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Real wedding: Kate and Mike

HerCanberra Team

The picturesque Four Winds Vineyard at Murrumbateman set the scene for Kate and Mike’s tranquil wedding day with close family and friends. Kate takes us through the day…

Getting Ready

I got ready at my sister’s house with my bridesmaid and my mum; while Mike got ready at our house with his best man, father and some brothers.

Kate RW 12-2

kate RW 2-2

kate RW 1-2

The dress

I really wanted my dress to have an A-Line design with cap sleeves, a lace bodice and back that wasn’t too heavy or had a big skirt or train, and the MIA dress from Made With Love Bridal ticked all these boxes. MIA was the only dress that I tried on, and I am still in love with it now. The ladies at Made With Love Bridal are amazing and so helpful and I would definitely recommend them to everyone.

kate RW 5-2

The ceremony

We were really wanting to have a relaxed and casual wedding, and we really wanted to be able to have the ceremony and reception at the same place. I also wanted to have a venue that was quiet and a little secluded so that everyone could make the most of the day.

kate RW 7-2

kate RW 9-2

One piece of advice we have for others is to choose a celebrant who really understands what you want your ceremony to sound like, we interviewed 7 celebrants before finding Julia.
Kate RW 18-2
We chose to do the bridal party photos before the wedding, as we wanted to maximise our time with our guest, particularly as we had several who had flown interstate or internationally to be there with us. Our pre-ceremony photos involved the “big reveal”and frolicking around the vineyard with our bridal party before everyone arrived.
kate RW 8-2

My favorite part of the day was our first walk through the vines after we were married. It was a great moment to check in with each other and just spend a few minutes together before hitting the reception.

kate RW 4-2

The reception

Four Winds Vineyard was the perfect choice, as there was a beautiful Eucalyptus grove where our reception was held and a fantastic cellar door and hay shed where we had the reception.

kate RW 17-2

The menu was a variety of wood fired pizzas  and cold cut platters prepared on site by Four Winds Vineyard, complemented by an open bar of the fantastic range of Four Winds wines, with a special sparkling wine flown in from the vineyard where Mike proposed.

kate RW 11-2

Everyone has commented on the simple, casual styling of the wedding, and that the choice of pizza and wine for our reception was the perfect choice. Everyone has also said that the entire event truly reflected Mike and I, our love and commitment to each other, and that was the best thing to hear.

kate RW 10-2

The day was fun and relaxed and casual. Our tables were styled with hessian and lace table runners made by mum, lavender from our garden, and candles. As the vineyards is a beautiful place in itself, we kept our styling to a minimum to highlight the natural beauty of the vineyard.

kate RW 13-2

The best advice I received before the wedding day was to make sure that we checked in with each other throughout the day, away from everyone else- it is such a hectic, busy day, but those few moments together during the ceremony and reception really made it that more special.

kate RW 14-2

the little details

Photographer: Michael Jackson Rand from And Then Imagery
Celebrant: Julia Brownlee from Fine Lines Celebrations
Bride’s dress: Made With Love Bridal
Bride’s veil/head piece (if any): hair piece from Lovisa
Bride’s shoes: Betts
Bride’s jewellery: Bracelet from Lovisa and pearl earings gifted to me by my boss
Bridesmaids’ dresses: Top from Alana Hill, skirt from BHLDN range from Anthropologie
Groom and groomsmen’s suits: Grooms suit from George and King, groomsman’s from MCM in Civic
Bride’s hair: by Heidi from Eden Hair and Beauty
Bridesmaids’ hair:  by Heidi From Eden Hair and Beauty
Reception stylist (if any): My mum, sister, aunt and cousin
Flowers: bouquets and sprays from Embassy Florist Civic, lavendar from my home
Stationary: myself with printable templates from Etsy
First dance song: Fire and the Flood by Vance Joy

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