by Louise Manning
17th April 2020
Best friends in school and now for life.
From the moment Mark and Alison stepped into our office, we could not wait for their wedding to come around. Throughout all of our meetings, Mark had us in stitches with his quick wit! They came to us with a lot of their planning done but in need of some help styling and added support on day.
We knew this was going to be a special wedding when Mark and Alison told us they have known each other for almost their entire lives childhood sweethearts to say the least. Their first memory of their interaction is when Ali tripped in the school yard and Mark ran up to help her to the first aid office. Though Ali sharply responded with “I can do it myself”, Mark didn’t leave her side until he knew she got there okay. Their friendship quickly grew, and they have stayed best friends ever since.
Their wedding chosen venue was the idyllic Starline Alpaca Farmstay! They had amazing line up of suppliers, some of whom were good friends of the couple. Madeleine Styling did the girl’s hair, April Harvey Makeup made the girls look absolutely flawless, Morelife Films and Breathing Light Photography captured all the heartfelt moments of the day, Ashton Blue Creations did an amazing job on the wedding signage, celebrant was the lovely Jules Amidy, The Event Master decking out the venue with their amazing cocktail furniture and Ivy Lane Florist creating the Ali’s ‘perfect arrangements’, suits were from Rundle Tailoring & bridal gown was from The Bridal Outlet.
We experienced on and off rain all day and waited as long as we could before deciding if we were going to stick with the outdoor ceremony or move it under cover. We were an hour out from expecting guests, and the decision was made to risk the rain! Down by the willowing tree, with a gorgeous floral arrangement, Weddings by Jules held a personal ceremony which truly showed the love Mark and Ali have for each other. Just before they shared their vows, it started sprinkling with rain which proceeded to get heavier. This didn’t phase them at all and stayed in the rain until everything was said and done.
As soon as Mark and Ali were announced as husband and wife, everyone ran up to the hall to be greeted with an amazing grazing board by Get Grazey and on-tap beers provided by Maltnhops and served by Eventfully bar tending. Whilst everyone tucked in, the bridal party went off for photos, popping champagne, going down to the damn and hanging out with the alpacas.
The reception was full of life, laughter and eating the oh-so delicious food made by the Newy Burger Co. and watching Ali get a few runs of cricket in her wedding dress. We took some time for speeches by both dads and Best Man who reflected on their memories with the newlyweds, the Maid of Honour, Sarah, shared hilarious anecdotes from their childhood together, and the man-of-the-hour Mark who praised his friends, family but most importantly his gorgeous bride. The reception was complimented with DJ services from dynamic DJ’s. After speeches the guest all indulged in burgers and chips for dinner which gave everyone the energy to keep partying on until all hours of the night.
We loved working with Mark and Ali! Their calm, friendly nature and pure love they have for each other reminded us why we are so lucky to be in this industry and share our couple’s special life moments. Thank you Mark and Ali for allowing us to be a part of your day, we wish you both continued love and happiness together!