We met with Lacie and Josh a few months before their wedding date and our first impression of this couple is that they were meant to be! These two really wanted to be a part of every component of their day, so took on (and mastered) the task of their own setup and styling. The results are magnificent and we love the finished product! Quirang Country Gardens was their venue of choice and we believe it was definitely brought to life by such a talented couple with a keen eye. Lacie and Josh hired a selection of items from our inventory and pieced them together beautifully! Who says DIY weddings have to be hard?!
Thanks again Lacie and Josh for choosing Ivory Lane!
Please have a read of Lacie's advice, her wedding planning processes and browse the gorgeous shots by Milah Studio below.
Couples names: Josh and Lacie Launders
Wedding date: 12 November 2016
Wedding Location (both Ceremony & Reception):
Quirang Country Gardens, 230 Pullaming Road, Gunnedah.
Guest numbers: 112
How did you two meet?:
A night out in Gunnedah in August of 2011 led our paths to cross.
Christmas day 2015, our son surprised me by wearing a tee shirt saying 'mummy' on the front, and 'will you marry my Joshy' on the back. Josh had told me that Ollie was going to his room to get his preschool present he made us, and came back wearing the shirt. The ring was hidden in our kitchen for a few months, Ollie knew about this the whole time and didn't spill the beans.
What did you envision for your wedding day?:
We always wanted to ensure everyone at our wedding would have a great memorable time. During the early stages of planning we thought of having an open aired reception, and rolled with that until the week of the wedding when we finally knew what the weather would have installed for us, which was 70% chance of rain so at the last minute we had to book a marquee.
I have a love for succulents so I always knew that the plants I had been growing for years would make an appearance. They ended up being used as our table decorations, and looked absolutely perfect, just how I imagined! We have attended a couple of weddings at Quirang and loved the atmosphere, so knew very early into the planning process that we would try to get a booking at Quirang.
What was the main reason behind choosing your vendors?:
I guess we wanted to support local businesses where we could. A lot of our ideas came from Pinterest and we just actioned our ideas the best way possible. Sometimes this meant doing things ourselves to save a bit of cash.
What is one thing you wish you knew before you stated planning your wedding?:
Wedding dress fitting - try on all different styles of dresses, as you might just surprise yourself on how good a dress you think you don't like actually looks really good on! Then take a break to think about all the different styles you just tried on. Dont go in thinking you have the exact style in your head, be open to trying on different dresses!
Advice for other brides to be on planning a wedding:
Just to enjoy the little things. I was sure I was going to loose weight before the big day, but then thought pfft, my soon to be hubby loves me for who I am, so I'm pretty lucky for that, and make no attempt to do anything to change the way I looked for our special day.
Try not to stress over little things. Your big day will always be perfect, and your bridesmaids are there to ensure that! When people ask to help, let them, they are trying to make things easier to you.
Don't go trolling Pinterest over and over again, you will never be able to pick a style you are going for, have a look early on, pick something you like then roll with that, but most of all enjoy yourself. The day goes so quick!
Lacie and Josh's Dream Wedding Team:
Catering: Relish Catering, 15 Doyle Street, Narrabri. www.relishcatering.com.au, phone: 67924178
Hire: Ivory Lane Event Styling & Hire, and Peel Valley Party Hire 667 Moore Creek Road, Tamworth. www.peelvalleypartyhire.com.au. phone: 67608188 - also on facebook.
Stylist - Lacie & Josh
Photography: Milah Studio Gunnedah. www.milahstudio.com.au - also on facebook and Instagram
Florist: Stockholm Florist, Conadilly Street, Gunnedah. www.stockholmflorist.com.au. phone: 67423333. also on facebook and Instagram.
Stationery and invites - Lacie & Josh
Wedding planner - Lacie & Josh
Celebrant: Carrie Frith 0427 621 972. email: firstname.lastname@example.org - also on facebook.
Entertainment: Michael Bryers.
Makeup: Rochelle Peeters, 0410 469 870 - Tamworth
Hair: Soni Walker and Soph Smyth, Gunnedah 0438 420 456 (Soni).
Cake: Tracey Neilson - Owner of 'The Verdict' Gunnedah phone: 0431 542 036.
Brides dress: The Ivory Lounge Exquisite Bridal Gowns, Newcastle. 444-448 Hunter Street, Newcastle. www.theivoryloungenewcastle.com.au - also on facebook and Instagram.
Flower girl dresses: Dollcake Vintage in Melbourne. www.dollcake.com.au - also on facebook and Instagram.
Paige boy attire: 'Next' Ezibuy - online.
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