Peta & Marko

Hiring out a farm for a weekend wedding sounds almost decadent, a little piece of the world that is yours for this incredible occasion. It’s  a beautiful way to marry- everybody pitching in and turning a little piece of the world into a wedding that is yours and that’s exactly what Peta and Marko did when they chose Yarramalong Valley Farmstay  on the NSW central coast for their wedding.

Peta and Marko’s photographer was Lisa Lent who captured plenty of handmade details and moments on the wedding day. The couple also hired Girl Friday Weddings to coordinate their wedding.

The wedding was filled with handmade details- especially made by Peta’s mother! Peta, a graphic designer (and new owner of wedding business Don’t Forget The Details, designed the invitations and wedding stationery herself.

Peta’s wedding gown was made by her mother, She wore coloured shoes from Zu and Gai Hyde Flowers created the wedding bouquets.

Peta walked down the aisle to a beautiful song, she explains “It was “Sweetest Kiss” by Vince Freeman. Marko found the song online while researching amps and called me and said I have just found our wedding song so I found it on Youtube, and loved it instantly! This all happened about 2 weeks before the wedding! So it wasn’t “our song” or anything. I couldn’t get a hold of the song so I emailed Vince and he replied instantly with a few versions for us to use! This just made it all the more special for us and totally represented the whole theme of the day which was all about sharing our love!”

Not only did Peta’s mother make Peta’s wedding gown, she also whipped up a pink strapless gown for Peta’s bridesmaid. John Scanlon performed the ceremony.

The entire wedding was held at Yarramalong Valley Farmstay. Peta remarks “The venue was amazing. We wanted something that had a casual homely feel. We met Briony when we viewed the property and we instantly knew it would be perfect! It was a farmstay house, with acres and acres of land and the view over the valley was amazing. We had the venue for the weekend, and it was a place where we could hold both the ceremony and reception and we could make the day longer as people didn’t have to leave so they could also enjoy the surroundings. It was an out door marquee wedding, we had the house to get ready in so it just felt like being at home! And our guests felt the same.”

Peta describes the wedding as “A mix of both of us, rustic, eclectic, romantic, homely and one big get together. My husband’s family is Serbian so we had lots of traditional dancing and music too!”

Peta’s mother decorated the reception with flowers bunched into recycled glass vases. Peta’s mother even made the cake!

The open paddocks proved to be a perfect dance floor. Peta explains “One story was when we did the kolo – tradition Serbian dance. Nearly everyone got involved and we covered the paddock in a huge circle! It was so great to see  and was LOTS of fun!”

Peta notes, “There were a few special details, pom poms, hanging hearts, signs and hanging vases were all made by my mum and dad.  Menus and advice cards were made by me. The gifts were handmade cookies by my closest friend,  my dress made by my mum… There was something of everyone in everything! Oh, plus my red shoes!”

The first dance was simple and sweet. Peta remembers “Well, we danced to Santana’s “Why don’t you and I”. This song has meaning to us so it seemed perfect for us to celebrate it this way. Anyone who knew us in the beginning knew the meaning of the song too! We are both shy people so it wasn’t long before we got people up dancing with us!”

Congratulations Peta and Marko! Thank you for sharing your wedding day on Polka Dot Bride! Thank you also to Lisa Lent  for today’s images!