Alyce & Tim – 27 March 2015
Photography by: Robert Hock Photography
The process from planning to the walk home in the early hours of the morning after the wedding was easy and fun with the staff at The Convent. Being able to use all the amazing spaces was perfect. Having The Altar Bar was great because it meant there was a more intimate celebration after the reception and we were able to stay there till the wee hours in the morning. The staff were just brilliant!
Our ceremony was held in the Chapel. We had 128 guests so some of the pews were taken out so people could stand at the back. As we had organised a short ceremony with the priest this worked well. My father passed away 2 1/2 years before the wedding so my mother walked me down the aisle, which was a very special moment. We are very close so it was a real honor to have her with me during such an important time in my life. Before the ceremony began we held a candle ceremony for my father and our grandparents that had passed away and therefore couldn’t be there with us.
Our 6 siblings all took part in the ceremony (readings/music/prayers) so it was a very special day. Tim’s eldest nephew took the opportunity to ask the priest a few questions along the way as well (see pictures). After the ceremony we had a group picture out the front of the chapel. This was great because it has given us a record of all the important people in our lives being together for such a special day. The guests were then taken straight up to the St. Lawrence Room + Atrium for drinks and canapés.
MUSIC FOR CEREMONY:
Bridal Processional – Close your eyes – Michael Buble
Recessional Song – I feel good – James Brown
Tim’s brother, Andy controlled the playlist for the ceremony. We had a pre-ceremony playlist that we had going for the 45mins before the ceremony. A few guests commented to us afterwards that being able to walk through the gallery with the music playing before the ceremony was a nice way to start as it set the tone for the ceremony. We also had 3-4 songs lined up for after the ceremony as the guests walked out of the chapel to keep the mood light and cheerful.
Our band was the Tone Tone Semitones. They were absolutely brilliant! We cannot recommend them enough!
Tim Mitchell (lead singer) sang with his keyboard for the canapes and entrees in the Atrium Room and we had the band with the trumpet for the reception. They were extremely popular with the guests and performed our bridal waltz song as well!
Bridal Waltz: Thinking Out Loud, Ed Sheeran
Entrees (served alternating):
1) Traditional Spanish paella cooked before your guests with meat and /or seafood, flavored with saffron
2) Malaysian beef rendang with rice pappadams and yoghurt
Mains (served alternating):
1) Lamb rump marinated with oregano, garlic and lemon grilled and roasted with scallop potato, minted peas and buttered leeks, olive and tomato remoulade
2) Pesto grilled chicken fillet, basil mayonnaise, and melted Roma tomato, truffled potato mash, pancetta and onion tossed silverbeet
Our guests were constantly complimenting the quality and amount of food that was provided on the night. We had a large number of guests with specific dietary requirements and all of them mentioned that they were very impressed with the dinner options they were given. They loved it!!!
We also had a lot of people come up to us on the night of the wedding and comment on the brilliant wait staff. The staff remembered what people were drinking, brought out top ups without the guests requesting them. We can’t stress how accommodating the staff were on the day and throughout the whole night. Just magic!
We chose to get the three local bakeries to provide a selection of baked goods for a dessert table instead of having a cake. It went down a treat!
We didn’t have specified bonbonnieres. Instead we set up about 4 dessert bars around the St Michael’s Room so when the guests entered the room they could take a selection of lollies to their tables in the cups provided and fill up a little bag with lollies or bakery goods to take home at the end of the night as well. It was a very popular option.
The majority of our guests were from interstate or overseas so spending time with them was our priority. The Convent was brilliant because we could have all of our photos in the gardens and get back to the guests as quickly as possible.
The day after the wedding we had a big group of the guests (about 60 people) join us at the Daylesford Bowling Club for an afternoon of lawn bowls and drinks. It was a great way of spending quality time with everyone that had traveled so far to celebrate with us.
All of our guests stayed in Daylesford for the weekend. Everyone was within walking distance of The Convent and the Bowling Club, which meant we would walk down the main street over the weekend and meet up with many of our guests along the way. It was just fantastic! Everyone had the opportunity to explore the beautiful countryside or catch up and have a few drinks, a bit of grub and a laugh together.
Hair & Makeup by: Spice Daylesford
Flowers by: Wombat Hill Nursery & Florist Daylesford