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17 February 2018
After a mid-hike proposal at Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah, Nicolas and Olivia celebrated in true American style – with burgers.
However, their whimsical country wedding was a far cry from canyons and ketchup.
Nick got ready on-site at the Driftwood Shed and I got ready at a cute Airbnb around the corner that was full of interesting artwork.
Even though it’s tradition to sleep separately the night before the wedding, we decided that we wanted to stay together and have a relaxing breakfast on the Saturday morning, so we hired the Airbnb for few days and it was our little sanctuary in the lead up to the wedding.
My dress was a custom-made Steven Khalil design. The beading, the colour, the style – I loved it from the first moment I put it on, even though it wasn’t what I originally imagined I would wear. It made me feel elegant and beautiful.
CEREMONY AND RECEPTION VENUE
We had both our ceremony and reception at The Driftwood Shed in Terara.
We are both drawn to the beauty and peaceful nature of the country and often escape to the south coast on the weekends to go hiking or just enjoy each other’s company in a quiet Airbnb somewhere. The Driftwood Shed, on the banks of the Shoalhaven River, holds a special place in our hearts.
From the 100-year-old shed full of antiques to Clara the on-site goat, the first time we visited the venue we fell in love with how unique it was. From there, we were lucky to find talented vendors who brought our vision of a relaxed and fun country wedding to life.
There were several highlights of the day, including:
- The sunshine. We were both hoping for good weather as the Driftwood Shed has a wonderful garden, fire pit and outdoor games – we wanted our guests to experience the venue in its full glory!
- The heartfelt speeches from our fathers and bridal party.
- Our wedding was truly international. Between us, Nick and I have Danish, Indonesian, Malaysian and Australian heritage. Several guests travelled from Denmark, Brazil, Malaysia, Singapore, England and Indonesia to celebrate with us. We also incorporated elements of our heritage into our wedding ceremony.
- Sitting together during the night and realising that everything had come together perfectly. Our best friends and families were having a great time and we loved every moment of the day!
- The delicious food by Rabbit & Co – South American jerk chicken, pork ribs and slow roasted lamb shoulder accompanied by various salads and served ‘country-style’ on share platters on the tables.
Guests loved how unique the venue was. They were able to spend the entire weekend celebrating with us – we had a BBQ brunch the next day at the same venue so we could spend quality time talking to everyone. And we had an ice-cream truck after the ceremony – delicious on a hot day!
ADVICE FOR FUTURE COUPLES
Unlike most couples, we didn’t set a specific budget for the wedding. To save some money, we collected vintage cutlery and glasses over several months and styled the tables ourselves. Afterwards, we sold these items on Gumtree.
Generous family members helped us to set up (we had the venue from Friday to Sunday) and several friends lent us items such as an arch and easels.
Our recommendation to other couples is to prioritise the things you don’t want to compromise on. For example, we really wanted a live band and an experienced photographer, so we paid more for these vendors. We didn’t think we’d watch our wedding video more than once, so we decided not to get a videographer.
FAVOURITE PART OF THE DAY
Sunset cricket after dinner. Nick and I snuck away for a quiet moment together and when we came back, our friends were sprawled on the little oval playing cricket! Of course, we joined in and I took to batting in my wedding dress.
Soon after, Nick bowled out my father while he was at the stumps – which was hilarious to watch!
THE LITTLE DETAILS
PHOTOGRAPHER John Benevente
CELEBRANT Dale Wells
BRIDE’S DRESS + VEIL Steven Khalil
BRIDE’S SHOES Nine West
BRIDE’S JEWELLERY Samantha Wills
BRIDESMAIDS’ DRESSES Shona Joy
GROOM + GROOMSMEN’S’ SUITS Peter Jackson
BRIDE’S + BRIDESMAIDS’ HAIR Jervis Bay Hair Design
MAKEUP Makeup by Megan
FLOWERS Two Hearts Club
BAND Slide McBride
STATIONERY Violet Street Boutique
FIRST DANCE SONG ‘Yellow’ by Coldplay