It was a beautiful summer day when this young Eaton family formalised their commitment to each other at the Bull & Bush Tavern in Boyanup. The bride went with a rustic country theme, using burlap, lace and loads of baby’s breath to achieve the look. She DIY’d all the decorations – glass jars and tins, burlap runners and place cards. The bride’s sister is a florist so the night before the wedding, they sat down and put together the baby’s breath with some gum leaves (to fit with the “Aussie” feeling of the venue). I picked all the decorations up on the morning of the wedding from their home, then headed to Boyanup.
The venue they chose, the Bull & Bush Tavern in Boyanup, is an old-style country pub which has been beautifully refurbished. There is a large undercover outdoor area/function space which is used for weddings and large parties, which joins onto a large grassed area and kids playground. Tiffany and Liam used the gazebo hidden behind the pub for their ceremony.
The first thing I did on arrival was unpack and set out the white Gladiator chairs in the reception area, according to the table plan Tiffany had provided for me, and then set out the place settings and table centrepieces while liaising with the venue staff to make sure everything was going to be as planned. I also set up and styled a beautiful lolly/sweet buffet at one end of the room.
Then I set up the chairs and signing table for the ceremony in the gazebo and also used some white fabric draping to soften the look of the area. After the ceremony, these chairs as well as the flowers were moved back into the reception area while the guests were having drinks. This is a great way to save money on hiring “extra” chairs for the ceremony. The same idea also applies to flowers – if you can figure out how to incorporate the same flowers into your ceremony AND reception styling, it not only saves you money but provides a lovely sense of continuity to the day.