It’s been a bit of a bumpy ride since I got engaged to my love of seven years, but things are starting to click into place now we’ve settled on our wedding venue. Can’t have a party without somewhere to host it!
After the proposal, we enjoyed three days of newly engaged bliss in Santorini…then skipped straight to the part where we promise to look after each other ‘in sickness and in health’. Unrelenting head colds are the height of romance, am I right?
We were keen to start the wedding planning as soon as we returned from our holiday, but life kept interrupting the conversation for almost six months. We didn’t mind when we got married – it was about finding the right venue first and then working with the available dates. The majority of our guests live interstate, so it made sense for us to focus our search there…and just like that, we’re planning a destination wedding!
We loved the idea of a private country estate or modern city restaurant that could host both our ceremony and reception. I know that doesn’t narrow much down, but after many hours of research, we actually did end up choosing somewhere that offered a combination of these things!
It didn’t take us long to figure out that with our smaller guest numbers, a weeknight or winter wedding were going to be our best options. If we were going to consider a wedding in the colder months, we wanted to have the option of an indoor ceremony – that would mean no stressing about the forecast, no investing in Plan Bs and no need to find a matching parka for my wedding dress!
It can be a bit of a mission researching venues and organising viewings, but no photo can ever compare to how a space really feels. We liked our choice enough to book it blind if we couldn’t get there, but knew it was the right fit as soon as we stepped on the property.
Seacliff House is only a short drive from my home town, with sweeping countryside views for M, a modern event space with toasty fireplace for me, and accommodation only steps away that caters well for our travelling wedding party.
Oh yeah, and we just gave ourselves five months to plan the entire day. That means I should totally put wedding dress shopping at the top of the list, right? Well, that and deciding on our wedding day style!
P.S. How gorgeous are these photos of the venue! The boho coastal vibe with tropical greenery, sculptural white florals and sandy neutrals creates such a serene and sophisticated look, don’t you think?
Photography: Red Berry Photography | Venue: Seacliff House Gerringong | Concept, Styling & Coordination: The Wedding and Event Creators | Hire: South Coast Party Hire | Wedding Dress: Karen Willis Holmes from Storybook Bridal | Flowers: Elkas Garden | Makeup: Rach George | Hair: Absolute Hair By Tia