“I was worried that it wouldn’t rain” … said no bride ever.
Except if you’re Holly Carter of South Australia. Her belief in the superstition that rain on your wedding day leads to good luck and marriage longevity had her wishing for a wet winter wedding.
The Universe delivered.
It was a prayer granted after a personal ordeal for the 21-year-old bride. She tells: “Jamie [Wall, 25] and I met when I was going through chemotherapy treatment. He was such a sweetheart; he didn’t mind that I had no hair, that I was sick, or what I looked like. He liked me for me.”
“When he asked me to be his girlfriend I knew he was the one.”
Four years later, on July 5, 2014 and before 100-odd guests including five bridesmaids and five groomsmen, the pair wed in the beautiful Barossa Valley.
Cold winds forced the outdoor ceremony into the cellar door of Murray Street Vineyard where the warm and cosy nuptials began followed by fun photos in the welcomed rain.
Styling featured elegant soft pinks and greys, rose and baby’s breath bouquets and, in an interesting twist – Minis.
Jamie’s passion for the classic Mini since childhood was proudly represented with not one, but six of the petite vehicles unveiled on the day.
To the delight and surprise of guests, “our bridal party danced their way [into the reception] down one side and we drove in the other!” says Holly. “Our Mini sat next to the bridal table all night!”
The bridal party’s grey hoodies were ‘stamped’ using printable iron-on transfers.
The ceremony was “warm and romantic,” describes the bride.
Holly is now the proud new owner of her very own Mini after the pair drove home in one they purchased in Sydney after the wedding.
“Our reception was our own little fairyland with loads of fairy lights, candles and lanterns,” says Holly.
Bomboniere: DIY / Brides Accessories: Lovisa / Brides Gown: Jenny & Gerry's / Brides Shoes: The Shoe Shed / Bridesmaids Accessories: Lovisa / Bridesmaids Dresses: Jen Jen House / Cake: Mocking Bird Cakes / Caterer: Appellation / Celebrant: Robyn Dennard / Flowergirl Dress: Etsy / Flowers: Miss Maggies Flowers / Gift Registry: Wishing well / Grooms Attire: Ed Harry's / Grooms Shoes: Ed Harry's / Groomsmen Attire: Ed Harry's / Groomsmen Shoes: Ed Harry's / Hair: Sarah Craker Weddings / Honeymoon: Europe / Invitations: Paper Flourish / Makeup: Sarah Craker Weddings / Photographer: Devine Photography / Rings: Zamels, Shiels / Transport: Minis / Venue: Murray Street Vineyards, Barossa Valley / Venue Decor: DIY, EZ Event Hire / Videographer: Adelaide Wedding Videos / Wedding Night Venue: The Louise