Susannah and Marty
I see an Australian nation wedding like today’s and my heart swells with pride- this is our lovely nation exactly where we can dress up in glam dresses and have a BBQ to celebrate our marriage. The backdrop of the rusty fences, the laughter of loved ones- this is perfectly Australian and entirely beautiful.
Susannah and Marty have a sweet love story and an even sweeter engagement! Susannah recalls “We’ve identified each and every other for numerous years but we created it official about five years ago. I had a second job at the regional pub in the evenings and Marty would be at the pub some nights immediately after taking groups of backpacker’s wake-boarding on the lake. We fell in really like and the rest as they say, is history!
Two days immediately after Marty proposed I found out I was pregnant with our second kid! The wedding was organised in about 12 weeks, as we both wanted the date 10.10.ten″
As always it is extremely thrilling to have a photographer make their polka dot debut- nowadays it’s Jeremy Beasley who has captured these days’s wedding with such stunning, beautiful shots- the atmosphere is relaxed and joyous and that’s precisely what the photos capture.
Susannah and Marty married in the country at a pals house. “We were married at “Cloyne” Homestead, just outside of Cooma, NSW. Our excellent close friends Tabatha and Mark kindly let us use their property for the celebrations.”
There was a sense of background and adore to every single piece of jewelery Susannah and Marty wore on their wedding day. “Marty wore cufflinks from his fantastic grandfather and a fob watch from the early 1900s which is also a household heirloom. I wore an antique silver diamante bracelet handed down from my mother, and a dark green tourmaline and diamond ring from my mother. My greatest buddy Rachael gave me a silver ring from Tiffany & Co which was part of the some thing old a thing new tradition, she had it engraved and with a message we’ve usually shared, she purchased one particular for herself as well! Earrings had been a lucky find!””
Susannah wore a gorgeous strapless gown. ” It was a gathered chiffon empire style gown (which covered my pregnant belly nicely!) From Nouveau Riche Bridal Wear in Queanbeyan ostrich feather bolero – a wonderful ebay find! I have to make particular mention of my hair – my good friend Jo agreed to do my hair for the day. Hairdressing is not her chosen profession, but I believe she missed her calling since she did a sensational job with my short hair! Thanks Joey!”
Susannah and Marty had a different start off to their wedding day and integrated their daughter Frances. “It was quite relaxed, Marty met Frances and I at the house and we walked to the garden collectively as a household. It was a nice moment for us to have just before the ceremony.”
Susannah and Marty married in the rose garden on the property. Susannah says “The beautiful rose garden was once a nursery and in its heyday it was hired as a venue for weddings and celebrations. It hasn’t been utilized like this for several years, so we had been quite privileged to have our wedding there.” The couple were married by Cherie Hearne of Jindabyne Weddings.
There was no bridal celebration. “Our daughter Frances was our only ‘attendant’. I produced her cute polka dot tulle skirt with satin underskirt. It stayed on for about ten minutes – she put on fairly a performance taking it off midway via the ceremony!”
A beautiful buffet of cake and biscuits was set up. “The cake was made by Kim Neville, Life style Cafe Jindabyne. The best layer was a vanilla cake with fresh raspberries and white chocolate and the bottom layer was a really wealthy chocolate cake covered in scrumptious butter icing decorated with sugared grapes and fresh roses. “
Susannah added her personal touch to the stationery making it all herself. “I developed and printed the invitations on brown card and I discovered a beautiful stamp that was in the shape of a heart filled with roses rather fitting as we married in the antique rose garden on the home.” Susannah and Marty employed the Polaroid guest book concept. “We purchased a Polaroid style camera and asked the guests to take photos and stick them in the small book with a enjoy note to us. It is a really gorgeous memory that we have and I’ve looked at it almost each day given that!”
Susannah says “My bouquet of gladioli’s with a thick extended satin bow (which I produced) was inspired by my late grandmothers. (White gladioli’s were supplied by Tara Burton Floral Designer and my sister Alison brought some pink and mauve gladioli’s from Sydney that we mixed with each other to make the bouquet).”
The relaxed nature of the wedding led to guests enjoying outdoor games. “We found in the old sand stone cottage some ‘props’ that have come up really effectively in the pictures. The lamp, the old suit case, the old chair, an old milk barrel – which already had the sporting equipment in it! We also discovered an old croquet set that Marty and I had a fast game with!”
Other handmade touches by Susannah and her household completed the day. “The bunting was all handmade – my buddies Jo and Sal and my sister Caroline and I worked together to place it altogether! Some of the flowers were picked from buddies’ gardens the bottles on the tables had been Marty’s that he’s been collecting for years. My mum supplied the beautiful table linen and the knife that we reduce the cake with. We had been very fortunate not to employ anything at all chairs and tables, BBQ’s knives and forks, glasses, plates, had been all gratefully gathered from buddies and loved ones.”
Susannah and Marty didn’t have a very first dance. “It just wasn’t that kind of wedding,” she says. “There were no speeches, just lots of enjoyable and laughter!”. The music was compiled of ipod playlists put together by Marty.
Susannah’s favourite moments included getting surrounded by her loved ones “We are so grateful to our fabulous buddies and household who helped place it together at such short notice. We had such a wonderful day and our wonderful photographs from Jeremy truly have captured every single moment.”
Congratulations Susannah and Marty! Thank you for sharing your lovely wedding day with us on Polka Dot Bride! Thank you also to Jeremy Beasley for sharing nowadays’s photographs with us!
Photos by Jeremy Beasley
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