Ellen and Simon – The Celebration

by | Australia - New South Wales, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Do you feel like you’d love to be a guest at today’s wedding? It has such a glorious intimate feel to it and so many beautiful details. I can almost smell that smell of the earth on a hot summer’s day when I look at Ellen and Simon’s wedding photos!


The terrace was covered with two marquees for the reception (Hired from Kennards Event Hire in Bowral). Ellen and Simon wanted to create a cosy old fashioned feel. They borrowed furniture and hired the essentials to create a mismatched feel. Low Flying Duck Caterers from Nowra provided the food, using the farmhouse to cook and prepare the feast.

Guests were served Spanish tapas as the entree and enjoyed a picnic style main course. Dessert was Milawa Cheese and wedding cake (created by Vonny Muller and Lynn Spears of Nowra). Ellen and Simon served wines from North East Victoria (Rutherglen and King Valley regions) as a nod to where Simon grew up.


Ellen and Simon hired the Trocodero Dance Orchestra, a seven piece swing band for the reception and  DJ Al Erskine to keep guests on the dance floor after dark.

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Ellen says “We chose as much 1930’s imagery as possible to create the overall design; old cake trays, fabrics, crystal wear and furniture”

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Ellen and Simon did their first dance to “You’re the Cream In My Coffee” Ellen says “Because we didn’t want everything to be too serious. It’s a charming and slightly silly 30’s swing song. We did three lessons in Melbourne in the month before, but ended up so tired and happy that we just did our own version.”



The speeches were one of Ellen’s favourite parts of the day. “We had some wonderful speeches; it was a very relaxed format and we had uncles, aunts, friends and siblings making great  speeches for about an hour. One was a fantastic wacky poem which really finished the night well, then we had fireworks, which a couple of friends set up (in their best clothes, ) on the pier on the lake at sunset. It was a total surprise to us, which was great after so much organising”.

Thank you to Ellen and Simon for sharing your beautiful, heartfelt wedding day with us! Thank you also to Hanna Hosking of Hang Studio for allowing us to share the photos today!

Photos by Hanna Hosking of Hang Studio


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  • Janet - Limousine hire Melbourne says:
    February 25, 2010 at 7:53 am

    How much do fireworks cost roughly? They are such a great finishing touch.

  • Ellen says:
    October 19, 2010 at 8:38 am

    Fireworks were from Canberra: we got a friend to buy them on the queens birthday weekend. A few hundred dollars will get you a lot of bang. But i think you’d need a license for any public location…

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