You know how much we’re fans of romance and for Jasmin and Matthew, this winery wedding story, in honour of The Winery Issue, seems the perfect way to spend a Thursday. With In The Mood For Love – Jaz Anderson behind the camera, it was a vision set in motion thanks to the beautiful Adelaide Hills vineyard setting, and of course, a clear Autumnal day. “We wanted the atmosphere to be romantic, fun, and relaxed so that everyone could have a great time celebrating with us” explains bride Jasmin.
Soft pink roses, a delicate lace gown, and a ceremony under the dappled shade in the most magnificent garden, all added to that beautiful winery wedding vibe, and the romantic, pastel dream that these two wanted so much for their day.
But before we get into the pretty, we need to set the scene; Jasmin and Matthew’s paths first crossed at work. Jasmin fills us in, “It was the end of 2011, I had started 3 months work experience where Matthew was working his first grad job out of Uni, both having studied the same degree – just a year apart. We were part of a group that would lunch together a few times a week, and we got to know each other better over that time. There was an instant connection and we eventually started dating and have never looked back.”
It was eight years later that Matthew decided to ask Jasmin to marry him. “After more than 8 years together, it was a 4-day getaway to Kangaroo Island when we became engaged. Matthew had been thinking about proposing for a while but hadn’t found the perfect time or place. He bought a ‘proposal ring’ from Tiffany & Co because he didn’t trust himself to buy the real deal without me helping.
Matt popped in on my parents just before the trip, to let them know what he was planning. We had lunch booked at KI’s beautiful Dudley Wines, and Matt suggested a walk along the beach before lunch. Under the guise of “hey Jas.. just walk ahead and I’ll take a photo of you on the beach”, instead Matt got down on bended knee, called out my name and when I turned around, he asked me to marry him. There were instant tears and the answer was ‘Yes”. I still wear my ‘proposal ring’, as well the stunning engagement ring we made together.”
Jasmin opted for a full lace wedding gown, finding her beautiful Erin Clare Bridal dress at Imagine Bridal Lounge. “I had a wonderful day dress shopping with my mum and sister (MOH). I chose an off-the-rack Erin Clare Bridal gown that I purchased from Imagine Bridal Lounge in Adelaide. I knew that I loved the Erin Clare collection and when Lizzie from Imagine Bridal pulled the Sammi gown out from her sale cupboard, I fell in love with it. It was the only gown that made me feel emotional when imagining Matt seeing me in the dress. Jodee from The Fitting Room did a wonderful job of the alterations for me and made a beautiful simple veil to go with my dress. I loved my dress and how it made me feel so special and beautiful on the day.
My shoes were the Emily style from Panache. I found it hard to find some that were ivory satin and also plain, but as soon as I came across the Emily-style shoes I knew they would compliment my dress perfectly. I wore the Graduating Pearl Hoop Earrings from Natasha Schweitzer.”
Jasmin added special, sentimental pieces to complete her look. “We wanted to include my nanna who is no longer with us, so my mum attached my nanna’s wedding ring on a blue bow to the inside of my wedding dress. I also had a charm with her photo that was attached to my bouquet. I also wore my mum’s small pearl stud earrings that she wore on her wedding day, which was special.” One of Jasmin’s favourite parts of the day? “Having the first look with my dad. It was very emotional and such a nice feeling. I love the photos we have from that moment that Jaz took.”
The groom wore blue! Jasmin telling “Matt has always liked blue suits and we wanted a lighter blue to suit the vintage/pastel theme of the wedding. We found the perfect suit at Calibre and absolutely loved their watercolour regular tie. Tan coloured shoes and belt from Aquila matched well.”
Jasmin and Matthew were married at Adelaide Hills venue Howard Vineyard. “When we were looking for wedding venues, Howard Vineyard stood out as a beautiful location where we could hold both the ceremony and reception at. We loved the beautiful garden and big oak tree under which we could get married. The cellar door is lovely as it incorporates part of the original stone wall, which creates a beautiful backdrop for the head table. The room was the perfect size for our 85 guests and felt intimate and welcoming.
The Howard staff were so friendly and accommodating, particularly Mia who was wonderful during the planning process and on the day. We appreciated the flexibility and inclusions in their wedding packages, which made the decision-making and planning process very clear. The staff were amazing on the day and took such good care of us and our guests and made the planning process so easy and fun. The food and drinks were incredible too! Our guests are still raving about how good the food, drinks and service were. In Style Catering did an amazing job of the canapés and share style mains and dessert.”
As she walked down the aisle with her dad, Jasmin had string quartet Amicus Strings play “Runaway” by The Corrs. Says Matthew “It all went past so quickly! Feeling at ease because it was finally happening and a bit stressed before I saw Jas. It was exciting to see how much enjoyment all of our guests seemed to have out of the day.”
Under the shade of the trees, Jasmin and Matthew’s ceremony was performed by KT Weddings – Kerrie Turner. “Our celebrant Kerrie Turner from KT Weddings was so wonderful during the lead-up and on the day. She is such an engaging speaker and gave us a ceremony that was fun, romantic and unique to us. So many guests have complimented our ceremony.
Our ceremony was a mixture of romantic, serious, relaxed and funny. Our celebrant Kerrie was so engaging and created a ceremony that suited us so well. My friend Liana read the poem “When I hear you laugh”. We recited personal vows. We have such wonderful memories of our ceremony.”
“I loved the anticipation and excitement leading up to the day, researching and taking the time to choose our vendors and items for the day. My advice to couples would be to take the time to enjoy the day. It goes by so quickly and is the most amazing feeling.”
The couple loved their photography duo. “Jaz and Alejandro were wonderful photographers to work with before, during and after our wedding. They make such a great team and are very professional and reliable, as well as being relaxed, down-to-earth and lovely to be around. It is clear that they love what they do and are very passionate about capturing special moments authentically and naturally. This was perfect for us because we are certainly not overly comfortable in front of the camera normally. It was a pleasure to have Jaz and Alejandro capture our wedding day. We love our full gallery!”
Guests gathered inside the stone barn for dinner, each place setting with a personal touch, Jasmin tells “My mum hand wrote all of the guest place cards for our reception table as she has beautiful handwriting.”
The couple chose Sweet Nothings Flowers to create floral details filled with pretty pastels. Jasmin explains “The flowers were a mixture of roses and other seasonal blooms in soft pinks and beige, with some greenery (blue gum) and blossom. We knew that the venue was already gorgeous and wanted to keep the florals simple to enhance the theme. We had two beautiful arrangements located on barrels at the beginning of the aisle and simple vase arrangements for the reception tables.”
The newlyweds made their first dance rather memorable, with dance lessons at Dance Generations. “We had private lessons with Vicki at Dance Generations dance studios in Adelaide. We danced a choreographed routine that incorporated some rumba and salsa to Coldplay’s “A Sky Full of Stars”. Our guests were so surprised and seemed to enjoy it. We had a lot of fun learning the dance together as it was something different and involved us having to work together in ways that we hadn’t experienced before.”
The dance floor? Very important to these two. They left it in the safe hands of Halo Entertainment – Kenny ” Kenny from Halo Entertainment was such an awesome DJ and MC” remembers Jasmin. “His cheeky and fun personality fit in so well with our guests and he had the dance floor pumping all night long. Music is very important to us, particularly as I grew up playing the violin. We loved including three different forms of music – quartet (ceremony), acoustic (canapés) and DJ (reception).”
A big beautiful congratulations to you both Jasmin and Matthew! Thank you for sharing your beautiful wedding day with us. Thank you also to In The Mood For Love – Jaz Anderson for sharing this one with us.