LOVE // ASHLEY & OLIVER
Wedding Date 6th October, 2018
Location Sky Farm, Meroo Meadow, NSW
Photographer Mitch Pohl Photography
TELL US YOUR LOVE STORY
How did you meet?
We met 8 years ago, through Ashley’s brother Mitchell. The boys were working down at the snow together as ski instructors and decided to visit home for the weekend. We hit it off after going out together for the night and we were both going to Europe at the end of the year (2010), so decided to meet up over there. We country hopped through England, France, the Netherlands to name a few. As they say, the rest is history…
How did he put a ring on it?
We returned to the UK in 2017 to meet most of Oliver’s extended family who live in Scotland. We traveled around the countryside for a week with my sister and her boyfriend. Oliver dropped the knee when visiting a place called Kinloch Rannoch, where the mythical ‘Craigh na Dun’ from Outlander was filmed. It was the most beautiful location and took me completely by surprise. We called our families back home, followed by a few too many whiskies to celebrate!
WHERE DID YOU DRAW INSPIRATION FROM?
I did what everyone does these days & spent many hours scouring Instagram and Pinterest for inspiration. I spoke to a lot of friends & family about what they remembered as being a highlight of their special days to draw inspiration from. Our families are very close, so everyone worked together to pull off the big day!
WHAT WAS YOUR WEDDING THEME & STYLE?
Our wedding was a mixture of Oliver’s Scottish and English roots as well as our love of Australian landscapes and native, raw elements. It was both relaxed and semi-formal as we had a sit-down meal, where everyone shared big plates of food. Our friends at Hollows & Grain Collective supplied a lot of the décor as well as their converted ‘horse-float’ bar and Salmon & Co were both responsible for such a beautiful spread. We are big foodies and the guests loved it!
WHAT MADE THE WEDDING PERSONAL TO YOU?
It was both very personal and unique having Oliver wear his kilt and we literally ‘tied-the-knot’ in our ceremony by doing a traditional Celtic ‘hand-fasting.’ I made sure every element that was included, had some sort of connection or thread, such as photographs of our parents and grandparents wedding days on display as our inspiration. We also both don’t like traditional cake very much, so we had a stacked cheese wheel cake, which was added to the grazing table after our first cheers as husband and wife. It couldn’t have been more perfect!
DID YOU DIY ANY ELEMENTS?
Pretty much every detail was DIY, as the wedding was on a family friend’s property. We hired a marquee and set up the rest ourselves. My dad and Oliver even built the arbor and the ceremony seats, being chippies (carpenters)! Menus, place-settings, blankets, linen napkins, olive leaf confetti – it took a small army!
NOW THE MOST IMPORTANT PART - THE DRESS!
WHO WAS THE DESIGNER? Fiona Claire
The dress was one of the last pieces of the puzzle to come together. I spent a very long time and went to many appointments to find something that was simple, elegant and didn’t cost the price of an overseas holiday (I put greater value on other elements of the day, after all you only wear it once!) It was a bias cut, silk crepe de chine, floor length gown and I felt so confident and comfortable. It also had a small train with a French bustle for the reception.
Fiona Claire was the incredible designer, who I stumbled across online after almost giving up! She was so easy to communicate with and offers such affordable, high quality, timeless gowns. My veil was Made With Love with a lace edging detail. I also added a Laure de Sagazan French lace top, supplied by Carte Blanche Bride for the evening.
WHERE WHERE YOUR BRIDESMAID DRESSES FROM?
My one and only Maid of Honour, Claudia my sister, wore Bec & Bridge. It was a simple, draped neckline, pearl coloured dress, to match in with my pearl engagement ring. She looked stunning!
WHERE WERE THE GROOM & GROOMSMEN SUITS FROM?
WHAT WERE YOU MOST NERVOUS OR EXCITED ABOUT?
I was nervous/excited that everything was going to go to plan. It’s a lot of pressure for one day after all! We had rain both sides of our wedding day but thankfully not on the actual day. The sun managed to pop it’s head out as I was walking down the aisle! I was so excited to see Oliver’s reaction, I thought he would be the blubbering nervous wreck but it turned out to be me! He was incredible.
WHAT WAS YOUR MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT FROM YOUR DAY?
My most memorable moment was getting to the end of the aisle and standing in front of my soon to be husband. I was shaking and as soon as he took my hands and I smelt his familiar cologne, he made me calm. It felt so real! Oliver’s most memorable moment was when I came around the corner, the sun hit his face and he remembers feeling such warmth. He tells me he has never seen someone so beautiful and it still gives him goosebumps thinking about it. Blush!!
WHAT DOES MARRIAGE MEAN TO YOU?
Marriage is this new level of your relationship that is hard to explain. We have been on such a high of love, passion & celebration ever since. It’s a heightened version of yourselves. I don’t think you realise the impact it has until you are living it.
Something New? My very cute Senso sling back heels.
Something Old? Oliver’s grandmother’s diamonds in my wedding band.
Something Borrowed? We borrowed a lovely man’s Defender as our wedding car. Does that count?
Something Blue? I wrapped a piece of Oliver’s Fraser tartan around my bouquet.
ANY WORDS OF WISOM YOU CAN PASS ONTO FUTURE BRIDES & GROOMS?
We were given this advice from a friend of ours and it was so important on the day. In the craziness of it all, take a moment with just the two of you to take it all in. You never get it back!