It was only fitting that owners of Perth's TP and Co. Adele & Simon, celebrated their special day with twin Kata Tipi's as their breathtaking backdrop, in the beautiful and tranquil Margaret River Region. Kilim rugs lined the isle, rich and decadent florals set the tone, as the couple shared the magic of their ethereal and intimate celebration with their closest family and friends. Laughs were shared as the sun set against the horizon, then the night lights set the mood for a night to remember. Here's Adele's tips for planning a Wedding South - A destination wedding not too far from home.
DESTINATION: MARGARET RIVER, WA
WAS A DESTINATION WEDDING ALWAYS THE PLAN?
We were selfish and didn’t want our wedding to last just one day, so we knew we wanted to hold it ‘away’ somewhere at the outset; so that we could spend more time with our guests over the weekend, rather than just at our reception.
HOW DID YOU CHOOSE THE LOCATION?
We had a few destinations in mind, but ultimately we chose Margaret River because it wasn’t too far from Perth. We scouted all the ‘blank-canvas’ venues we could find, until we settled on the beautiful Gilgara Retreat.
HOW MANY PEOPLE TRAVELLED?
We had 121 guest that travelled down for the wedding, with many coming from South Africa, and some from Dubai, Norway and the Eastern States.
DID YOU GO WITH LOCAL SUPPLIERS OR DID YOU FLY OVER YOUR VENDORS?
We used lots of suppliers from Perth, due to being able to ‘trial’ them, pick up goods, out of ease, etc. However this did have an impact on our budget, as transit costs are much higher. We used some local suppliers for things like the dance-floor, cool room, catering and supplies (ice, water glasses), DJ. All other vendors were predominantly from Perth.
HAD YOU BEEN THERE BEFORE?
Yes, we travelled and stayed at our venue a couple of times before our wedding. We got to know the owners, Angus and James, who were outstanding in their hospitality. It also allowed us to envisage how our big-day would unfold, and plan some of the finer details and meet with vendors (including our caterer - crucial.)
DID YOU HAVE A WEDDING PLANNER?
I had a stylist, Emma Lindegaard of Styled Notion, who helped plan many elements of the day, including furniture hire, floristry, grazing table etc. I planned most of the other details. Emma set up and styled for us on the day. I would highly recommend a stylist or planner for this. Their contacts in the industry alone, will save you stress and money in the long run.
HOW WAS PLANNING FROM AFAR?
With the help of a stylist, not too difficult at all. And being only a few hours away (and in the same time-zone) relatively easy.
DID ANYTHING NOT GO TO PLAN/DID THINGS GO WRONG?
Some of our lighting broke, just moments before our ceremony. But when all your groomsmen are engineers, it wasn’t a problem for long. Otherwise, all went smoothly.
ANYTHING YOU WISH YOU KNEW BEFORE PLANNING A DESTINATION WEDDING?
1. The additional cost of transporting goods
2. Some guests won’t be able to make it (especially the elderly ones), so be prepared for that
3. Remembering everything from home, that you’ll need on the day. I wrote lists upon lists in the weeks leading up to our wedding, to ensure I packed all I would need.
YOUR BIGGEST TIP TO OTHERS TRYING TO MAKE THE DECISION?
The Q&A from guests - be prepared. We ended up making a Facebook Event, that we could provide updates and send links for accommodation/transport etc
THE MOST CHALLENGING MOMENT:
I honestly can’t remember anything that wasn’t perfect, even though I know it didn’t all go to plan. I think the emotion of the day and having all your best around you makes all the silly stuff fade into the background. Some of the speeches were very emotional, which is always a challenge, but also beautiful and heartfelt.
THE MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT:
When my Dad broke down in tears giving me away. I don’t think there was a dry eye in the house. And the best-man’s speech (he’s a stand-up comedian). Hysterical.
LOOKING BACK WOULD YOU CHANGE ANYTHING?
Not a thing. It really was the best day of our lives. So perfect.
WHERE DID YOU HONEYMOON?
We honeymooned in the Cook Islands in the South Pacific, and Byron Bay, NSW. It was supposed to be a mini-moon after all the craziness of the year, however we found out the week following our wedding that we were expecting a little baby, so I suspect we won’t be making the mega-moon any time soon!
Images by James Simmons
We wish Adele & Simon all the best with the newest member to the TP and Co. set to arrive next month! To find out more about how you too can plan a wedding surrounded by nature head on over here and say 'Oh Hey' to start planning your dream day!