The beautiful Erravilla Estate in the heart of the Margaret River wine region provided the perfect backdrop for Kate and Rhett’s rustic, country wedding which was a delight to be a part of.
Rhett had taken the tradition of not seeing his bride until the ceremony on their wedding a little further by not seeing her a whole week leading up to the big day. They both got ready at Erravilla Estate, and we managed to get some great shots of them right from the start of the day, while still keeping the Bride and Groom from seeing each other.
From the very first photos of the beautiful bride Kate and her five bridesmaids getting ready in the morning, and Rhett and his groomsmen having their photos taken outside in the field, to the last ones taken at the reception, the location proved perfect for the country theme. The rustic style was executed wonderfully throughout the whole event with all sorts of touches including hay bales for seating, burlap on the reception tables, timber signs, horse shoes displaying the table numbers and Kate’s Dads cowboy hat. The biggest statement of all had to be the cowboy boots that Kate and the bridesmaids wore, it was a balance of rustic boots meets glamorous dresses, and I imagine a very comfortable choice for getting around the property.
As with all outdoor weddings, the weather can have an impact on the events of the day. We were lucky to have perfect weather for most of it, but just before the ceremony was going to take place among the trees at the back of the property, the rain came. To move the day along without too much delay, alternate arrangements were made to have the ceremony under cover in the marquee which was set up for the reception. Just when the indoor area was ready to be used, the rain stopped. With clear skies, the ceremony was moved outdoors to continue the day as planned and the only drops of water in sight were from Rhett’s eyes. The ceremony was full of emotion, and the strong bond Kate and Rhett have was so obviously evident.
The wedding cars on this day weren’t just for show, though they did provide the opportunity for some unique photos with the wedding party. Taking advantage of the large property, the cars provided fun and entertainment for everyone at the wedding. We were given a show of burnouts and a bit of a race between the bride and groom. The cars were also a special touch, because Rhett built them both, with the red Mustang being restored as a wedding gift to Kate. With the help of Rhett’s mates, it was finished just in time the night before the wedding. What a great momento of their wedding day to have sitting in the garage for years to come.
With around 120 guests to cater for, Kate with the help of her sister, pulled off the marquee wedding reception brilliantly. It of course had the country charm in all aspects, even the cake stand was rustic – made from a section of tree trunk, it displayed the cake beautifully. We witnessed an amazing day at Erravilla Estate, with the reception being no exception to this.