I can think of no better way to debut Fineshrine’s ‘Real Weddings’ than this intimate hitch celebrated at a deconsecrated Methodist church in Coolamon, NSW.
Peter and Rose’s story still has me grinning from ear to ear. Many a great relationship has begun with a dancefloor pash, and their’s is no exception.
Rose and her girlfriends welcomed in the wedding season by dining out one evening. With the words ‘Cluck Off’ printed across our Bride’s t-shirt, the girls got down to business devouring plenty of fine wine and food prior to dancing the night away.
Pete opted for a weekend of beer, motorbikes and mates in Mackay.
The day reflected Pete + Rose as a couple and showed a combination of their personalities, as captured by Luke Chisholm.
You will swoon over this relaxed New Years Eve wedding that dared to buck tradition.
How would you describe the vision and style of your wedding?
I had imagined something outdoors, very lush, open and elegant. The location for that fantasy actually fell through. So, we were back to the drawing board when I was invited to a Christmas party at a work colleagues house- which happens to have a deconsecrated Methodist church in front yard. The ceiling was amazing. I loved it instantly and was so excited when we were given the A-OK to get married there.
The feel of our venue was more casual and homely so we adopted the vintage styling and I collected 4000 doilies, suitcases, jam jars and couches.
We didn’t have a formal, sit-down affair. Instead we had spaces inside and outside for our guests to move around in as they pleased. We hired a gorgeous vintage caravan bar, Betsy- she is stunning! And kept the evening light with antipasto platters scattered between tables and finger foods and salads for guests to graze on. We had three wedding cakes! Just to make sure we covered every flavour. We mainly wanted to have a wedding that supported the local community so most of our produce and alcohol was from small businesses around Wagga Wagga.
Tell us all about the big day…
I (Rose) really didn’t want some of the more traditional aspects of a wedding. We aren’t religious and some customs just seemed irrelevant to me, thankfully Pete agreed and we decided to make it our own.
We didn’t have an aisle, I didn’t wear white, we avoided speeches and we saw each other before the ceremony.
Pete and his groomsman met the photographer at the farm gate for our ‘first look’ shoot. When Tatum, my bridesmaid, and I arrived, Pete’s back was towards me and I had a long walk down a dirt road to tap him on the shoulder. When he turned around my hands went straight to his face and we kissed. It’s funny because that’s the kind of cliche shot I wanted to avoid but for the entire pre-wedding shoot we kept doing those typical wedding poses.
We then signed our register with our bridal party before the guests arrived.
I loved greeting our guests. It was an awesome way to start our wedding. We made sure everyone had a glass in their hands and then got straight down to business. Our vows included Blur lyrics and a show of our support for marriage equality, as well as sentimental details and loving promises, of course.
Another standout moment was having guests back to our house (after a dance at the local) sitting at the kitchen table eating leftover christmas ham. We didn’t stop there. We met our guests again the next morning for brunch which was a really good idea because it gave us a chance to spend more time with everyone. People had travelled 1000s of kilometers for us so we really wanted to honour that.
What was the most unique detail at your wedding ceremony/reception?
Fireworks! It was New Years Eve so at 10 pm all of the guests headed 100 meters to the main street of Coolamon where we watched the fireworks together.
The element that I think about the most is actually two poles that held the fairy lights in the garden outside. Pete and my dad, Trev, made them out of old powerline poles from the farm, the wood was really straight but imperfect and they had the ceramic conductors drilled into them. They are really beautiful. I can’t wait to put them in a garden one day.
Do you have any styling tips or personal touches to share?
Ask why traditions exist and why people do weddings the way you see them done all the time. You might find you flat out disagree with the customs and attitudes behind them.
To have a really personal day you have to define it for yourself. There is no one way to have a wedding.
Calm down. You don’t have to have everything, buy everything, please everyone or even invite everyone. It is your day. Enjoy it as you would like to.
Photograhy Luke Chisholm // Celebrant: Lauren Hinton – Weddings By Lauren // Ceremony + Reception location: Coolamon NSW // Catering: Little Rustic Pantry and Knights Meats // Stationary: Wedding Paper Divas // Make-up: Makeup By Aurora // Rings: Alexis Russell // Florals: Scooter Flowers // Cake: Harans Patisserie // Wedding dress: Handmade // Bridesmaid dress: Sheike // Grooms attire: Roger David // Groomsmen attire: Roger David // Hair: Talitha Holmes // Music: Self-selected playlists // Honeymoon: Sunshine Coast, QLD