Real Wedding: Hayley & Ismet's Modern Country Wedding

The natural surroundings of the idyllic country estate inspired Hayley & Ismet who wanted a rustic setting enhanced with vibrant floral decorations.

How They Met
Hayley and Ismet met in Bowral where she was managing a coffee shop; Ismet came to deliver coffee one day whilst on a break from University. Their first date was so magical for Hayley that she decided then not to move back to Qld with her parents. Needless to say, it was a decision she doesn’t regret!

The Proposal
They were enjoying a six-week holiday through the UK and Ireland when Ismet decided to propose. One morning after breakfast, they climbed to the top of a lighthouse in Ireland, when he said to her: “I love this lighthouse. It has been here for over 100 years, weathered countless storms and raised so many children. I hope that our relationship will be the same”. When she turned to him, he was on one knee with a ring in hand and asked Hayley to be his wife.

The Venue
The couple wanted a rustic country wedding & Bendooley Estate was the ideal venue. The breathtaking views, the glorious natural surroundings and the historic building were the major sources of inspiration for the bride who instantly knew this unique place doesn’t need too much styling and that it will be easy to achieve an elegant and polished look.

The Colour Palette
They narrowed down colours to blush pink and eucalyptus green and used vibrant blooms to enrich the palette.

The Flowers
Her big, colourful bouquet perfectly complemented her delicate lace wedding dress purchased at Fashions by Farina. Her florist used a mixture of roses, ranunculus and Australian natives for the bouquets, leucadendrons and gumnuts for the boutonniere and a combination of native blooms and eucalyptus for the ceremony arbour.

Wedding Planning
Hayley did the wedding planning herself and it wasn’t stressful until the week leading up to the wedding. But when she started to cry, her older sister gave her a wonderful advice which we think every bride who wants to organise her big day will find useful and comforting: “You are the only one who knows the many details of the wedding day and therefore, you are the only one who will know if something hasn’t gone exactly to plan. However, the guests will know if the bride isn’t happy and if she looks stressed, so just relax and let it all happen as it should or shouldn’t."

Wedding Gown
Hayley always wanted a lace dress and luckily, it didn’t take visiting more than two bridal stores to find “the one” at Fashions by Farina. It was a strapless, fit-and-flare number topped with a matching off-the-shoulder lace bolero which she took off before the reception to get a different look.

Live band created the perfect atmosphere at the ceremony and reception, but entertainment also included Turkish drummers and belly dancers which were a definite stand-out. There was also a traditional Turkish-Cypriot pot dance which involves all the ladies in the room taking turns to dance with a clay pot before the bride smashes it. This traditional ritual is said to bless the bride with fertility.

Jonathan David Photography is absolutely amazing at what he does! He didn’t feel like a stranger that would be hiding behind his lens, he seemed like an old friend. On the day he was such a professional, he captured the day from a distance, managing to isolate and capture all the beautiful moments.

- From the bride

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Bride’s Gown Fashions by Farina, Bridesmaid’s Dresses Forever New, Cake Gumnut Patisserie, Celebrant Sue Jackman Celebrant, Ceremony & Reception Bendooley Estate, Entertainment C’DARZ Entertainment, Dessert Dreams Bellydance, Flowers Little Wildflower, Hair & Make-up June Rose Bridal Hair and Makeup, Menswear T.M. Lewin, Music Something Borrowed, Photography Jonathan David Photography, Video Fikri Films Weddings, Wedding Rings Cerrone

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