LAUREN & BEN
6 / 10 / 2018
Yarramlong Valley Farm stay
Guests | 120
Your engagement story
It was our first trip to Europe together, in our last stop Barcelona.
With every place we visited Ben looked up the highest view point of that city and he took me there. He is a romantic I know! So there was no suspicion when we went out for dinner and Ben said he had somewhere he wanted to take me... but we had to hurry. We jumped in a cab. Raced to Montjuïc Fountain, where ben pulled me from the cab. As we ran, he lead me through the crowd to see the most incredible fountain that danced effortlessly to classical music. It plays at the same time every night but only for a few songs. We caught the last song of the night. It was the most beautifully romantic thing I’d every seen.
After the fountain had finished he told me he wanted to take me to the top of the castle above Montjuïc fountain. Walking up these stairs we stopped to sit on a bench that overlooked the whole of Barcelona. As I sat, Ben got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. The most incredible day of my life. A moment I’ll never forget.
Ben and the groomsmen wear faded navy chinos and white linen shirts and Ben wears a beige linen jacket to stand out. All by Industrie. Tan woven dress shoes are by urge footwear and belts from H&M.
All custom designed by Natalie Marie Jewelllery.
Lauren wore a Rose gold lotus style setting, emerald cut, pink morganite with 3 diamonds set either side. A plane squared off rose gold band and a half diamond band to go with.
Ben has a matte black coated rose gold squared off plane band.
Fine gold chain necklace with small diamond by Sarah and Sebastian.
Small diamond earrings from Michael hill jeweller. Bridesmaid fine chain Earrings by dejuba.
I got ready with my 4 bridesmaids, Sam, Jess, Laura and Sheri and my beautiful mum Heather.
The morning of my wedding we had fruit and banana bread with champagne, The girls got pampered while I wrote my vows in overwhelming emotion and tears. Every word I wrote was heart felt and real. Then it was my turn.
My hair was worn out, with an antique looking wave.
Ive always had very long hair and I never wear it out so this was the occasion.
Makeup was done in soft pinks and golden hues. Inspired by our bouquet.
The dress was by ‘willowby by watters.’
Alterations were made to suit me. Buttons were removed at the back to create a cowl and a lower back of the dress. Streamers were added to the shoulders to create a longer train (they were removed after the ceremony) and give effect as I was not wearing a veil.
I loved the ribbon tying up my leg so found a beautiful pair at forever new that did the trick.
What is marriage to you
Marriage is loving wholey and Unconditionally.
We went for the Boho luxe theme with a naked tipi and gorgeous sperry tent. We used mixes of bamboo and brass, with blush pinks Persians and woven jute cushions.
Inspired by Lisa smiths Byron bay wedding. It was a total luxe boho infusion
The bridesmaids dresses were by Bec and Bridge a gorgeous neutral linen look fabric that was made in two different styles. One was a string strap simple drop dress and the other a high neck v shape being fitted on the hip and loose around the busy.
Bridesmaids shoes were by lipstik as I wanted the colour to match the dress in a cashew nude Swede with a timber heel to match the boys and their woven leather shoes.
Wore a neutral floral 100% linen dress by miya and ma, a boater hat (with ribbon customized by me) and leather shoes by arrabella and rose, and very cute little socks by pretty wild kids.
Wedding location venue:
We both wanted our wedding to have a beautiful but laid back vibe about it. A wedding where everyone was comfortable, looked after and totally at ease. When people are comfortable and could be themselves, they have the best time.
The forest chapel was chosen because of its beauty. Cut trees built into puuus, neesled into white pebbles. A stage under a canopy of beautiful forest with the most incredible wound timber arbor.
Yarramalong Valley Farm Stay was chosen because of its gorgeous dark timber guest house with an enormous cactus in front of it. Not to mention the property overlooking a valley of paddocks, lamas, horses and beautiful long golden grass. This all really added to the vibe of the wedding.
Ceremony decor/ styling
We had a unique confetti bar at the back of our ceremony on a large timber table. We bought cut glass bowls in all sizes to put all different coloured potpourri in. The sign was done by me. we supplied little brown paper bags and stickers to put on them where from hot dollar and put together by me. We wanted guests to feel like they were fully apart of our wedding day.
We also did have to have some clear umbrellas supplied by love stoned styling, as out of all weekends it had decided to rain.
Linen look shirt with tortashell buttons from target, navy chinos from cotton on kids and brown belt and leather woven loafers from next official
Our gorgeous celebrant was Lauren Teys from the central coast!
Young! Fresh and full of unique ideas! Extremely Reliable and professional whilst being completely down to earth
We ordered our gorgeous favors from Thailand. Woven fans to sit on the peues of the forest chapel. Being that it was a muggy day, we wanted guests to keep cool and thought what a perfect gift for them to take home.
My flowers were inspired by Lisa smiths Byron bay wedding. I found a local florist to the area who I adored and she totally pulled off what I had envisioned.
One thing I wish i knew before I started planning
How much was ACTUALLY involved, when planning and building your entire wedding from scratch.
I was styled by lovestoned styling, I gave Rychelle a heap of images of what I wanted, and she showed me what she had in her inventory and we planned the whole layout. We did plan on it originally being outside under the naked tipi but due to the weather had to relocate, but it was still beautiful. We had guests greeted to this mega feasting table that was put together by a close friend who I worked with, and then the dance floor was behind that. off to each side were lounge sets for guests to relax on and an array of rugs and cushions, for guests to sit on, as being a cocktail wedding we wanted people to feel relaxed. At the back we had this epic double peacock chair which we sat in for speeches and used as a Photo Booth area.
Planning done by myself ( Bride)
Coordination on the day of all vendors done by Tess Heyworth events, as we were on a property that was full DIY
Styling and decor by Rychelle from Lovestoned Styling
We had a cocktail/ canapé wedding, food inspired by African, Mexican and Aussie pub style favorites. All by Donnie Eats
We hired My little peony drink van to service the alcohol. They were wonderful!
If I could give other brides to be one piece of advise
Focus on the one you love! All they want is you! They don’t care about all the STUFF that women worry about, They would marry you in a heart beat even in your pj’s. They don’t care about anything else but you! And marrying you!
It’s the most incredible moment getting married to your soul mate, so just be in that moment and enjoy every second!
Wedding cake was a copy of my parents wedding cake a croquembouche tower covered in spun toffee.
We also had a desert table with cakes, biscuits, slices and chocolates.
All sweets by Ludos gormet kitchen
We requested a playlist that ranged from 60’s ,70’s, 80’s and 90’s music that our band played all night.
This was all done with bongos, by Kuta Groove.
Exploring the Italian coast for 2 months.
BRIDE'S DRESS: @willowbywatters
BRIDE’S SHOES: @forevernew_official
BRIDESMAIDS DRESSES: @becandbridge
BRIDESMAIDS SHOES : @lipstikshoes
PAGEBOYS :Shoes and Belt @nextoffical
GROOMS FORMAL WEAR: @industrieclothing
GROOMSMEN WEAR: @industrieclothing
WEDDING RINGS: @nataliemariejewellery
HAIR: Silk hair and beauty bar
STATIONERY/INVITATIONS/SIGNAGE : The bride and printed through Sketch and all
WEDDING VENUE: (CEREMONY + RECEPTION)
Ceremony - @theforestchapel ,
Reception - @yarramalongvalleyfarmstay
WEDDING STYLIST: @lovestonedstyling
WEDDING PLANNER: The bride
WEDDING DAY COORDINATOR: @tessheyworthevents
CELEBRANT: Lauren Teys @Laurenteysmarriagecelebrant
ENTERTAINMENT: Kuta Groove @budi_bone
MARQUEE AND BAR TABLES : @katalanetents
CATERING: Donn Eats
HONEMOON DESTINATION: Italy