Chloe – A One Day Bride

03.11.2016

In a beautiful beachside town in Adelaide, Chloe and Adam tied the knot.

Picture the sea, raw, natural styling, tipis, unstructured florals some of the best food and wine from the region to top it all off.

For Chloe, finding the dress meant a trip to Melbourne for a day of shopping. But what she didn’t expect form her first stop, was to have the dress choose her.

BRIDE… Chloe

GROOM… Adam

WEDDING DATE… 23rd April 2016

WHEN AND HOW WE MET

October 2011 … on a girl’s night out, we decided to continue the party at La Sing, a Karaoke Bar in Adelaide. One of my girlfriends who had worked with Adam, asked him to join us after the pub. This lead to me singing a rendition of S Club 7. As I awkwardly sang along, Adam was in the crowd whistling and cheering me on. I was terrible but somehow he saw (or heard!?) something that he liked! The weeks that followed entailed of the beach, sunsets, ciders and fish & chips – we were pretty much inseparable. It was perfect and so easy.

Then fast forward to June 2015, on a spontaneous trip to Bali, we found ourselves drinking G&T’s enjoying our favourite, the sunset. Adam went on to say that I was his best friend and began to pull out a plastic bag… I didn’t know what to think , but it had a beautiful friendship ring in it. Then he asked the words and of course I said ‘Yes!’

OUR WEDDING LOCATION

CEREMONY: We are so fortunate to live in a beautiful beachside town south of Adelaide and the ocean means so much to both of us. We didn’t really have to think very long and hard about where to seal the deal… we decided on a stunning cove, Green Bay in Port Elliot, 5 minutes from our house. We picked autumn, knowing that the wind dies down during these months, and that there are (usually) picture perfect days… and we were extremely lucky! The sun was out and the waves were rolling in… it was actually a king tide that day so the boys had to roll up their slacks and it made for great entertainment apart from our vows!

RECEPTION: We stumbled across Crabtree Farm in Middleton; the owners Mick and Vicki are beautiful people who made the lead up and preparation a dream.  A perfect rustic location with an old stone ‘boat bar’ and lawned area opposite for the tipi’s to be erected!

STYLE CONCEPT

We wanted to have as much input into our day as possible so decided on the theme/style ourselves. We drew upon the natural palate of the sea to style our wedding. We collected copious amounts of driftwood to make our wedding arch and opted for natural, raw elements to bring the ocean to the farm. The wooden tables were flanked by driftwood, candles and sporadic native florals. I had a vision to have pendants hanging in one of the tipis, like clouds so Adam made the frames, whilst mum hand stitched the covers. She also made pillar soy wax candles in a signature fragrance (sea slat, lavender & freesia – divine!), our rosemary and lemon wedding cake and hand dyed table runners – such a legend!

Our menu also flowed with the theme, with our guests grazing on South Australian oysters, seafood paella, braised beef brisket and the most delicious sides.

And the tipi’s provided a gorgeous, relaxed atmosphere for love, laughter and lots of dancing!

It was definitely a team effort, with everything coming together perfectly.

INSPIRATION

The Lane – gahhh, I love their posts so much! I often still procrastinate looking at the blog, even though my wedding day is far-gone!

HelloMayMagazine – I found their magazine and insta page to be my favourite for wedding planning and ideas for gifts for my bride’s babes.

Halcyon House @ _halcyonhouse – I’m obsessed with their style and I will go and stay there one day!

THE BEST ADVICE I WAS GIVEN

To stop & breath it all in…. with your hubby!

WHAT WAS YOUR NON NEGOTIABLE FOR THE DAY?

Our loves are sharing and enjoying fabulous food and wine with our loved ones, so that was definitely at the top of the list. We are also so ecstatic that we invested in a videographer, of course we love our photos but having moments captured in motion is magical and completely transports us back to the day!

HENS DAY

My bridesmaids are the most wonderful women. They kept it as a surprise and whisked me up to the Adelaide hills for the most amazing lunch at Bird In Hand winery and then back to one of their parents’ homes to continue the festivities into the night.

BRIDE’S SUPPLIERS OF CHOICE

CEREMONY: Green Bay, Port Elliot, SA

RECEPTION: Crabtree Farm, Middleton, SA

CELEBRANT: Amy Harrison

Amy was funny and calming. She made it a breeze.

PHOTOGRAPHY: Alice Bell Photographics

Our beautiful friend, Alice Bell captured our day perfectly. She and Adam went through school together, and with us all living on the coast together our friendship has continued to grow and blossom. We were so lucky that Alice said ‘yes’ to photographing our day. She made (having photos taking at every angle) completely natural for us both!

VIDEO: The Love Lab 

We contacted Lewa following seeing one of my friends videos of their wedding that we attended in Tassie and it was magical. Lewa is such an amazing creative; she understood us as individuals as well as a couple and created the most stunning, breathtaking film of our wedding day.

THE DRESS

My mum, mother-in-law and I ventured over to Melbourne for a day of wedding dress hunting… One Day was the first stop and it completely blew us away. Our following stops did not come close to the warmth and friendliness (not to mention the stunning gowns) that we felt walking into the boutique. I tried on at least 20 gowns that day, and at the end was exhausted but there was one – The Jamsine gown, that I could not stop thinking about. It’s funny; I didn’t have too many expectations but now I think it (the dress) chose me.

HAIR & MAKE UP

Hair – Fleur Finlay,  Ritual Hair @ritualhair

Makeup – Megan Pilkington,  @meganpilkingtonmakeup

SHOES

Jimmy Choo, I loved the classic T-bar style. I took a leap of faith and bought online without knowing my size! They arrived; the shoes fit and were fabulous.

BRIDESMAIDS

I had five bridesmaids who are all stunners and looked smashing in a black Keepsake The Label frock. The hemline was perfect for the barefoot wedding, showing just the right amount of leg!

GROOMSMEN

The boys all wore MJ Bale suits and as a gift Adam bought them all FallenBrokenStreet hats to compliment the look.

FLOWERS

Kylie Brown, @flowersocietyco

I started to cry when Kylie brought the bouquets in on the morning of the wedding. They were incredible! I wanted an unstructured bouquet of white and green… and Kylie produced, a stunning combination of white lilies, queen-anne lace, soft whimsical green foliage, gum leaf and sporadic natives with a touch a yellow to tie in with the billy buttons which we tied each name tag to and were in the boys’ button holes.

YOUR ADVICE FOR FUTURE BRIDES

My bridesmaids and myself were lead by a yogi friend of mine through a class before the beautifying began! Her words were, ‘Send roots through the souls of your feet to ground you and shine your heart outwards to lead with love’. It was the most wonderful way to start the day. My advice would be… if you have time do something for you in the morning, then it sets you up for the huge day ahead. Whether it is going for a quick walk or run, meditating, or doing a dance ? something just for you. It will leave you feeling calm and present.

And… I am sure this has been said, but don’t sweat the small stuff! I can promise you that it will all come together and it won’t matter what colour the share plates are for dinner … you and your guests, who remember, are there to celebrate your love & life together, will not give a s*#t!