Claire and Stewart
Tasmania never ever fails to make me take a deep breath- the landscape is beyond gorgeous and the weddings that come out of the Southern state? gorgeous, relaxed and an understated elegance. Such is the wedding of Claire and Stewart, I know you’ll agree!
Stewart tells the story of how and Claire came to be “12 ½ years ago at university, the future bride tried out her choose-up moves on her future husband at a nearby bar to limited achievement. We are married now, so it ought to have worked. (written by the groom, of course!).”
The wedding photographs of Claire & Stewart are by Jonathan Wherrett who has a magical way of producing the most sophisticated photographs that capture the beauty of the couple, but also of the incredible Tasmanian landscape.
Claire remarks “People often ask us why we chose Stanley to get married. With many accusing us of looking for payback for all the weddings we have had to travel to over the years, and consequently deciding on a venue every person had to travel to. Nonetheless the actual motives had been because mainly, we wanted to use a venue with character, as we each adore the history and diversity of Tasmania’s buildings. Secondly, we wanted a venue exactly where we could take our personal alcohol, as with the groom becoming a winemaker, we were very certain about what wines we wanted. The benefit of the location, was that it was turned into a destination wedding, with everybody utilising the wonderful B&B’s in Stanley and becoming in a position to see a wonderful part of Tasmania.”
Stewart wore a suit from Godwin Charli and a tie from M.J Bale with shoes from Galizio Torresi . Every single groomsmen was asked to wear their personal suits in a charcoal/blue/gray .
Claire chose an unbelievable beaded gown from Gwendolynne with a custom dyed hair piece from Richard Nylon . Claire wore jeweled earrings from Samantha Wills, a Lovisa cuff and shoes from Inniu. She carried a bouquet by Gorgeous Bloomin’ Florist .
Claire and Stewart married at Highfield Property. Claire explains “Highfield House’s tiny non-denominational stone chapel was employed for the 3.30pm ceremony and the grounds had been employed for the cocktail hour. The old stone and timber threshing barn was ‘glamified’ by family and close friends the days prior and used for the reception. The nearby stables were utilized by the caterers.”
The bride’s mother and father walked Claire down the aisle to ‘Love Letter’ by Nick Cave. Claire remarks “Weeks prior to the wedding, I thought I would be nervous, however when the day came I was completely relaxed and truly enjoyed the morning with my family. I didn’t believe I would be able to appear at Stew when it came time to walk down the aisle, but as soon as I walked into the chapel my eyes searched out his and they didn’t look away the whole ceremony. As soon as I got to Stew I had to give him a smooch.”
Claire recalls “The ceremony was my favourite element as we wrote our own vows and produced certain they were intimate and heartfelt but had a handful of jokes thrown in for good measure. We had a lot of comments about our ceremony.”
The couple held an “Afternoon session” after the ceremony. Musicians Jacob Boot & Laura Mead entertained guests as they enjoyed celebratory drinks (homemade lemonade and punch created by Claire’s mother) and chatter on fabric covered hay bales.
Each bridesmaid chose their personal dress. Claire explains “my sisters (Emma and Beck) wore Alannah Hill and my Matron of Honour (Lucy) wore Michelle Kim. Every single Bridesmaid wore an Alannah Hill belt to coordinate.”
Of their photographer, Claire says “Jonathan Wherrett was amazing, and just so simple to have about. He managed to capture the ‘story’ of our day. We really changed our wedding date to accommodate Jonathan being able to take our pictures.”
The majority of the wedding decor was handmade. A family members good friend made hessian table runners, the bride created embroidery fabric hoops, the flowers had been a collaboration of loved ones and close friends, including Lovely Bloomin’ Florist and placed in vintage glass jars sourced by the couple. The bride’s sister created the bunting.
Claire says “For table seating, we used photos of the guests, with their seat numbers on the back. The guests had to locate their photographs (which were hanging from string weighted by sinkers, and attached with wooden pegs) to figure out their seating place for the wedding.”
The favors had been “Assorted Jams (Greengage, Blackberry, Raspberry, Brambleberry, Whiskey Marmalade, Plum, Apricot) made by my mother, in a mix-match of jars covered with calico and tied with an assortment of coloured wool. The name tags had been handwritten by Stewart and contained a sprig of rosemary.” All stationery was painted and printed by the groom.
The wedding was catered by Olive Tree Catering and Claire and Stewart decided on not a single but three wedding cakes produced by Claire’s brother in law (of Andy’s Bakery) and decorated by friends. The cakes had been decadent flavours – Chocolate brownie, Orange Cake with Coconut & Lime and Chocolate, Raspberry & Grand Marnier cake.
The lighting was arranged by the couple. From the festoon lights to the candle lanterns! Claire explains “The candle lanterns created from as assortment of significant (and various) jam jars, tied with wire to make handles. They were then filled with sand and a candle was placed in every jar. They had been then placed around the dance floor. For the festoon lights we bought coloured party lights and searched high and low for 60 plain old fashioned festoon lights. We had to replace every single light and strung them up in the main reception location.”
The 1st dance was performed by DJ Dane Hunnerup who also looked immediately after the ceremony music. Claire remembers “Our first dance was to Lanie Lane’s ‘Bang Bang’. It was unrehearsed, upbeat and fun!”
Claire says “I bear in mind individuals saying before the wedding, to attempt and take time out to get pleasure from the day since it goes by so speedily. I keep in mind taking that in and stopping and looking about at every person who was there….. either getting a laugh, on the dance floor or outdoors by the fire pit, and thinking how lucky we were to have these people in our lives and to be in a position to celebrate with us.”
Congratulations Claire and Stewart! Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us! Thank you also to Jonathan Wherrett for today’s photographs!
Photographer: Jonathan Wherrett / Bride’s Dress: Gwendolynne / Bride’s Veil/Hair Accessories: Richard Nylon / Bride’s Shoes: INNIU shoes / Flowers & Decor: Collaboration of household and close friends, such as Stunning Bloomin’ Florist / Venue: Highfield House / Afternoon Session Music: Jacob Boot & Laura Mead / DJ: Dane Hunnerup / Groom’s Attire: Godwin Charli / Groom & Groomsmen Ties: M.J Bale / Cake Baker: Andy’s Bakery / Catering: Olive Tree Catering
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Photographer: Jonathan Wherrett / Bride’s Dress: Gwendolynne / Bride’s Veil/Hair Accessories: Richard Nylon / Bride’s Shoes: INNIU shoes / Flowers & Decor: Collaboration of family and buddies, like Lovely Bloomin’ Florist / Venue: Highfield Home / Afternoon Session Music: Jacob Boot & Laura Mead / DJ: Dane Hunnerup / Groom’s Attire: Godwin Charli / Groom & Groomsmen Ties: M.J Bale / Cake Baker: Andy’s Bakery / Catering: Olive Tree Catering