Congratulations to Emelia and Luke Ballard

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NUMBER OF GUESTS: 145

Tell us about your love story!

We met in 2010, when I was at university in Armidale, NSW and I went into do some groceries one Sunday afternoon and there was a lovely guy in the shopping centre selling sports memorabilia. My housemate purchased a frame for her dad, at the cheapest price he has ever sold a frame for! I then ordered a frame for my best friend who was turning 21 in a few months time and a massive Sydney Roosters fan.

He called his mum that afternoon and told her he just met her future daughter in-law!

He called me later that night and the rest is history!

What is the meaning of marriage to you?

Marriage to me means sharing all of life’s ups and downs and tackling everything as a team. Marriage means I get to wake up next to my best friend every single day!

The wedding location.

Luke and I chose to get married at the old Utungun Hall where my mum and dad met, had their wedding dance, my sister and I were Christened, where we held my dear nans funeral and where many family celebrations had been held. I grew up in Utungun (10km west of Macksville on the NSW, Mid North Coast) and we always return there any chance we get. It was a no-brainer for us to get married there. The Hall was built in 1914, but as far as the records show ours was the first wedding ceremony to be held there.

What was the inspiration behind your wedding theme / vibe?

The theme for our wedding was country rustic. The venues lent themselves to the country rustic theme so all we had to do was enhance their charm. I am a country girl at heart and Luke was happy to go with that theme.

The dress.

The dress was my favourite part of the whole wedding. Apart from the Groom of course!

It was a champagne Mia Solano gown called Belle Rose. It was a strapless dress with a sweetheart neckline with a lace bodice. The lace detailing continued in sections down the tulle skirt of the dress. Around the bottom of the dress was beautiful eyelash lace. It laced up at the back and to complete the dress it had a beautiful big bow that went around the waist and sat off to the left side. I added 2 Mia Solano pearl and diamante belts as straps for security!

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Ceremony & reception.

The reception was held at the Macksville Showground Pavilion, about a 15min drive from the ceremony location. We would have loved to have had the reception at the Hall as well, but with so many guests they barely all fit in the hall for the ceremony!

The Pavilion provided the perfect backdrop for our reception. Inside it was the same as the hall just 10 times bigger! We were able to have guests sitting at round tables with plenty of space for them to move around. We could also have a HUGE dancefloor!

Wedding songs.

Our special songs took a long time for us to decide on! I walked down the isle to Uncle Cracker – Smile and we had our first dance to The McClymonts – Forever Begins Tonight.

My dad chose the song for our Father Daughter dance, I had no idea what it was until the DJ started to play the song! It was I Loved Her First – Heartland, and let me tell you, not a dry eye in the house after that dance!

Food, food, food!

After the 3:30pm ceremony the Utungun ladies auxillary served afternoon tea for all of the wedding guests.

The reception started with cheese platters and hot nibbles. The main meal was a buffet roast dinner with vegetables and salads. Desert was a variety of cheesecakes, pavlova and tarts all made fresh that day by the catering company.

Most memorable moment.

The most memorable moment was arriving (on time!) at the Hall on a tractor with all of my bridesmaids, flower girls and my dad to see all of the guests congregating to see what was happening! Then walking down the aisle to my husband! I have never felt so excited, happy, nervous, elated and anxious in all my life!

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What about the extra details?

There were many special details to our wedding, the most memorable would be that my husbands mum, married us! That just made it all so much more special!

My mum, cousin, aunty and family friends did all of the bouquets, buttonholes and flowers in jars for decoration. I had my nans wedding ring tied to my bouquet so she was with me all day. One of the sulkies used as the bridal table backdrop was the sulky that my mum and dad used to get to the church. We also displayed the wedding photos of our parents and their parents at the reception.

What’s the best advice you can give a bride and groom planning their wedding? 

Now that you have done it, what would you share as a piece of advice for other couples planning their wedding.

One piece of advice I would give any Bride and Groom planning their wedding would be, that it is your day. Make it everything you both want it to be, don’t worry about stepping on people’s toes because it is your day. If they love you they will respect that, if they don’t, it’s their loss!

Favourite love quote.

What quote have you read that you love?

Each love story is beautiful, but ours is my favourite!

What do you look forward to most as Mr. & Mrs.?

I look forward to starting our own family and being role models for our children like our parents are for us! 

Wedding credit

Wedding Venue: Utungun HallMacksville Showground Pavilion

Photography: Kane Lorimer Photography 

Hair: Debbie Green

Makeup: Adara Nails Body and Soul

Caterer: Coast to Coast The Golden Roast 

Invitations & Calligraphy: Etsy

Jewellery: Guess

Music/Entertainment: Dj Bisho

Celebrant/Officiate/Minister: Wendy Ballard

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