Tamarra + Ian

Wedding date: MARCH 7, 2014

Photographer: Linda Pasfield Photography

Venue: Tarraleah Estate

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The meeting

Having met when Tamarra was only 14 and Ian 15, the two are aptly described as high school sweethearts. “We met through mutual friends; my best friend was dating Ian’s best friend at the time,” says Tamarra.

“After spending a lot of time together at parties and friends’ houses, we decided that we enjoyed each other’s company so much that Ian asked me to ‘go out’ with him.”

The proposal

On the 10th anniversary since Ian had asked Tamarra the very important question of “will you go out with me?” Ian took his soon-to-be fiancé to Daylesford for the day.

After a picturesque walk around the lake, and many stops along the way (Tamarra later found out that Ian stopped numerous times so he could find the perfect spot), she turned around to find Ian down on one knee, a tear in his eye, asking the even more important question of “Will you marry me?”. And like she did 10 years previously, Tamarra said yes.

The wedding

Deciding on a small, intimate destination wedding, Tamarra and Ian chose the Apple Isle, where they had had their very first holiday together.

The pair were married at the stunning Tarraleah Estate, exchanging vows in the gorgeous Lodge gardens overlooking the mountain tops, cliff ledges and the famous hydro pipes.

With the majestic mountains serving as a beautiful backdrop there was no need for elaborate decorations, except for a rose petal runner and two urns holding bunches of hydrangeas.

Tamarra walked down the aisle to ‘The Boat Song’ by JJ Heller with her father by her side. The sun was out, the sky was blue and there were tears in the eyes of all their 40 guests.

“We were very lucky to have our family friend John Whitford officiate our ceremony which enhanced the intimacy of our wedding,” says Tamarra. “We also had a very special reading that highlighted the importance of love, read by our beautiful friend who had introduced us.”

The reception was held in the Edge Function Centre overlooking the amazing cliff tops and mountains.

The guests started with drinks and canapés on the first floor where Tamarra and Ian asked them to take a Polaroid photo of themselves, to be placed in their wedding guest book along with
a message of love for the happy couple.

The guests then headed up to the top floor where the newlyweds arrived dancing to Plain White T’s ‘Rhythm of Love’.

“It was so exciting to be announced as Mr and Mrs Ferguson,” Tamarra laughs. “We went straight into speeches from our family, the best man, the maid of honour and ourselves. The party started from there with the help of Tasmania’s best live entertainment – Everburn.”

Highlights and hitches

Thankfully, there were no major hitches on the big day.

Highlights included some pre- and post-wedding celebrations. “We had a dinner the night before the wedding once everyone had arrived where we could all relax and start looking forward to the big day,” says Tamarra. “We also had arranged a brunch
for the day after to keep celebrating.”

“Following the dinner all the girls headed to the cliff top spa for a bit of Champagne and giggles, and the boys stayed in the Highlander pub for a few drinks and a bit of dancing. This was a great way to start the wedding process and begin with a bit of fun.”

The honeymoon

After leaving Tasmania, the couple flew back to Melbourne before heading to Thailand for 12 nights.

The first half of the honeymoon the newlyweds stayed in Koh Samui in a small boutique resort, relaxing and enjoying the warm tropical weather, while the second half was spent in a picturesque resort outside of Phuket.

Advice for other couples

• Make sure your wedding day is everything you want, don’t do things or not do things to make others happy.

• Enjoy every moment, from waking up thinking “OMG this is my wedding day!” to walking out of your reception to start your life together as husband and wife.

• It is okay to feel nervous before you walk down the aisle. You are in unknown territory, and sometimes the nervous feeling can be an overwhelming feeling of excitement.

• Keep it simple. You can definitely get mesmerised by the amount of DIYs and themes that are out there now for weddings, but at the end of the day that can just be more
work and really this day is about you and your significant other, not the trimmings.

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