Dreaming of an Autumn wedding

Dreaming of an Autumn wedding

Entrancing, radiant, and oh so romantic! That is autumn in the Adelaide Hills. Are you getting married in autumn? If so, check out this divine styled shoot inspired by the colours and vibrancy of the Hills in all its picture perfect glory.

The trees are ignited with colour and the whole region is bursting with charm. The Manor Basket Range embodies all the beauty of autumn with its falling leaves and hues of peach and orange. The nearly 100 year old stone castle sets an enchanting backdrop with stained glass windows and magnificent turrets. It incorporates ethereal beauty with modern elegance.

A team of exceptional wedding vendors came together for one magical day to create this autumn wedding inspiration. The result is warm and whimsical with unstructured florals and tones of peach, coral, gold, and orange. Autumn wedding dreams made real; we’re swooning!

Vendor Credits:
Photography – Wilson and Lewis Photography
Venue – The Manor Basket Range
Dresses – ‘Sofia’ and ‘Clover’ gowns by Caleche
Florals – She Runs Wild
Styling/Props – Minty Mary Pea
Lighting/Props – Sash Events
Props – Fox and Hound Events
Cake – Lyon’s Den Cakes
Stationery – Magnolia Press
Hair and Make Up – Gaetana Marjas
Model – Rhianna for Powell Models

Regina & Sam

From Moscow, Russia to the Clare Valley, South Australia – there isn’t much further that Regina and Sam could have travelled for love! After meeting in Moscow while Sam was on a world tour and in need of a guide, Regina and Sam clocked up some serious frequent flyer points during their three years of doing the long distance thing.

A truly global couple, these two got engaged in India and then started planning their big day, to be held on Sam’s family property back in SA. Their wedding was a true meeting of cultures – vows in English and Russian, a Russian interpreter for the ceremony and guests that were trying to break down the language barrier with mixed success! Despite the communication challenges, the party lasted well into the night (perhaps the 14 litres of homemade Russian vodka had something to do with that?)

We’ve said it before and will no doubt say it again, but a rainy wedding day doesn’t have to dampen the spirits of your celebrations – would you just look at the divine moments captured by Nadinne Grace Photography with that moody stormy sky for a background? Some extra umbrellas, warm jackets and last minute adjustments to the timings meant this day went off perfectly, despite the summer storms!

“Bringing family and friends together from all corners of the globe and celebrating as one was truly the highlight of our day. Our marriage marks the end to years spent never knowing how we were going to make this work and is the beginning of a new future.”

Regina + Sam

Vendor Credits
Photography – Nadinne Grace Photography
Dress – Spell Bride
Bridesmaid’s Dress – Masimo Dutti
Suits – MJ Bale
Florals & Stationery – Bride
Venue – Private Property
Celebrant – Peter Lane
Catering – ASH Catering
Entertainment – Max Savage
Lighting, Marquee & Hire Items – Auburn Event Hire
Hair & Make Up – Scandal Hair & Beauty

Everything you need to know about marquee weddings

Everything you need to know about marquee weddings

Be honest, you’ve been crushing on pictures of gorgeous outdoor weddings on Instagram right? There are so many benefits to holding your wedding reception outside in a marquee: You get flexibility of sizing to suit your number of guests, it’s a blank canvas to style to your hearts content and you can pretty much put one up anywhere to create your perfect reception venue. Marquee weddings can require a little extra planning though, so we got some tips from industry experts Mid North Party Hire on how to have the most amazing marquee wedding reception ever.

Marquee wedding done right by Auburn Party Hire. Photo by Nadinne Grace Photography.

Where will you put it?
The great thing about marquees is you can turn an unused space into the perfect reception location. But be aware of the logistics this might involve. “If you’re using your own property, think about the workload that may be required to get the surrounds tidy and looking ‘wedding ready’. You will also need to consider power and water access, and space for your caterers,” says Kym from Mid North Party Hire. On the flip side, if you’re putting up a marquee at an existing venue, you might not need to worry about these things, but will need to be clear on what’s included in your venue hire charge and what needs to be brought in.
Also think about the surface your marquee will be set up on. Kym says there are a few questions to ask yourself when considering the location of your marquee: “Will it be boggy if wet, or dusty if it’s dry? Is it flat? Would flooring be required? Is there fire danger in summer, or restricted access if it rains?”

Epic marquee set up by Mid North Party Hire for Brooke and Matt’s farm wedding.
Photo by Kerry Rose Photography

Heart set on a clear marquee?
They’re absolutely stunning, but there are a few things to be aware of with these beauties. Kym says clear marquees are more susceptible to weather so in temps over 25 degrees you could be getting a hot-house not a wedding reception! “Your florals or greenery installations may need to be placed last minute, and we recommend having an area outside for your guests to enjoy canapes before moving to the marquee when the evening cools down.”

Marquee by Auburn Party Hire. Photo by Nadinne Grace Photography

What will it cost?
Sure, you might be saving on venue hire, but a marquee is an investment in itself and you want to make sure you’re getting what you need so that guests are comfortable. Expect to pay from $5000 for a full set up. Make sure you’re clear with your supplier what’s included – custom lighting, flooring and weights if the marquee can’t be pegged into he ground may add to your costs.

Sarah and Aaron’s marquee in the Clare Valley was set up by Festival Hire.
Photo by Dave Pascoe Photography

Who is bringing what?
Generally when you’re setting up a your wedding reception in marquee, you’re starting from scratch, and will need to arrange lots of little bits and pieces so that your reception goes off without a hitch. Make sure to communicate with your hire company, caterer and other suppliers to ensure everything is covered. From heaters and linen to salt and pepper shakers and generators, there are a multitude of items that may need to be arranged. We know one couple who realised the night before their wedding they had no water jugs for their reception! The complexity of marquee set ups can sometimes be best left to a professional wedding planner.

Marquees can be open or closed depending on the weather, like this one by Auburn Party Hire.
Photo by Nadinne Grace Photography

Our final tips
1. Make sure you’re working with an experienced hire company with a reputation for clean, quality equipment, safety and excellent customer service
2. Ensure the marquee is comfortable for guests – don’t scrimp on the size to save money
3. Lighting can make or break your marquee set up. Speak with your hire company or an experienced lighting designer to make your marquee shine at night

With a bit of planning and attention to detail, and working with the right suppliers to bring your vision to life, your marquee wedding reception will be memorable for all the right reasons.

Mel & Josh

Picturesque Howard Vineyard is always at the top of our list if you’re looking for a beautiful South Australian winery to host your wedding. Howard has everything we love about a winery wedding – rolling hills, gorgeous vineyards, beautiful views and rustic charm.

Mel and Josh saw the charm of Howard straight away and wasted no time booking in both their ceremony and reception, then started planning their laid back, chilled winery wedding full of boho-luxe touches we can’t get enough of.

Styling by our fave Kelly at Found Collective, along with hire items from rustic-charm expert Blake at Old Refinery make this already gorgeous venue pop even more! “We can’t thank Kelly enough for helping bring our vision to life,” says Mel “and Blake was extremely helpful and flexible when it came to hiring furniture.”

This couple’s advice for having a blast on your wedding day? “Don’t over think it, and have fun!” From the look of these images by Acacia Rachel, we think they did just that.

Vendor Credits
Photography – Acacia Rachel
Venue & Catering – Howard Vineyard
Styling & On the Day Coordinator – Found Collective
Hire Items – Old Refinery
Lighting – Caso Light and Sound
Dress – Made with Love Bridal
Suits – Ferarri Formalwear
Hair – Glamrock Hair
Makeup – Brianna Longo

Andreanna & Samuel

Five. Hundred. And thirty. Guests. Let that sink in for a minute. Andreanna and Samuel’s wedding didn’t do things by halves, yet manages to look and feel like an intimate celebration.

While the logistics of over 500 guests don’t bear thinking about, we can’t stop crushing on the moody details of Andreanna and Samuel’s big day. They both love black and wanted to make a statement and deviate from tradition, and the results are striking! From the divine florals by Lily West to the black cake and stationery, and the epic lighting installation at the reception, no detail was left to chance in this larger-than-life wedding!

We love when the groom’s outfit is as much of a focus as the bride’s gown, and Samuel made sure he shared the limelight with two stunning outfits from our faves at Joseph Uzumcu. That white dinner jacket is just perfection!

This couple chose to get married at 12pm which we’re giving a big thumbs up – how can you not want to enjoy a few extra hours with your new spouse and really make a day of it?!

“Take in every moment of the planning process, and the day,” says bride Andreanna. “Saying ‘I do’ was a special moment in our lives that we’ll never forget… and it means ‘I do’ to the next phase of your life.”

Vendor Credits
Photography – Tomek Photography
Florals & Styling – Lily West
Ceremony Venue – The Monastery
Reception Venue & Catering – Donato Reception Centre
Cake – Heidelberg Cakes
Stationery – Elyse Williams Creative
Videography – I Do Cinema
Lighting – Venue Productions
Decorative Items – Neon Collective, Laser Lab Co.
Hire Items – Modern Party Hire
Dress – Varacalli Couture
Hair – Alkazar Salonnieres
Make-up – Samantha Vlassis, Emily Todarello
Bride’s Shoes – YSL
Groom & Groomsman’s Suits – Joseph Uzumcu
Grooms Shoes – Christian Louboutin
Rings – Fili Jewellery
Bridesmaids Dresses – Carla Zampatti