Adelaide + Nat

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Adelaide and Nat are one special couple, who can both appreciate the love of food, travel and a little dry humour. We interviewed Adelaide to share a bit about her and Nat’s love story… and a wee bit about their wedding shenanigans!

Can you tell us about the proposal?

Nat proposed at our family property in the middle of a paddock under a big old gum tree from which he had hung glass bauble lanterns lit by candles. I thought I was walking over to a shed to help Nat retrieve something until I saw the beautiful tree lit up.

He had found an old timber crate out the back of a shed to put an ice bucket and bottle of champagne in it. He forgot to bring out the ring until after the actual proposal. Nat’s parents were (conveniently) staying at the farm for the weekend and after the proposal the six of us drank champagne in the middle of the paddock under the stars and celebrated.

How did you know your partner was the one?

Very early in our relationship Nat took a paper cut out of my foot to Canada to bring me home a perfectly fitting pair of cowboy boots. There was no question after this.

What do you love most about your partner?

Nat is passionate, intelligent and honest. In many ways we are different as I am more measured and straight. Diversity ensures there are no dull moments, however fundamentally we share the same values of love and respect for family and friends, for travel, eating, and a particularly dry sense of humour.

What was the most memorable part of your wedding day?

While far from unique, the most special and important thing was to have all our family and friends in the one place that meant so much to us. There was never a question that we would have the wedding at my parent’s property.

We were so excited to have the whole wedding at one location where the celebrations began as soon as people arrived, there was no break or travelling between the ceremony and reception, and where there was no set home time. The property is a long way from major cities so it meant a lot of travelling for many of our guests. It was important to make the day a relaxed, welcoming and exciting country weekend getaway for those travelling, but also those close by.

We also prepared a guest book which we titled ‘The Social Pages’ and which included a short humorous blurb of each of our guests. It was a wonderful conversation starter for people who didn’t know one another and a great laugh for those who did.

How would you describe your overall wedding theme?

We kept the ceremony very natural in the lovely setting of my parent’s garden. By the very nature of the location of the wedding on a farm in the middle of March, there was an authentic rustic feel with the reception being in a large corrugated iron machinery shed. We softened the shed with fresh white and natural linen, gold candle votives, warm festoon lighting and an abundance of silver green foliage which was all gathered form around the farm and my parents garden. We wanted to create a setting that reflected and complimented the rural country landscape of the property in an elegant way, and we were so pleased with the result.

There was so much DIY – We had a very clear idea of the theme and style we were after and all the styling and setting up and was done with the assistance of wonderful friends and family! My fabulous dad and brother lined the shed with lighting, cut stumps of timber for flowers to sit on at the ceremony, platters to sit on the table and to hold table numbers, made table numbers from stencils out of the wool shed and collected interesting pieces of old farm machinery for decorations. My beyond amazing bridesmaids put together all the flower and foliage arrangements with their spectacular old wooden ladders of gum and roses hanging from the roof being centre pieces. My mum and I made gum garlands for the table over a bottle of wine the night before the wedding and mum made our wedding cake!

Did you follow all of the usual wedding traditions on the day, or did you create your own?

The formalities were largely traditional, but with our own personal additions.

Any advice for future couples getting married?

Embarking on a wedding at a property which involves lots of DIY is a lot of work, however it was worth it to create a unique setting for a great party. Be organised, accept help from those who offer and enjoy the food and dancing!

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