Alice and Tim were married in the tiny little country town of Gundaroo, half an hour’s drive outside of Canberra. The day was a relaxed, vintage affair, where the guests all arrived from Canberra on a bus, and the groom wandered to the hall on foot, with the couple’s blue healer hot on his heels. Their ceremony was held in the memorial hall, before which the guests wandered across the street to the pub for a beer while photographers Snowflake Creations stole Alice and Tim to head to a hay field just around the corner for some photos. When it was time for dinner, the guests crossed the street again to Grazing where the reception was held in a beautiful stone and glass reception room.
Snowflake Creations who captured this gorgeous images of Alice & Tim’s special day will be attending our Vintage Bride Wedding Fair Sydney next month, so if you love their work be sure to pop in for a chat with them!
“Gundaroo is where we live and the local hall is a quaint but beautiful venue with lots of history and character. We did all the decorations ourselves here, including bunches of Eucalyptus leaves from our garden lining the chairs down the aisle. Grazing at Gundaroo is one of the best restaurants in the region and right on our doorstep, so this also seemed appropriate to our local country theme.”
“My dress was a Peter Trends design, quite vintage looking with lots of beautiful lace and a fantastic illusion neckline. The style was a figure hugging mermaid with a lovely train and corset. I chose a beautiful gold ribbon to go around the waist for a bit of extra detail.”
Alice & Tim chose to tie the knot in the local hall as it’s full of history and character. They chose to decorate themselves (with a little help from some family members), and use eucalyptus leaves from their garden to line the aisle in the hall.
The vintage Holden EH wedding cars are owned by Tim’s father, and they’re the same wedding cars he and Tim’s mother had on their wedding day. Alice was driven to the ceremony by her father-in-law to be too, adding a lovely personal touch.
The lace and hessian bunting for the hall and reception room decorations were all hand made by their family. “We made 6 of these out of lace collected from within the -family and at second hand shops (from doilies and lace cloths etc). My mother-in-law and my aunty-in-law did all the work sewing and they looked amazing!”
“We had our own take on the ‘favors’ idea – instead of giving out cheap little presents for everyone we chose one person from each table who we would recognize for various aspects of our lives like recognizing the best green-thumb for some of my hippy friends, the furthest travelled for my Grandma from UK, best dressed for some of our rock-star mates and gave them a good prize. This tied in really well for our MC who could include these prizes in his evening’s entertainment. We had some really good laughs over these prizes ”
Alice & Tim’s advice for future brides & grooms:
- Relax and give yourself enough time to plan comfortably. Get things booked in ahead of time so that closer to the date (a few months out) all you have to do are the final touches.
- Make sure you walk through things together and figure out how it’s all going to work with a plan (use a run-sheet for the day for who’s doing what with contact details) which you then give it to someone responsible to take your mind off it on the day.
- Remember that it’s just one day and don’t stress out, don’t go over the top, get yourself a beautiful venue that means something to you both, put in a splash of color, some great food and wine and most importantly the right people in the room!
- Remind yourselves what it’s all about and don’t get too caught up on the details, as they really won’t matter in the end. What you remember are the precious moments during the ceremony and reception, the fun and the laughter.
- I would highly recommend hiring a professional photographer though, as these are the real memories of your day. It is such fun to look back and relive that day again.
- Make sure you also have some fun with a hen’s party to introduce all the ladies, but again there’s no need to go overboard there. We did a great day winery tour with a lunch and dinner and it was a great way to get everyone talking and mingling.
PHOTOGRAPHY Snowflake Creations ~ BRIDE’S DRESS & VEIL Annabelle’s Bridal Studio, Kingston, ACT (Peter Trends gown) ~ BRIDESMAIDS’ DRESSES Affordable Bridal Gundaroo (Alfred Angelo dresses) ~ BRIDESMAIDS’ JEWELLERY Pearl earrings from Catch and Kiss ~ GROOM’S OUTFIT Jacket – Saba; Shirt, trousers & shoes – Country Road ~ GROOM’S TIE Calvin Klein ~ GROOMSMENS’ SUITS Country Road ~ HAIR Cosmo Hair, Dickson ACT ~ RINGS Kin Studio, Braddon ~ BOUQUETS / FLOWERS Capital Flowers ~ CAKE Cakes of your Dreams ~ STATIONERY / INVITATIONS I Do It Yourself ~ CELEBRANT Mary-Ann O’Sullivan ~ MUSIC 3D entertainment ~ PROPS / HIRE PIECES Swish Vintage ~ TRANSPORTATION Murrays Coaches ~ CEREMONY VENUE Gundaroo Soilders Hall ~ RECEPTION VENUE Grazing at Gundaroo