Sarah • A One Day Bride
The search for the perfect wedding gown can sometimes be a little overwhelming. To ease the process Sarah chose only a few small boutiques to visit and upon walking through the doors at One Day she got that feeling she would find the one. With a vision of a high neck and no lace, Sarah chose our Aggie gown in the end. A stunning classic bride look of delicate French lace accompanied by our simple teardrop veil.
BRIDE: Sarah Burns
GROOM: Christian Hornum
WEDDING DATE: 28th of November 2015
WHEN AND HOW WE MET… Christian and I met in 2011 when we were both on secondment to Singapore with our respective companies. He introduced himself to me at a cocktail party and I kind of instantly fell in love with his Danish accent! We then starting dating but I was transferred back to Melbourne about 6 months after we met so we both knew there was a chance that our relationship could be short lived. I knew when I got on that plane back to Melbourne that I wasn’t ready to say goodbye, luckily for me either was he and we continued our relationship long distance for 2 years before I returned to Singapore to live with him in 2013. And as the saying goes, the rest is history….
OUR WEDDING LOCATION… We had the wedding on Sarah’s parents farm in Jindivick, Victoria. Before settling on this decision (and weeks of convincing Sarah’s parents), we searched venue after venue but nothing really felt special enough. We had a lot of overseas guests coming to the wedding so it was important to us to give them an experience to take home with them. We had our ceremony in the garden and had a large white marquee for the reception which was opened up to take in all the natural beauty of the surrounding area. We also loved the fact that there was no one rushing us out of a venue as it was on a private property, this meant that people stayed and partied until they fell over (literally). We felt we got to spend quality time with our friends and family at a place that was very special to us both being the place where Sarah grew up.
STYLE CONCEPT… We wanted to keep everything pretty simple and minimalistic using palettes of white and oat through the linens/chairs etc. We also had touches of greenery and natural oak to soften the look. As the marquee was a blank canvas and we were doing all the styling ourselves we needed to entrust in a great hiring company, luckily for us we came across Place Settings in Port Melbourne and they were just awesome. The main thing for us was to make sure our guests mingled and the feeling inside the marquee was warm and relaxing. There were plenty of places for guests to sit and relax and the wine barrels and fire pits really helped achieve a rustic charm.
THE BEST ADVICE I WAS GIVEN… Not to listen to what others have to say about your wedding. All of the advice comes with great intentions but it can be totally confusing to a bride and groom. Have the wedding day that you both want not what everyone else wants.
WHAT WAS YOUR NON NEGOTIABLE FOR THE DAY?
For Christian it was all about the live band! I was reluctant at first but honestly it was one of the best decisions we made. The dance floor was never empty and it just created such a good vibe.
For me it was all about showcasing the local area through produce and wine. Our menu was created by a local guy and all of the food and wine was sourced from the local area. It really just added to the experience for our guests.
HENS DAY… My sisters organised a lovely day at Arbory bar in Southbank followed by dinner at Cookie. It was just lovely and lots of fun of course!
BRIDE’S SUPPLIERS OF CHOICE
FURNITURE HIRE: Place Settings
CATERER: Gippsland Food and Event
BAND: Baker Boys Band
GROOMS TAILOR: Oscar Hunt
CELEBRANT: Monique Duggan
PHOTOGRAPHY: Madeline Kate Photography
Maddie was just fantastic, such a beautiful soul and captured our day exactly as we saw it in our own eyes! Her photos are amazing.
THE DRESS: I really hate fuss and if I’m honest I was not looking forward to picking my wedding gown. I felt completely overwhelmed by the whole experience. So to make things easier I picked a few small boutiques and a few selected designs and went from there. Once I stepped inside the doors of One Day Bridal I had a feeling I’d find my dress and I did. Actually the design was nothing like I’d imagined myself to wear, (I swore I’d never wear lace and wanted a high neck) but I just felt so comfortable and beautiful in the Aggie gown. The girls were all so lovely and made me feel very special.
HAIR: Jigsaw Hair and Beauty
MAKE UP: Amanta Hopkins
SHOES: Dolci Firme shoes in a soft rose gold colour. They were the most comfortable shoes I have ever worn and were still so stylish! I will definitely wear them again.
BRIDESMAIDS: I had my three older sisters as my bridesmaids. We had their dresses custom made by a local seamstress as their body shapes were all very different and I wanted them to choose a style they liked. We picked the gorgeous lace fabric from Tessuti in Collins Street. The girls just looked beautiful.
GROOMSMEN: All three groomsmen were flying in from overseas the day before the wedding so this proved a little difficult. We just told them to wear a white shirt and black suit and we bought their accessories from Calibre. We thought they looked very handsome!
FLOWERS: My mum did all of the flowers including the bouquets and table settings, she is totally amazing!! We used a lot of peonies, hydrangeas and beautiful things plucked from the garden!
YOUR ADVICE FOR FUTURE BRIDES – On a practical note, if you’re having a home wedding know that its a lot of work. Be super organised as you seriously have to think of all the finer details. The budget WILL go over, so have a little extra room in the wallet to save the tears later. On a romantic note, catch a glimpse of your husbands smile. It is the best thing I remember about the day. I know it sounds a little weird but with the crazy lead up to the wedding, it’s the simple things I remember the most.