Megan & Digby
When it comes to The Sparkle Issue, while we love the blindingly glittery weddings, we’re also fond of those with a little subtle shimmer. And today for Megan & Digby’s family-filled big day, we got exactly that, Megan donning a stunning white sparkly gown and she wed her beloved Digby overlooking Megan’s family farm in Esperance. The wide-open plains playing host to their country wedding, which included a cocktail reception in one of the onsite sheds. Megan laughing “We wanted our wedding to be a little bit country, relaxed vibe. It felt like a good ‘shed party’.”
It makes sense that this day was family and friend-filled, after all, that community, was what led these two to meet, tells Megan. “We have been family friends forever but it was the summer of 2012 that we started to spend more time together and our relationship grew from just friends. Digby was a good friend of my two brothers, so we initially met up in secret but it didn’t take long before we knew this might be a bit more than just friends”. Beautiful Broome setting the scene for the proposal. “Digby proposed to me in Broome, on Cable Beach watching the sunset go down and having takeaway fish and chips.”
“I went to three different places and Karen Willis Holmes was by far the best experience and nicest dresses” remembers Megan of her gown shopping experience. “We had to book and we had our own fitting room which was lovely to be in, with large mirrors and very comfortable. I had my bridesmaid and a good friend with me. Also had my 3-month-old baby and my bridesmaid’s 3 month old. They were very accommodating and made us feel right at home.
I was not thinking I would choose a full sequin dress but once I tried it on I fell in love with it. It was a reasonably good price compared to all the other dresses that I tried on that day”.
Digby and his groomsmen wore suits from Roger David. “We just wanted nicely fitting, dark grey suits. It was a very easy decision for them to choose these suits” explains the bride.
Megan and Digby chose to meet before their ceremony for a first look, a delight that as captured by their photography team, of which the pair cannot speak highly enough. “We could not have asked for a better couple to photograph our wedding. Freedom and Damien were so cruise-y and made us feel so comfortable. We entrusted them as the professional photographers because we didn’t know what we really wanted so they took the lead and it worked out perfectly. All the photos are absolutely perfect”
The Floral Folk Co styled the blooms for the day. Megan remarking “One of my good friends has her own florist business in Albany, WA so that was a very easy decision for me. I didn’t really know what type of flowers I wanted. I told her I wanted native flowers like proteas, but she convinced me to go a bit more fancy, which I’m so glad I did. I let her decide on the flowers and she did an amazing job.”
The rolling hills of Esperance were the backdrop for this day. “We got married on one of my family’s farm blocks 10km out of Esperance” explains the bride. “We chose this venue as there are not many venues for weddings in Esperance and it helped that the venue would be free. So this helped with the cost of our wedding. Our block has a large shed on the top of the hill with beautiful views so it was perfect.”
The bride walked down the aisle to a rendition of Bright Eyes “First Day Of My Life” with her father, She shares “My cousin Kyron Smithson sang me down the aisle, which felt very special. I walked down with my Dad. I also had my best friend as my maid of honour and my two brothers as ‘bridesmen’. I also had my niece and my MOH’s daughter as my flower girls.”
The couple opted for a short ceremony, officiated by Bianca Thomson, Megan sharing “We wanted our ceremony to be nice and simple. We didn’t want it to go for longer than 20- 30 minutes as we felt there was no need to drag it on.”
Guests celebrated together in a tin shed with a cocktail reception, shares the bride. “We set up the venue all by ourselves, except for flowers and food. As the venue was at the shed on the family farm we cleaned it all up and set up with the help of our family and friends. It took a long time to set the shed up as we needed to move out all the machinery and give it a full clean down.”
These two? They made sure to include their nine-month-old but made sure to spend time alone too, shares Megan, “I absolutely love the photos in the late evening in the paddock with our son. I have to admit my favourite detail of the day was sending our son back home to our babysitter so I could then completely relax and enjoy the night. I also loved our first dance.”
As the sun set, the newlyweds took to the dance floor to David Gray’s “Slow Motion”. Megan sharing “The first dance felt very special/ emotional for me. I absolutely loved the wedding song we chose. We didn’t rehearse our dance at all and just went with the flow!”
A big congratulations to the newlyweds! Thank you for sharing your beautiful day with us. Thank you also to Freedom Garvey-Warr for sharing today’s stunning celebration