An Elegant Rustic Australian Elopement.

There’s something special about winter weddings! But a winter elopement? With only 10 guests? In a secluded boutique retreat in Western Australia’s Margaret River region? Absolute wonderlust! The wedding I am about to share with you is a one of a kind, it is just too divine NOT to share. The details and personal touches that went into this 3 day long celebration are what made this wedding truly unique, truly intimate and undoubtedly personal. Every element was planned with care, thought and attention to detail. After all it is the little things that make the difference, so of course I had to share this dreamy occasion with the blog responsible for her inspiration. Green Wedding Shoes is where it all started…

When Celene first came to me she had a very clear vision of what her and Dino wanted for their day. They had spent the past 12 months gathering their ideas, hopes and inspirations culminating in a clear and precise platform for me to work with, giving me the next 12 months to help her bring it all together.

An elegant rustic elopement with an intimate group of friends in a private location on their anniversary, 6th June. Sea shells, burlap, white oriental lilies, greenery and their signature wedding scent, coconut, carried through in luxurious scented candles throughout the evening. Natural woods, furns, vines, luscious greenery, even the dessert table stands were made by the best man after cutting down a tree in Celene & Dino’s front yard! The Groom also hand made the menu board using old wood from their back fence! They plan on covering this with glass and turning it into a coffee table as a keep sake. Talk about DIY!

Months of preparation and creation went into their message in a bottle invitations and save the date parasols. Again fully personalised with the most thoughtful of touches.

A personalised monogram was created and carried through on many elements including the blankets on the guests chairs at dinner to keep them cozy and snug throughout the 6 course degustation menu complete with wine pairing and palate cleanser intervals. A signature cocktail was also created named ‘Isii’, the last 2 letters of each of their surnames, these were served in mason jars directly after the ceremony for the fist toast and throughout the evening.

As Celene and Dino had taken the entire venue, The Empire Retreat, for the duration of their stay they were able to fully style every aspect of the retreat, including ‘welcome to our wedding’ bunting and a photo timeline in the foyer, visible as guests arrived.

On check in guests were also given ‘check in bags’ with water and the brides favourite nut bars after their 2 hour drive from the city. Once in their rooms guests were greeted with a coconut scented room, courtesy of the scented candles and lavender bath salts for them to enjoy in their spas.

With 2 guests travelling from the other side of the country a welcome BBQ was held the night before the wedding to start the celebrations and give the guests a chance to get to know eachother before the big day. It was here that guest were treated to Welcome bags put together by the bride and groom containing their ‘Favourite things for their favourite people’.

A local Jazz trio played softly as guests gathered on the lawn and were lucky enough to enjoy their music as they continued to play during dinner. Over 200 hanging tealight candles and tiki torches were hung on the morning creating a soft winter glow in the wilderness, setting the perfect scene for their late afternoon ceremony.

Dino & Celene chose to personalise every aspect of their ceremony, including many members of the bridal party within this intimate part of the wedding.

A large, open, atrium style room was the setting for the dinner party following the ceremony. A grand bangquet table complete with chandeliers and a ‘forrest’ in the centre set the scene for a phenomenal evening. The styling was carried though on the decadent dessert table and also to the beautiful hand painted finger print tree table. A polaroid guest book was also on hand for guests to add their photo and a message for the newlyweds. The Guest book was a one of a kind hand carved pine guest book, engraved with their names and dates. A lounge area complete with heaters, blankets and sheepskin throws completed the intimate setting on the deck.

The inspiration for this styling came from Celene’s amazing bouquet! I have never seen anything quite like it.

The photo’s say it all….
Photos by Natasja Kremers Photography