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AVALON + HENRY :: DUSTY PINK ROMANCE AT SUMMERGROVE ESTATE

Avalon and Henry describe their Summergrove Estate day as a fun, summer wedding with a modern rustic feel. 

With the Tweed Coast being close to their hearts, these guys chose to share their favourite holiday destination with their loved ones in the Northern NSW hinterland. The luxe white barn at Summergrove Estate was the perfect backdrop to their day, infused with hues of dusty pink and white with pops of gold and turquoise. From the uber-chic bridal look to the lush hanging florals and sweet chapel ceremony, this epic destination wedding is packed with romantic styling, heartfelt moments and a whole lotta love.

Check out all of the gorgeous details from this hinterland celebration below, including some expert tips from the newlyweds on choosing your wedding vendors, managing your budget, and the importance of taking a quiet moment together to soak up all of the feels throughout the day!

ABOUT THE DAY //

To us, the most important things were having everyone we loved together, eating good food, dancing, laughing and sharing an intimate, very personalised ceremony with those closest to us. Summergrove Estate was the most incredible venue. We absolutely love the southern QLD/NSW coast, it has been so special to us our whole relationship as we would always holiday down there and that is where we got engaged.

The intimacy Summergrove provided – particularly having both the ceremony and reception space, as well as the bridal room and the villas – was truly one of the outstanding elements to our celebration.

ABOUT THE STYLE //

My guilty pleasure was buying every edition of Hello May that was released leading up to the wedding. The beautiful wedding inspiration inside was just incredible. Instagram was the perfect place to see what was out there and the best part was seeing vendors work at our venue to visualise what different styles would look like.

I would describe our theme as a summer wedding with a modern rustic feel. I went for a dusty pink/gold colour scheme. This palette came through our floral arrangements including the bouquets and the button holes, the bridesmaids dresses and grooms men’s bow ties and confetti thrown after the ceremony. We actually had very small accents of deep turquoise/aqua blue (my personal favourite colour) and gold, particularly seen in our incredible cake from The Sweet Society Co, our invitations from State of Elliott, our dinner menus and the stubby coolers guest gifts from The Stubby Queen.

We definitely kept it traditional with Henry choosing to wear a navy tuxedo and the groomsmen rocking matching suits and bow ties all from TM Lewin. My incredible custom made Ella Moda dress was a modern twist on a traditional, flowing, summer-friendly sleeved gown and the bridesmaids wore elegant but edgy, contemporary cocktail dresses from Elle Zeitoune.

CEREMONY SONG //

I walked down the aisle to ‘How Long Will I Love You’ by Ellie Goulding with my Dad. I honestly loved that song so much. The first time I heard it I remember feeling goosebumps and the words really spoke to me. I felt like it truly captured what our love was and what we were acknowledging and celebrating on that day – an everlasting love. Corny I know but I wanted every aspect of the day to resonate love and fully represent Henry and I as a couple.

FIRST DANCE SONG //

Our first dance song was the acoustic version of Perfect by Ed Sheehan featuring Beyoncé. My sister who was my Maid of Honour actually learned the song and sang it over a backing track. It was the most special moment in time. The words of the song really speak to our relationship. We were just turned 19 when we started dating and truly feel like ‘I’ve found a love for me’. We did just ‘dive on in’ despite not knowing how it would all unfold as we were best friends from high school before our relationship progressed. Danáe changed the line ‘I don’t deserve this’ to ‘We deserve this, you look perfect tonight’ for me.

We actually started our reception by walking into the barn with all of our loved ones around us in a big circle and kicking off the evening with our first dance which honestly just hit the next half of the day off on a love-filled high. It was absolutely magical and all our guests were mesmerised by this moment of the day. You could really feel the love and joy around us.

DIY PROJECTS //

I added a touch of gold paint to our wedding invites as I had envisioned a flick of gold across the white printed paper. I also created the menus on Vista Print myself. I collected different items to gift the bridesmaids, groomsmen and our parents on the day. The thought of wasting flowers was devastating to me so I asked the incredible Daisy and Co who did our florals to ensure that the flower arrangements in the chapel could be directly transferred to the reception venue which maximised our use of the amazing work she did.

FAVOURITE MOMENT //

I loved every part of our day to be honest! It went absolutely incredibly and I have the amazing vendors and the unbelievable venue to thank for that.

Our ceremony was so intimate and personalised and Leisa our celebrant truly helped us bring that wish to life. From our ring warming, to our parents giving us away to each other, the multiple readings and poems read to us by a selected group of loved ones, our personalised vows, and the way Leisa told our story, it felt like our relationship had been perfectly represented and our life as a married couple started in the most beautiful, emotional and family-oriented setting.

Our reception was filled with laughter, tears and so much fun – the dancing, the speeches, the photo booth. It was the perfect night. There is not one part of our day that we would change. We will treasure those moments forever!

NUMBER ONE TIP //

Photography time is the PERFECT time to talk to your partner about the incredible day that has been unfolding. I felt doing this helped me really connect to the moment and be so present instead of letting the day pass me in a blur. It is definitely so busy and so emotional no matter what but at each point we could, Henry and I stood back and chatted for a short time about the incredible scene unfolding in front of us.

At one point, we were outside the barn having photos taken and Henry whispered to me, “Look over there, look at all of the people we love inside, dancing and talking to each other – you can literally feel the amount of love inside there. That’s all for us.” And it was beautiful to watch. So take those moments for yourself and talk to your partner and even your Maid of Honour/bridesmaids about making each other aware of that leading up to the day. Particularly beforehand when I was so nervous, the girls would remind me, “It’s your wedding day! How incredible is it that we are all here getting ready for that!” It really helped me feel present even through the nerves.

Also, be picky about your vendors. I personally valued the fact that I felt a real trust and a connection with most of the people I was closely involved with on the day. It may seem disheartening as weddings are so expensive but if you shop around, you will absolutely find gems out there whose passion is truly to deliver you the perfect day at an affordable price. Consider what is really important to spend money on and what isn’t, make a spreadsheet and try to set a budget. Things can get out of hand quickly very easily

See more real Tweed Coast weddings from Summergrove Estate here!

Venue – Summergrove Estate

Photography – Matt Officen

Videography – Sam Fregonese

Styling – JJ Style Co

Flowers – Daisy and Co

Dress – Ella Moda

Hair – Amy Spry

MUA – Natalie Lucas

Cake – The Sweet Society Co

Celebrant – Ceremonies by Leisa

Signage – Autoline Signs

Bagpipes – Stuart McLeod (Stu the Piper)

DJ – Josh Austin

Photo booth – Kombi Kartel

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