We have the most picturesque and romantic real wedding on the blog today. The vibes are laidback, the styling is rustic chic and the couple are seriously in love. Jasmine and Dave had their wedding in NSW, Australia at Somerley House Estate – an epic venue with woodland, perfectly cut lawns and a peacock named Andrew! The couple didn’t need to look any further once they’d set their eyes on this stunning estate, as their vision for their dream wedding unfolded on their very first viewing. It’s has 70 acres of beautiful land, effortlessly rustic and whilst a tad traditional, it can be styled perfectly to suit even the most bohemian of brides.
Jasmine wore a glamorous gown by Karen Willis Holmes whilst her man Dave brought the high-street to the celebration in a Topman suit. Rachel from Rachel Takes Pictures did a superb job of capturing the romantic flair between these two and her talented eye snapped the most intimate and aesthetically pleasing shots from behind the lens. The couple wanted everyone invited to have the best day of their lives too….
For us the wedding was just as much about everyone else as it was about us. We wanted our guests to enjoy the property and kick back. It was more of a vibe we were going for, casual yet sophisticated.
Tons of DIY and almost 200 handmade candles whipped up by the bride’s very own candle-making business Soy Mason, this wedding flaunted pretty personal touches and sophisticated styling to match it’s venue.
Let’s hand over to beautiful bride Jasmine to tell us more….
Hyde Park Picnic Proposal
Sophie, a friend of mine, dragged me into Hyde Park after work one day. I noticed a guy with a picnic set up. When Soph started walking towards him I asked “Is that one your friends?”. She ignored me and powered on towards him. It wasn’t until I was a few metres away that I realised it was Dave! I got very emotional and started to cry. Dave started to cry and Soph started to cry! And then Dave forgot to get down on one knee….but to be honest, that sort of proposal was very us – chaotic and lots of emotion!
Countryside Wedding with pretty Peacocks
We actually came across Somerley House Estate by accident. It was the first place we looked at and the last! As we were driving into Somerleys, Dave asked if I thought they had a peacock (we love peacocks!). Later as we were walking around, Patty the owner was talking about “Andrew”. At this point we realised that Andrew was indeed the venue’s very own peacock. Dave and I were 100% sold from that point! Yep we chose our wedding venue based on a peacock!
Boho 1920’s style KWH Dress and Suit from Topman
I wasn’t really sure what I was looking for so I went looking with my mum and had an appointment at Karen Willis Holmes which was the second to last place that we went to. I LOVED the dress straight away – it was a little bit 1920’s and with a touch of boho. We went to the last dress shop just in case there was something else, but I knew that the KWH dress was for me, I’m fairly decisive when I find something I like and lucky for me I found the dress for me only after a few hours of looking!
DIY Project Reception with 187 handmade candles!
I’m a candle maker so we undertook all the candle making for the wedding. We made 187 candles which were scattered around that property – a huge DIY project in itself! Mum made some of the desserts, we had homemade marshmallows for the wedding favours and candles for the wedding favours. We made the greenery table runner on the dinner tables, all the signage was DIY (blackboards etc), plus all menus, place cards and thank you tags were made by my mum and family. We set up the whole venue ourselves!
Stationary, Watercolours and Handmade Candle Wedding Favours
The girls received a candle made by me (Soy Mason) with mojito marshmallows and the boys received a local Pigs Fly and a fish bottle opener from a local shop in Berrima, Memory Lane. The tags were watercolours by Gloria Geary (a family member) with “thank you” in different languages from countries we have visited. Our invites were from Consider the Lillies Paper and the place cards, favour tags and menus were all made by my gorgeous Mum and Gloria.
While we were off having photos we put on a grazing table, had our duet play some more chilled music (think acoustic Fleetwood Mac), and had espresso martini’s going around! We wanted to set the mood for the whole day – good food, great music, fab drinks and excellent company.
Our first dance was to Empire of the Sun – ‘Walking on a Dream’ (acoustic).
When the lyrics started for our aisle song and seeing Dave standing at the end of the aisle.
At the end of the day, everything you need at your wedding will be there. You have each other and your nearest and dearest and to be honest, everything else is a bonus! We’re really happy we wrote our own vows. It was probably the hardest thing of the whole wedding process but also the best. I’m also stoked we had an “after party” as the day went so quick (especially the end of the day). It was awesome to ‘extend’ the dance floor to get a few more hours celebrating with our best friends.
The Line Up
Photography: Rachel Takes Pictures
Venue: Somerley House Estate
Bride’s Dress: Karen Willis Holmes
Bride’s Shoes: Wanted Shoes
Bride’s Jewellery: Samantha Wills
Bridesmaid’s dresses: For love and Lemons
Bridesmaid’s shoes: Wittner
Tie / Bow tie: Etsy, Mr Deer
Caterers: Sassy Catering
Florist: Wildflower Florist
Hair and Make Up: PV Make up and Hair
Cake (and what kind): Unbirthday Bakery
Wedding Favours: Soy Mason
Music: Duke the Band
Stationery: Consider the Lilies Paper