HOW WE MET: Jimmy and I met at university. He had his last two subjects to go in his masters in environmental management and I had the last two to go in mine. Strangely enough we picked the same subjects. Id never seen him before. But I noticed him straight away. I wanted to be right next to him but I did not want to let him know that! He had this cocky certainty about himself, like he was taking on the world. We were both in a really good space, we had spent some time alone getting to know ourselves and doing our own thing. After the first time I spoke to him I remember getting into my car, ringing my best friend and telling her I was going some sort of crazy because I felt like I'd just met the most amazing man in the universe.
Our first date was a picnic in Sydney's botanical gardens. I turned up to the picnic late with nothing and he had everything, the wine, cheese, picnic rug, frisbee etc. The picnic turned into dinner which turned into me meeting his parents the next night, which turned into us being inseparable!
OUR ENGAGEMENT STORY: We moved in together a couple of months later and not too long after Jimmy took me back to the botanical gardens for another picnic and asked me to marry him. He got a friend to set up a picnic with a sign (Jimmy loves Sarah) and he had made a book with illustrations which described the story of our relationship. At the end of the book he got down on both his knees (oops!) and asked me to marry him!
MARRIAGE TO US MEANS: To us marriage is a lot about taking self discovery to another level and committing to becoming more concious in a partnership. Its about celebrating and cementing a deep bond, and it is built on trust, love and support.
WEDDING LOCATION: As an excuse for another overseas holiday we were planning to elope!
I had read about Terrara House Estate and it looked amazing, a
beautiful combination of country, French chic / vintage style. We
thought we would pay the Estate a visit just to take a sneak peak
before we made our final decision. As soon as we drove through the
gates, up the beautiful driveway and into the lush gardens we were
sold, we didn’t need to look any further. It felt like we had
been married here before. The woods, the fresh country air, the
rose gardens, the gorgeous historic house and giant fig trees, it
We had been to a few weddings in our time and we had some pretty firm ideas on what we wanted and it was as if the Estate was created for our fussy tastes.
OVERALL THEME/STYLE/MOOD: We had the perfect canvas and from there started filling it with things we love, vintage games, berry daiquiris, old world cameras and a collection of our family photos right back to the 1800's. In preparation we collected frames and old cameras from op shops, etsy and ebay. We made our seating tags on beautiful stationary prints and filled them with personal messages. We had loads of fresh flowers, great Jazz tunes which inspired some awesome dance moves and so much laughter and love.
CEREMONY: Our ceremony was held infront of the historic terrara house underneath the trees.
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PHOTOGRAPHY: Our wedding was photographed by Jeremy Beasley (recommendation & testimonial featured below in 'Advice')
BRIDE’S DRESS: My dress was a mermaid shape made from fine lace, tulle and silk.
JEWELLERY/ACCESSORIES: I wore pearl and diamond earings and a pearl braclet borrowed from two lovely friends and a beautiful tanzanite and diamond ring (Jimmy bought the tanzanite when we were in Tanzania) – made by Jimmy and given to me on the wedding day.
WEDDING RINGS: My engagement ring was a beautiful cushion cut diamond with pavai band and wedding band to match.
GROOM'S ATTIRE: Jimmy wore a suit from Rico Jordon in Paddington
HAIRSTYLE: My hair was worn up to the side with a loose bun with curls
TYPE OF STATIONERY/INVITATIONS: Our invitations were hand drawn by a friend
WEDDING FAVORS/BONBONNIERE: For wedding favors we used sparkling mineral water bottles with seating tages that contained a personal message for each guest
CAKE TYPE: Raspberry and chocolate filling with white chocolate icing and fresh peonie roses.
MUSIC/WEDDING SONGS: We had a cool funky local singer for the ceremony and an awesome jazz band for the reception. Our wedding songs were:
Walk down the isle: Iron and Wine, Love and some versus
Signing: Kings of Convenience, Me in You
Recessional: Michael Franti & Spearhead, Say Hey (I Love You),
First dance: Al Green, Lets stay together
ENTERTAINMENT: For entertainment we played lawn games, featured a live band and organised a photobooth for our guests.
FOOD & BEVERAGES CHOSEN: We wanted to make sure our guests were well fed and watered! The menu was prepared with vegatables and herbs from the vegetable garden on site and produce from the local area.
Fresh juices, mineral water and chicken and cucumber sandwhiches on arrival. Berry daquiries, fresh juices, gin and tonics, canapes and a grazing board before the reception (during the lawn games).
Entree (platters of Chermoula Chicken with Fragrant Cous Cous + Mint Yogurt, Arancini balls with Spinach + Buffalo Mozzarella) mains (Roasted Sirloin of Beef with Creamy Polenta, Wild Mushroom Ragout + Café de Paris Butter Pork Loin with Colcannon Potatoes, Mustard Sauce + Crackling).
Dessert table with Double Chocolate Tart with Ice Cream + Raspberry CoulisPavlova Roulade with Seasonal Fillings .
Every guest got both types of entree, main and dessert. We also had port and fruitcake for the oldies, freshly baked rolls with honey glazed ham for the late night dancers and a lolly tray full of home made Jaffas, Rocky Road, Coconut Ice, Chocolate Fudge, Rum Balls and Nougat
HONEYMOON: To be taken next year! The wedding blew our budget!
GIFT REGISTRY: We had a wishing well
CELEBRANT: Our celebrant was Robyn Leneham. Robyn is amazing, she spent so much time getting to know us and helping us put together our ceremony, to find her was a real gift
A MEMORABLE MOMENT: We had a dinner the night before at a house we had hired and got 30 of our close family and friends to come along. My brother and his fiance did all the cooking and it was such an intimate coming together of everyone we truely cherish. It meant that on the wedding day we knew we had had some special moments with those close to us so we didnt sweat it if we didnt get to spend much time with them.
ONE THING I WISH I KNEW BEFORE I STARTED MY WEDDING PLANS: Leave enough money for the honeymoon!
BEST ADVICE FOR PLANNING A WEDDING/TO BRIDES: Our photographer got us to take some time out together before wandering over to the reception to just take a deep breath and re-connect to each other after all the nerves and excitement. At the time we were raring to get over to the lawn games and cocktails but now it is one of the best memories we have of the day. Oh and the photos are the main momento from the wedding and for us they catlougue the day – we will be showing them to our kids. Choose your photographer carefully based on your style – Jeremy was absolutley perfect.
SARAH & JIMMYS CONTACTS:
VENUE & CATERING: Terrara House Estate
PHOTOGRAPHER: Jeremy Beasley
MAKE UP & HAIR: Leanne Mesiti
CAKE: The Cake Shop
CELEBRANT: Robyn Leneham
CEREMONY SINGER: Roddy Reason
BAND: The Escalators
BRIDES DRESS: Pallas Couture
SEATING PLAN & PHOTO FRAMES: Op Shops