I've been pretty quiet on the crafting front for the last few weeks because I got married on 1 May 2011. I married my darling partner of almost 10 years, Ben, at Chateau Wyuna in Lilydale, Victoria in front of 70 friends and family. It was an amazing day. Everything went very smoothly on the day and I was very impressed with the service provided by everyone over the day.
Hair and make-up was by Rachel Rayner. She gave me exactly the natural look I was after. I thought she made my sister and bridesmaid look beautiful. She's very willing to take on advise and requests for last minute changes. A lovely person to work with and ensure you are stress-free in the preparations.
Flowers were by Suzanne's Bridal Flowers. Suzanne describes herself as providing a boutique flower service and I really think she delivered. She makes the stems of the bouquets as thin as a pen so your hand doesn't sore from holding it all day. She delivered the bridal flowers to my home at 11.30am then went to the venue at 2pm to pin on the boys button holes to make sure they were all done correctly. She stayed around during our pre-ceremony photos right until the ceremony started to make sure there were no problems with the flowers. She also provided some lovely yellow petals for our memorial display at the last minute for no extra cost.
Photography by Daniel Sheehan. The photography was one of the most important elements of our wedding day to me and Daniel was the second booking I made after securing the venue. Daniel did a wonderful pre-wedding photo shoot with us so we could ensure we would be happy with his style. We picked him for his preference for candid photography shots. He was very easy to work with during the day and took the millions of shots I asked of him. I've only seen the sneak peak shown above but I'm looking forward to seeing all the images in the coming weeks.
Transport was provided by Fleetwood Chauffeured Limousines. I can not speak highly enough of this company. They arrived 15 minutes prior to the booking time. They set up a red carpet walkway for the bride. Both cars and drivers stayed for the entire pre-ceremony photos, with the drivers coming around to all the photo sites with us and offering to help me with my dress and flowers while we walked around. The cars looks great and the ride was very smooth.
Music was provided by Ruby Strings. Unfortunately as the bride I missed most of their beautiful music but what I did get to hear was lovely. A very professional organisation they played a wonderful mix of classics and more modern songs.
Celebrant was Susan Green. When we started planning our ceremony we really didn't have much of an idea what we wanted to include. Susan helped focus our vision and was happy to give us the simple ceremony we wanted.
The ceremony and reception were held at Chateau Wyuna. The site was beautiful and just what we wanted. The staff dealt with the neverending emails promptly. Even having our co-ordinator call in sick on the day of the wedding wasn't a problem and everything went smoothly.
We went to Thailand for a 11 day honeymoon the day after the wedding. It was my first time overseas and an amazing experience. As you can see below, we patted tigers and rode elephants. We also did a 3 day trek across the mountains, white water rafting, cycling tour, windsurfing and so much more.