ROBIN & TARYN SMITH
“Best of all, my Mom made my dress” THE Splashy Fen Music Festival back in 2006 was the place that this down to earth, funloving couple first met. Tell us a bit about your venue and why you chose it? We were married at my Mom’s smallholding in Assagay. We had the ceremony under a big tree in the paddock and the reception in the garden. We wanted it to feel like a family gathering and to have our dogs a part of our big day as well, and having it at home made that possible. It also gave us more freedom to take our time setting up too. How long did it take to plan your wedding? Not too long, we had a few ideas of what we liked. After we got engaged in August 2010, I just hoarded bridal mags and collected as many ideas as I could. Then at the start of the new year we started contacting vendors and booking everything – we did however book the photographer as soon as we had set a date. How much of it did you do yourself? Quite a bit, we wanted it to feel very personal and get all our friends and family involved. I had my friends around to make favours, we made origami hearts filled with sweet pea seeds. We also had little blankets for everyone to snuggle up with in the evening and to take home - Robin sewed them! My Aunt designed the invitations and with the help of Robin’s Mom, the flower arrangements. Family brought finger foods for everyone to snack on whilst we went for photos. I made the cupcakes (facebook.com/cupcakesbytaryn) and we made Yakka and Pimm’s as our signature drinks. (We should have made more as we underestimated how much our friends drink!) We also did an ice cream parlour for dessert at the end of the evening and a s’mores kit by the fire pit. Everyone pitched in and helped us set up the décor and tables and chairs. A lot of heavy lifting was done by the groomsmen. And best of all, my Mom made my dress, although I think she was cursing me for choosing such a complicated style! Most emotional moment? I get very emotional so there were quite a few tears! Saying our vows that Robin chose, was probably it and my Dad’s speech and him getting all tearful, got me going as well.
24 • REAL BRIDES • 1 March 2012
Published on May 6, 2012
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