Real Wedding: Chris & Richelle

Chris and Richelle held their wedding and reception at Cedar Bar & Kitchen in Spring last year. Their theme was lush and romantic, featuring lush cascading greenery and romantic white roses. They chose a sit down dinner with share style mains and their celebration featured classic traditions including a first dance, garter toss and staged farewell.

We asked them some questions about their Cedar Bar wedding day and they share excellent tips and reflections to help make your own special day perfect.

What style of wedding reception did you choose?

Sit down banquet.

What was the weather like on your wedding day?

Mostly sunshine. It was a bit rainy and overcast in the morning (which was actually good for photos!) and then it was very hot and sunny once the ceremony started which meant we were sweating a LOT during the cocktail hour photos!

How many guests attended your wedding and did you invite kids?

We had approximately 60 guests and we invited kids as we have tons of nieces and nephews we wanted there!

Was there a particular theme or vibe chosen for your wedding, if so, what was it?

We decorated with a lot of greenery and a rustic romantic aesthetic.

What was your favourite part of planning your wedding?

Picking the theme and deciding how the venue was going to look.

Tell us about any ‘freak out’ moments in the lead up to your big day?

Chris’ family is from rural Australia and Richelle is from the US, so we had a lot of difficulty finding things for the wedding! Online shopping is not the best in Australia (compared to the US), and we couldn’t find what we needed at the stores in his town. We also had an issue finding a place nearby to get Richelle’s wedding dress altered. We ended up driving six hours to Newcastle (each way!!) to do it there. Talk about stressful! 

What did you do the day before your wedding?

The bride and bridesmaids had brunch at Black Bear, and then the bridal party and family had a picnic rehearsal lunch down near the river. We then had an afternoon ceremony rehearsal at Cedar Bar, and finished the evening with a wedding pre-party meet up at the Federal Hotel.

Were there any tears during your ceremony?

Yes! Chris got teary-eyed a bit during the ceremony, and Richelle got emotional seeing all the little nieces and nephews in their outfits (yep… that happened), and walking down the aisle. 

Who did you arrange for your reception music?

We did a Spotify playlist, rented some sound equipment, and put someone in charge of managing it! 

How long did you spend having bridal party/couple photography and have you printed any wedding pictures yet?

2 hours plus in photography and yes we’ve absolutely printed some pictures!

Which wedding traditions did you include during your day?

First dance, bouquet toss, garter toss, father/ mother and daughter dance, speeches, cake cutting and staged farewell.


What was your favourite moment of your wedding day?

Too many to count! The first look, walking down the aisle, dancing with everyone on the dance floor, and our last dance that we did in the hall all alone before our sparkler exit. 

How did you spend the day after your wedding?

We had a beach day in Coffs Harbour with everyone who could make it!

With hindsight, would you change anything about your wedding, is there anything you would stress less about?

We wish we had more time! The day goes so fast, so we wish we’d started the ceremony even earlier so we had more time for everything. Also, our playlist could’ve been better. We tried to make it so there were breaks between popular songs so people had time to get drinks, but in hindsight we should’ve just played all the most popular songs back to back since we only had just over 2 hours for dancing. Also, we barely ate during dinner so we had plates set aside for us, but then we forgot them when we left! Whoopsies. 

Now that you’re married, what is the best piece of advice you can give other couples who may have had to postpone their wedding?

I’ve had a few friends this summer who have had to postpone their wedding, and my heart goes out to you! Just remember that your wedding is a time to celebrate your love with friends and family. So if you want to get married now… get married now! Go to the courthouse and sign the documents, then have your dream wedding when all of this blows over. People will still come and everyone will still be excited to celebrate with you in the future. (Chris and I looked at wedding venues before we were officially engaged, and considered signing marriage documents early for visa reasons too!)

Credits: Photos Three Links Photography  //Celebrant Kate Darnell , Music Oppy Entertainment  // Cake Serendipity Cakes  // Flowers Ginger Megs  // Wedding Ceremony, Reception & Catering Cedar Bar & Kitchen.

To read more about holding your wedding at Cedar Bar & Kitchen check out our interview with Kate & Scott.

To enquire about holding your wedding ceremony or reception at Cedar Bar & Kitchen contact us.

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