Adele & Simon Gilgara Retreat Margaret River

Delly & Si as seen on Hello May issue 18
Words from Adele Via Hello May Questionnaire

What do you do for work?

Si is an Engineer and I run our business TP and Co. We hire giant tipis for weddings and events, which came in handy when planning our own wedding. I’d always wanted a tipi wedding.

How long have you been together?

We have been together three years, since meeting in 2014. We met through mutual friends at the pub. The old school way.

How long was your engagement?

About 18 months. We got engaged in New Zealand in August 2015.

Tell us a little bit about the proposal?

We planned a last minute snowboarding trip to Queenstown, New Zealand in August 2015. I almost didn’t  manage to get the time off work so it was all a bit rushed. We had been out snowboarding that day, and I hadn’t been before so had taken a number of heavy tumbles. Si had mentioned that he had a date night planned for us before we left for NZ, but I had almost forgotten about it by the time we got there. Then, he asked me if I was ready to go out! I was secretly hoping he would forget, I was getting sick and was so tired from snowboarding. It was mental exhaustion from all the fear, really.  But, I managed to put on my trackie-pants and muster some energy when he told me we were going to the Onsen Hot Pools. It was incredible. Candle-lit and perched on the edge of the mountain, we opened up the door and looked down in to the valley and it was a freezing cold, clear night so being in the hot pool felt so cosy. Si told me had something for me and proceeded to hand me a Queenstown post card. It took me a very long time to click who it was from, ha! I though my friend in NZ had written to tell me she wouldn’t be able to make it down to see us, but I finally started to catch on when I read “I have something to ask you” still slightly confused, I looked at Si and he asked me to be his wife! Which I, of course, said yes to! Gah, so romantic. Then I sobbed uncontrollably for about 15 minutes. Maybe half an hour.

What led you to decide on your venue? Did you see many beforehand?

We knew we wanted an ‘away’ wedding, so we could drag it out over more than just one day. One day could never be enough! So we looked in to private venues ‘down south’ in the Margaret River region. We found Gilgara and locked it in that week, we loved it and the owner Angus so much!

What was the inspiration behind your wedding theme vibe?

I didn’t have a theme in mind, per se. I loved the juxtapose of formal and sophisticated with a touch of rustic and relaxed. I had seen Emma of Styled Notion’s work online, and loved her dark, moody and romantic aesthetic and knew she would be able to bring to life what I couldn’t quite manage to articulate for myself.

What was your favourite detail from the day?

Probably my bridal bouquet. They were spectacular, and I had told Emma she could do whatever she wanted so had no idea what we would get. They were so beautiful and vibrant and perfectly fitted with the romantic mood. My dress was also fairly spectacular.

Talk to us about your dress? Where was it from? How long did it take to find and how did you find the over all experience?

Well. I bought two. And then sold one. Firstly, I found a gorgeous Rue de Seine dress, which I bought soon after we were engaged. But by the time it had arrived, I had seen the stunning Odylyne the Ceremony Icarus dress online and obviously desperately needed it. So I flew to Sydney and tried it on at Love Marie Bridal boutique. It felt special, and more ‘me’ than my first dress. So I bought it. Unfortunately, I hadn’t considered to whole logistical issues with having a dress made in an entirely different country. So, it turned out to be quite a stressful experience with a bit of lack of communication between the designer, the boutique and myself. It arrive about 4 weeks before the wedding, which wasn’t ideal, as it was too big and needed to be altered – very tricky with that fabric. But, Mai at Final Touch made all my dreams come true and had her fitting like a glove in no time. However, I did pay an additional $1500 for alterations. Like I said, less than ideal. But, I love the dress so much, so it was worth it. My only advice would be, have your dress made to fit, not made to measure, as they can be very different!

Where did you find your key vendors?

Being in the wedding industry ourselves, we had a pretty good idea of local vendors we liked. However, I’ve been a long time lover of Hello May, The Lane, Loho Bride and One Fine Day wedding fairs so when I needed some inspiration I just popped on to Instagram or spoke to other vendors we work with.

Favourite moment / memory from the day?

Si’s brother was our Best Man, and also happens to be a stand-up comedian. It was probably the best wedding speech we’ve ever heard. Everyone was in fits of uncontrollable laughter. A particular joke referring to the time Si killed a crow when he was a kid, and still relives the pain and shame to this day “like it’s his ‘Nam” was my personal favourite. Unfortunately his partner who captured it on her iPhone accidentally dropped it in the toilet the next day, so we can’t relive it. But, probably for the best. Another memorable moment was when my Dad gave me away. He broke down in tears as he put my hand in Si’s and made nearly everyone cry.  It was a really sweet moment.

My hairdresser’s car got broken in to the night before and they stole a heap of her equipment which was horrible. She had to cut my hair using my Mum’s nail scissors, but it worked a treat. The groomsmen carried on the party well and truly after we had left, taking the speaker from our DJ, and 4 of our friends ended up sleeping in the same bed together… risqué.

Advice for other couples planning a wedding?

Stick to your budget. It’s so easy to want more and more, but no-one else but you will know that you chose the slightly less expensive crockery. A planner or stylist is invaluable, even just for making sure all runs smoothly on the day. They are so creative and have amazing relationships in the business. You can trust that they will make it better than anything you could have done yourself.

Anything you are really glad you did? Or wish you didn’t do?

We included an acknowledgement to country and a spiel about marriage equality within our ceremony. We felt they were both really important acknowledgements to include. We also wrote our own vows, which I would most definitely recommend. Its such a special day, and those little things make it even more memorable.

What were your aisle, recessional and first dance songs?

I walked down the aisle to Magical Cloudz, “I Do Sing for You”, our recessional song was Dire Straits “Walk of Life” and our First Dance was to Big Scary’s “The Opposite of Us”

Any stand out vendors from your wedding? Who did you connect with? Who went above and beyond?

James and Olivia from James Simmons Photography was the first vendor we locked in. Even before we had set a date. They were amazing, making us feel so comfortable in what is a really emotional and intimate occasion, not to mention, unnatural being in front of the camera. And, as you can see our photos are truly incredible. Emma from Styled Notion was so calm and collected and all over the planning and styling for our big day. I left her to create something beautiful, because I knew she would bring to life something far more beautiful than I could have imagined and she certainly exceeded my expectations.  Angus from Gilgara was amazing. His customer service was second to none, and he went out of his way to make Si and I and our whole family feel at home over the 4 days we stayed at Gilgara Retreat.

Photographer: James Simmons Photography
Event planner / Stylist: Emma Lindegaard of Styled Notion
Florist: Styled Notion and Sheridan Tjhung https://www.stylednotion.com
Stationery (invites, place cards, favour tags etc): Emily Lauren
Ceremony venue: Gilgara Retreat, Margaret River
Reception venue: Gilgara Retreat, Margaret River
Catering: Supper Road
Cake (and what kind): Adele’s sister – Zoe Cunningham (no website)
Other desserts (slices, tarts, cookies etc): Supper Road
Decorative elements (bunting, straws, plates, balloons, garlands etc): Hire Society – Cutlery and Crockery Glassware South west Event Hire
Wedding favours (business where favour was bought from… elements such as tags, jars, labels etc): Home-made Billtong made by Adele’s Sister – Zoe Cunningham (no website)
Prop or furniture hire (chairs, drink dispensers, tables, games etc): Cocktail Furniture – Event Artillery, Ceremony furniture (Rugs and benches) – TP and Co.
Marquee / teepee: Teepee – Tp and Co
Lighting / sound hire: Tp and Co and South West Event Hire
Entertainment: DJ Saramony –
Celebrant: Sue Senior – Elegant Ceremonies
Engagement ring: Hope Diamonds and Tayha Designs
Brides wedding band: Tayha Designs
Grooms wedding band: Tayha Designs
Any vendors we have forgotten? Nope
Bridal gown designer: Odylyne the Ceremony
Bridal Boutique (if purchased from one): Love Marie Bridal Boutique
Lingerie: Gooseberry Intimates
Garter: Made by Adele’s Aunty – Dexter Purcell (no website)
Shoes: Senso
Accessories (earrings, bracelets, anklets, barefoot sandals etc): Earrings: House of Harlow, Ruby Ring: Borrowed from Adele’s sister – Prue Cunningham
Hair: Christie from TxC Collective
Makeup: Kristy from The Pretty Parlour
Bridesmaid dresses: Each wore a different dress from various designers, including Alice McCall, Shakuhachi, Veronica Maine.
Bridesmaid shoes: Various designers
Bridesmaid gifts: Christie Nicolaides earrings  and Mecca Cosmetica gifts
Jacket: Politic
Tie / Bow tie: Calibre
Shoes: Ginger’s for Gentlemen
Socks: Happy Socks
Groomsmen suits: Hire from Penguin Formal Wear, Perth
Groomsmen gifts: Dry Bags, beach towels and Happy Socks

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