In South Australia, bride Casey and groom Clinton said their vows in front of 180 of closest friends and family. A modern wedding with classic details, this gorgeous couple had a wedding most of us only dream about.
My husband is really quite the manly man, rarely shows public affection… but clearly a closet romantic as you’ll soon learn. It was our 6-year anniversary – a Thursday – the 20th of December 2018. He’s a tradie and usually gets up before I do, so I heard him get up and about 10 minutes later he comes back into the bedroom and wakes me up to say happy anniversary and then proceeds to tell me that I’m not going to work then said I have an hour to get ready and pack an overnight bag.
He popped a blindfold on me and drove me around our town a bit and we ended up at our favorite cafe for breakfast. We went in and he was acting quite odd but told me we were going over to Kangaroo Island for the night. The weather was quite windy and Clint was freaking out, he said we have to fly there and our flight was going to be delayed – I kept asking him why he was so concerned, it wasn’t a big deal. We had time to kill so we went and saw some family and just hang out for a bit. He was on and off the phone nonstop though, eventually, he got a call to say it was time to go. The blindfold got put back on and he drove me to our private plane. He made me get in still blindfolded and little did I know, he was setting up cameras. We took off and he asked if I wanted to fly over my family farm to take some aerial photos for my parents for Christmas, I thought that was a lovely idea and agreed that Dad would love that.
We started getting closer and I was pointing out some of our landmarks to our pilot when I saw the huge words written in hay bales… MARRY ME CASEY. I was in shock and turned to Clint and there he was with a ring and asked me to marry him. It was the most amazing moment and even better, he filmed the whole thing and got a videographer to put it together from setting out the hay bales the week before to the moment we got engaged… I cry every time I watch it!
Finding the Perfect Martina Liana Wedding Dress
I had zero idea of what kind of dress I wanted, I went in with an open mind and was happy to try absolutely anything. I took my mum, my two sisters, my maid of honour and my niece came along too. The first dress store I went to I tried a variety of different styles and to be honest they all looked really great, but I’m really bad at making tough decisions so this was hard.
At the second store I went to, Jenny and Gerry’s Bridal Centre, the girls pulled out lots of different dresses for me to try and again, I had the same experience… No matter what the style, they all looked really lovely.. I had no idea what I was going to do. The owner of the store Jenny was walking past me while I had another dress on, she looked at me and said to my consultant, “Ooooh put her in the Martina Liana 1078, it will look great on her.”
I put the dress on and I immediately felt different to all of the other dresses. I felt nice in the others but I instantly felt amazing in this one. Everyone with me knew too that this would be the one. I didn’t want to take it off. I was in love and it really was meant to be – they only had it for that weekend! I had my alterations done at Jenny and Gerrys also and had the back lowered further which I loved; the whole team there did such an amazing job.
The Wedding Details
Our wedding was truly the most magical day, we wanted a modern classic – lots of whites and greenery. Our venue was Mount Lofty House and it was to die for – every inch of their grounds are breathtaking. We had our ceremony on their Piccadilly lawns which had the most magnificent view of the Adelaide Hills and had our reception in their Piccadilly Panorama room with floor to ceiling windows which again made the most of the view. We made a lot of our own decorations and it really paid off. We made our arbour and welcome sign stand from copper pipe and had it decorated with beautiful greenery and white flowers. We spent hours creating our invites and any stationary used on the day, my mum spent weeks refurbishing some gorgeous french doors which we all walked through to begin our walk down the aisle. So much of our work went into creating our perfect day and it really paid off. We both share the same values in that family and friends are so important and we loved the way this was incorporated into our ceremony by the amazing celebrant Amy Harrison. It was just perfect for us and really shared and showed who we are as a couple. It was the most perfect day with the most perfect weather and just after we shared our first kiss as husband and wife two planes flew over in the sky which everyone thought was pretty cool tying in with the proposal. We partied on into the night with everyone enjoying amazing food and drinks and we laughed and cried through speeches. We had the biggest smiles on our faces all day and loved every single minute of it.
I have so many special memories from the day – my maid of honour and my mum helping me get into my dress, my dad walking me down the aisle, seeing my husband for the first time (he had tears in his eyes, and so did I!). When I got to the end of the aisle, he grabbed my hands and told me how beautiful I looked and said that dress was amazing. Another absolute stand out was during the ceremony our celebrant asked us both to look out at everyone for a minute or so and it was magic looking at our 180 guests made up of our beautiful families and friends – I loved that moment so much. Saying our vows to each other was so special too, I honestly can’t pick just one moment – our whole day was absolutely magic.
Photos by Kylie South Photography