TIFFANY + BEN
HOW THEY MET: Whilst both living on campus at Newcastle University, the idea of a group road trip meant more than just fun and adventure for these two! A last minute seat exchange meant Tiffany conveniently wound up in Ben’s car, “I was in the back seat of a car with people I did not know,” laughs Tiffany. With a shared love of music and a sense of humour right on par the two hit it off immediately, singing ‘Let it rock’ in perfect sync from the back seat. This memorable car ride led to an undeniable chemistry and Tiffany explains, “After several more social gatherings together we became close friends, watching movies every night and sharing in college dinners…It was no secret to anyone that the sparks were flying!”
Wanting to do something different we decided to have a destination wedding. One night whilst watching television we saw the ‘Be Consumed’ advertisement for the Barossa Valley. We have always loved cheese and wine; Ben introduced me to wine with the understanding that, ‘You can never go past a Barossa shiraz’. Always wanting to go, we journeyed down to peruse wedding venues, and instantly found a second home.
During one of our tours of Seppeltsfield, we stumbled across this absolutely gorgeous pathway surrounded by trees. It was simply magic; we fell in love straight away. The beautiful Elm Walkway was our ceremony location. The late autumn shades were still present in mid-June, and the overcast day brought out amazing colour in the leaves offering natural rustic beauty. Seppeltsfield was a complete package; it had everything we wanted including a reception location ensuring convenience for our guests.
THE STYLE: With splashes of ‘Tiffany blue’ and a spectrum of greys this colour palette is sure to inspire those couples exchanging vows in the cooler Barossa months. Soft-to-touch fur coats drape the shoulders of the woman in white and her lavish ladies in waiting offering a formal flair to a vineyard setting. Handcrafted paper posies are a unique alternative to a wedding bouquet and complete the eclectic rural styling.
I purchased a ‘mermaid’ style lace dress. It was beautifully fitted with a low back and lace cap sleeves. I wanted a timeless vintage look that effortlessly complemented pearls. I felt very classic and elegant putting on my dress that day. There was something very 1920’s glam about ‘dolling up’ in lace and pearls. The bridesmaids and I dyed our shoes ‘Tiffany blue’ to match the wedding theme and colour.
The wonderful team at La Bella Sposa styled my hair. I was looking for an upstyle style with a braid incorporated; they put in so much detail and executed it brilliantly. With makeup I was looking for something vintage and natural with bold lips. I love red and dark lipsticks and we worked together so well to create my perfect look. Continuing with the vintage style, La Bella Sposa also styled my bridesmaids’ hair and makeup with beautiful curls, volume and classic cat flicks on the eyes.
We had a gorgeous white chocolate and raspberry cake, which we actually spotted at the Barossa Wedding Expo and decided we must have it. It was love at first bite! I arranged the bouquets using origami kusudama flowers. My sister actually showed me how to make them, and my lovely bridesmaids assisted me with the folding, gluing and arranging. Ben and I decorated the tables with our own centrepieces, lanterns, rose petals and black gemstones. On each table we incorporated the wine theme by placing name cards in cut out corks, and also perched a picture of each of the houses Ben and I had lived in together with a little ‘background story’ about each of them. Each guest also received an ‘eye spy’ scavenger hunt card. Ben and I incorporated a lot of DIY and customisation to bring a truly personal touch to the wedding. We had a magical time and our guests of all ages were blown away by the experience. It was raining up until a few short hours before the ceremony. The atmosphere, the food and the colours… it will stay with us forever.
We used the Seppeltsfield grounds for our photo locations including The Distillery, the Seppeltsfield car, the Elm Walkway and their beautiful vineyards, which were a gorgeous yellow colour against the greenery. After deciding on the Barossa Valley for our wedding we relied very heavily on the Barossa Bride website and travelled down especially for the Barossa Wedding Expo. Planning a wedding from a different state can seem challenging however it was made easy with the assistance of the Barossa Bride Magazine website directory and Facebook page.
After a short stay in the Barossa Valley as husband and wife, we drove back to Sydney to hop on a plane to New Zealand for our honeymoon. My biggest piece of advice would be to go to the Barossa Wedding Expo; it is wonderful for showcasing the businesses and personalities of the vendors and the Barossa. Everyone is happy to help interstate, and the locals were very welcoming while we were there.
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