These guys came to me in a moment of distress when their original wedding photographer was unable to fulfil their commitments. But honestly? I think it was meant to be! Planning and preparing for this wedding with Emma was SO easygoing and laid back. She was so organised and never got flustered with anything. Even the fact that she was planning the whole thing from Warrnambool was never an issue.
The pair chose Emma’s great-grandparents run-down old farm property for their venue to get that ‘country wedding’ feel, as well as knowing it would be a wonderful sentiment to Emma’s side of the family who have all spent time of the property over the last 100 years. The old house has been derelict for awhile now, as too was the property, so there were some serious working bee’s to be completed before the property was in tip-top shape for a wedding! When I met Emma out there a few weeks before the wedding, I was blown away by the choice of places to use for photos – Photographers dream!
The boys got ready just down the road from me, at the Marong Big 4 Caravan Park. The boys were relaxed, and the only issues of the morning were soothing the sunburn from the day before!
The boys all had matching superhero socks and cufflinks to go with their oldy-worldy suspenders and chino’s.
Looking sharp, if I don’t say!
The girls were sipping champagne in their matching robes when I arrived at the divine Belgravia Villa’s in town. (Girls, if you’re looking for a place to get ready in Bendigo CBD – This is it!!)
The girls were seriously chilled too, not even a broken wedding dress phased Em! A quick thinking Michelle grabbed a needle and thread and with Emma’s Mum, the dress was soon fixed! There was a brief “Oh Shit!” moment, but as quickly as it happened, it was over just as fast and everything was A-OK!
The highlight for me was watching all 3 of the girls squeeze into Michelle’s little red Hyundai Getz to drive off to the ceremony. Picture a tiny little car with 3 girls, a lot of tulle and wedding dress squeezed in, and bouquets sitting on the back shelf – I had a smile from ear to ear the whole time I followed that little Getz to the ceremony!
We had a quick, but very special put stop on the way out to the ceremony to visit a special place that means a lot to Emma, and particularly her parents. Emma’s sister has sadly passed away, but always said to her family that this was the place she would get married. It was a simple, but beautiful tree just up the road from where they grew up, and a very special moment that needed to be included in Emma’s day. I felt so honoured to have been asked to be there in that moment.
So we have driven out to Kurting (Just past Inglewood) to the property, but how does one make an entrance to a farm wedding?
ON THE BACK OF A TRUCK, of course!
So while Emma and her crew arrived in style, Danny was waiting at the top of the aisle nervously chatting away, but kept dodging his eyes back to the truck to get the first glance at his Bride. Emma’s Dad, albeit on crutches (the silly bugger broke his leg before the wedding!) proudly walked his girl down the aisle, as their guests watched on proudly. Emma + Danny said their ‘I Do’s’ under the shade of a beautiful old peppercorn tree, as we all tried to find some relief from the 38 degree day!
The giant Jenga and other lawn games were all set out for when the ceremony ended, and I saw some serious competitors out there on the field!
This property. We were spoilt for choice. Down by the creek, there were some old cars and trucks that have been there for decades. I’m sure they left them there knowing ONE DAY, they would come in handy – And today is that day my friends!
We had cars, we had trucks. We had dried creek beds, we had paddocks as far as the eye could see. We had blue skies, we had old farmhouses. OMG, the list goes on!
My favourites though?
I spotted these as soon as I drove down the long driveway a few weeks prior to the wedding. I knew I wanted to use them somehow!
Oh, and did I mention that Emma managed to drag an old piano and some amazing furniture into the paddocks too?
Images speak a thousand words they say. So I’ll let them do the talking!
And then? time to party!
What an epic day guys – You transformed a blank canvas into the most amazing wedding venue, and it was beyond my wildest dreams!
These two? Are so in love, so sweet. So kind and so caring.
Wishing them a long and happy life together, and lots of babies of course!
Big Love, Leah
~ xoxo ~
Wedding suppliers for the day:
Photography: Yours truly
Hair & Makeup: Hair & Makeup 2 U
Flowers: The Eternal Vase
Celebrant: Michael Anderson (THE BEST!!)
Music: Luke Owens
Catering: Bendigo Party Assistants
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