It was a double celebration for Melbourne couple Katharine Smith, 27 and Adrian Woods, 30, who wed in spectacular fashion on December 31, 2012 – New Year’s Eve.
Their bush wedding was held in country Victoria at Kirwans Bridge Winery, Nagambie, and at 10pm, the town was treated to a brilliant fireworks display – right over the Nagambie lakes, in full view of the wedding reception. But as far as Katharine and Adrian and their 125 guests were concerned, the show was just for them, marking a dazzling start to the couple’s marriage.
Adrian’s proposal a year earlier was just as memorable for Katharine. She tells, “Adrian surprised me at our favourite park. He knew how much I loved our walks there so one Sunday he made us walk to the top of the highest hill and there I found rose petals leading down to a picnic rug, complete with a bottle of Moet, and a beautiful brunch. While I was trying to see who had set it up for him, I turned around and found Adrian on one knee with the most stunning ring I had ever seen, and he asked me to marry him! Obviously I cried, and said yes! It was beautiful.”
Katharine chose the pale pink 50s inspired Azzure gown by Melbourne couturiers, Baccini & Hill. “It was so was not the dress I thought I’d choose,” says the bride.
Retired dressmaker, Claire Collins – who is also the grandmother of one Katharine’s bridesmaids – made the girls’ dusty pink Dupion silk knee-length dresses. “Each dress had a different neckline to suit the girls’ different personalities,” says Katharine. “I was really keen not to put them in something they hated.”
Adrian and his three groomsmen were dressed by Prinzi Collections in charcoal three-piece lounge suits.
The bride’s party – including Katharine’s mum who walked her down the multi-coloured rose petal aisle – arrived retro-style in a sky-blue Kombi from Kombi Love.
Although her heart was set on peonies (they were having a bad season), Katharine went with Rivergum Florist’s suggestion of natives to complement her bush setting. “We arranged it last minute over the phone. I didn’t have any idea what they would look like. When she walked in with the flowers I had a tear in my eye – they were the most beautiful thing.”
The bride says, “The proposal was pretty special but we knew we didn’t want to be apart pretty early on when I went to the US for 40 days without him. While the time we had apart was awful, it was also pretty special because we realised then we were meant to be together.”
Cioccolata Bella created a feminine pink and ivory three-tier wedding cake – two tiers of white chocolate raspberry mud and one tier of white chocolate limoncello mud – topped with roses and baby’s breath.
Katharine’s short but helpful advice to other brides-to-be (particularly if organising a wedding so close to Christmas): “Stress and run around early and you’ll enjoy your day later!”
Photos courtesy of Kate Deagan – Studio K8.
Bomboniere: Etsy / Brides Accessories: Etsy / Brides Gown: Baccini & Hill / Brides Shoes: Diana Ferrari / Bridesmaids Accessories: Etsy / Bridesmaids Dresses: Bridesmaid's grandmother / Celebrant: Suzy Phillips-Limon / Ceremony Music: Buray - Acoustic Ceremony / Entertainment: Dan Weller - Dwel DJ / Flowers: Rivergum Florist - Seymour / Gift Registry: Myer Gift Registry / Grooms Attire: Prinzi Collections / Grooms Shoes: Aquilla / Groomsmen Attire: Prinzi Collections / Hair: Corinne Jones Hair & Makeup Design / Invitations: Invitation Tea Towels / Makeup: Corinne Jones Hair & Makeup Design / Photobooth: InTheBooth / Rings: Canturi, Tungsten / Transport: Kombi Love / Venue: Kirwans Bridge Winery (formerly Nagambi Lakes Reception) / Venue Decor: Shepp Hire / Videographer: Cinema Weddings / Wedding Night Venue: Comfort Inn Nagambie