Tegan Dengate and Adam Smith hosted their wedding at the Robertson Hotel, nestled in the Southern Highlands of NSW. This 1920’s hotel with beautiful gardens and elegant architecture was the perfect setting for their elegant vintage themed wedding. Photography by Damien Furey
Tegan shares some thoughts about her wedding ceremony.
Why did you hold the ceremony indoors, and not in the Hotel grounds?
Being August, the weather was cool, so for the comfort of our guests we used the ‘drawing room’ for the ceremony. It accommodated all our guests comfortably. The fireplace and the beautiful sunlight that streamed through the antique windows created a warm and inviting atmosphere. The natural light not only created a romantic feel, but it was ideal for photographs.
Why did you choose Angela Finn as your Celebrant?
Adam and I wanted to have the right words and to be able to recognize the special people in our lives. At our first meeting with Angela we found it difficult to articulate exactly what we wanted, but she must have been an expert in body language and reading between-the-lines, as the first draft of our ceremony was ‘spot on’ what we were after.
Describe your ceremony style and theme
We focused on keeping the ceremony light, moving and memorable. Adam and I met in 2006 and we’ve built a pretty busy life together, so we wanted our ceremony to be a recognition of the step we were taking together, rather than a “starting our lives together” feel. We also wanted to acknowledge our parents and grandparents, which Angela was able to write into the ceremony beautifully.
What unique details did you include in the ceremony?
Adam and I have a big bunch of friends so instead of calling them bridesmaids and groomsmen we called them the “I-Do Crew”. They walked in pairs down the aisle followed by my maid of honour to an acoustic version of “Just the way you are”. Then the music changed to Jack Johnson’s “Better Together”, and I walked down the aisle with Mum and Dad on either arm. When I saw Adam waiting at the end of the aisle, I couldn’t stop smiling.
Did you choose any readings for the ceremony?
We did not intend to include a reading, but after looking through the ceremony resources that Angela provided, we really liked the “The Art of Marriage” by Wilfred A Peterson. It is such a realistic, practical approach to marriage which resonated with us.
What were the most touching moments in your ceremony?
There were lots of touching moments – like walking down the aisle with Mum and Dad, seeing Adam for the first time, laughing at the jokes about Adam and I in our story, and of course, exchanging our wedding vows and rings.
We were surprised at the humourous moments that occurred in the ceremony which we hadn’t planned. Like when I put Adams ring on with way too much force, and bending down to speak into the microphone as if I was bowing. Adam and I, along with our guests were all had a laugh which made the ceremony relaxed, fun and intimate.
What did your guests say about your ceremony?
We had so many lovely comments about our ceremony. Guests commented on how much love they felt in the room, and how great it was that we incorporated our parents and grandparents into the ceremony. A lot of people commented on Angela’s friendliness and how she organized all our guests into their positions before the ceremony.
Do you have any advice for engaged couples about their wedding ceremony?
One thing that I have suggested to a few people I know who are planning to get married is how important the rehearsal is. Angela made her way to Robertson the day before our wedding and ran through the entire ceremony a number of times with our “I-Do crew” and parents to ensure everyone knew what they were required to do.
The rehearsal made all of us so relaxed. The following day we were just able to enjoy the ceremony knowing everything was taken care of. We even changed our vows slightly during the rehearsal and Ange showed up the next day with our new vows printed and ready to go.
Wedding Ceremony Music Playlist
Processional: Jason Mraz” Just the way you are”
Bride’s entrance: Jack Johnson “Better Together”
Signing of the Register: Landon Austin – Best part of Me.
Recessional: Vance Joy – Fire and Flood
Coldplay – Sky Full Of Stars
Florist: Eden Flowers (Mount Annan)