Emma and Ben’s Perth Hills Wedding

Words by Tamarin Morley
July 21, 2014

Emma had always dreamed of getting married at home, so when she and Ben walked through her parents’ picturesque Perth Hills property, they knew they had found the special setting for their simple, stylish celebration – and the perfect backdrop for adventurous photographer Aimee Claire to get her eye in.

A ceremony in a beautiful old Fremantle church began the day, to the tunes of the groom’s brother on guitar and their friends on violin and cello. “I walked in to the band playing Wonderwall by Oasis,” says Emma, who looked effortlessly boho-chic in a flowing gown by Grace Loves Lace. “It was the song playing when Ben and I met.”

The pair first laid eyes on one another in Japan while on separate snowboarding holidays. They didn’t exchange numbers, but serendipitously (and astonishingly) managed to bump into each other on the bustling streets of Tokyo.

Tackling the slopes in tandem from then on, their third snowboarding trip to Japan saw Ben popping a little question. “We did a couple tree runs and half way down he stopped and called me over,” Emma reminisces. “The sun had just peaked out from the clouds and the snow was sparking like glitter – and he proposed. It was amazing!”

In the early weeks of a three-month engagement, they stumbled across the perfect reception patch on her family’s sixty acres. “We picked a section in the paddock that had an amazing natural canopy,” she says, which the pair lit with festoon lighting and spotlights in the trees. After a sneaky post-church tipple at Fremantle’s uber-cool Bread in Common, the newlyweds and 120 guests moved to the open-air soiree – a magical scene created by the couple (and Emma’s very obliging folks) in the days prior.

Heyder and Shears put on a delectable, stand-up spread for the boisterous bunch, who busted many a move into the night. “Ben and I took a dance lesson a week out from the wedding,” says Emma, the pair having enjoyed the secret interlude. They waltzed to Wonderwall – this time an acoustic version from singer Naomi Smith.

Her advice for other couples? “It’s an incredible day, enjoy every moment.” And if you can’t afford a videographer, get someone to ‘home video’ the day. “You do forget a lot of things – I loved watching the speeches again.”

 

 

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Photography: Aimee Claire | Bride’s dress: Grace Loves Lace | Bride’s shoes: Midas | Bridesmaids dresses: Witchery | Groom and groomsmen’s suits and shoes: Jack London | Accessories: | Hair: Blissful | Makeup: a friend | Ceremony venue: St Pauls Anglican Church, Beaconsfield | Celebrant: Reverend Rupke | Post ceremony drinks: Bread in Common | Reception venue: Perth Hills private property | Flowers: Petals to inspire | Catering: Heyder and Shears | Prop HIre: Reece’s | Music: Naomi Smith | Stationery/invitations: Fluid Ink Letterpress | Transport: So Cal Limo

 

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Perth Limo 7 years ago

Wonderful moments & great photography! I love the Perth hills idea – arranging such a great ceremony with home touches!

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Davina 6 years ago

Such a wonderful setting! Thanks so much Emma for allowing us to peak inside your special day. 🙂

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