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Tom and Shelley

WhoTom and Shelley Newton
When3rd November 2012
WhereTom's family property in Jaspers Brush
ThemeRelaxed, intimate, natural, DIY.
Dress Allure (from Spurling bridal Wollongong). The dress originally came with a motif that I removed and replaced with a belt also from allure, which was altered to fit on my dress. I think by the time I found 'the one' I had tried on about 30 different wedding dresses from Nowra to Sydney!
Bridesmaids' DressesVarious (online from ASOS and JenJen House) I let my bridesmaids choose their own dresses so they would feel happy and comfortable on the day. I actually didn't see the dresses together until the day of the wedding!
InvitationsLady B Paperie, a Sydney based online stationary 'boutique'.
FlowersWe had a huge variety of flowers at the wedding. Our bridal bouquets featured peonies, roses, hypericums and gypsophila. Throughout the rest of the wedding we used spray roses, chrysanthemums, geralton wax, hydrangeas, lily of the valley, eucalyptus blossoms and various berries. Red Blossom Floral Design, who is a friend from my work, did all of our flowers. One of the reasons we chose to marry in November was for my love of peonies (which only bloom for a very short period of the year). I went up with my florist to the Sydney Flower Markets and was able to see all the beautiful flowers available.
The CeremonyWas held in the 'picnic area' of the property. This was the spot where Tom proposed one year beforehand. Tom's younger sister played the harp while his Uncle played the guitar. We wanted a fairly short ceremony and wrote our own 'secret' vows to each other.
DecorationsMany of the decorations were handmade, recycled or handed down. I collected and recycled dozens of bottles and jars that were filled with different flowers and one of my bridesmaids hand poured soy candles. These sat on top of crocheted dollies (made by my grandmother/great grandmother) and natural table runners made by my mum. She also made fabric hearts to hang over the walkway leading to the picnic area. We hand painted wood signs from pallets found on the property.
I sourced many things from Haven and Space in Berry and Oak in Gerringong, otherwise I ordered online from Pink Frosting and Etsy.
CakeWhite chocolate mud cake with white chocolate ganache icing. The cake was made by my mother while my mother-in-law made white chocolate rocky road and salted caramel slice. Hartnett cakes served up 4 varieties of delicious cupcakes- raspberry and white chocolate, lime and pistachio, sticky date and orange and almond. We had a lot of fun sampling all of our desserts!
FavoursWe kept things simple and had guests serve their own love heart rock candy and heart lollipops. We also had a polaroid camera with props, so many of the guests got to take some fun photos home with them!
What you loved about the areaThe South Coast is our home. We were able to create amazing memories that we can relive each time we go out to the property. We couldn't imagine having our wedding anywhere else.

Being local, it was great to deal with local suppliers that we knew and trusted.

ShoesI loved my shoes- they were my 'something blue'…. electric Blue!
Reception/FoodWe had finger food served on personalised napkins. Not having a sit down meal meant people could more around and mingle. We had a mixture of tables/chairs, ottomans/benches and coffee tables and bar tables. We also had a basket of blankets for people to sit on the grass overlooking Cambewarra mountain.