Crisp, fresh styling and a sunny South­land day set the scene for JES­SICA MCLAREN and THOMAS ROY’S sum­mer­time cel­e­bra­tion.

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T om and I met and fell in love while work­ing to­gether on a farm. One day I was feed­ing my horse and, un­be­knownst to me, Tom had buried an en­gage­ment ring (in its box) amongst a bar­rel of crushed oats. When I turned around to look at Tom, he was down on one knee. With our wed­ding set for Jan­uary, Tom and I wanted its ev­ery de­tail to cap­ture what we love about sum­mer: drinks in the sun, good mu­sic, and amaz­ing food. Put sim­ply, we wanted a big sum­mer party in the coun­try­side.

Our cer­e­mony, with 220 guests, took place at Wyndham Pres­by­te­rian Church – I grew up in Wyndham, so it felt ex­tra spe­cial. We held our re­cep­tion at the The Hide­away 201 in Win­ton, a restau­rant set amongst lush green gar­dens. It was small enough to al­low an in­ti­mate feel, but spa­cious enough that there was plenty of room for danc­ing!

The venue pro­vided a lot of its own dé­cor. In­side the silk-lined white mar­quee were el­e­gant chan­de­liers, fairy lights and sweep­ing white flo­ral ar­range­ments with an abun­dance of leaves in var­i­ous hues and tex­tures, all of which fit with our white and nude pal­ette.

Estelle Flow­ers cre­ated our bou­quets with flow­ers in whites and blush and swathes of vines and leaves – I par­tic­u­larly loved the gyp­sophila, which was ar­ranged loosely and tied with cream and rose pink rib­bons.

Our sta­tionery also re­flected our colour pal­ette and was de­signed by Rachel Hay. Il­lus­trated with wa­ter­colour leaves, it was printed on cream tex­tured card, while the name cards were tied to­gether with a sprig of rose­mary and a white linen nap­kin.

When it came to my dress, I'd al­ways imag­ined a boho, lacey num­ber, but was un­sure what style would suit me. If it wasn’t for the help of my sis­ters, sis­ter-in-law and mum, I don’t know how I would have made up my mind! In the end, we found an off-the-shoul­der lace gown with a fit­ted bodice, a draped skirt and a full train by Rue de Seine from Paper­swan Bride. I fell more and more in love with it ev­ery day lead­ing up to the wed­ding. Be­cause the dress had so

much de­tail, I kept my ac­ces­sories min­i­mal, choos­ing to stick with sim­ple pearl ear­rings and a match­ing neck­lace.

My four brides­maids wore silk nude- coloured dresses, with pink pearl ear­rings and del­i­cate neck­laces, while the boys donned navy suits and white shirts from Bark­ers, with Tom wear­ing a pocket square as his point of dif­fer­ence. The bri­dal party def­i­nitely looked the part as they piled out of the 1970s Ford Fal­cons we hired to take us from A to B.

Our cake, by Mandy May’s Pantry, was two-tiered: gin and lemon, and choco­late and beet­root. We also had a sweets ta­ble where guests could take their pick from an as­sort­ment of choco­lates, fudges and mints.

I love mu­sic, so in ad­di­tion to hav­ing the tal­ented Lit­tle Green Men play at our re­cep­tion, I took it upon my­self to put the wed­ding playlist to­gether. It was quite the party, and to end the night, Tom and I ar­ranged a cel­e­bra­tory sparkler exit. Wav­ing our guests good­bye and driv­ing off to­gether as a mar­ried cou­ple was a feel­ing I will never for­get.


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