Romantic and classy with a sprinkling of youthful fun, Wynnie and Wesley's wedding took place in the wonderfully picturesque Sirromet Winery, which sits on the edge of a serene lagoon. Settling on the venue was an easy decision for the nature-loving couple, who wanted their guests to soak in the splendour of the surrounds before the reception. Restaurant Lurleen's, where the wedding dinner and merry-making took place, was splashed in glitzy gold and rose gold hues, from sequined tablecloths to quirky spray-painted animal figurines used both as fixtures and mini wedding favours. Needless to say, the takeaway toys were a hit with the kids! And as a deeply thoughtful touch, they sourced wedding favours that, through proceeds, would help Africa's at-risk children. Wynnie shares her memories below...
How they met:
Wes and I met in 2008 in Brisbane Australia. We were secretly fond of each other, and saw each other a lot as we went to the same church and have a lot of mutual friends. However, the timing was never right. Five years passed before he asked me out after a friend's birthday party.
A year after that, he proposed to me during our one-year anniversary, in a room filled with rose petals and 500 tealight candles. I saw the orange glow of the fire through my front door and thought my house was ablaze! I was so overwhelmed that I couldn't stop laughing while he was proposing. Needless to say, our close friends who were hiding in the room got really concerned. He hasn't let me forget that!
The bride's look:
I didn't really have a style in mind, but I knew it had to be comfortable and 'me'. I eventually stumbled upon a sample sale at a bridal fair and picked up the Anjolique. It had a lovely combination of Chantilly lace and a long train, without being over the top. I chose a Wendy Makin dress for the reception as I loved the romantic tulle skirt. It was a lot easier to move around in for the rest of the day.
Her hair and make-up:
I wanted a really natural look. On the day, my hair and makeup still felt a lot 'heavier' than what I had in mind but the outcome in the photos were fantastic, so no regrets!
The groom's look:
Wes wanted navy blue to match the 'romantic' rose gold theme.
The wedding party's looks:
The bridesmaids dressses were rose gold to match our colour scheme and the groomsmen wore navy blue vests with light pink ties to match. I left Wes and his groomsmen to decide on their colour, and they did well!
I have a weakness for lakes and Wes loves natural settings. The Sirromet Winery has a little lake house by the laguna that was perfect for our ceremony and number of guests. Making sure our guests were well fed during the reception was also very important to us, and the Sirromet's restaurant had a reputation for great food, so it was an easy decision!
I chose rose gold and gold as the colour scheme. I wanted it to look romantic with a splash of glitz and fun. Classy, but not too serious.
I walked down the aisle to the same song used when Wes proposed to me, which was pretty special. In the middle of the vows, I broke out laughing again –sort of a flashback to the proposal – as I felt too emotional.
We wanted good food and enough to feed the guests! Our only aim was for no guest to go home hungry. We had canapés before the reception, salmon and steak served alternatively, desserts and an open bar.
Our first dance was 'Thinking Out Loud' by Ed Sheeran. Wes loves Ed Sheeran and I thought the song was really sweet. We made our bridal party join us on the dance floor during the first dance, so we had a bit of a laugh. They also did a surprise dance to Neon Trees for us – it's a bit of an inside joke because for the longest time, Wes thought that was my favourite song when it was really his best man's! They practiced the whole thing during the wedding day itself and I was so amazed by how well they pulled it off.
The wedding favours:
We bought the book 'You & Me Forever' by Francis Chan as souvenirs for each of our guests. It's always been in our hearts to support the less fortunate, and 100% of each book's proceeds goes towards a campaign that helps children who've been broken by the throes of slavery and property to rebuild their lives. We were happy to have the chance to give back, even if it's a small part to play.
We wanted it to be fun and natural, and captured in a way that allows us to look back and relive the memories. Naoko, our photographer, was so good at helping us relax and stealing some great shots even when we weren't posing for the camera. I love how she was able to capture the joy and expressions of our guests.
The flower vases and little decorative animals on the tables were DIY. The best man designed our beautiful wedding programs from scratch, and a dear friend of mine illustrated portraits of the whole bridal party in a section of the booklet.
There were too many funny moments. One of my bridesmaids tripped and nearly fell over during the walk-in, and then my veil caught on something and flew off as I walked down the aisle, so I was laughing the rest of the way down. For others, a little mishap like this may seem like a disaster, but to me, everything was so personal and perfect! I wouldn't have it any other way.
Wynnie's wedding advice for brides-to-be:
Just relax and enjoy yourself! Make it about you and your loved ones. Don't sweat to much about the details. The planning is fun but the wedding will be more than just the colour scheme, decor and program. Don't aim for a Pinterest wedding – have a wedding that is uniquely you.
Bridal gown: Anjolique, Wendy Makin
Jewellery: Tiffany & Co and Diamonds International
Shoes: Nine West and Melissa Shoes
Veil: AdeleTailorBoutique on Etsy (store currently unavailable)
Groom's suit: Politix
Groom's shoes: ZU
Groom's accessories: Daniel Wellington
Bridesmaids' outfits: Forever 21
Groomsmen's outfits: Politix
Florist: Bella Bloom Floral Design
Decor: OneMustardSeed and DIY vases
Cake: Simone's Cakes
Food & drinks: Restaurant Lurleen's and Sirromet Winery
Stationery: Invitations by Minted and Wedding Paper Divas; menu, table numbers and seating chart by MomentiDesignStudios on Etsy; wedding programs designed by the best man
Wedding favours: You & Me Forever by Francis Chan amd DIY gold animal figurines
Wedding car: Tic Tac Tours & Charters
Photographer: Pictures and Hearts Photography