Todd + Amie’s wedding was a debut celebration at Platypus Park Riverside Retreat, South Kolan. It’s a union rich in detail, love, fine food and great times.
Amie used her creative talent to take on some DIY projects. She adorned the venue in fabric garlands and mercury glass votives, as well as hand-drawn signage, menus and seating charts.
A special shout-out has to go to Amie’s choice of matrimonal outfit: A long sleeved lace + silk ‘When Freddie Met Lily’ gown paired with Jeffrey Campbell shoes.
I really dig seeing couples take a more contemporary approach to celebrating and socialising on their wedding day.
Gone are they days when a wedding were such a structured event.
Weddings now trend to a more intimate affair, with focus on celebrating the Bride + Groom for who they are as a couple, less of the stress, and soaking in the day.
The wedding of Todd + Amie is a perfect example of combining who you love and what you love, to create a day many will never forget.
My recent interview with Amie was a real delight…
So, tell me all about your proposal:
We had just travelled to the USA. It was our second night in New York and we had tickets to see The XX at Radio City Concert Hall. We started the evening at a small local bar, chatting with some locals. Todd started to behave strangely as the night went on; I put it down to jetlag but later realized it must have been nerves when he turned to me during the concert encore with a ring and asked would I marry him.
Were there any pre-wedding celebrations with the girls?
I didn’t want a traditional hens night, but I did want to take advantage of the opportunity to spend some time with my closest family and friends. My lovely bridal party threw me a garden party in my parents’ back yard and included some of my favourite things – wine and cheese – as well as some spiced rum “Hot Toddys” as a tribute to the groom and “Amie’s marvelous medicine” test tube shots in reference to my profession as a pharmacist. My sister sourced many vintage cushions, rugs, decorations and seating to create the perfect intimate environment for story telling and laughs.
Did Todd have a bucks weekend?
Todd spent a weekend at the Sunshine Coast with a handful of his closest friends enjoying beers, food and fishing.
How would you describe the vision and style of your wedding?
We wanted to create a day that made the most of having all of our favourite people together. Our hearts were set on an outdoor affair and once we visited Platypus Park we knew we had found the perfect location. We wanted the day to feel special but relaxed – we aren’t religious and the more I thought about traditional wedding details, the less they made sense to me. I wanted to create a space that was beautiful but simple in styling – it was more important to us to have good food, enough to drink and time to spend with our guests.
Your big day: tell me everything!
The boys stayed at the venue the night before and set up any last minute items the morning of the wedding. I had spent many months after our engagement secretly saving for a wedding gift for Todd – a Tag Heuer watch which had always been a wishlist item for him – which his brother gave to him before the ceremony. I had been so touched by how thoughtfully Todd had chosen my engagement ring, and wanted to honour him with a similar token.
My mum, mother-in-law and sister-in-law to be had their hair and makeup done with us – it was nice to spend some time all together before the festivities. We got dressed at my parents’ house, where I grew up – spending that time ‘at home’ was an important detail for me. My bridesmaids all chose their own hair and makeup styles – matching bridesmaids was one of the traditions I really couldn’t get my head around – and wore dresses made by a lovely lady in Israel that I purchased from Etsy.
Both of my parents walked me down the aisle, and I will treasure the photos of the three of us forever. Our ceremony was held on the riverbank – we kept it short and sweet and wrote our own vows to ensure it was true to us as a couple. We had photos taken on and around the property – our bridal party really knew how to ham it up and provided much entertainment for the photographer. While we were posing, our guests enjoyed canapes on the riverbank.
Our reception was held inside a marquee with firepits lining the riverbank in front. Both Todd and I love to cook, so tasty food was a must. It can be hard to find catering to suit you as a couple in a regional town, but luckily my mum’s best friend is a chef and came up with a menu that simple but us – an assortment of sliders and gourmet salads.
After some speeches (both touching and entertaining) we were glad to get the formalities out of the way and fire up the live music so that we could enjoy the day we created and the company of our guests. It was wonderful to have so much time celebrating with our nearest and dearest.
What was the most unique detail at your wedding ceremony and reception?
Ours was the first wedding at the location!
We had a dessert table that consisted of an assortment of sweets made by some of my friends – this was a detail that made it extra special for me, and I was so thankful for the home baked love it added to our reception.
We kept the formalities short and avoided traditions that were meaningless to us in order to maximize the time spent with our guests on the day.
What flowers were featured in your bouquet?
I adore Australian native flowers, so my bouquet was made up of these, including three huge proteas – it was exactly what I wanted. Because native flowers dry so well, it now has a spot on display in our living room.
Do you have any advice for couples who are planning their wedding?
Don’t spend too much energy/cash on small details just to keep up with trends – your guests will mainly remember whether they had a good time, not what decorations adorned the tables. It’s all over so quickly, so make sure you dedicate the majority of the day to enjoying the celebrations with your bridal party and guests. Also, I think a wedding planned fairly quickly (we planned ours in under a year) is the way to go – less opportunities to change your mind that way!
Do you have any clever styling tips or personal touches to share?
Don’t be afraid to think outside of the box with your wedding vendors to save money and to create a wedding that is unique to you. I sourced all of the flowers outside of our bouquets from the supermarket – my bridesmaids and I decorated the ceremony/reception spaces with these which was a huge cost saving. The bridesmaid dresses were not traditional formal gowns, but simple cotton dresses I purchased from a lovely lady in Israel via Etsy – but I think they suited perfectly. My mum made the favours – jars of her delicious tomato relish – and it was nice for her to have the opportunity to add a personal touch.
I wrote personalized thank you notes and left them at the place settings of our guests who had made contributions to our day (time, baking, etc) as well as to both sets of parents – I wanted them to know how grateful we were to have such special people in our lives.
Photography: Susan Wall Photography + Jane Anne Photography // Ceremony + Reception venue: Platypus Park Riverside Retreat // Celebrant: Trish Mears // Catering: Gaylene Philips // Furniture + props: Bundaberg Party Hire + bride’s own vintage // Stationary: Minted // Makeup: Amanda Gear Makeup Artistry + Jenny Francis // Hair: The Place Hairdressing // Rings: Ritchies Jewellers // Florals: Bouquets + buttonholes: Westside Florist ,Venue florals: brides own // Cake: That Cake Lady // Wedding Dress: When Freddie Met Lilly // Bride’s shoes: Jeffrey Campbell // Bridesmaid dresses: Lirola // Groom’s attire: SABA + ASOS // Groomsmen’s attire: SABA + ASOS // Music: Tim Spargo // Honeymoon: The Barossa, SA.