posted on 29/11/12

Bethan & Edward were married on a still, showery day in Denmark on their picturesque property.  Umbrellas were a sell out in town!

I’ll never forget how calm & relaxed the setting felt as I waited with Edward and his family for the two bus loads of guest to pull up in buses. One of the first guest to come off the bus was Edward’s grandmother – and the joy in her face seriously brought tears to my eyes. She was at that moment the proudest Grandmother on the planet.

And this joy set the mood of a very family-oriented wedding day for the couple. But I’ll let them tell the story in their own words….

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We bought a property in Denmark 18 months ago and as we spent more time at the property, we couldn’t think of a better place to get married. We also wanted all our family and friends to see the place where we spent all of our spare time. Our ceremony was held in one of our paddocks, overlooking the ocean, a pine plantation and green lush paddocks. Whenever we walk past the paddock we got married in, it reminds us of our special day! It’s not easy to get married in a rural paddock, we spent over 2 hours picking up kangaroo poo from where the guests were to sit!!

Our reception was held at Forest Hill Winery. We wanted our guests to experience the best that Denmark has to offer, in terms of food, wine and views. We thought Forest Hill ticked all the boxes!

Theme
The location of of ceremony was so beautiful, that we didn’t feel we needed a particular theme for the wedding. We kept it simple with white decorations against a backdrop of forest green. The log fires at Forest Hill were burning and simple tea light candles created a beautiful atmosphere for the reception.

Dress
I chose my dress well before Edward proposed…. a girl has to be prepared!!! I only tried on one dress and instantly knew it was the one for me. I think it was my quickest purchase ever!! My dress came from Dion Bride in Perth. The shoes, on the other hand, took a little more time to find. I searched the internet for over a month, I am very fussy about shoes, apparently not wedding dresses though!! The shoes came from the US.  My sister bought me a beautiful pair of Swarovski Crystal earrings and I paired them with a white pearl bracelet and flower in my hair.

My bridesmaids chose Review dresses to wear on the day and Edward and the groomsmen wore a Jeff Bank’s suit.

Hair & Makeup
Tamara Stokes did our makeup and she got it just right. Lovely lady as well she made us all feel very comfortable. My hairdresser (and friend) of over 12 years, was a guest at our wedding and she kindly offered to do our hair. I am very fussy about my hair, so it was good to have someone who knew me well!!!

The boys took care of themselves!

Celebrant – Wendy Edgeley

When we met Wendy, we instantly liked her and knew that our ceremony would be organised well and run smoothly. Wendy gave us allot of help planning the ceremony, which we thought, suited us perfectly.

Special touches

Bethan: my mum and dad both walked me down the isle and my sister was my maid of honor, so I had all of my family on the red carpet supporting me. In honour of everything that our mums have done for us over the years and of the important place that they hold in our hearts, we asked our mums to be the official witnesses to our marriage. It was nice to have them up there with us.

Edward: I am one of six children and all but one (Louisa had a new baby) of my siblings were involved in the ceremony. My brothers, Dom, Patrick and Tim,  were my groomsmen and my sister, Emilie, did a reading for us. I also had Dave, who I have been friends with since I was 6, as one of my groomsmen. My dad was so proud and happy that all of his children were involved in our ceremony.

Did everything go to plan?

Apart from the rain on the day, everything went perfectly to plan. On the wedding morning, Edward was at the property and he was left with the mammoth decision whether to risk the rain and hold the ceremony at our property, or, at last minute, re-direct our guests to Forest Hill for the ceremony. We were so lucky to have the help of our friends on the day who rallied together to buy umbrellas for our guests and a canopy for the wedding party to stand under.

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Memorable moments

Bethan: Other than the obvious (marrying Edward), one of my favourite moments was probably the night before the wedding, when I had dinner with my family (including my uncle who had travelled from the UK to attend the wedding) and best friend, that was pretty special for me. Walking down the isle to a song which perfectly depicted my feelings for Edward (Usher- Without You) was pretty special as well. The photos on the hay bales were also fun.

Edward: Other than watching Bethan walk down the isle towards me, I have two favourite moments. The first, was before our guests arrived at the property. It was perfectly quiet and peaceful and I was looking over the 60 empty white chairs and red isle carpet against the backdrop of beautiful Denmark. The second memorable moment was when the serenity was disrupted by the arrival of two buses carrying all of our friends and family. Watching their faces as they took in the scene was pretty special.

Favourite photos

Bethan:  I have two favourite photos, the first is one of my mum peeking through the canopy which we walked through to get to the  isle. She was so nervous and wanted to see what lay ahead of her. The second is one of our group photos on the hay-bale, where my sister is holding onto one of the groomsman’s ties, giving him some attitude.

Edward: One of my favourite photos is of my grandma getting off the bus. She was just so happy to see me.

The party
The reception was awesome, the speeches went off and the dance floor was pretty much packed for the whole night. We only had 58 guests and everyone seemed to get on like they had known each other for years. Both of our dads wept during their speeches which was pretty emotional for us and our guests!! Dan Sharp’s food was amazing, everyone commented on how good it was, and everyone got stuck into the wine. The staff at Forest Hill were fantastic and made the night perfect.

Enjoy the slideshow…

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