This couple clearly don’t do ‘normal’. Everything about their NSW south coast wedding at Seacliff House was unique – from their vibrant colour palette to their reception entrance (cue: confetti) and everything in between.
Captured by Katherine Wilson Photography, Sarah says their vision to create a wedding where guests could have a “killer time” was made possible by a “legendary bunch of vendors” including The Make Haus, Cheesy Duz It, Wedding Paws, The Airstream Social and South Coast Party Hire.
Scroll down for some words of (wedding) wisdom and to see their full celebration.
How did you and Alex meet? We first saw each other on the bus to school in year seven (seperate schools). We met properly when I was dating his friend a couple of years later, haha!
The proposal: It was a huge surprise seeing as I planned the trip to Melbourne where he did it! Our weekend away was all organised by me so I wasn’t expecting anything at all. We had been together for nine years at the time so I was hoping it would be sometime soon, haha. But he contacted our beautiful hotel (The QT) and had flowers, a neon light and a message board waiting for us when we got to our room and then he dropped the knee! It was perfect for us – I would have been mortified if he did it in public!
Wedding venue: We really wanted a DIY venue so we could bring our vision to life and recruit a legendary bunch of vendors! There were quite a few things that won us over above other venues. Seacliff‘s breathtaking view, the absolutely gorgeous barn which we thought looked so much better than a marquee, the fact that we would be left alone with our crew all weekend without property owners etc. watching over us, being able to stay the extra night after the wedding (another venue we looked at said we would have to check out by 10am the next morning!) and the massive house which was able to sleep our whole bridal party plus their partners (an afterparty was essential for us!).
Wedding vibe: Moody but colourful, black on black with pops of bright colour. Vibe = FUN! Our top priority was our guests having a killer time (and they bloody well did).
Hit or (near) miss: I was soooo nervous the morning of the wedding and was also stressing out about insane winds. I was truly freaking out haha. I told off my bridesmaid for being too positive by saying everything would work out fine. We have a good laugh about it now!
I’ll always remember… The speeches were truly beautiful, they would probably have to be my favourite part!
The outfit/s: My dress was completely different than what I ever imagined I would wear. I didn’t think I could pull off something fitted but I fell in love with it as soon as I tried it on. I absolutely love how it looked on me and I felt beautiful in it on the day!
Standout vendors: Seacliff House! The Airstream Social! Katherine Wilson Photography! The Make Haus! Wedding Paws!
Budget: We didn’t really have a budget. We just gathered pricing from the vendors we wanted and booked what we thought was necessary and nothing we didn’t think was necessary. We spent about $55K all up.
Soundtrack: Aisle song: “Mariner’s Apartment Complex” by Lana Del Rey. Recessional: “All Shook Up” by Elvis. Reception entrance: “You Never Can Tell” by Chuck Berry. Party starter: “Let’s Dance” by David Bowie.
Words of wedding wisdom: Get a videographer! And an on the day coordinator.
The future: We really can’t wait to buy our dream home together and make some babies!
CREDITS: Photos Katherine Wilson Photography // Venue Seacliff House // Flowers The Make Haus // Catering Cheesy Duz It // Cake Daisy Baking Co // Bridal gown and veil Karen Willis Holmes // Brides shoes Billini // Accessories Amelie George // Bridesmaid dresses Shona Joy //Robes Homebodii // Groom and groomsmen suits and ties Tailor & Co // Rings Meg Maskell Fine Jewellery // Hair Sar and Hair // Makeup Jackson Roberts // Furniture hire South Coast Party Hire, Simply Seated and Timbermill // Signage Sketch & Etch // Pet babysitter Wedding Paws.