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Salt Story {portraits}


Nineteen hours in the company of author and fisher Sarah Drummond at her remote hideaway was as much a treat as it was inspiring. Thanks Sarah and Selkie for your hospitality and stories – looking forward to doing it all again soon x

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August 3, 2016 - 12:47 PM

Sara & Joel {wedding}


The weather forecast for Joel and Sara’s Denmark wedding day was for non-stop rain, so waking up on the Saturday morning to blue skies was a lovely surprise. And as it turned out the five minutes of rain we had all day produced the most magnificent double-rainbow at just the right moment – thank you weather gods!

Sara and Joel and their families all got ready at William Bay Country Cottages before heading to The Lake House for the ceremony (with celebrant Leith Maddock) and reception.

Sara’s hair and make-up were by Kate Samiotis Hair and Special Occasion Make-up by Tammy. Her dress was from Hobnob Bridal and shoes from The Bridal Room. Joel wore a Pal Zilleri suit from Parker & Co and shoes from Aquilla. Sara did the amazing styling with Leanne at the Lake House setting it all up beautifully, and Lindy at Lush Floral Designs did all the bouquets and flower arrangements.
Both Sara and Joel said afterwards that the highlight of their day was the intimate, comfortable and easy-going ceremony with all the emotions that went with it. As Sara said “I had lots of emotions approaching the Lake House and was unsure as to how I was going to react, if my energy was going to produce excitement or a lot of tears. I was so excited that I did a happy dance when I was standing in front on everyone.”  We all loved your happy dance Sara <3
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Tree Elle Retreat {family portraits}


Desmond and Pat had spent time at Tree Elle Retreat several years ago whilst touring the south west with some friends from Europe. It was clearly an experience that was memorable for all the right reasons because when they were thinking about how to mark Desmond’s 80th birthday, a gathering of the clan from far and wide at Tree Elle over the Easter long weekend was the perfect solution. With four separate self-contained houses set amongst beautiful gardens it was the perfect location for a big family reunion with their five children and eleven grandchildren (and the perfect opportunity for an extended family photo session!)

Wanting to surprise their family with their secret hideaway, Desmond and Pat enlisted the help of Tree Elle’s owner, Kim, to help plan everything.

Silas and his team at Pepper & Salt Restaurant made sure that no one went hungry, bringing his restaurant to them. With everyone arriving at different times on the Thursday, there was a selection of curries waiting for them. The next evening was Desmond’s Birthday Party and Silas created a dinner with local produce – from marron to beef, in-season vegetables and divine desserts. There was a gourmet barbecue for the third night and on the final night the family was treated to a Fijian-style hangi which Pat describes as “a veritable feast of pork, lamb, chickens and goat with masses of potatoes wrapped in muslin cooking on top of the meat, all meltingly delicious and a wonderful finale to our celebrations”.

The days were filled with visits to nearby beaches and local wineries, and while the grandkids explored the property on bikes, played giant chess and fed the farm animals, the adults enjoyed spas and massages at Tree Elle, as well as quality family time. All Desmond and Pat had to do was relax and enjoy themselves.

Tree Elle is also a wonderful venue for a wedding with plenty of room for a marquee in picture-perfect surroundings and additional holiday accommodation nearby for extra wedding guests.

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Rachel & Jarrod {wedding}

So there is a new kid on the block as far as local wedding venues go – Torbay Hill Function Centre is now available for weddings and functions, and surely has to have the best view on the south coast of the Great Southern. Rachel and Jarrod had the honour of being their first wedding clients and held both their ceremony and their reception here. Definitely one to check out!

Rachel and Jarrod and their bridal party got ready at two separate houses on a nearby local farm – Eagle Nest Cottage and Wren Cottage which are both available through Airbnb. Hair and make-up was by The Temple in Albany, and their celebrant was Megan Tuffley.

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Carly & Jeremy {wedding}


Any man who flies secretly to the other side of Australia and back to buy the engagement ring that his beautiful girlfriend has fallen in love with in a magazine, has to be a keeper! Once I heard that story, I knew this wedding was going to be romantic and very special.

Three of my very favourite things about Denmark are the softness of the peppermint trees, the wildness of Lights Beach and Silas’s food. Carly and Jeremy combined all three to create the perfect, intimate and relaxed wedding day, not just for themselves and their guests, but for their photographer too! Add a moving hand-binding ceremony into the mix using Pop Bob’s tie and his late beloved wife’s brooch, lots of beautiful sisters, little love letters to each other that they read once they were on their own at the beach, one of the most amazing wedding dresses I’ve ever seen, and bursts of sunshine at just the right moments, and the day could not have been any better.

Everyone got ready surrounded by the peppie trees at William Bay Country Cottages, celebrant Maggie Anderson brought so much heart to the ceremony, and Silas and the team at Pepper & Salt Restaurant worked their magic at the long table dinner in the cellar door at Forest Hill Winery. Tamara of Little Secret did Carly’s make-up and the girls at Zenphire did her hair; The flowers were by Lindy at Lush Floral Designs; Carly’s platinum engagement ring with a pink Argyle diamond was from MDT in Melbourne, and had diamonds added by Rohan Jewellery to turn it into her wedding ring. Jeremy’s ring also came from Rohan Jewellery. Carly wore an Anna Campbell dress with Badgley Mischka shoes (from the white collection), and Jeremy’s suit was from Rhode and Beckett with shoes by Bally.



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