As Bec and Todd planned their wedding, they wanted to celebrate their day surrounded by the things they love the most. Their two beautiful children, time with family and friends, and (most importantly) cricket! “Most of our wedding guests (including us) were watching the Scorchers Grand Final play on their phones during the dinner and we even had to have the MC’s delay speeches to watch the final over with Scorchers winning in a nail-biter,” they explained. “With majority of our guests being cricket fans, it was quite funny to have everyone cheering on and the mood be so uplifted when they won!”
With Natalija from We Are All Star Dust behind the camera, and the summery romantic wine country of Yallingup as their backdrop, Bec and Todd celebrated their intimate wedding surrounded by their friends and family. “We wanted it to be relaxed, modern and represent who we were as a couple.”
This swoon-worthy wedding perfectly reflects their relationship. “We both grew up in the country not far from each other so always knew of each other and finally got together through mutual friends when we were 20/21… after a bit of “swooning” on the dance floor.” Bec detailed. As they were expecting their second child together, Todd proposed. “I was 8 months pregnant with our second child when Todd suggested we go on a bush walk adventure with our 3-year-old at sunset. He then got down on one knee and proposed… meanwhile our toddler was watching Bluey on my phone to avoid any meltdowns and give us a moment to soak it in together.”
Without a formal wedding party, Bec and Todd had the support of their close friends and family to help wherever needed. “I had a friend Lucy from the Floral Folk Co create a preserved bouquet for me and my little girl which took away the stress of worrying about fresh flowers.” No detail was too small for Bec, as she brought her creativity and skills as a graphic designer to the table – designing and printing all their invitations, menus and signage.
To kick off their wedding weekend, the couple and all their guests celebrated with a welcome drink. “We had a welcome drinks sundowner with our guests the night before the wedding at Lagoon Yallingup. Ben and his team at Lagoon were also so great to work and we had the best night enjoying cocktails and canapes as the sunset. It was the perfect way to start the whole weekend and meant we got to spend more time with our closest family and friends.”
Opting for simplicity, Todd wore a chic black suit with a bowtie. “To him, a black suit is a black suit and he didn’t see the need to buy a new one so we just bought a new shirt and a pocket square to change it up a little.”
Bec wore a silk dress and overlay from Lola Varma, and looked radiant while doing so. “I absolutely loved my experience there and was lucky enough to have all my fittings with the Designer Courtney who was so incredible, friendly and accommodating,” she described. “I loved the overlay as it had a really floaty and romantic vibe to it and allowed me to change up my outfit during the day/night. It also felt really unique and was the most amazing and soft silk to wear which was perfect for a February wedding down south.” She finished off her outfit with ‘something’ old – her mum’s ring that her older sister had also worn on own her wedding day.
Although their two flower girls didn’t go to the ceremony, they still got to enjoy getting ready and the first look together as a family. “We had them in a matching yellow dress and romper as yellow is my eldest daughter’s favourite colour. She also had a little mini bouquet which she thought was the best! I think seeing the girls and I walk out for our first look was the moment that almost had Todd in tears.”
Planning their wedding a little out of order, Bec and Todd already had their accommodation and dates booked in Yallingup before they found their venue. “It ended up working out perfectly when we found Chow’s Table which had the perfect setting and vibe that we were looking for,” the couple explained.
On the arm of her dad, Bec walked down the aisle to “All Your Love” by Dustin Tebbutt, performed live by their musician Nathan Parsons. The ceremony took place on the House Of Cards property and was officiated by Ashleigh Nelson from Love Ashleigh Celebrant. “We really wanted the ceremony to just be short and simple and reflect us as a couple.” Wrapped up by the emotional readings of their vows, a personalised reading from Todd’s sister and both of their mums are witnesses.
Their favourite photo (and ours!)? “Our first kiss during our ceremony. Our photographer Nat captured the moment so spectacularly and it is also such a magnificent photo with the backdrop of the big gum tree. She really nailed it!”
“When the ceremony finished Todd and I left straight away together to walk to the reception. We decided that we wanted to just have that first moment alone and it meant we could do the congratulations with our guests with a cocktail in hand!” As the newlyweds wandered off on their own, the rest party moved across to Chow’s Table for the reception, to enjoy some cocktails and canapés while the sun set behind them.
Their favourite moment? “The whole magic hour. That time between 5-6 pm when the light is just incredible and we were drinking cocktails and eating amazing canapés with our guests on the lawn. We then snuck off for some sunset photos which I think we just spent the whole time laughing and having fun and I don’t remember for a moment feeling stressed or thinking about anything other than the moment we were in… Coming back after photos and seeing all of our favourite people sitting there in front of us was one of those goosebumps moments I will never forget.”
Matching the rustic theme of the restaurant, there are some homemade elements found throughout. “I created the flower arrangements for the tables with preserved flowers with the help of my Mum and Todd. I then gave away the table arrangements to my family and friends to take home after the wedding,” Bec described. “And my Mum also made the wedding cake.”
Their reception was MC’d by two of their best friends and the celebration of love and family began. “We loved the fact that we had the opportunity over the weekend to celebrate with our family and friends and having a more intimate wedding meant we truly got to spend quality time with all of them.”
Chow’s Table perfected matched what Bec and Todd were looking for – right down to the food options! “They were really friendly, organised and relaxed and they made the whole experience so easy for us. It suited our smaller 60 people guest list, and had a stylish and modern indoor reception space and a beautiful ceremony spot on site on the House of Cards property. Plus, their food really appealed to us as it’s what we love to eat and cook ourselves!”
The newlyweds enjoyed their first dance to “Use Somebody” by Kings of Leon, performed live again by Nathan Parsons. “We were a little awkward which was typical of us as we don’t love the spotlight but it didn’t take long for the rest of our guests to join us on the dancefloor and no one really left after that point which was exactly what we wanted! It was really a nice way to kick-start the night.”
Once again, thank you Natalija from We Are All Star Dust for shooting and sharing this romantic wedding, and congratulations to Bec and Todd on your beautiful nuptials.