Thursday, August 29, 2013

photos from a special weekend!

Its not often that I post something like this... but when you have just one niece who is without doubt an absolute darling and she happens to wed her beloved in the most magical of circumstances then you will have to forgive me for being an indulgent aunt on this remarkable occasion!

These adorable young boys, aged between 7 and 2, played an important role in a beautiful country afternoon wedding. They walked ahead of the bride into the village hall which was specially decked out for the ceremony. Here they were waiting for the bride to arrive!

The hall was like so many I remember from my own country childhood... wooden floors so well suited to those frequent dance evenings! Love the red curtain backdrop which featured a garland made of sheet music of romantic songs from the 1920's, 30's and 40's... just perfect for this musical couple Lara and Dwight.

Lara's uncle reads a poem.

The atmosphere here was just delightful... all who travelled from the city seemed to particularly enjoy the ambience! The mood was set for a wonderful occasion and afternoon tea was served after the wedding ceremony! Raspberry jelly lamingtons and cucumber sandwiches were just the thing! 

The afternoon started with the 2pm wedding and by 5pm we made our way down a scenic country drive to the home of my nephew Tristan and his wife Renee set on small acreage in a quiet well-treed valley on a ridge looking over to the coast.

Peeking out from under the gorgeous dress are the boots Lara wore... so perfect for the dusty road and grassy walk to the reception area.

I had to snap her running down the road to talk to some people passing by she knew!

Being among the tall Eucalyptus trees just felt so right for this celebration day!

The afternoon light was stunning...

... and the scene was set with the band that Dwight plays in professionally... on stage waiting to greet us as we arrived!

The setting was an old Banana Packing Shed from a time when the land was farmed... a huge old shed with great timber logs for its structure and corrugated iron for roof and walls. For a few months Tristan and his Dad Robert and various others laboured to restore it into a weatherproof and safe site for this special event! It was finished off with curtains made from hession and repurposed old carpet turned over to reveal the hession under-layer.

My sister Jan spent months with notepad and pen with a small but enthusiastic team working through every possible detail which resulted in a spectacular day from beginning to end. The amount of creativity in every part of this venture was evident to all... so little was outsourced ... instead created from scratch wherever possible.

I found myself musing over this gorgeous building and the decor thinking what a stunning site it would make for all kinds of events ... and fantasising about what a great studio it would make! Its rustic form was brought to life with candles and fairy lights strung up everywhere.

The late afternoon sun bathed everything in the most beautiful light and allowed everyone to enjoy the view and notice every detail in the setting. My iPhone images don't really show it at its best.

I was utterly charmed and felt myself to be in some beautiful dream in an idealic spot! 

Later that night after speeches and dinner it was time for the cutting of the cake...

Cupcakes that is... in all kinds of scrumptious flavours!

The bridal bouquet was filled with beautifully scented flowers...

the stage setting

where the bride sang the most stunning rendition of a favourite song of her beloved's ... we were all mesmerised as the moon was rising over the old shed and her voice travelled out into the night!

All I can say is what a beautiful hand-crafted event this was ...every tiny and large gesture added up to make it a most glorious day that wrapped everyone in the mood of joy and celebration!

What more can add than to wish them a truly well-lived life of love, good health, prosperity and creativity! And to say a huge BRAVO to all who participated in making this day so joyful! You did good!
S x


Mary Helen-Art Saves Lives said...

Thank you...for sharing a walk back into family often created their ceremonies surrounded by dear family and Nature. I wish them the very best! Peace, Mary Helen Fernandez Stewart

Ro Bruhn said...

Wow Sophie what a wonderful event. This is what I would call a real wedding celebration. I hope you're also settling in to your new surroundings.

Caterina Giglio said...

what a delightful and inspiring post this was! it looks like it was a truly heartfelt and artistic expression... looks like your new place is coming along well too... so nice to hear that you are settling in so well.. xx

Carole Reid said...


Blue Sky Dreaming said...

A wonderful wedding! What I like so much is that the event fits the bride and takes love and planning to create such a beautiful day. I love those little boys and their outfits!!

Sophie Munns said...

Thank you for all these lovely thoughts!

It felt really wonderful that it was held amidst the most natural of settings and landscapes Mary Helen! I shall pass on your warm wishes!

Ro... such a lovely day thank you... and indeed good to be getting closer to work starting up again in the new place!

Caterina... gracias bella... felt I must pay tribute to this day so filled full of special creative touches and no doubt great planning to create the illusion of relaxed, effortless country wedding... all that creative realisation in stage setting tis a beautiful thing. And now onto my small-scale creating of the studio space... coming together bit by bit... thanks Cat! xo

Merci Carole... and you take care over there!

MaryAnne... the little boys captured our hearts...we are so fond of them at the best of times... this was amazing to see them walk down the aisle with such purpose and pleasure!
You're on the mark in saying this fitted the bride and groom so well... they marvelled at how when the first conversation came up about where to marry they immediately dreamt of an old building in a paddock (field) and this was before Tristan and Renee had found this gorgeous property with old farm sheds!

best to you all,
S x

Ersi Marina Samara said...

Events like that make our days brighter and happier. What a lovely venue, inside and out, and what a beautiful description! My best wishes to the newlyweds and thanks for sharing.