Including family in special ways was front and centre at Anne and Jeremy’s stunning country wedding. We love their focus on keeping it simple and choosing a few things to do exceptionally well, with pretty mismatched bridesmaid dresses, rustic flowers featuring in stationery and styling, and an elegant gown that was well worth the wait!
The Planning Experience
“It was about six months from the time we were engaged to our wedding, and I was pretty organised from the start. I appreciated the advice I got from family and friends and had a positive experience with all our wedding suppliers.”
“That the wedding reflected Jeremy and I, as individuals and as a couple. It was also important to have family involved. We wanted to include our six nieces and nephews in the bridal party, which worked out perfectly. Our celebrant was our sister in-law, which added to the intimate and personal atmosphere of the ceremony. Our aim overall was to try and not make it too complicated.”
“We wanted it to be simple, rustic and elegant. The backdrop of the hillside with the river winding through was very idyllic. It was a beautiful contrast with the white of the arbour curtains and greenery of the gum trees.”
The Bridal Party
“I was pretty laid back. I encouraged my bridesmaids to find a dress style they felt comfortable wearing. For the groomsmen we knew we wanted blue suits and brown shoes. The rest of the styling came together at the shop. The point of difference for the groom was a waist coat.”
Finding The Dress
“It was definitely a journey! I probably tried on over 50 dresses in two states until I found the perfect one. I was constantly online researching styles, and decided I needed to explore a larger city with greater options, so arranged a girls’ weekend of wedding dress shopping. Unfortunately, the styles I had liked online were just not as impressive in person, so I was starting to worry that I could be going home without a dress with only three months till my wedding.
The next morning I found ‘the one’. It was the first dress I tried on. Walking out to show my mum and sister and seeing their reactions cemented the decision. Relief swept over me and I became quite emotional. It was a beautiful moment to have found my wedding dress and seeing the emotions from my mum, sister and even the shop assistant made my decision feel right.”
“We continued the theme, incorporating bare timber tables, gum leaf table runners and cotton napkins. The cake stand was made by my dad, brother and Jeremy. Dad chiselled out the love heart and my brother and Jeremy added the writing. My aunty made tea light candles as thank you gifts for guests and some larger candles for the tables to add to the atmosphere.”
Processional: “Flightless Bird, American Mouth” by Iron & Wine
Recessional: “Feel So Close” by Calvin Harris
Reception entrance: “Celebration” by Kool & The Gang
First dance: “Keep The Light On” by The Whitlams. This is the first concert Jeremy and I saw together.
1. Book the suppliers you want early to avoid disappointment.
2. Don’t over complicate things. Do a few things brilliantly, rather than many things mediocre!
3. On the day, stop and breathe. Enjoy the moment, it goes way too quickly.
If you’re dreaming of a romantic country wedding, you’ll find even more inspiration from Ang and Geoff’s stylish celebration!
Location: New South Wales | Photography: Sheri McMahon Photography | Venue: Outback Cellar Dubbo | Officiant: Kelly Bunn | Styling: Bespoke Country Weddings | Flowers: Cherished Wedding Flowers | Stationery: Sarah Head Creative | Cake: Cakes at Number 5 | Entertainment: DJ Mark Bruce | Wedding Dress: Stella York from Casar | Bridesmaids: Fame & Partners | Hair: Mel Waters | Makeup: Danielle Pearce Artistry | Suits: Blades Menswear