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Real weddings: Peter and Laura

HerCanberra Team

Peter and Laura wanted their intimate April wedding at the Yarralumla Woolshed to be “an experience for guests from the minute they walked in.” Here, the lovely bride talks us through the big day.

The dress

I was always worried that I would look like a little kid playing dress up on my wedding day (thanks to my lack of height) so it was important for me to find the dress that made me feel beautiful, mature and followed the theme of texture that was included in every aspect of our wedding.


The Karen Willis Holmes ‘Matilda’ Gown was everything I could have ever imagined my wedding dress to be…that bodice…the details…the texture…that layered skirt – oh my, it was just divine!


The ceremony

We are both from Catholic Families so it was important to have a Catholic service. We were lucky enough to be married by Peter’s uncle Tony, Fr. Frey!


Walking down the aisle towards Peter after 10 years of being together and building a life with each other was the most emotional and happiest moment of our lives.


I think we both knew from the start that this was forever so that moment was one that was always going to be special; it was everything we dreamed it would be.




The reception

We were always on the same page about finding a venue that had character but it also needed to provide us with enough of a blank canvas so that we could be as creative as we liked with our vision.


The Yarralumla Woolshed did all this! With its laid-back country vibe and big wide open space, it was certainly a hard venue to pass up. We originally looked at many stunning venues across the region and as beautiful as each of them were, we didn’t quite get the same feeling we did when we saw the Yarralumla Woolshed.



From the start we agreed that we would shy away from the traditional white wedding theme. We wanted to create an experience for our guests from the minute they opened their wedding invitation to the moment they walked through the doors of the Yarralumla Woolshed.


We wanted texture, warmth and sophistication, but most importantly, we wanted ‘WOW’. I think the canopy made up of 2km of fairy lights strung across the entire ceiling helped create that reaction.


There are SO many details we loved about our wedding, but the fairy lights have to be our favourite. Everything from the warm yellow colour to the sheer number of strings hung from the ceiling, they truly created the most amazing ambience in that space.


Although it took a long four hours to hang them, it was so worth it. The Yarralumla Woolshed has such high ceilings so to be able to create an intimate space for our guests with lights was just amazing!




The little details

Ceremony: Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Curtin

Reception: Yarralumla Woolshed, Yarralumla, ACT

Photographer: Anthea & Lyndon

Bridal gown: Karen Willis Holmes 

Veil: Borrowed from a friend

Shoes: Wittner 

Makeup: Tiarni Staples

Hair: Danielle Connell (Groom’s cousin) 

Bridesmaid’s dresses: ASOS 

Bridesmaid’s shoes:  Betts

Groom’s suit: ASOS 

Stylist: Bride 

Florist: Tori-Lee Lang from Miss Flourish 

Stationery: Artforme Letterpress Studio 

Catering: Main meal from Capital Roast 

Cake: Rebecca Price (bride’s sister)

Entertainment: Chicago Charles 




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  • Jus

    LOVE the wedding cake and the fairy lights!

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