Classic meets country is the best way to describe this beautiful Clare Valley wedding.

Having met through their local Lacrosse Club, it was one Christmas in Boston U.S A when Stef popped the question right next to the tree. ‘Stef’s original plan was to propose to me on top of a ski mountain which I’m glad he didn’t as I ended up not being the greatest at skiing!’ said Tara.

Planning a classic but rustic country style, Tara, like many other Brides found herself being really indecisive about some of the detail including their florals. ‘I originally wanted to have my bridesmaids to have a pinky peach flower bouquet and myself a pure white bouquet. I ended up changing my mind around 3 months out from the wedding and in the end I decided on a fresh white bouquet with blue gum greenery bouquets for my bridesmaids.’

They were also undecided about whether or not to include a first look, but in the end, this turned out to work out perfectly for them. ‘Everyone had their own opinion on this, “It’s not traditional” “Isn’t bad luck” “But you won’t get the reaction of the Groom at the ceremony”. We decided in the end to do the first look and we are so glad we did. We just felt so much more relaxed at the ceremony, and Stef still got a bit emotional seeing me again walk down the aisle with my Dad. It also gave us more time to mingle with guests while we were having canapes, which is something we wanted to be able to do’ said Tara.

Although they saved a few dollars by doing some DIY themselves, Tara did agree that this was a little stressful and gives some great planning advice ‘Have a budget and try and allow for a bit extra at the end. Even though you feel you have everything accounted for, there are still things that you will forget or end up costing a little more leading up to the date.’

Their photographer Nadinne Grace, who is also a local Clare Valley girl did an incredible job of documenting this beautiful big day which the newlyweds wished would never end…


Photos Nadinne Grace Photography

 Florals  Bethany Jane Design

 Venue  Koonowla Wines

 Cake  Paige Williams

 Dress  Jenny and Jerrys Bridal House

 Bridesmaid Dresses Shona Joy

 Rings  Gerard Ryan Jewellers

Marquee Auburn Event Hire

Lighting & Furniture Olympic Party Hire

Tableware All Party Hire 

 Hair Lauren Sitkowski

 Makeup R.D Makeup Artistry

 Suit Jacket & Shirts  Peter Jackson  Pants Gazman

 Celebrant Rebecca Wilson

Video  JM Visuals

DJ/Entertainment  DJ Luke Henry & Percussionist JDDJ Drums

Catering  Ash Catering Auburn Smokeh

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