Adelaide Hills Wedding

Today on the blog is the wedding of Stephanie and Etienne who were married last November at Woodhouse in Picadilly. It was beautifully photographed by Lucinda May Photography who is exhibiting at the Angaston Fair later this year on May 3rd. This wedding is full of beautiful little details. You’ll love it!

How they met

 Etienne and I are both live music lovers and kept bumping into each other at gigs around Adelaide, its a small city so he was quickly welcomed into our friendship circle.

Et would often come to see me sing in my band, and eventually was given the title of ‘Groupie’ followed by affectionately being known as ‘Yoko Ono’ by my band mates once we were officially together, haha.

The Engagement

 Et planned a romantic getaway to New Caledonia after the sale of his house.  He got down on one knee during a daytrip out to the pristine white sand beaches of Amedee Island. The ring was presented inside a beautiful white shell found on the beach that day.

Our Favourite Moments

 Et’s two children (aged 12 and 14) were a part of our bridal party, so seeing them both handle themselves with such maturity was really touching. Rachel was a surprising support in my moments of nerves and stress, she knew just the right way to loosen me up. I was so proud of those two. Also hearing one of my closest friends singing me down the aisle was a treasured memory – it really brought tears to my eyes!  The speeches were brilliant too! I loved seeing all of our family and friends together looking relaxed and happy. Et and I couldn’t stop smiling from the moment our eyes met at the end of the aisle.

The wedding

After spending 12 months searching for the perfect venue, Et and I rediscovered The Old House at Woodhouse Activity Centre. It wasn’t really on our list, but as we were driving through the Adelaide Hills looking at other options, I just had to show Et the wonderful place where I had once stayed during a group retreat many years ago.  It was even more picturesque than I remembered, and Et fell in love with it immediately.  Up to that point we had struggled with finding a venue that allowed us to have a lot of creative control, had a beautiful country setting but was casual and allowed for accommodation and self-catering.  The Old House turned out to be an amazing choice.

Etienne and I worked hard on creating the overall look for the wedding, which was almost completely DIY.  We collected vintage lawn games, silverware, jars and bottles, lace and much more, searched through hard rubbish, painted, potted, glittered and dabbled in floral arranging.  Et made an amazing Edison globe light fixture for above the bridal table, and found a rustic antique tub that made for the perfect ‘beer bath’ both of which he was very proud of.  I spent months designing table arrangements, drawing blackboards and more.  We were really happy with how it all came together into a kind of relaxed rustic, eclectic/bohemian, woodland theme.


 I became completely obsessed with Pinterest! I was really inspired by some of the spectacular ‘backyard weddings’ blogged about from the US; think: corn on the cob, help yourself meal stations, and lake-houses. I acquired a massive stack of bridal magazines early on but I found my tastes and ideas were rarely reflected in what I saw.  The magazines I drew inspiration from specifically were Hitched, Hello May. I also perused blogs such as Offbeat Bride, Polka Dot Bride, Style Me Pretty, Ruffled, Green Weddings Shoes, Rock n Roll Bride and The Lane.

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Photographer: Lucinda May Photography

Flowers: Fleurs de Nadia

Ceremony & Reception: The Old House, Woodhouse Activity Centre, Piccadilly, SA

Catering: Let Them Eat

Hair & Makeup: Pearle Jewellery & Makeup 

Event Hire: The Wedding & Flower Room by Aussie Party Hire and  Bella in Bloom

Celebrant: Wish Ceremonies by Cassandra Holt

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