On Saturday, 16th March 2019 Rachael & Arryn got married at Collingwood Children's Farm
The couples favourite part of the day
I honestly always thought that the reception was going to be the most fun but the ceremony completely blew me away. Our celebrant, Lucy, our acoustic guitarist and all our favourite people being there to witness our day made it feel so surreal. It was by far the best part of the entire day. Then, speeches from family and friends during the reception also made it so special. We felt so loved.
Superstar special thanks
Our wedding process would not have been as breezy as it was if it wasn't for us hiring amazing suppliers! We wanted to surround ourselves with like-minded people and I think that's why it ended up so perfect. We didn't have one issue and we attribute that to all of our wonderful suppliers - they made it all so exciting and enjoyable.
Lucy Gransbury - A dream celebrant with all the love and energy in the world. We hit it off with Lucy from the moment we caught up with her to have a drink.We wanted someone who believed in marrying us and telling our story with just the right amount of sentiment and humour. We are fun and easy-going and wanted someone who was similar. Lucy was perfect and she honestly made the ceremony so special. It was my favorite part of the entire day. Everyone loved her.
Kim Cartmell was our photographer and we could not have asked for anyone better. To reflect our style and personalities, we wanted someone to capture all those natural shots throughout the day and Kim did exactly that. There was no need to stage anything, she was always there capturing the love and laughter in the air. She is so talented, we got our album back and it was everything we could have hoped for - plus more!
Our Event Manager at the Collingwood Children's Farm helped bring my vision to life. The great thing about the venue was that it already had the foundation for the style we wanted. The ceremony was under the 100 year oak tree and the reception was in the barn, so we used a lot of their furniture to keep everything rustic and then used other vendors to complement this.
Bec Noble was a preferred vendor through the Collingwood Children's Farm and she was fantastic. She has done many weddings at the venue so I basically gave her the colour palette I wanted and she totally nailed the brief.
Lisa Cathcart is my favourite makeup artist. I have used her for many years for special events, so as soon as I knew our wedding date I locked her in. She does such a beautiful and natural, glowing application and she's so fun to have around
Jess Puleio from Alarah Hair Studio did the bridal party's hair. I used Alarah Studio before moving to America so it's always great being able to use a vendor that you completely trust.
Suzanne Harward was the designer of my gown. I have a very classic style so did some research prior and this was actually the only dress store I went to. I tried on a few of her gowns before deciding on one style I absolutely loved. It was so much easier than I anticipated and given I was moving to America a few months later and not coming back until the wedding week, finding a designer I loved made everything so seamless.
MJ Bale dressed the groomsmen. Arryn wanted navy suits so he could get a navy and white floral tie to match. He didn't want to look too traditional and for the venue, this style worked well.
The Farm Cafe at Collingwood Children's Farm catered the wedding as they actually run the weddings for the Farm. Quality food and beverage was probably our highest priority for our wedding and this played a huge part in our venue decision. We wanted everyone to have fun and to be able to socialise over large shared platters of food, rather than typical alternating meals. From the Pimm's cocktail bar at the ceremony, to the Messina ice cream cart for dessert, The Farm Cafe exceeded all expectations and no one went home hungry!
My cousin's super talented friend, Anne Vu made my cake. She had made my cousin's wedding cake a couple of years prior and it looked and tasted delicious. To align with the style of the venue, we wanted a simple, naked cake with some flowers arranged on it.
Kath, the superstar at Design Mummy did all of our wedding stationery. She offers so many amazing styles and is so easy to work with. When we got our invitation suite, it was so classic and matched the venue and style of our wedding perfectly. I was so excited to then work with her again to arrange all of our on-the-day wedding stationery. I am very particular about coordinating certain things, so the fact that I could match everything perfectly from the save the date to the table menu, literally made me so happy.
We had an acoustic guitarist at the ceremony and his name was Luke Biscan. He was from the Geelong coast and was super relaxed. He played all the music for the ceremony and then stayed and played for an hour afterwards under the oak tree so people could have a few drinks and starters before moving into the reception. The whole ceremony and the vendors we had made it a dream. We then had the Melbourne Entertainment Company come and DJ the reception. The transition was to ensure people could really start to enjoy themselves after dinner as all of our friends love to dance!
Most of the furniture and other decor was hired from The Collingwood Children's Farm. We hired a photo booth for the reception which was a hit and then did some DIY decor such as easels for table numbers to sit on and small florals in milk bottles for the reception tables. Given the venue was so beautiful and outdoors, we were very fortunate and didn't need to add too much.
Photos from the day captured by Kim Cartmell