Samantha & Mark <3

On friday the 16th October I headed to Gabbinbar Homestead for Samantha’s perfect day. I LOVE prepping my clients in the Bridal Suite at Gabbinbar, it is simply beautiful and perfectly useful (yes they have high chairs and mirrors in every direction!) if you haven’t see it, you should. When I arrived I was met with smiling faces and laughter, Sam and I have a very similar sense of humour. You will see a little further down that when I met Sam for her Trial she locked us out of her hotel room (only briefly! Her fiance Mark to the rescue!) That smile you saw on my face that day was a ‘oh my goodness, you’re just like me!’and i knew from then we’d  get along like a house on fire.

Sam and Mark, I wish you every happiness in your future. It was an absolute pleasure to be there on your forever day. You truly thought of everything from hand stitched signs and momento’s and of course your thank you gift to me, a bottle of wine! (from the local region and delicious!)

For her perfect day, Sam chose elegant and soft touches, embracing her beautiful pale skin we kept her makeup classic with a little definition, teaming a similar style for her Maid of Honour. I have had some time to catch up with Samantha and she has sent Me some beautiful moments captured on the day…

Here’s what the Bride thought…
What was your favourite moment of the day?
I just treasured the whole journey and experience of marrying my best friend. From the day itself it’s hard to pinpoint – getting ready and dressing up, catching up with friends and family, wining and dining. Mark and I got a private moment together (as had been the advice of many people) before we entered the reception which was so special, just the two of us reflecting on the day so far…

How did you find ‘the dress’?
Mum and I visited a few boutiques together and I just knew when I tried it on. Mark said it was exactly what he pictured I would wear, so it was definitely my style. I wore my mum’s veil so that was a special ‘something borrowed’ too.

What personal touches did you add to your day?
Both Mark and I are very family oriented. Mark came up with a cool idea of using one of his grandfather’s farm milk can with their brand for our wishing well. And we collected a ‘family tree’ of photos of both sides of family members on their wedding days, as far back as we could go (which turned out to be quite far!) and now we have those photos forever! And we are fortunate to have such clever and crafty people around us: a school friend of Mark’s made our amazing cake, my cousin drew our fingerprint guest for tree (a copy of the fig tree we were married under), and my mum and dad made the hessian and timber signs that featured in our day.

What did you think of the makeup and service you received?
Tyneale, you are wonderful! I remember our first meeting when I had my makeup trial for a friend’s wedding, I came out to greet you and proceeded to lock both of us out of our hotel room, you must have thought I was a bit vague ! I don’t usually wear a lot of makeup and Tyneale was recommended by a work friend and I could not be happier with how our makeup turned out. No spray tan for me, I wanted to embrace my fair skin and the makeup matched each of us perfectly! And lasted through hugs, laughter, tears and dance floor shenanigans!

Any advice for future brides?
Don’t sweat the small stuff! It is such a wonderful day, so just enjoy every minute. And don’t stress about things being perfect! The funny happenings that deviate from the plan or the run sheet are the ones you end up remembering!

Some precious moments from Samantha and Mark’s perfect day.

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