We return for the last time to the spectacular Cupitt’s Winery to join Libby and Tom in their wedding celebrations. As with the previous two blogs about the day here and here, we have special commentary from Libby and the photos were taken by the wonderful Elise Hassey.
I think my ultimate wedding location would be to have it at home. So imagine if your parents happened to own oh I don’t know…. a WINERY. What’s that? On the pristine South Coast of New South Wales? Hmm, yes I think that would do.
Well that’s exactly the case for Tom Cupitt whose family-run Cupitt’s Winery and Restaurant is located on the east coast of Australia a few hours south of Sydney (one of those places that you look down on during flights from Melbourne to Sydney and you think – I wish I was lucky enough to live in an idyllic place like this!). It is quite simply the perfect setting for a rural Australian wedding and it would have been lots of fun for them to have free reign on the place! And as if Libby and Tom weren’t lucky enough by having a winery on hand for the wedding but Libby also made a great friend at uni, Elise Hassey, who is an incredible photographer. She’s captured the day so well with a mix of intimate photos and some breathtaking photos of the winery. Libby describes Elise as not in your face, like a commando with a camera!
Add to all this a beautiful bride, a trumpet-playing groom, stylish bridemaids and a family of DIY extraordinaires and you have a fun-filled magical weekend of celebrations. In fact I love so many stories and photos from the day that it’s going to take me THREE days to get through them all.
I start the Libby and Tom blog-athon with the pre-ceremony where we settle on in with Libby and her besties. Libby has provided us with a running commentary of the day – so over the next three days I’m sure you’ll feel like you were actually there to share the good times!
I got my dress made in London by Carla Kirste. I really wanted a short dress and struggled to find anything that was not tea length and/or with a billowing skirt. Or super short. My BM who lived in London and the flowergirls worked with me very hard to come up with the design I wanted. We trawled through wedding blogs picking dresses we liked and then I met up with Carla and pulled them all together. Carla was great, she could draw up exactly what I wanted and I decided to buy my material in Paris – the joys of living in London!
Instead of having young girls as flowergirls, Libby chose to have friends. I think they looked like a pair of nymphs with their fresh flower halos.
Libby took a trip down to the flower market in Sydney to buy up big on flowers to decorate (a great way to save a few $$$). A local florist made up the bouquets, corsages and buttonholes – the bouquets look so fresh with their mix of roses, ranunculus and lisianthus buds.
The bridesmaids. Oh the bridemaids! Libby’s brief for the bridemaids was: short dress, not bright, pink, cream, blush tones, can be plain or have a print. It sounded like an easy enough brief but I think a million emails were passed around. When my sister wanted a gold sequin dress I told her it was a vineyard not a casino – but she got it anyway because she loved it and it looked awesome! We all had no idea what each other’s dresses were until the day of the wedding.