This couple were set on finding a blank canvas wedding venue that would let them put their own spin on things (cue: Barunah Plains). Located just outside Geelong, this historic property gave them free reign to include a champagne tower (so good), a cocktail bar (even better) and an outdoor dance floor (the best!).
Captured by Tony Evans Photography, this celebration was all about the fun and fine details.
Congrats on getting married. First, could you tell us about how you met, any funny first date stories and a bit about the proposal?
We met at a mutual friends wedding, thinking I knew everyone there I’d had a pretty good day enjoying the bar. When Andrew started talking to me at the bar later in the night and offered me a glass of water I was a little offended and requested a beer. I would have never thought after that conversation it would result in marriage.
A couple of years later he’d done the research and bought a diamond in the US for his Mum to pick up while she was travelling there. A couple of weeks later the ring was designed and set and Andrew collected it from the jeweller with plans for an elaborate proposal the following weekend. Only my little brother beat him to the punch proposing to his girlfriend that same week. Not wanting to steal his thunder the ring was stored in the manhole above our bed for nine months.
After returning from New Zealand for my brother’s wedding and not wanting to risk anyone else jumping in Andrew got down on one day three days after their wedding on a lovely walk along the river near our home.
In a few sentences, how would you describe your wedding day? Was there a particular vibe or theme you went for?
I grew up on a property in the Western District so I wanted to find a venue that would allow a blank canvas country wedding that was classic but full of sparkles, lots of fun and a night long party.
Did you write your own vows? If so, what made you do that and did you use anything in particular for inspiration, for example, love quotes?
We hadn’t planned on writing our own but ended up deciding to the week of the wedding. We both included little personal touches like “I loved him as much as he loved espresso in the morning”.
What’s the best piece of advice you took on when planning your wedding?
Being involved in a lot of events for work and always loving the process I wanted to do most of the planning myself. A friend recommended I get an ‘on the day coordinator’, someone who could execute my vision and tie the bows like I would. It was the best money we spent. Laura from Wanderlust Creative was amazing. She brought my vision to life and I didn’t have the stress of having to do the set up myself and could just enjoy the lead up to the wedding.
Now that you’re married, what’s the best piece of advice you can give other couples?
Don’t skimp on your photographer. Select someone whose work you love and who you get along with. Our photographer Tony made the day that much more fun, not to mention his work is amazing.
Invite the people who you want there. If you think about your wedding with them not being there would you bad sad. If not, then don’t feel pressured to invite them.
Did you scrap any wedding traditions?
I didn’t want to be “given away” so we had our celebrant reword the line to be ‘who presents this woman to be married to this man?’
Finish this sentence. The best (or most unique) thing we did at our wedding was…
The personalised tambourines which I’d had made, they were on each guests chairs at the ceremony. When we walked down the aisle everyone went crazy and they were used all night by everyone on the dance floor. It was so much fun!
CREDITS: Photos Tony Evans Photography // Video Ollie Manton Video // Flowers Pomp and Splendour // Ceremony and reception Barunah Plains // Catering Pot + Pan // Coordination Wanderlust Creative // Stationery Peace Love and Letterpress // Bridal gown and veil Georgia Young Couture // Brides shoes Walnut Melbourne // Bridesmaid dresses Sabina Musayev via Revolve // Bridesmaid gifts Ivory Haus // Grooms suit Oscar Hunt // Groomsmen suits Soho Workshop // Groomsmen gifts Sirsock Official // Rings Custom Made // Hair Von Ruby // Makeup Emma Blokk Beauty // Music Luke Legs and Geelong Entertainment // Celebrant Ace of Hearts // Transport Christian’s Bus // Furniture Pepper Sprout Hire // Marquee Under Sky // Toilets Paddock Dreams // Table cloths Table Art.