A Mallee Wedding 5.9.1507:39:00
You know when I think about it, some of the best nights, the happiest night outs were the ones where I had to get ready in a matter of minutes. Im talking dressed, face on, a quick pre-night drink, who am I kidding drinks and BOOM!! Away we went into the night. Such fun!!
This same theory applies to weddings. Yep! It does.
Now Im not talking about getting ready for one. In fact Im actually referring to the engagement side of things.
Now I dont have an exact formula for wedding fun but id say if a short engagement has anything to do with it, it would look something like this....
Short engagement = Best wedding EVER!!
Cue Yve and Troy Emerson. The newest of newlyweds who made their vows on a sunny Spring day on the mighty Murray.
We were so excited initially that finally Cam's sister Yve and Troy were engaged and then not long after, Im talking only eight weeks, they are telling us that we are all going to Mildura for their wedding. What the??
And what a wedding it was.
How blessed we were to be part of what was a bit of a secret wedding. True to the lovely couple, they didn't want a big fuss so it was just immediate family and some very special friends thrown in the mix for the event.
What was awesome about this was that everyone, kids and all were all booked in together at Locke 9, Cullulleraine just West of Mildura for the entire weekend. Two nights just chilling, drinking, eating, chatting, dancing and of course getting to meet the other family. Throw in some fishing, a bit of billiards, paddling on the Murray and you have yourself the perfect weekend.
It really was.
I was put in charge of decorating and due to knowing the numbers, it actually made things very easy indeed and of course with Pinterest in my head, I was only happy to oblige.
With the rustic feel of the venue and the beautiful location set on the banks of the Murray River, simplicity, country and a bit of colour were in order and that is what we did.
Yve was gifted the most beautiful bunting anyone could ever want for wedding decor and with fairy lights thrown in, it really was amazing. We threw together a few tissue paper pom poms ordered from eBay, some lanterns and lights into a chandelier for the better word and with a few other pom poms and some bunting hung up above the wedding cake the room looked very wedding-esque indeed.
Yve and her sister-in-laws collected an array of jars which they tied with brown string. We filled them with Geraldton Wax flowers from Sunland Flowers Exports in Red Cliffs and accompanied them these with lavender and succulents that I bought up from 'Aroona' at Warrenbayne. Our star flower arranger Annette also foraged some Salt Bush that was growing wild by the river side.
I borrowed a couple of old watering cans also from Yve's Aunty's place and these all filled with flowers, placed with an old crate, some vases and an old rusted dipping basket made the perfect setting for the wedding cake.
We, as in Troys sisters and nieces, Pauline and Yve herself, who all put in to collect the goods and then create a beautiful space and reception.
Regardless that we had 31 people in attendance, 200 could have been there and it still would have had the same impact. It really did look beautiful.
Up at the house where we stayed was that magnificent mess hall or kitchen if you'd prefer to call it. Thats where much of the socialising happened over the course of the weekend. Just outside was a fire pit which also kept us entertained into the chilly night after all the kids were put to bed.
Across the road, only a few hundred meters away was the pontoon where the wedding magic happened.
You couldnt get a better spot.
The afternoon sun was streaming in. The water calm. Troys nerves not so much. He he!! If only you knew how hard it was to get him to crack a smile? ha ha ha!!...I was seriously on a mission. He was giving nothing away. Ha ha!!
And then...Finally, Yve made her way down the walkway and boy oh boy. What a picture she was.
Just look at them. So perfect.
That's their little man Zack who is ten months old.
The happy couple exchanged a wedding ring for Yve and a watch for Troy. Yes a watch! I loved this idea and along with their own personally written vows it just suited these two perfectly. Yve's wedding ring is also a bit special as it actually once belonged to her great-grandmother.
My favourite of my photos. Yve just looks so beautiful.
That beautiful bouquet of flowers was the creation of From Little Things in Swan Hill.
Of course the formal part of the wedding celebrations was over before you could blink an eye and then the congratulations and the fun could begin in earnest with the toasts courtesy of a Hanging Rock Cuvee' and Sparkling Moscato if you dont mind. I love that Sparkling Moscato. It brings back memories from our wedding too!!
Amongst all the fun and celebrations I thought it would be fun to play around with a few props. Im glad I did as nearly everybody got themselves in a few awesome pics with their families using the old $6.00 frame from the Salvo's that I purchased in Benalla and spray painted copper.
I must credit my accomplice Sasha for the next few photos. I had mother duties to attend to so I left my camera behind. I must say, she sure did capture a few beauties and I just had to share.
How funny are these cake toppers?
We were treated to a hearty meal that was provided by a local catering company and this was followed by the wedding cake for dessert. This cake was cleverly made by Yve and Troy's neighbour Faye Valance and was absolutely delicious. Chocolate mud cake can never do wrong. Those cheeky cow cake toppers were made by Faye's daughter Kat.
We enjoyed Tarzali's finest drops of Temprinalllo and Sangiovese to settle us in for the evening and much laughter and story telling ensued. Just everyone being happy really. Happy to be here for such a wonderful day.
Congratulation to Yve and Troy.
Wishing you both much happiness with many beautiful years to treasure into the future.
Of course you want to know where the bride got that dress? It was the find of the century from a little online store you may know as Forever New.
For the rest: Yve's shoes were from Novo, the rings and the watch were also resized and made at Etheringtons in Mildura, Troy's Shirt is an RM Williams number, Yve's hair piece is from Mint Soda in Swan Hill and Yve's hair and make up were the beautiful work of Sam Waters from Mildura.