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An Autumn Wedding

— Ben & Amanda


6 April 2013


89 people


Rachela Nardella

Ben & Amanda by Rachela Nardella
Ben & Amanda by Rachela Nardella

Oh what a joy Autumn is, is it not? Crisp days, sun peeking through scattered clouds and cozy evenings by the fireplace. Surrounded by masses of colourful foliage - rusty green leaves blushing from bright yellow, burnished orange to fiery red.

We are so excited to share Ben & Amanda's Autumn wedding set in the beautiful Sutton Forest. Their magical day was captured by the very talented and creative Rachela Nardella. We love that Ben & Amanda's company The Adventures Of has personalised their special day by designing and creating the gorgeous stationary. 

HOW WE MET: We met each other at church when he was 14, I was 16. As strange as it sounds at a young age I knew pretty quickly that he would one day be my husband. 

OUR ENGAGEMENT STORY: Ben was buying a car in QLD and used this as a way of taking me away without looking suspicious. We picked up the car and drove to Byron Bay, since he knew I hadn't been there before. He had secretly booked an airstream caravan for the weekend and planned to take me to a secret waterfall the following day. After breakfast we made our way there... it was the most magical place. He got down on one knee and surprised me with my ring, along with a book he had made with photographs of the last 5 years of our adventures along with a letter, to which I bawled my eyes out. We then frolicked in the Byron bay hinterlands all weekend

MARRIAGE MEANS TO US: Forever together, together forever. 

WEDDING LOCATION: Summerlees Cottage in Sutton Forest, Southern Highlands NSW. The estate is on a farm, it was surrounded by colourful autumn trees, gardens, lakes and paddocks. Nothing is more beautiful than having nature as a backdrop. The crisp climate outside meant the fireplace in the ball room and cottage created a cosy and relaxed vibe. 

THEME/STYLE: Autumn! Some of the inspiration from our wedding came from the autumn wedding in Robin Hood (Price of Thieves).

PHOTOGRAPHY: Rachela Nardella, she is young with so much style, we knew we could trust her to capture the day through fresh eyes. The photos captured the colourful autumn day. When we saw the shots from the garden we thought they looked like a magical Narnia land! 

BRIDE'S DRESS: I had my dress custom made from a lace that had jewelled embellishments all throughout. The top section and sleeves were a light mesh fabric and parts of the lace were appliquéd over the front, shoulders and sleeves. I wanted the veil to be unique so I had it made to match in the same lace, we designed it to drape down from the top of my head. Apart from my ring I didn't wear much jewelry, the dress didn't need it! 

SHOES: I'm all about comfort so I wore simple rose gold flats.

BRIDESMAID'S DRESSES: A light dusty pink/blush colour. My dress had a pink tinge so the colours suited perfectly... They were very simple, featuring a cape that pleated at the front. We added a jewelled brooch in the hair to bring some glamour! The shoes were their own - strappy and tan.

WEDDING RINGS: My engagement ring is a 1920s antique, re-crowned with a deep red ruby and diamond embellishments either side. Ben's ring is an antique 1940's rose gold wide band. Simple and classic. My wedding band is also rose gold, shaped to wrap around the engagement ring. 

GROOMSMEN ATTIRE: Ben was wearing a slim fitting grey custom tailored suit with a black tie. The groomsmen were matching wearing simple and slim fitting grey pants with white shirts and a black tie. 

HAIR: Two loose plaits around my veil that joined at the back to a low messy bun with daisies in my hair. For the reception I took the bun out and let the messy curls fall. Rachael Biasetto is a friend of ours who was also a guest at our wedding, she did my hair and make up. Everything was natural, classic with a glow. She did an amazing job. 

STATIONARY/INVITATIONS: I'm a designer so I designed all of our wedding stationery. I illustrated autumn leaves with watercolour and hand drew all the type. The invite was cut like a flag and designed to hang up with string. We sourced old stamps to add some character to the envelopes. The envelopes, confetti cones and ceremony booklet were finished with our custom embosser. The ceremony booklet was custom designed to hold a confetti pouch. The confetti was a mixture of dried flowers, the perfect autumn colours. The menu was illustrated in the same way, and the table names folded out to a thank you message.

FAVORS/BONBONNIERE: We sourced mini jars and filled them with tea. We chose flavours like rosé, camomile, chai, jasmine and lavendar. This also brought colour to the room and added to the autumn feel. I also thought its a good way to bring guests together after the wedding - there's nothing like chatting over a cuppa!

FLOWERS: We got married under a flower arch that we covered in fern, peppercorn, easter daisies and white buddlia. Our friends at Inbud created beautiful loose bouquets of easter daisies for a relaxed 'field' feel. The aisle was outlined in peppercorn and the groom and father of the bride had peppercorn button holes. 

VIDEOGRAPHY: By Together We Roll (Rhys Hobbins) all on super 8. He did an amazing job and even captured our vows

PREPARATION: I stayed in the cottage on the estate with the bridesmaids the night before. We all had breakfast together that morning, I gave them their gifts which were little crystal brooches to wear in their hair. We sipped on champagne as we got ready together, it was very fun and relaxing!

CEREMONY DECOR: Our ceremony was set up surrounded by the autumn trees of the estate, but it rained right on go time! Luckily there was a little barn up the back of the property overlooking the paddock under a fig tree, so we relocated. Most of our guests liked the wet weather option better than where we had originally planned to get married. The barn was very close and personal and enchanting.

RECEPTION DECOR: Reception decoration was simple: candles, ivy, daisies, eclectic cutlery and crystal glasses. The little printed props for the guests also added personal touch to the decoration.

WEDDING PLANNER/STYLIST: Us! We just wanted the day to represent us, what we love and our own personal style.

CAKE: Our cake was a castle of French cheeses, supplied by our friends at Ham. It stood on a wooden bread board made by my husband, accompanied with muscatels and fresh figs. We cut the cake after the ceremony so that our guests could enjoy it with wine and champaign 

WEDDING SONGS: Our ceremony song was Hallelujah by Jeff Buckley and the after ceremony song was This Must Be The Place by Talking Heads. Our first dance was to Across the Universe by The Beatles.

ENTERTAINMENT: One of my bridesmaids and her husband performed an acoustic song during the ceremony. For music throughout the day we created a playlist with a mixture of classic nostalgic tracks from artists like The Beatles. My brother DJ'd in the evening to get everyone on the dance floor.

FOOD & BEVERAGES: We had a sit down banquet style dinner with big share platters. There was an abundance of delicious country style dishes. For drinks we served Italian reds, Australian whites and champagnes with a range of boutique Australian beers.

TRANSPORT: The beauty of having the reception and ceremony on the one property meant we were able to stay with our guests, there were no need for cars.

HONEYMOON: We didn't want the stress of travelling overseas straight after the wedding, so we went back to where it all started - Byron Bay. We stayed at a few places like Crystal Creek Rainforest Resort in Byron Hinterlands, The Atlantic in Byron by the beach and when we wanted a change from laying on the beach we spontaneously flew to Melbourne for some eating and shopping.

GIFT REGISTRY: If our guests wanted to bless us with a gift we had a monetary wishing well that contributed towards our honeymoon.

CELEBRANT: Our long term friend Timmy Biasetto married us. He is a young pastor who created a relaxed vibe to the ceremony. He has known us both for a long time so the ceremony was very personal. 

READINGS: Ben and I both wrote our own vows based on what we wanted to promise each other. We also had readings about love from the bible, these scriptures are always a reminder of how we choose to treat each other.

A MEMORABLE MOMENT... At 3:30pm we were about to begin the ceremony, when suddenly it started raining. As it rained all the guests got involved to relocate the flower arch and all the white chairs to the barn. Meanwhile the bridesmaids were drying me off with a hairdryer! As we were walking down the aisle the rain had stopped and after the ceremony we walked out to a rainbow! The rain brought everyone together and I wouldn't change this memory for anything. The barn was so magical and enchanting. 


PHOTOGRAPHY: Rachela Nardella

BRIDE'S DRESS: Nelder Jones


WEDDING RINGS: Chiltons Antiques

STATIONARY: The Adventures Of



CATERING: PB Catering 

WEDDING VENUE: Summerlees Estate 

HONEYMOON DESTINATION: Crystal Creek Rainforest Retreat and The Atlantic

VIDEOGRAPHER: Together We Roll

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