When your wedding plan (almost) goes up in flames

Everyone knows the old adage about best-laid plans going astray, no one more than a Wedding Planner, but there’s going astray and then there’s completely going up in flames… almost literally.

I met our beautiful bride and her magnificent mother back in 2019 at the One Fine Day Wedding Fair in Sydney where they enchanted me with their vision of a marquee wedding at the family property in the Southern Highlands. It was only a matter of weeks before I was there, immersed in the magic of the place - it needed some work but the bones were perfect.

Our bride had her heart set on two things: styling & floristry by She Designs, and a Sperry Tent.

The first wish was graciously granted by Sheree from She Designs - she came out to the property and fell in love with it too. Sheree created the perfect vision for the day with the ceremony overlooking the pond, cocktail hour near the stable, and the Sperry Tent just outside the cottage with a dance floor under the stars.

The second wish was a little more complicated. Marquee weddings are never as simple as they seem and this was no exception. We were all devastated when the team at Your Event Solutions figured that there was no way to fit a Sperry Tent into the space. Instead we opted for a beautiful marquee.

The next major issue was the dance floor. The weight of it may have cracked the family's newly installed underground water tank if not for the ingenious solution proposed by the team from Luminous Entertainment . They were able to build a platform to go around the tank without exerting any pressure on the tank itself.

Challenges continued to present themselves and each time they did, the incredible team we’d assembled worked tirelessly to resolve them. Everyone was so determined to ensure that our couple had the wedding of their dreams that we actually started having fun solving the problems until we came up against one completely out of our control…

The bushfires.

Suddenly the wedding was secondary to saving the property as the fires beat their way ever closer to the door. Luckily the property was spared but it was clear that the wedding could not go ahead as planned. Even if the property was safe, we couldn’t guarantee the safety of the guests, to say nothing of the choking smoke.

On 19th December 2019, after almost a full year of planning, four weeks out from the wedding date, and one day before all the wedding vendors closed for Christmas, I received the call to say that the couple had made decision to move the entire wedding to Sydney.