Destination Wedding at Raffertys Resort Lake Macquarie

22Jul

S A R A H  &  M I T C H E L L

{Raffertys Resort}

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F R O M  T H E  B R I D E …

The Meeting…

We met at a high school party and became close friends. Everyone else could see what we had, but we were in denial. It took a drunken kiss and I guess you could say the rest is history…

The Proposal…

It was our 4 year anniversary and Mitchell planned a surprise dinner cruise on Nelson Bay. Afterwards we got ice cream and went for a walk along the wharf where he got down on one knee and proposed – I still to this day haven’t given him an answer as I was too overwhelmed!

Wedding Style…

Our day was about bringing all our family and friends together in one huge celebration of LOVE with lots of dancing and laughter.

From the outset, we wanted the day to have a rustic/vintage theme. We hired Paramount Event Hire who shared our vision and styled and set everything up exactly like we envisioned.

Wedding Ceremony + Reception Venue…

The ceremony and reception were held at Raffertys Resort. The lakeside provided the perfect backdrop for exchanging our vows. The bridesmaids and I arrived to the ceremony by yacht much to the surprise and delight of Mitchell and the guests.

We both wanted the venue to overlook the water and loved the idea of the ceremony and reception being at the same location with the option for guest accommodation. After visiting Raffertys Resort, we instantly knew it was ‘the’ venue even though it was the first place we looked at!

The ceremony was followed by outdoor games, a cheese table and canapés while the bridal party had photographs on the yacht and around the resort. The reception was then held in The Jetty Restaurant overlooking the water.

We couldn’t recommend Alex and the event team at Raffertys highly enough, they went above and beyond and nothing was too much.

The Dress…

The wedding gown was a sweetheart strapless fitted gown with french chantilly lace covered with beaded lace and swarovski beads. The dress was made by Melanie Ford and was inspired by the J’aton dress Jodi Gordon wore. The dress was seriously incredible, Melanie is extremely talented and brought my dream dress vision to life.

Bridesmaids…

The bridesmaids wore watermelon coloured dresses from White Runway with nude heels, pearl braclets and drop earrings.

The Flowers…

Peter Herd and his team did the flowers, I had my heart set on peonies, but they aren’t in season in February. I showed Peter some photos I found on Pinterest and he saw my vision and created everything better than I imagined – he is amazing!

Wedding Cake…

The cake was three tiered and made by a friend. We had a white chocolate and raspberry mud cake layer, a caramel mud cake and marbled chocolate and caramel mud cake layer.

Special Memories…

The entire day was so memorable and so much fun, the highlight for Mitch was when I arrived by yacht to the ceremony.

We had surprise fireworks for the guests which were mesmerising and we both have two left feet so took dancing lessons and did a choreographed fun first dance!

Wedding Songs…

We had the incredibly talented Jerome O’Connor sing ‘A Thousand Years’ by Christina Perri as I walked down the aisle which brought many tears. Jerome is also the lead singer in the band Master Blaster that played at the reception. A good band can bring so much atmosphere to a wedding reception and Master Blaster definitely did that, I don’t think there was one of our 150 guests that didn’t get up and dance!

Honeymoon…

We spent 10 nights in the Maldives in an overwater bungalow which was simply breathtaking. We went diving, snorkelled with whale sharks and mantra rays, ate really good food and just relaxed!

Wedding Photography…

We chose Something Blue Photography as we loved their candid style, and fell in love with their natural ‘unposed’ work and our images truly capture the moments of our day as they happen. We are so in love with our photos.

We approached Morelife Media after being referred by a close friend. Having a videographer capture our day was one of the best decisions we made. It truly brings the day’s memories back.

We also had a photobooth by Mat Glover Photography which was so much fun!

Photography Something Blue Photography Ceremony, Reception & Accommodation Raffertys Resort Bride’s Dress Designs by Melanie Ford Hair OM Shalom Makeup Cathy Flanagan Bride’s Jewellery Samantha Wills Bridesmaids’ Dresses White Runway Bridesmaids’ Jewellery Thomas Sabo Suits Gentleman’s Outfitters Event Hire Paramount Event Hire Celebrant Ron McSporran Dancing Lessons Rebecca of Pivot Studio Yacht Lake Macquarie Yacht and Charter Hire Invitations The Write Invite Videographer Morelife Media Band Master Blaster Florist Peter Herd Photobooth Mat Glover Photography Chocolate Fountains Chocolate Frenzy

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