a charming concoction of aesthetic appeal, effervescent emotion and all-round good times. The whole family came together to transform the family farm, scene of so many milestone memories. The result was a day that looked incredible and was overflowing with all the feels.
Pulling together an A+ styling and hire team, Lush Events, Elderberry Event Hire and Tierra Events meant no detail was left unconsidered. We love the muted colour palette of dusky apricot and soft blush against natural textures of rattan and dried grasses, creating a perfectly on point contrast with the bushland setting.
Bridget looked a vision of contemporary class in her gown by Cappellazzo Couture, and was complemented by her brides babes in mismatched outfits of ivory and the palest pink. The overall look was one of effortless elegance and relaxed style.
Scrolling photographer Sheree Dubois’s gorgeous gallery is a true treat, particularly the picture-perfect moment where Bridget and Tim arrived at the reception through a custom built archway filled with florals, to the cheers of their friends and family.
We met during year 12 in 2010. We both went to different high schools in the same town, but mutual friends bought us together at a joint 18th birthday.
We can’t really remember a particular moment. From the beginning, we were inseparable and probably drove our parents mad as they had to drive us to see each other until we were 18. We went off to university together and have lived together ever since.
Tim asked me to marry him very casually in our lounge room. We had just had our first child two months prior, and he very much surprised me after work one Friday night!
I really enjoyed the whole planning process. I had a clear vision of how I wanted everything to be. My scrapbook and checklists (hello primary school teacher!) really helped keep me on track with planning and contacting vendors to ensure everything was coming together as I imagined.
The months, weeks and days leading up to our wedding will be moments we will cherish forever. Because it was at my parents’ farm, there was always a project underway at the property in preparation for the big day. From the boys building the arbour and archways, paddock preparation, flower and signage creation, these were some of our favourite days; having the family together working together for our special day.
We wanted a very relaxed, unique and fun cocktail wedding. Good food, wine and music were also really important to us to create an unforgettable evening.
I had loved every red carpet and wedding dress that Sonia from Cappellazzo Couture had created, so when it came to booking an appointment, I hadn’t considered anywhere else.
Sonia and her team were absolutely amazing to work with, and it was so special seeing my custom gown come together. My mum, sister, niece and I attended all the appointments together. We were in awe of her ability to work with my body shape and the material to manipulate and create the perfect angles and additions to my gown. It was a really special, personalised experience.
It’s so hard to choose one. We have narrowed this down to three favourites:
When we were introduced as husband and wife. We drove through the archways in Tim’s dad’s old car, and all of our guests were lined up on either side to greet us.
Our speeches. We simply loved hearing our nearest and dearest give their speeches. You don’t often speak to one another in the way you do in a speech.
The dancefloor. Our wedding day was 40 degrees, so everyone was well hydrated by the time we hit the dancefloor. Combine this with a brilliant band, and everyone was in the mood to dance for hours which was so much fun!
Meaning of marriage.
It formalises our love for one another and brings us together as one family.
Aisle: Stand by Me by Florence and The Machine
Signing: Weathered (feat. Ruel) by M-Phazes
Recessional: World of Our Love by Client Liaison
Reception entry: Sweet Lovin’ (feat. Bryn Christopher) by Sigala
First dance: I Believe in a Thing Called Love by Branches
Funny stories or near disasters.
Our wedding day was 40 degrees. We supplied our wedding guests with fans, as much water, alcohol and zooper doopers as possible!
We really enjoyed the process. Planning every aspect of the wedding ourselves made it all that extra special to see it all come together on the day.
Words of wisdom.
Enjoy the entire process and just control what you can control! It comes and goes so quickly, but you really do have the best memories from your special day which makes the hours, weeks and months of planning so worth it. Take time during the preparation and on the wedding day to be with your husband/wife. It is so special to watch all your guests having a wonderful time and being brought together because they are celebrating your love!
We had a basket of mini tambourines for the dance floor, and they were so much fun!
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TIM & BRIDGET’S VENDORS:
Ceremony and reception venue: Private property, Hawkesdale. My entire family worked tirelessly in the buildup to our big day. I loved growing up on the family farm, so it was extremely special to get married at a place that holds many wonderful childhood memories. We pinch ourselves every time we are back in the paddocks where our wedding was. There is no denying the property was immaculate, and the whole family were very proud to showcase it to our guests.
Celebrant/Officiant: Father Lawrence O’Toole
Photography and videography: Sheree Dubois Photography. Sheree and Emily were a dream to work with, and they both captured our day and moments perfectly.
Styling: Lush Events & Emma Bant. Vicki styled my sister’s wedding, which was incredible, so she was one of our first points of contact when we got engaged. She got our ‘vision’ from our first meeting and assisted in sourcing flowers, structures and created a range of florals for the ceremony.
Emma is my sister, and she has always had an eye for creativity and a special interest in florals despite working as a Financial Advisor. Her eye for detail and ability to create what she did still blows my mind. She worked tirelessly in the weeks and days before the wedding to plan and organise each aspect of the florals throughout the ceremony and reception. The pampas grass chandelier and ute were my favourite creations of the day! She definitely has a future calling!
Florist: As Daisy Does. These girls left me speechless when I saw the bouquets. They were everything I envisaged and more. We had so many compliments on the bouquets on our wedding day. We were able to keep the dried flowers from each bouquet and make a floral arrangement that sits in our home, which looks beautiful!
Hair: Bonni and Clyde Hair
Make-up: The Beauty Box
The dress: Cappellazzo Couture
Shoes: Jo Mercer
Rings: Parker Diamonds
Groomsmen’s suits and bow ties: Pitstop Menswear. Amy at Pitstop Menswear made the process of choosing the boys outfits so easy. She sourced pieces we were after, and the boys looked very dapper.
Catering: The Forge Pizzeria. Forge was one of our favourite restaurants when we went to University in Ballarat, so once we decided on a cocktail style wedding, we knew we wanted them to cater. They were amazing to work with and tailored all our favourites into a package for our guests. The canapes and pizzas were absolutely divine.
Bar: Tipple Caravan
Cake and cheesecake pops: Mandy Van Rooy. Mandy is extremely talented, and the desserts were absolutely delicious! We always wanted something different for dessert, and choosing Mandy to make white chocolate, cookies and cream cheesecake pops was the best decision. It was a 40-degree day, and they were the perfect complement to our canapes and pizzas.
Stationery / Signage: DR Design. My very talented brother. Daniel went above and beyond to create all the extra touches. I loved every stationary piece. My favourites were our personalised stubby holders, coasters and our wedding program on fans for the ceremony!
Entertainment: Luke Bourchier Music. Luke and Duncan were amazing! They had everyone on the dancefloor, and our guests haven’t stopped raving about them!
Transport: Tim’s dads’ MG Sprite. We drove his car into the reception as our introduction as Mr and Mrs, and it was one of our favourite memories!
Hire: Tierra Events. Kara was my go-to. She was approachable and calm through the whole process. I was blown away by her client connection prior to the wedding, and when she and Winnie turned up to construct the Tipi we were blown away. Their work ethic was insane.
Elderberry Event Hire. Orla also made our hire process personalised and enjoyable. She was helpful and adaptable to when changes were made. She set our furniture up on the day and all her pieces fitted perfectly within our ceremony and reception.