We came across this beautiful and funtastic wedding a few months ago and wished we were invited. Lining the banks of the Murray River and sitting right on the NSW/VIC border, ‘The Packing Shed’ at Perricoota Station was the location for this gorgeous, DIY-filled celebration.
If you take one look at the credits, you’ll see how much love and help this couple had from all their family and friends. Even the celebrant was a bridesmaid’s father.
Tell us about how you met and the proposal?
Chris and I met through mutual friends nine years before we married, going out for a friends birthday. These same friends, Laura and Lewis, both stood by our sides as bridesmaid and groomsman on our wedding day.
The proposal… Chris planned a night in the city for the two of us. He (unknown to me) packed an overnight bag for me, took me to dinner and then surprised me with a beautiful room, chocolates, champagne and flowers. He proposed by a window overlooking the city with the most beautiful and perfect engagement ring I could have ever imagined.
What was your theme/inspiration/vibe for your wedding?
We both love the Murray River and have been camping and wake-boarding there for years. It felt very fitting and very ‘us’ to celebrate our wedding by the river. We wanted a more relaxed wedding day with a country/rustic feel.
What DIY projects did you do accomplish for the wedding?
I tried to do as much as I possibly could for the wedding day, which would not have been possible without my AMAZING bridesmaids and mum! This included sourcing all the frames from second hand shops and painting them. Formatting and printing all the menus and signs used around the ceremony and reception, the tags on the cutlery, lavender cones and place cards. All the crocheted lace was my grandmother’s, some of which was made by my great grandmother. It was a great feeling seeing all our creations and efforts we put into hand-making different things in place on the day.
Tell us any funny stories that surrounded your wedding?
Not a funny story, but the night before our wedding our amazing bridal party surprised us with a videographer for our wedding day, we couldn’t have been more happy or thankful!
What does marriage mean to you?
Marriage is a commitment to the love you have for one another and the promise to continue loving that special person, always.
What was your favourite moment on your wedding day?
Can I say EVERYTHING!! It all just ran incredibly smoothly and was the most amazing day.
Walking outside and seeing Chris standing at the front of the aisle and all the people we love most was a great (and nerve-racking) moment.
What advice would you give to other couples leading up to their big day?
Try and stay relaxed, in the end everything will fall into place. As long as you are standing up there, marrying the person that you love, surrounded by those that you care about the most!
CREDITS Venue – The Packing Shed, Perricoota Station // Photos Sarah J Photography //Ceremony site Perricoota Station (Lawns) // Bridal gown – Custom made by Caroline Brew (One of my Bridesmaids mothers) // Hairpiece – Custom made by KolbeeRae Designs // Catering – Perricoota Station // Cake – Bride’s mother // Stylist Lil Country Weddings // Flowers Virgin Flowers (arranged at wedding by bridal party) // Rings Anny’s Jewellers // Groom’s and groomsmen’s suits – Chino’s by Lee, Shirts from Tarocash // Groom’s shoes Tarocash // Celebrant – Bob Makepeace (father of bridesmaid) // Stationery – put together by bridal party // Hair – Sheree Bomer (sister of the groom) // Makeup – Naomi Sims // Music – The TJ Show // Cake Bake me I’m yours
Want to be wedspired by more Real Weddings?
Check out Fiona and Peter’s DIY celebration at Perth City Farm (featuring 1,000+ paper cranes), or Kristina and Aidan’s incredible Kangaroo Valley shed shindig.