Elyse & Brenton tied the knot at one of our favourite Orange wedding venues, Borrodell Vineyard. The vineyard is one of Australia's highest vineyards, situated on the picturesque slopes of an extinct volcano - Mt Canobolas so the view is to die for…. Elyse & Brenton successfully created a gorgeous combination of ‘tropical in the countryside’ using a mix of natural timbers, tropical foliage and lots of candles!
We loved being involved in Elyse & Brenton’s romantic tropical countryside wedding, captured beautifully by Jason Corroto. Keep scrolling to see all of the tropical goodness from their day and how Elyse planned and enjoyed their day.
Where was your wedding venue and why did you choose them?
As Brenton & I live in Trangie we were really keen to get married somewhere that was central to both our families and friends. We also wanted a location that was going to be a great destination for a weekend and Orange was the perfect location!
Our wedding venue was at Borrodell Vineyard - my parents fell in love with the view when we were venue hunting. Both Brenton and I couldn't deny the impact of the spectacular view and our only wish was for a marquee and they agreed. Our numbers were 196 so the marquee and view were a perfect fit.
What was the feel and style of your wedding?
I felt the style of our wedding was a bit of a combination between tropical and classic. I was lucky enough to hire a range of pieces from ‘The White Place’ which is exactly what I was looking for particularly with the style of the bars, urns and items for the tables.
Where did you find your inspiration for your wedding day?
We found our inspiration from weddings in Byron Bay, however, knew our setting was a bit different so wanted to combine a classic elegant country feel with elements of the tropics such as the palms and greenery at the opening of the marquee.
What was it like planning your wedding?
I think it was great planning a wedding, however, you are not just planning for yourself. You are planning for your family and friends and at times their needs conflict your wants. Having a budget is essential and making sure you are communicating at all times within who is involved in your wedding.
Alex at the White Place was so helpful to me even when I changed my mind a thousand times, someone that can accommodate this makes the process so much easier and enjoyable. We were lucky enough to have Fran Murphy help design the concept and arrange the décor of our wedding.
What were your highlights of the day?
There were many highlights on the day. I think getting ready with your girlfriends is the best way to start the day and having breakfast and coffee was such a lovely part. Our Priest, Father Greg was so wonderful and Brenton and I both loved our ceremony at St Joseph’s Catholic Church in Orange. However the highlight was flying into the venue on our friend’s helicopter. It was a special moment and the venue had a helipad so we just had to do it.
Who were your photographer and videographer?
Jason Corroto was our photographer. A friend had previously used him and recommended him. He was perfect and exactly what Brenton and I wanted for the day. He was so relaxed, accommodated everything we wanted and worked to the time frame so we could be with our guests. I would recommend him to anyone, particularly his time frame that he gives you your photos
Where did you source your hire and decor items? (List all, not just us)
We mainly sourced the bigger pieces from The White Place Lifestyle and Events Orange because it had the style of items that I was looking for
We hired the bentwood chairs from JD Events in Orange.
My mum did the flowers for the tables and we bought candles from Ikea as we had a lot on our guest tables and the bars.
My signage was a combination between Ashdown and Bee for the Bar menus and Nikki Design Co for the seating chart and welcome sign.
If you could do it all over again is there anything you would change?
I wouldn’t change much about the wedding day. Like all couples we wish we had one more hour to dance, so perhaps I would have started my wedding an hour earlier.
Do you have any tips for future brides?
My tip is sometimes you will have to compromise on the things that you want in order to stay within your budget. Think of the three things that are most important to you and your partner. For us, it was people, marquee and drinks so we made sure this was the area that we got exactly what we wanted. The other items are a compromise to stay within your budget.
Also I think having someone there to help particularly on the day of the wedding is really important for your peace of mind on the day. This took away stress for not only myself, but for my family as it is there day too.
Venue: Borrodell Vineyard
Photographer: Jason Corroto
Marquee - Katalane, Sydney
Bentwood Chairs – JD Events
Crystal Water Glasses – Pretty Pedestals
Bars – The White Place
Turkish Urns, Lanterns, Décor Items – The White Place
Cane Lounges and garden seating – The White Place
Printing and Design:
Welcome Sign and Seating Chart – Nikki Design Co.
Bar Menus – Ashdown and Bee
Invitations – Blue Duck Design
Boutiques: Botanica Flora, Orange
Table Flowers: My Mum
Hair: Taryn Cherniayeff MOB Hair, Sydney
Make up: Astrid Montague
Wedding dress: Thelma Gown, One Day
Bridal Shoes: Oscar De La Renta
Bridesmaids dresses: Sass and Bide
Suits: MJ Bale
Catering: Borrodell Vineyard
Cake: Salted Caramel and Berry Cake, Youeni Castle Hill