Our Weddings: Shoko & Craig

Planning 

Shoko was a dream bride to work with. She fell in love with the venue at first sight and could envision her special day as soon as she stepped through the gates and into the courtyard.  

Flowers played a major role in her décor and dictated the colour theme and aesthetic of the wedding. Her floral designer accompanied her on minimal visits to the venue where they effortlessly planned the look for her celebration.  

While the wedding was an intimate affair with only 19 guests, Shoko still wanted to have the impact of a major event. Every detail was well considered and meticulously planned. Her creativity and incredible sense of style shone through with every detail, blowing us away.  

It was refreshing and inspiring to see the explosion of colour that transformed Chateau Nesbit into a magical dreamscape for Shoko and Craig’s wedding.  

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Ceremony  

Shoko and Craig exchanged vows and affirmed their love for one another on the main stairs. With the carved timber doors serving as a backdrop, this position elevated them above their guests so that everyone could witness the ceremony with ease.  

Guests were comfortably seated in the courtyard and beneath the pergola, enabling a relaxed atmosphere for the ceremony.  

The couple were bordered by two large floral columns on either side of the doors. This stunning full colour displayed served as the focal point for photographs, perfectly framing the pair and their loved ones.  

A string duo were positioned along the adjacent patio providing the soundtrack to the celebration. Exchanging their vows at dusk, Shoko and Craig tied the knot under the romantic flicker of the festoon lights. Every little detail was considered to create an elegant and whimsical setting for the lovebirds to wed.  

Reception 

To accommodate the intimate group for dinner, a long trestle table was set with French Provincial furnishings to comfortably seat the guests. The table scape was a breathtaking explosion of beautiful blooms, foliage, and unexpected accents of pineapples.  

Candles provided ambient lighting and places were set with mismatched napery and dining ware. It was a colour, print, and texture clash that combined beautifully to create an unforgettable setting to celebrate love and family.  

A drinks station was set by the herb garden for guests to enjoy, offering a quiet reprieve from the revelry. Dinner was an exquisite seafood banquet, laid out on the stone table under the chandelier, and the cake was presented on the grand table in the indoor dining room. 

The small gathering allowed guests to move effortlessly from table to table, enjoying the sumptuous delights on offer. 

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Décor 

The decoration for Shoko and Craig’s wedding was, at once, both simple and extravagant. The large floral displays of the doorway and the table were all that was needed to create an unforgettable scene. The architecture and accents of Chateau Nesbit provided any additional decoration and offered the perfect canvas for the eye-catching floral creations.  

The intimate guest numbers allowed the dining table to be dressed in an abundance of colour and pattern without making the space appear cluttered or over the top. It was the perfect balance of simplicity and extravagance.  

Catering  

The couple chose to cater the event themselves with family members using the commercial kitchen space to cook and prepare the wedding feast. With hired wait staff to assist, they were able to host their guests in a personalised way and achieve the dining experience they desired.  

Shoko and Craig’s wedding perfectly demonstrated how Chateau Nesbit can be utilised to create the wedding or event of your dreams.