Alison & Dennis’ Charming Rustic Adelaide Hills Wedding

Who needs a little sunshine and happiness in their life right now? We’re happy to oblige by bringing you this stunner of an Adelaide Hills wedding shot by local photography whiz Simon Bills. Shooting weddings for the past ten years, Simon has really honed his craft as you can see from the gorgeous images below!
These words from Simon really resonate with us – these are the reasons you invest in a professional wedding photographer who really ‘gets’ you as a couple: “Is this an important photo? The answer is in the small stuff, the sneaky smile from your maid of honour when your dress goes on, the teardrop rolling down your father’s cheek as the ring goes on your finger, the warm embrace from a frail grandparent right after the ceremony. These are the photos I spend all day looking for and this is why I shoot weddings, to create a wildly comprehensive collection of images that tells the story of you and your tribe.”
Onto Alison and Dennis – how did they create their perfect wedding day? Alison says “Our inspiration for our wedding was a big family dinner. We knew that all our friends and family from around the world would be there and that was the greatest gift and inspiration. We wanted a lot of German influence at our wedding. (Dennis grew up in a small village in Germany) The overall feel was that big family party, basically a catch up of everyone we loved and cherished all in the same place.”
Taking inspiration from the rustic woodland setting, the couple and their friends and family undertook a whole heap of DIY. When asked if there was anything they did themselves for the wedding(with a little help from friends and family), Alison lists:
My sister made our plates – Melissa Gogler @melgee_ceramics
My mum made the hessian placemats with names.
All of our welcome signs/seating plans were made by Dennis and I.
The pizza stands were logs (Dennis cut) then he wrapped fairy lights around them.
My dad made the Corn Hole boards used for the cocktail/games hours – my mum made the bags.
We collected all of the vintage glasses from op shops.
Dennis baked the bread and cultured the butter for our entrees.
Dennis created the wooden stand to hold the log for our wood cutting ceremony.
The flowers were from Central Market Flowers and for my Hens day all of my friends and family helped put the flowers together.
The cake was made by a good friend of mine Alice Fisher
The vases were old beer bottles that we collected and decorated.
The confetti was also a Hen’s Day activity with leaves from my parents garden and a lot of hole punching.
The pretzel tree Dennis built.
The wishing well, first anniversary messages, box for thongs and insect repellent boxes we decorated.
The syrup for our ‘Dennison Cocktail’ Dennis made.
All of the condiments for our Gin bar we also made but them into tea bags for guest to dip in their gin.
The napkins we did ourselves.
The bread board that we presented the charcuterie and cheese on was collected and burnt by Dennis.
Whew – amazing effort! We’ll let you enjoy the photos now…

Vendor Credits
Photography – Simon Bills Photography
Venue – Kuipto Hall / Burbrook Forrest
Celebrant – Deborah Munro
Drinks – Kombi Keg Adelaide / The Tipsy Gypsy
Catering – Adelaide Wood Fired Pizza
Hire Items, Furniture, Lighting, Styling, On the Day Coordination – Mase Events 
Entertainment – Mason Lloyde / Adelaide Professional DJs
Dress – Lillian West, alterations by She Sews
Bridesmaid Dresses – Saba / Shein
Makeup – Brooke Lee / Nicole Bovis
Suits – Mixed
Rings – Metal and Stone Jewellers
Favours – Meg Lee Ceramics