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REAL WEDDING: Bobbie + Ella – Private Property
Hosting a wedding in your own backyard is always a labour of love. But given Ella’s family farm had a shed the size of a marquee on it, they would have been crazy to tie the knot anywhere else.
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Words by Karina Lowndes
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An introduction by mutual friends at a country race day was the beginning of Bobbie and Ella’s love story, which was made official on Ella’s family farm in rural Victoria.

It was a team effort of some fabulous WS talent to transform the property’s shed into a dreamy reception space adorned in fairy lights and furnished by Bourke Hire with flowers by Wren Floralista. Despite having to deal with some last minute changes due to Covid, it was a perfect day with plenty of food and fun on the dance floor.

Captured by WS fave Pure Mac Photography, you can see their entire country VIC wedding below.

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Can you tell us a bit about your proposal?

At the time we were working on the same farm. The day he proposed, it was late afternoon on a hot summer’s day. Bobbie planned to meet me at a particular field where he wanted to check out the crop. I preferred to meet him in the comfort of the air conditioning at the office, but he insisted…

As I followed behind him, he stopped, spun around reaching for his pocket. He bent down on one knee, and I simultaneously fell to my side among the cotton! I got back up and replied with a BIG YES!! 

In a few sentences, how would you describe your wedding?

Our wedding day was simply perfect. Aside from having COVID restrictions encroaching on our wedding day (extremely stressful), the only change resulted in our final guest numbers going from 120 to 100 the day before the wedding. Luckily for us, our wedding function was on the family property and at least we could have 80% of the guests who had RSVP’d.

The weather was amazing, I arrived on a horse and cart to the ceremony – Bobbie’s mother had done the same for her wedding, and I used the exact same horse cart.

Canapés in the garden at the farm Noonac were delicious in a picturesque setting, listening to acoustic music and having many celebratory drinks before the reception kicked off in the shed!

Tell us about what you wore.

Wedding dress (Love Marie Bridal). The first time I tried the dress on, my best friend just simply said ‘yes, that’s it!’. I had no need for any alterations, it was a perfect fit!

For the suit, we were looking for a country feel, so R.M. Williams for the suit style (pants, boots, belt, shirt and jacket).

What was your wedding budget? Did you stick to it? If not, how much extra did you spend?

Our wedding budget was for 120 people (dropped to 100 the day before the wedding thanks to COVID) and we knew this would roughly cost $50k (everything included) which was our budget.

How did you decide on the location of your wedding and the venue itself?

We were tossing up the idea of a marquee in a paddock, but my family suggested the ‘shed’. Which we now call the wedding shed – exact same size as a marquee!

Did you partake in any DIY elements to your day?

Setting up the whole day! We created a welcoming arch into the garden and used hessian with 1.25km of fairy lights on the inside of the shed walls.

The best (or most unique) thing we did at our wedding was…

Host our reception in our farm shed decked out with fairy lights on the walls!

Do you have any standout suppliers that you would recommend in a heartbeat?

Pure Mac Photography (amazing photographer, great to get along with and very professional), Prestige Catering Cobram (fantastic on-farm catering, everyone commented on how delightful the meals and catering service was), Jessica Lorraine Music (beautiful music for a farm setting, provided all of the equipment for speeches) and Love Marie Bridal Boutique in Camden NSW – fabulous service and advice for wedding dress selection with an amazing range!

What are some of the most memorable and special moments of your wedding?

Speeches, sunset and becoming husband and wife!

Now that you’re married, what’s the best piece of advice you can give other couples in the middle of planning their own weddings?

Simple is best. Often the small details can get overlooked and they take the most time! Choose a good photographer and always provide good food (you pay for quality).

CREDITS: Photo Pure Mac Photography // Ceremony Benalla Presbyterian Church // Reception Noonac Farm (private property) // Florist Wren Florista // Catering Prestige Catering Cobram // Cake Emily Ford // Stationery and signage Pepa Press // Bridal gown Jane Hill via Love Marie Bridal Boutique // Brides shoes Tony Bianco // Accessories and bridesmaid gifts Amelie George Jewellery // Bridesmaid dresses Leave Her Wilder // Grooms and groomsmen suits and groomsmen gifts R.M. Williams // Ties OTAA // Rings Stephens Jewellers // Hair Hair at Holly’s Benalla // Makeup KJ Beauty Benalla // Music Jessica Lorraine // Furniture hire Bourke Hire and Hens Teeth Trading.

 

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