A Rustic Country Style Perth Wedding
When Anthony and Alana contacted us to provide ice pops and bar service for their Easter wedding we couldn’t refuse a trip down to the stunning Lower Chittering Valley in Western Australia.
Weddings have to be one of our favourite events to work at – they are so intimate, relaxed and full of love. Anthony and Alana’s wedding was no exception.
The happy couple officially started dating in January 2013, having previously met back in August 2002 on the Gold Coast.
“Neither of us remember our first meeting.” said Anthony. There is a photo of us together in 2002 that was only recently shown to both of us.”
Over ten years later they met again at a mutual friends social Sunday gathering at the Beach Hotel in Port Melbourne – which was when the chemistry started.
Having hit it off so well, a couple of years later Anthony was ready to pop the big question.
“I proposed to Alana in Paris, on the Pont de Arts bridge at 11pm as the Eiffel Tower sparkled.”
According to Alana, Anthony is not a traditional romantic. “He really pulled it out of the bag to make the proposal extra special for me”.
Anthony: We decided to get married on Alana’s father’s property Moondyne Country Convention Centre in the stunning Lower Chittering Valley, Western Australia. We wanted a rustic country style wedding and the venue was perfect.
Alana: We had spent Easter there in 2013 and loved the burnt and rural Australian countryside. When we first threw our wedding ideas on the table we both agreed we wanted the wedding to reflect us. An outdoor, rustic, country, three day festival.
Anthony: It was a place we both loved. The trees, the valley views, the dry yellowish brown grass, the Kangaroos. It was a place big enough to fit 83 of us for the long weekend. I’m the last of 10 with over 40 nieces and nephews, so it was a perfect place for us all to relax.
Alana: Bringing 50 members of the Uechtritz clan together in one venue was a great way to unite our families. We got to fill the weekend with some really cool activities.
We had Human Rhythms welcome our 80 guests Friday night. Yoga and clay pigeon shooting on Saturday morning. Kids swam and played hide and seek. We did an easter egg hunt after breakfast on Sunday morning.
It was a magnificent place to spend our festive weekend together, even if it did rain.
Alana: When I found my perfect dress I didn’t cry or think ‘this is the one’, but I definitely knew it was the one I wanted.
I had left the dress quite late, so I was on a mission. With less than three months to go I was getting stressed. There was nothing taking my fancy.
Two separate girlfriends told me to go and look in Rachel Gilbert and although her dresses are mostly sequins she had this one dress – The Savannah Gown – that was all lace with a high neckline. That was what I was after. Not too sexy, not too nana. It was just right.
Flowers Make-Up & Photography
Alana: I ordered the flowers myself from Everbloom in Leederville then my mum and aunty did some magic with them. I was blown away with the outcome. I thought my flowers were just breathtaking.
The makeup artist I originally booked didn’t show up but she sent someone in her place. She was lovely and I was really happy with my makeup. I don’t even know her name or number to thank her.
Maz from Life Photography was just awesome. I saw her advert in Hello May and instantly wanted her to shoot our day. She was out of our price range so I kind of felt disheartened looking for an alternative. Anthony was very cute and made contact with her. He booked her as a surprise for me.
Maz was great on the day, very excited about the rain and came dressed in gumboots. We had quite an adventure going off to get our photos taken amongst the giant boulders on dads property.
Last Minute Nerves
Alana: Strangely, I didn’t get last minute nerves. I felt so calm and peaceful. Eerily relaxed. I did get butterflies as we got in the car to travel the three minutes to the ceremony, so I just took a moment to enjoy that feeling. When I saw what the boys had done with the marquee I absolutely beamed! It looked magical and I was in heaven looking about at all the faces I love.
When I finally got phone reception the next day I received the most beautiful message from Anthony that he had text me as he waited for me to arrive.
Anthony: Although I was absolutely exhausted I found a new bank of energy. I was very excited. I felt ready.
Seeing Alana walk down the aisle was like I was in a love story with the most beautiful girl who is kind, caring and everyone adores. It was like floating in the clouds – a magical moment.
I felt this overwhelming sense of comfort. I have never been so sure of anything.
Alana: I can definitely say the wedding was not what I imagined. Much of it did not go to plan.
Anthony came to me in the morning saying we needed to make a call about where we would move our ceremony to – because of the rain. He had been watching the satellite and it didn’t look like it was going to clear.
I watched my beautiful friend and nephew Pete build the wedding arch. Then take it down and put it up again in a different spot, just in case we got a break in the rain. I was filled with love and gratitude for him.
Of course, seeing Anthony’s delicious face the moment I stepped on to the aisle was the best feeling. During the ceremony I looked into the crowd and saw my friend Jane sobbing. I had to quickly glance away so I didn’t join her.
The speeches were also something I will cherish. My dad’s loving but nervous speech and the letter mum read from my absent 92-year-old nana. My stepsons heartfelt, humorous and tear jerking speech. My mother-in-laws welcome to the family and the thought of Anthony’s dad Alf watching over us all.
Anthony: Alana planned everything to a tee – she had OCD!
We had not considered a wet weather plan as the chance of rain for that time of year was very low. We also thought if it did rain the worse would be a passing shower which would be ok.
Well it rained, we had no contingency plan so the morning of the wedding everything changed. We moved the ceremony which had its own location into the marquee – the same location as the reception. Alana had no idea how we had set up for the reception as it all happened while she was getting ready.
Our photographer loved the weather, she couldn’t contain her excitement as we tromped around the property for our photos in the rain.
It turned out really well, the weather didn’t dampen the celebrations one bit. A fun filled day with family, friends… And rain.
Wedding Traditions & Superstitions
Alana: My dad walked me down the aisle. We had flower girls and ring bearers. We had a reading, cut the cake, did a first dance. Gee, what traditions didn’t we adhere to?
We slept in the same cabin and woke up together on our wedding day. That was a tradition I was happy to break. Anthony and I spend so much time apart because of his work, so I felt we had plenty of credit here.
Anthony: We hadn’t planned on a first dance because every time Alana brought it up i’d be silly with some dance moves. She was afraid I’d do the same on the night.
It turned out that my niece’s husband surprised us by performing his song ‘When You Say Nothing At All‘ for our first dance which was pretty special. Oh, and I didn’t pull any silly moves.
Alana: I handmade all the bunting. Due to the rain it sadly didn’t get to hang in all its glory, but I did admire it throughout the night and it made me smile.
We had a branch we found on the property which we covered in ‘Happily Made Monkeys’ – each with a guests name attached to them. This is a project that brings Cambodian village women’s crafts to the café’s and gift stores of Australia.
I bought vintage skipping ropes for the children to play with after the ceremony.
My nephews used dead trees from the property to put up the festoon lighting. God, it looked amazing.
Our food truck caterer Soul Provider were awesome. I cannot recommend Vital and his team higher. Everyone raved about the food so we couldn’t have got that one more right.
Delish Ice & Hoffman Mobile Bar
We were going for a ‘country fair’ style wedding, so Hoffman fitted the theme perfectly. Surprisingly, they were the most competitive too which really helps when there are so many other expenses to consider. The ice pops were a nice touch too.
Katie went above and beyond for us, which was really appreciated. She even went out and bought the ingredients for our chosen cocktail because I ran out of time due to the weather changing our plans. The cocktail was so good too, such a hit.
A Few Thank You’s
Anthony and Alana would like to thank (and recommend) the stand-out vendors who helped make their day extra special.
Not only did these guys provide the catering for the wedding they catered for the whole weekend too – breakfasts, lunches and dinners from Friday to Sunday. Vitals food was a hit, our guests are still talking about how good it was. We all tried to get him to stay for an extra day but he couldn’t due to a prior commitment.
For more information visit soulprovider.com.au
Maz our wonderful, excitable, bubbly photographer was so much fun. She certainly helped make our day in the rain a fun experience. We couldn’t be happier with the photos, they are awesome. Getting a good photographer is a must for a wedding.
For more information visit lifephotography.net.au
Her Hand Picked Harvest
They were so helpful and willing to go the extra mile to help us. Their selection of eclectic furniture props were extensive. A one stop shop for everything. I would highly recommend them.
For more information visit herhandpickedharvest.com.au