A Belair National Park Wedding

I can’t stop looking at this wedding submitted by Evan Bailey Photography.  It’s a showstopper but in the most creative and casual way possible.  It’s full of fun, love and laughter.

Erin first fell for Andy’s athleticism, warm nature and alluring grey blue eyes. She loves how Andy introduced her to skiing and now her days are spent day dreaming of which mountain adventure he will take her on next. His work ethic always astounds her, he brings her a cooked breakfast in bed every Saturday morning after doing the week’s washing. He never rests. Andy swoons after Erin on a regular basis. She makes him laugh.

The Proposal

On the eve of an overseas trip to Europe, Andy took Erin back to where it all began- the grass verge out the front of Erin’s parents house.

They met back in 2004, friends first waiting tables together. When they were friends Andy often joked with Erin about marrying her for a green card so he could live in the USA and pursue his love of skiing. That dream saw them live in the USA in a ski town in Idaho in 2007.

Andy proposed on 17th December 2013 with a ring he had designed from a local Jewellery Designer. Erin was born in Colorado, USA, and had professed that as a child she loved all woodland creatures- including squirrels.  This found its way into the design of the ring- 2 squirrel tails meeting in the middle holding a diamond and saphire acorn. Andy’s ring was engraved with 2 redwood trees.

After Erin said yes – Andy & Erin then surprised Erin’s parents with the news, picked up Andy’s parents in Belair & had a surprise picnic in Belair National Park- a place where Erin had always said to Andy would be a nice place to have a wedding – for a hypothetical couple. Andy got the hint.

The Wedding

After tasting the sights of Europe they wanted to re-create a mythical town combining their surnames into one -Willkommen in Shrinedorf- (Welcome to Shrinedorf)

A Tug of War between the bride and groom sides took place after the speeches, (Shriners vs Hakendorfs) the groom’s side graciously allowed the bride’s side to win. This was everyone’s favourite event. With only one injury.

There was a nearby redwood forest at the back of Long Gully where the bridal party photos were taken, for this ‘hike’ Erin had specially made Converse shoes with ‘Shrinedorf’  embroidered at the heel for the bride and bridemaids. The Bride and Groom took a picnic lunch with them whilst having their photographs taken.

At the end of the ceremony the guests were given a picnic box with their delicious lunch inside…. bahn mi and cold rolls from Roll-In-Saigon, and a box with wine glasses and bottles of wine to take to the tables.Long tables were positioned with shared platters and continual food service from The Caterers all day. This allowed people to set up camp at long tables or rugs with small tables. The swing band also moved around the guests adding to the relaxed atmosphere. The bar area was stocked to the brim with beer from Lobethal Bier House and iced tea, mojitos and pimms.

The children even had their own small tables and woodland toys and masks to play with.

The dessert table prepared by Erin’s Mum and Aunt, including meringues, with pistachios, honeycomb, cream, raspberries, passionfruit, brownies and baskets of seasonal fruit- strawberries, cherries, apples, peaches.

In keeping with Erin and Andy’s love of nature, the flowers were all natives. Gifts were native plants from nearby Corromandel Valley Nursery including kangaroo paws, dianella and knobby club rush.

Couple’s Advice

Always end a fight with a laugh. There is no ego in marriage.


Photographer:  Evan Bailey Photography

Ceremony & Reception: Long Gully, Belair National Park, Adelaide SA

Gown and Shoes: Lover / Diana Ferrari / Converse

Suits: Marcs / Jack London

Jewellery & Rings: Paragon Jewellery Design

Florist and Styling: The Bloombox Shop

Make-up: Natalie Najm

Hair: Mabe 

Catering: The Caterers / Roll-in-Saigon

Tables and Chairs: Renniks Hire

Gifts: Native Plants from Coromandel Valley Nursery

Entertainment: In Good Company / Monsieur Swing 



Leave a Comment