Elyce + James’ Barossa Wedding

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Every bit the stylish affair, this wedding has us taking note of every.single.perfect detail.

Photographs by Katie Harmsworth Photography

Will You Marry Me?

James and I arranged a wine tour around the Barossa Valley with both of our immediate families. After stopping at a few wineries, and James’ rather strange behavior not going unnoticed, we arrived at fermentAsian in Tanunda for lunch. As we entered the restaurant, James asked me to follow him. He headed straight towards the rotunda in the park nearby, refusing to turn around when I queried where we were going. His intention was to take me underneath the rotunda, however he got nervous and dropped to bended knee just outside. The rotunda was sentimental, as on our first date we danced under a similar one in Glenelg, where by ‘accident’ the song ‘If We Fall In Love Tonight’ by Rod Stewart came onto James’ playlist. I said to James jokingly, “Are you falling in love with me?”. We chose this song for our first dance at the wedding.

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THE BRIDE

Dress. After six months of searching for a dress in London and Sydney, I spotted Paolo Sebastian’s 2016 Snow Maiden collection. I loved the bleeding lace and soft detail. I immediately arranged a meeting with Paul. Everything from the showroom set-up to the personalised service was like nothing I had experienced elsewhere. We talked through his dresses, the materials, and what style would work best for me. He drew up his vision right there and then! We decided on long sleeves and an overskirt, which allowed me to have the look and feel of a lengthy train but meant I could take it off later that evening. Accessories. My shoes were Nicholas Kirkwood, I loved the white leather cut-out and the gold heel and they weren’t too high for dancing the night away. My earrings were from Valentino, the gold ‘garden party’ earrings. I chose large earrings as I was wearing my hair down for the ceremony, and wanted them to pop. Hair & Makeup. Dani Eastick and Samantha Vlassis. My hair was styled in loose curls, and my makeup left quite natural. Rings. James Thredgold Jewellers.

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Dresses. Grey waterfall dresses from Carla Zampatti. The style looked beautiful on each of them. Loose fitting, just past the knee with padded shoulders and a plunging v-neckline. Paired with grey Tony Bianco shoes.

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THE BOYS

Groom & Groomsmen’s Suits. James and his groomsmen wore navy MJ Bale suits, a white shirt and belt. The boys wore blue ties and James chose a silver Armani tie to match the bridesmaids, complete with a white pocket square and Aquila dark brown shoes.

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THE STYLING

Décor. Emkho was our wedding stylist and Alana Elix at Hentley Farm was our wedding planner. We planned the whole wedding living abroad in London, which wouldn’t have been possible without my amazing mother. The reception featured long guest tables with shared plates for entrée and main, modern grey linen, gold cutlery, white china and personalised stationery. Menus were double-sided, with food on the front and wine tasting notes on the back. French and South Australian wine regions were used as table names and ingrained into marble tiles. The tables were laid with free-flowing florals in marble vases, with a mixture of tall and short clear votives and scattered marble candles. Clusters of white filament globes perched above the guest and bridal tables. A refreshment bath was available as guests arrived, a champagne tower to kick off the canapes and a polaroid wall for guests to share their memories with us. Our favours were a DIY project – a combination of James (‘his’) and my (‘hers’) favourite Haighs chocolates.

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Cake. A cheesecake supplied by Say Cheese Wholesale, and assembled into a four-tier design by Hentley Farm. Topped off with our Beauty and the Beast cake topper! 

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Soundtrack

AISLE

About Time theme song by Nick Laird-Clowes

BRIDAL ENTRANCE

You Make My Dreams Come True by Hall and Oates

FIRST DANCE

If We Fall in Love Tonight by Rod Stewart

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THE FUN

Videographer. Humdrum Films perfectly capture the emotion of a wedding. Jacob and Jared were great fun and their amazing work speaks for itself.

Photographer. Katie Harmsworth was friendly and easy going, herself and second photographer, Eric Ronald, were discreet yet a special part of our day. Having worked with Humdrum Film previously, Katie, Eric, Jacob and Jared made a phenomenal team. Entertainment. Tom Kurzel and Tim Haslem.

Transport. Guest transport was provided by Goolwa Buses, and myself and the bridesmaids travelled in a Rolls Royce and Bentley by Cars of Class. Food. All food was supplied by Hentley Farm. Head Chef Lachlan Colwill tailored a shared menu utilising local, fresh and high quality produce. We had six tastes for canapes, three entrées, mains and sides with roaming desserts to finish. All of our favourites including carrot cake, lemon curd meringue, assorted popsicles, Kitchener buns and a cheese station which was manned by one of the chefs to advise on the choices available. To wash down the desserts, there was an Espresso Martini bar.

Accommodation. Cupid’s Cottage at Stonewell Cottages & Vineyards.

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