Ellie and Trent Irwin met in Armidale in 2012, were recently married and now call Armidale home. They kindly share their love story and wedding day with FOCUS readers.
Where are you both originally from, and how did you first meet?
Originally I (Ellie) am a Tamworth girl and Trent was born and raised in Inverell. In 2012 I moved to Armidale for uni and was introduced to Trent by a mutual friend at my college. However, it wasn’t until about six months later we began talking and dating in January 2013.
How did Trent propose?
On Friday 7 August 2015, Trent took me out for dinner to one of our most favourite restaurants in Armidale – Azka at the Powerhouse on Marsh Street. After a three-course meal, I came home to a candle lit path with beautiful red roses and rose petals, champagne and chocolates and a drop to one knee! Of course, I said yes! He also had a pre-recorded video with sign cards asking me to marry him playing on our TV.
How did you plan your special day?
It was a bit of a slow start for us. With a relatively long engagement, we took the time to plan everything out. I had a book where I kept a record of all my vendors with what they supplied and quoted, and I would keep a detailed record of payments made. It was never a question for Trent and I to marry anywhere but Armidale – it is such a scenic and beautiful place, it just made sense to marry here. The first thing we did was book the venue – a friend had recommended Petersons Winery and lucky for us, our date was available. Aleisha and Kimberley were amazing when it came to the planning of the wedding – I wouldn’t have been able to pull it off without them. We highly recommend any couple looking to wed in Armidale to seriously consider Petersons. Whilst Kim and Aliesha assisted with the running and catering side of things, Jane from Ivory Lane Event & Hire in Tamworth worked her magic with all our decorating needs. I told Jane exactly how I wanted things set up and placed, and I couldn’t have done it better. The last thing I wanted was for Trent or myself worrying or trying to set up the wedding – it was a relief for someone like Jane and her team to just do it. I think it is important to just focus on one aspect of the wedding at a time and try to not over-complicate things. Once I had everyone booked in, the rest all just fell into place.
Tell us about the businesses that helped make your wedding day so perfect?
As mentioned above, Petersons Winery were so incredibly helpful in assisting us to put together our perfect wedding. They were professional yet friendly and approachable and remained so from start to finish. There was not one thing we could fault with their service, and not to mention the delicious food. Jane and her team from Ivory Lane produced all decorating and styling exactly as we asked for. Like Petersons, nothing was a hassle, and Jane was more than happy to help us achieve our goals. From the drapery and chandeliers to the chairs and centrepieces (and more), Jane went above and beyond to deliver my vision.
Flowers played a huge part in the decorating and styling of the wedding, and I was very excited to hear peonies were in season for our day. Maria from Rosemerin Florist in Butler Street was so wonderful to work with – she is so talented and knew exactly what I was asking for. In organising such a big and important event, communication is key, and I had no problems whatsoever with this with Maria. We received so many compliments on how beautiful the flower arrangements were – and this is evident in our photos. No matter the occasion, I always have confidence in ordering flowers with Rosemerin, knowing they will be stunning and fresh.
To capture our most treasured memories, we chose Andrew Pearson Photography, and we are so glad that we did. Andrew is based in Tamworth, however, travels to the New England and Hunter regions and beyond to preserve those once in a lifetime moments for the bride and groom. His approach is quite different to what I have experienced in the past – we both felt comfortable and at ease in front of the lens, and nothing was forced or premeditated. Andrew has perfectly captured our love for each other.
The boys arrived in style – thanks to Fleet Helicopters! Trent kept this a secret from his groomsmen until they were headed for the Armidale Airport, all suited up! Barry from Fleet Helicopters flew the boys over the gorges for a joy ride before landing at Petersons in time for the ceremony. This also happened to be Trent’s first time in a helicopter.
As neither Trent or myself are originally from Armidale, 98 percent of our guests were from out of town. The majority of our guests travelled from Tamworth and Inverell; however, we did have guests travel from Sydney, Newcastle, Canberra, Coffs Harbour and even the United States. To prevent any confusion, we hired Edwards Coaches to collect guests from the Powerhouse, who then returned guests at the conclusion of the celebrations. We could put our mind at ease, knowing our guests would get back in town safely, and I think they really appreciated the service.
What was the highlight of the day?
Saying “I Do” for both of us was the best part of the day – becoming husband and wife before our beautiful families and friends.
Plans for the future?
Love each other. Work. Travel. Family.
Thanks Ellie and Trent.