WA Weddings

Sarah & Jay’s Romantic Garden Wedding beneath the Trees at Laurelville Manor

Well we didn’t plan it, but we’re going to be featuring York for the the second time this week. Not a bad thing—we think it’s Western Australia’s most beautiful historic town! Sarah certainly thought so. Living in Hong Kong for two years with Jay they wanted a proper wedding, and somewhere not too far from Perth. They chose Laurelville Manor, one of the oldest buildings in York.

They really loved the venue. It has so much history as well as stunning décor and beautiful surrounds. Sarah says that the manager, Sandra, took great care of them whilst they were there:

You book the venue for the whole weekend, so you get to see all the setting up the day before and they pack everything down the next day for you. You also have the option of bring your own alcohol which we chose to do. I remember arriving on the Friday and the marquee was already set up and her staff were starting to dress tables etc.

She didn’t have to worry about anything the whole weekend. Sandra and her staff catered breakfast and lunch and managed all of the vendors as they arrived. For her style choices, she went with colours that could compliment the beautiful surrounds of the venue—soft pinks, coral and gold.


I tried on a few different gowns that I loved but eventually fell in love with this dress. It felt like something I’d wear normally but in a bridal version. I loved the low cut back and all the bead work.

I have a wonderful friend who made my ‘crown’. I gave Donnelle (Donnelle’s Designs) a picture of what I was after and after sending messages and pictures back and forth on Facebook I ended up with a stunning head piece which I loved.

Sarah loves to be hands on, and wishes she could have been more involved with the DIY but it was difficult with her being more than 3000 kilometres away. She was lucky enough to have family and friends who could help out with a few handmade creations.

Two of my favourite DIY items were the confetti bags and my wishing well. Keeping in with the theme of a garden wedding I decided instead of confetti or rose petals I’d collect leaves from around the grounds of Laurelville. I was able to find the template for the bags online for free and printed them at home.

I love flowers so I wanted to add as much of it to the wedding as possible. The only thing is the cost can also add up quickly. Because my ceremony and reception were at the same location, I was able to reuse my ceremony flowers in the marquee for the reception


Sarah’s favourite moment in the wedding was going off-site for the photography session. They hired the town community bus to drive them to the different locations. She says it was nice to relax and have some fun with their closest friends.

I opted for a clear roof marquee adorned with fairy lights so once the sunset the roof was lit up like hundreds of stars. I originally wanted pendant lights above all the guest tables but due to trying to stick to some kind of budget I opted for 5 gold geometric pendant lights above the bridal table. We chose to have our dance floor outside surrounded by festoon lighting so we would have plenty of space to dance the night away.

Our cake was made by a good friend of ours. He loves cooking and makes the most delicious food. I found some images on Pinterest of how I wanted the cake to look and how big it would need to be for the amount of guests we were having. We ended up with a 3-tier cake. 1 tier Red velvet, 1 fruit cake and 1 chocolate. Our friend Des had never made a red velvet cake before but it ended up being a favourite amongst our guests.

When supplying your own alcohol it’s hard to know how much to purchase. It ended up being a cool night and therefore more people drank red wine. I hadn’t planned for lots of red wine drinkers and at some stage of the night we ran out.

We also made our guest favours which were homemade vanilla biscuits covered with fondant and stamped with a message and our wedding date. I was able to marble the fondant, so it matched our colour scheme. They looked super cute, was inexpensive and were easy for guests to travel home with and they tasted delicious.

For the bridal table, the florist made a 3m long floral arrangement with tea lights scattered amongst it. It was a beautiful feature and gave a wow factor and ambiance to our bridal table.

Sarah says that the only thing to be aware of when getting married in somewhere like York is that you have to be super organised as it is a small country town and you can’t just quickly pop to the shops if you forget something.

Bride's Review

Our photographer Kevin McGinn was so organised but also so much fun. He let me have my direct photos but also had lots of his own ideas. Even thought that was his 3rd wedding for the weekend and he had another wedding on Sunday he had some photos up on Facebook by 10am Sunday morning!

By Rebecca Carmody

Co-founder and editor of WA Weddings; a premium blog showcasing original photography and inspirational ideas from beautiful west coast weddings and the most creative local suppliers who made them possible.