Midell is the epitome of vintage elegance, from her sleek hair and makeup to exquisite lace-panelled satin gown! She and Chris planned their flower-filled winery wedding with the help of a talented team of suppliers, each detail perfectly in keeping with the old world ambiance of their day.
“We have known and lived with each other for eight years before getting married. From day one we both knew that this was something very special. Chris was working overseas quite a bit in 2015, and asked me to join him in Italy. We visited Venice and Rome but I didn’t catch on to what the real purpose of the trip was until we visited the Vatican – this was where he proposed and it holds such special sentiment for both of us.”
“Keeping it simple, using local wherever we could, staying true to who we are, and making it as unique as possible.”
Finding the Dress
“I had narrowed it down to three places from an online search and we went to the one where I thought I would have the most luck. I kept an open mind and by the end of the day it came down to two very different dresses. What made my mind up was trying the original dress on again the next day – I knew it was the one as I didn’t have anything negative to note about it and it seemed just perfect.”
“We chose from very early on that there would be no bridal party – this was a part of the ‘keep it simple’ value. We did have two witnesses who were able to choose whatever they wanted to wear.”
Signing the Register: ‘Clair de Lune’
Reception Entrance: ‘Big Jet Plane’ by Angus and Julia Stone
First Dance: ‘La Vie En Rose’ by Andrea Bocelli and Edith Piaf
“The reception was a week-long set up, with vintage wooden chairs and tables, lace runners and candles. All cutlery, plates and glasses were eclectically miss-matched. I love seeing the individual beauty in things – when you remove it from conformity and ‘matching’ you are able to appreciate it.”
“There were many DIYs, from hunting down tables, chairs, glasses and cutlery in op shops and vintage boutiques, to fitting out the venue and dressing the tables. I think you really have to consider delegating when it’s not your forte.”
“Having our friends and family do readings and prayers for us, my husband’s beautiful speech and looking all around me thinking that all these people are here for us and love and support us.”
1. Get someone to help oversee all matters – you’ll have days where you don’t know what’s up or down and they help to focus you.
2. Do one task every day – the time flies by, so the more you are onto it, the calmer the lead up is.
3. Spreadsheets – I had five: one each for costs, RSVPs and details, music, food, and a run sheet for the week before and day of.
Location: Mudgee, New South Wales | Photography: Jazelle Venter Photography | Ceremony: St. Mary of the Presentation Catholic Church, Mudgee | Minister: Father Tony | Reception: Burnbrae Winery | Invitations: Creo Design | Styling: Darling Days | Flowers: Shiralee Archer | Cake: Who Ate the Cake | Catering: Indigiearth | Gown: The Bridal Company | Hair: Hair by Candice | Makeup: Jess Chapman | Suit: Wil Valor