There is a lot to be said for the classic and simple wedding colour palette of white, champagne and blush, and it was this simplicity, and the blend of “a little extra” next to classic details that made Mark and Stacey’s day one to remember. “Our style was very much our personalities combined. We had a casual atmosphere but with the traditional 3-course meal. The whole day was beautifully perfect! I wish I could relive that day over and over.”
With Through the Wild Photography behind the camera, the couple chose the beautiful Swan Valley for their wedding, inviting family and friends (including their two sons) to bear witness to a simple and beautiful ceremony, and reception filled with sweet treats, Champagne and a jam-packed dance floor!
Both are from the UK, and Stacey and Mark’s story started at the house party of Stacey’s cousin. “We both liked each other then but we both had partners” she admits. “Then one year later, the same party at my cousin’s house and we both were single. Mark told my cousin at that party, that I’ll be his wife one day; (they do say when you know you know!) – we started dating and many occasions of being introduced to his friends as his future wife. 10 years later, with two gorgeous boys, moved to the opposite side of the world, and made a beautiful home, we are finally husband & wife.
The proposal took place on Stacey’s 30th birthday, which as it turns out, also happened to be Mother’s Day. “He planned a cute breakfast and made an album of photos from me as a baby through to now, it mentioned turn to the last page, it then said ‘how about we fill the empty pages as husband & wife?’ So adorable! Obviously, I said hell yes! The only funny thing was I was so hungover from going out the night before!”
“I knew when I started searching for dresses on the net, I’d be a difficult one to please” admits Stacey who found her gown at Bridal By Aubrey Rose. “I knew I wanted something that speaks to my personality, something that had a touch and that was simple and classic. But classic with a twist! I didn’t plan to walk away with a dress the day I went looking, but I did and burst into tears. My bridesmaids got my mum, step mum and mother-in-law on FaceTime as they are all in the UK and we showed them the ‘one’.
Two weeks later I’m looking at the dress/dresses I choose, and something wasn’t quite right. I went back into Bridal by Aubrey Rose and said I want the two dresses I picked combined to make one wow dress. So they did! I loved every bit of it. A simple, modern Pearl lady. I had my nana’s engagement ring as something old, something borrowed and something blue. My pearl earrings were also something blue. Then my step-sister gave me a garter as my something new.”
Mark was dressed in pieces from Tarocash, tells Stacey, “Mark wore a cream linen suit, white shirt and white sneakers with a touch of black as his pocket square. Mark wanted to show his relaxed personality and the sneakers were the best choice, looked so trendy.”
The couple met before the ceremony for a private first look. “We wanted this moment to be personal and intimate. And we wanted to be a part of the wedding and mingle with our guests.”
The elegant and classic floral details for the day were styled by The Bohemian Flower Collective. “I always knew I wanted white roses. I wanted the classic florals with a modern trendy twist. I love baby’s breath too, so much I wanted it everywhere! My arbour was masses of baby’s breaths with little white roses popping out. My bouquet was white roses, white orchids and a draping floral to add a difference.”
The couple made sure to include their two sons in the wedding as shining stars. “Our two gorgeous boys ( Coby & Jace) matched Mark with cream shorts, bow tie and white shirts. They also had white sneakers on. Daddy’s little minis.”
Stacey walked down the aisle with her mum to her grandfather’s favourite song, “Amazing Grace”.
The couple chose Liz Manera to officiate their wedding, Stacey sharing “We wanted our ceremony to be short, sweet and fun! We wrote our little love stories for our celebrant to read out, I was so excited to hear Mark’s.”
The couple were married at the beautiful Swan Valley venue, The Vines. Raves Stacey “The Vines is just stunning! The beautiful garden pavilion was the perfect choice for a summer wedding. The marble backdrop and steps created the perfect ceremony location for our theme. Then the 360 views of the golf course for our reception, with the kangaroos in the background was our mix of Australia and England. We wanted our wedding to extend over 3 days with our family who had travelled thousands of miles, and the resort was the perfect choice.”
“Katriese was amazing!” exclaims Stacey of the couple’s photographer. “From our initial conversation to the end, she was a breeze to work with. She was super calming on the day and made us all feel so comfortable behind the camera, to be honest, in some photos I didn’t even know she was there. Captured our day perfectly! I’ll have them forever to treasure!”
These two are rather handy, so the DIY details? Aplenty! “We made our signage stands, table numbers, cake wall backdrop, and champagne tower. And all the menus and signs were designed by me.”
Stacey’s wedding day advice? “Plan your wedding to speak both of your personalities. Find a compromise balance between you both. And being simple is perfectly ok. Delegate tasks.”
The newlyweds made their dance floor debut to “Ed Sheeran featuring Burna Boy – “For My Hand”. Remembers Stacey “The song had the perfect words. You don’t get to dance like this on a normal basis so it was the best feeling.”
Is one of the vendors getting all the rave reviews from these two? Their DJ Envy Event Group! “He created the atmosphere and everyone still compliments how good the playlist was.”
Congratulations to you both Stacey and Mark! Thank you for sharing your day with us in all of its glory. Thank you also to Through the Wild Photography for today’s beautiful images.