Jess • A One Day Bride
Jessica and Bradley are adventurers at heart. Their wedding truly reflected their nomadic qualities and with the helpful hand of friends and family this beautiful Surf Coast wedding was absolutely perfect.
BRIDE’S FULL NAME… Jessica Leigh Grigg (Jess)
GROOM’S FULL NAME… Bradley John Carr
WEDDING DATE… 18th December 2016
WHEN AND HOW WE MET
Brad has long been a friend of my eldest brother so we had known of each other for many years. Our physical paths didn’t cross until five years ago when mutual work friends introduced us. It was a bit of a set-up to be honest. It was an amusing conversation breaking the news of our relationship to my brother…thank goodness he lives on the other side of the world!
Last summer we backpacked through Central America on the way to Colombia for a family wedding. We completely fell in love with a little Costa Rican surf town by the name of Santa Teresa, which had the most spectacular sunsets. Brad could not have chosen a better spot to propose. The topper upon our wedding cake read ‘love and adventures’ and that pretty well sums up our relationship.
OUR WEDDING LOCATION
We are lucky enough to live in Jan Juc and knew we wanted to marry somewhere along the Surf Coast. We love the beauty of Lorne and as many of our guests were travelling long distances to celebrate with us, it was the perfect seaside town to have all of our friends and family in the one spot. Weather permitting, we knew that we wanted to hold the ceremony on the beach at the Point and thankfully we were blessed with the most magic day. The reception followed just down the beach at the Lorne Beach Pavilion; such an incredible venue as even inside you still have that feeling you are right on the sand.
With a lot of help from friends and family on the day, we styled the wedding ourselves. Lorne is just spectacular so we definitely let the beach and nature be the focus and kept everything else to a minimum. I suppose it had a bit of a dreamy and bohemian feel, which I am always drawn too. I also took inspiration from my stunning gown in the styling! Lots of native flowers and foliage, fairy lights, bronze and copper vessels, candles, feathers, amber jars and dream catchers. It was very relaxed and included so many special touches from our family and friends….
My clever Dad made a wooden arbor for us to marry under decorated by Mum with native flowers. Dad had also made a massive love heart strung with fairy lights for another family wedding and we were lucky enough to include it at our reception too. It was a bit of a walk along the beach to get to our ceremony, so Brad’s sister hand painted signs to give direction to our guests, along with chalking the script on our seating plan.
We chose share plates for our mains so that it felt like a lively dinner party and, rather than having table numbers, we named them after our family farms and significant towns. We also displayed old family wedding photos at the reception and a friend made our wedding cake.
My mum wrote a poem for us that she shared during our ceremony and my best friend sang a little tune during the signing, accompanied by my sister-in-law on the ukulele. Unbeknownst to us, Brad’s Mum had collected rose petals to throw at the ceremony, and his niece and nephew also showered us with a bubble gun!
It was all very relaxed and rather perfect to be honest.
THE BEST ADVICE I WAS GIVEN
Relax, have fun and don’t sweat the small stuff! To ensure that you take some time out with your partner to absorb the magic of the day; after all, you’re marrying your lover with all of your favourite people surrounding you – that’s all that matters and it really was the most surreal feeling.
WHAT WAS YOUR NON NEGOTIABLE FOR THE DAY?
We chose the Baker Boys Band – they were epic. A band was a non-negotiable and they truly delivered on keeping the D-floor action alive. Our friends are still talking about how good they were!
I’m also so thankful that Brad and I decided to spend the whole weekend together. We rented a magnificent old house in the centre of town and shared the space with my brothers, sister-in-laws, nephews and even a few friends. It was so nice to wake up early on the morning of our wedding and walk down to the beach together for a morning swim before everyone else was about. Neither of us wanted to miss out on a single thing and we celebrated together all weekend!
The whole Hens shenanigan’s is not really my style, although a boozy lunch with a few close friends at my favourite pub did escalate into a rather large night!
BRIDE’S SUPPLIERS OF CHOICE:
We tried to use as many local suppliers as possible, and also called on the talents of our creative friends and family.
CEREMONY VENUE: On the beach at Lorne Point
RECEPTION VENUE: Lorne Beach Pavilion
Peppa and Peach was our choice for hiring a few items for the ceremony and tables – my favourite piece was the giant Peruvian rug, which we placed on the sand under our arbor.
Sketch and Etch Creative made our wooden table names and cake topper.
CELEBRANT: Probably most special of all was that the ceremony proceedings were led by my brother Matt, and our celebrant was the beautiful Alanna Boston, who we are also lucky enough to call family
A local talent, Tash Craven. She was a delight to work with and her photography style really suited the natural surrounds of Lorne – the entire bridal party laughed our way through the photos!
We didn’t have a videographer but about a month after our wedding my gorgeous friend (and filmmaker) Anthea sent us a short video that she had captured of our day. It is incredible, and I love that my friend made it without us knowing.
DRESS & VEIL
I didn’t have a clear idea of what I wanted but rather knew exactly what I didn’t want! But it ended up being so much easier than I was initially worried it might be. The team at One Day Bridal were amazing and I choose the one dress that I couldn’t stop thinking about and simply trusted Kyha and Steph to work their magic…which they did!
I knew I would wear a flower crown on the day, so was unsure about whether or not I wanted a veil as well, but the girls convinced me it would be something special for the ceremony. And of course they were right!
HAIR: Hair: Lennie Haintz
MAKE UP: our friend Alison Price, who owns Pure Luxe Beauty and Spa in Robe SA
I am totally in love with my engagement ring, which we chose together at Keshett and didn’t think that I wanted a wedding band. However, very last minute I had Lucie Ferguson of Baby Anything customised a fine diamond band – I literally had to have it delivered to my friend in Sydney two days out so that she could bring it down with her! I adore it. I borrowed my Mum’s diamond earrings and teamed them with a Samantha Wills bracelet. In memory of my much loved grandparents, I placed an old marcasite cross in my bouquet that Pa had gifted Nana many moons ago, which she had then passed on to me on my 21st birthday. Brad’s wedding band was handmade locally in Torquay by Lili Fine Jewelers.
I must have looked at a billion pairs of shoes and was totally disheartened at not finding anything that I liked. I spotted a pair by Scanlan and Theodore on Instagram and immediately fell in love so purchased over the phone from their Collins St store. I nearly changed my mind after Mum suggested they weren’t bridal enough, but I followed instinct and still adore them. In the end I went barefoot for the ceremony anyway.
Two of the girls wore Zimmermann and the third wore Camilla and Marc. I knew from the outset that I didn’t want matching dresses, so we chose complementary colours instead. As all three are busy with young kids and we were all living in different areas (and states), there was a LOT of online browsing and screenshots sent back and forth! The girls are stunners and totally nailed the look.
Kirsten Wilkinson of Gathered did a beautiful job of creating our bouquets and buttonholes, following my very vague directions via Pinterest. My Mum and I made a dash to the Geelong Flower Farm the morning before the wedding to source native flowers for the tables and arbor – the Protea’s were a standout.
My beautiful school friend did an amazing job of creating a naked chocolate cake; it looked stunning and tasted delicious.
BAND OR DJ: Baker Boys Band
GIFT REGISTORY/WISHING WELL
I was at odds about what to do (and hated the idea of expecting our guests to give anything!) but knew that people like to mark the occasion and also appreciate direction on what to gift a couple. So eventually we suggested our guests, should they wish to do so, contribute to a wishing well to go towards our honeymoon. We were blown away by the generosity of our friends and family. We had hoped to volunteer in Sri Lanka whilst on our honeymoon but struggled to locate a short-term placement for our dates, so instead made a donation in support of a local Sri Lankan charity.
I wasn’t fussed about cars on the day but Brad had arranged to borrow an original Holden Sandman from the father of one of his groomsmen. A few weeks out, he also decided that a Kombi van would be a fun addition and it turned out to be a highlight, with the legendary Matt really adding another special touch to our day.
HONEYMOON: Sri Lanka with a Bali stopover