Saturday 14th March 2015
Ceremony– Hanging Rock Reserve.
Reception– Macedon Jubilee Hall..
Your mission if you choose to accept it is to help with…
- Table decorations
- Table runners
- Wedding flowers
- Decorate the hall
None of this was asked by Sarah or Nick I happily put my hand up because Sarah is my niece and my hairdresser and a beautiful young lady, so I was happy to help, she works full-time as does Nick and so as I am home its easy for me to do these things.
So I’ve been decorating the jars, with burlap (AKA Hessian) and lace and raffia, once I got started they went quickly. I think we did about 50 jars. And then we did 10 fish bowls the same way but the burlap was slightly thinner. Next up was the table runners, burlap with lace topper and they went over the top of crisp white table linens, the chairs had crisp white covers with gold chiffon bows.
On the Friday morning I made the wedding bouquets, that was a bit nerve-wracking because they would be on show for all to see. Sarah loved them, I was not totally in love with them but I was happy with them in general. I would have liked a few more white flowers to use in Sarah’s bouquet. I also made the “men pins” I thought that was such a cute name Sarah gave the boutonnieres. After the flowers were done 8:30 am till 11:30 am, we headed off to Macedon to help everyone set up the hall.
Sarah’s design brief was “Rustic and country” theme, so she went with the burlap, lace and gold. Very beautiful. Branches of gum trees were hung from the roof and they had been woven with fairy lights, which twinkled when the darkness fell. We set out the tables and dressed them,crisp white table linen, with the burlap and lace table runners on top, and the place cards and jars, two had sand and candles and the third (fish bowl) had branches and gum leaves in them really lovely. The table numbers were gold.
In the foyer was a table with a beautiful white candle burning, for the loved ones that were not present. There was a guest book to sign and also Nick had built a special table, from a huge log of fallen gumtree, and everyone got to sign the table which was going into their new home with a sheet of glass on top. Also my easel, spray painted gold to hide the paint drips, proudly held the table seating plan at the front door.
The table holding the wedding cake was a mini version of the rest of the tables, with the candle jars, gum branches and burlap and lace runner. The wedding cake had purple (to match the Bridesmaids) and an N & S on top in silver. Really sweet.
The Bridal table had larger letters N & S, which would not stand up nicely so Sarah’s Aunt had a brilliant flash of design we went outside and found a branch not too big but big enough to prop the letters up with, it worked a treat! Tea light candles, and a white tall candle in a black wrought iron cage either side, simple but just enough to continue the theme.
We had a lot of fun on Friday setting up the hall, putting the white covers on chairs and putting them all in place, the men, hung up the branches and all the fairy lights, and outside on the decking area where the pre wedding nibbles and drinks were held had beautiful purple and white paper lanterns in two sizes.
The actual wedding day was a beautiful day, we sat in the middle of a field, nick has constructed an aisle for Sarah and her bridal party to walk down, with hollowed out logs filled with gum branches and it was really perfect for the day. The bride and groom stood under an arch painted gold and dressed with gum branches and burlap with lace. All of which was underneath a HUGE old gnarled gum tree, perfect for Sarah’s design brief.
Sarah and her bridal party came in from behind us, across a bridge and across the field, beautiful. Nick’s nephews walked in front carrying a sign which read “Uncle Nick here comes your Bride” really cute.
Sarah and her proud father Peter seemed to glide down the aisle she looked amazing, and I got a bit misty eyed, thank goodness we were able to wear sunglasses. Both the Mother’s got to read part of a longer reading, which was a lovely touch. The ceremony was not too long which was good because it was hot in the sun. Afterward there was a nearby place were we had the photos done.
Soon it was time to head back to the hall. the Bloke and I had one more important job to do. he had to climb up and turn on all the fairy lights in the branches hanging from the roof and the walls and I had to go and light all the candles.. It really made all the difference. While everyone had pre dinner drinks and nibbles, and were encouraged to sign the guest book and table. It also gave the band time to set up.
Dinner was roasted meats and vegetables with salad sides, served to eat table buffet style, there was plenty of food, baked sweet potato, zucchini,mushrooms, pasta salad, rice salad, and green salad with bread rolls and for desert we had wedding cake, one layer was vanilla and cream and the second layer was chocolate and cream.
The speeches were done before the meal were served and the cake was cut after the main meal so it could be used for dessert. The band started after dinner and so there was plenty of dancing to be had.
We left fairly early because we had the girls and the babies, who were having fun dancing, Sweetpea danced with the groom, he started that tradition at their engagement party, and she loves it. Both of the babies loved the bright lights from the band. The bloke and I got to dance so in my book it was a successful night.
I am thankful that everything went smoothly and looked amazing, the Bride and Groom had a lovely day and I think that it was exactly as Sarah’s design brief wanted, so win win!!