Easy going couple Sarah and Sam were engaged whilst on holiday in Hawaii and got married near to their home on the South coast earlier this year. Thanks to Pinterest they found their wedding planning a breeze chooing a seaview ceremony followed by a winery reception incorporating a rustic vintage theme. Here’s their story….
We were holidaying in Hawaii during July 2014. It was towards the end of our trip. I was secretly hoping for a proposal but had feeling it wasn’t going to happen. Sam always said he would ask my parents first and I couldn’t put a finger on when he could’ve done it.
Anyway, we were on a Sunset Cruise at the top of the boat taking in the magnificent view Hawaii had to offer that evening. It was a little windy so after 20 minutes or so I wanted to go back inside but Sam wouldn’t let me and was adamant to stay. I just thought he wanted to take in much of the beautiful Hawaiian sunset as possible so I didn’t argue.
Eventually I got to a point where I couldn’t handle the hair in my eyes, my dress constantly blowing up and my beer glass being empty anymore, so I started to get angry – until Sam says, and I quote “you can’t go back inside yet – I have a question to ask you”. As soon as these words fell out of his mouth I begun to tear up and totally forgot about that dreadful wind… I knew! He got to one knee, said some beautiful words and then asked “will you marry me?” Happiest moment filled with tears, love and so much joy! Will never forget it!!
*And for the record… Sam did ask my parents – sneaky man!
We are both very easy going people so we wanted our wedding to demonstrate this. We wanted a relaxed atmosphere with a fun vibe. With us living at the South Coast, a perfect location to plan a wedding, we thought we would be silly not to have our ceremony near the beach. Ultimately we wanted our ceremony on the sand but with the amount of guests invited, it just wasn’t practical. So I remembered a few years back I went to a beautiful wedding at a garden in Horseshoe bay, Port Elliot looking out to the water, so we decided to check it out. Sam loved it. I loved it. It was the winner!!
For the reception, we knew we wanted the rustic/vintage theme straight away and for it to be simple. We both grew up in the country so we thought this was the perfect theme to go with. My parents recommended going have a look at the Currency Creek Winery (now known as One Paddock Winery) as they had just recently been to a function there. It was the first place we looked at, walked inside and straight away knew it was the place for us. Tick, tick… venues sorted!
When we had the venues booked, we started searching for ideas. Thank goodness for Pinterest!! I had a board in my account filled with beach/vintage/rustic ideas. A lot of simple flowers, chalkboard signs, lighting, rustic furniture, outdoor games, hessian, candles, wedding dresses, men’s suits and the list continues. This is was the ‘go to’ folder when we went to organise everything – invites, table settings, decorations, candy buffets etc.
I knew what type of dress I wanted and was certain I would’ve had to go interstate to find it. Before doing this though, my maid of honour, mum and dad went looking locally for a bit of fun! First place was Rapsimo on King William Road. There was a dress in the window which caught my eye – beautiful lace detail, fitted look with a gorgeous back. As soon as I tried it on, I knew it was the one but thought I would do the wise thing and continue looking. After visiting 2 other bridal stores, trying on 3 other dresses and sitting down for a latte, I still couldn’t stop thinking about this one particular dress from Rapsimo so of course; we went back and started a lay by. It truly was the perfect wedding dress for me. I loved it and felt like a princess wearing it. No need to go interstate… YES!!
This is a hard one. The whole day was filled with ‘favourite moments’: The ceremony, walking down the aisle, the vows, the photos, the celebrations, the speeches, the dancing… but the morning of the wedding and getting ready would have to be one of the big highlights. People say this is where mixed emotions begin to occur. Not for us. It was such a relaxing, happy time filled with so much laughter. To be able to have a few cheeky drinks, get ready and prepare for the most special day of our lives with our best friends and family in a super relaxed and calm atmosphere, was truly a memorable moment.
Venues – Soldiers memorial Gardens, Port Elliot + One Paddock Currency Creek Winery, Currency Creek
Photography – Kerry Rose Photography + Alex Kwong Photography
Videographer – GibbFlicks Video Productions
Wedding Singer/DJ – Lincoln Sharpe
Cake – Carmel Wiese
Florist – Flowerworx Goolwa
Styling– Vintage Scene Hire + By the Oaktree
Wedding dress – Rapsimo, King William Road
Bridesmaids Dresses – Cinderella, King William Road
Suits – Roger David