Story by Louise Cadell
8th of April 2016 – It was a glorious day for the township of Roma and tucked away in an immaculately manicured garden, surrounded by 200 adoring family and friends, the stunning wedding of Leesa Düll to Ed Chandler took place.
VENUE: “Ridgeway”, Roma
Two and a half years before their wedding day, Leesa sat with family friend, Susan Ferrier on the veranda of “Ridgeway” and it was decided there and then if she ever was to wed Ed, the Ferrier family would love nothing more than to host the wedding in their beautiful garden.
And so it happened.
The one acre garden was the perfect venue for a wedding, with the ceremony taking place on one side before you journeyed around the corner for the reception – small enough to be intimate, large enough to host a crowd.
“The venue was amazing, the house and garden were spectacular and how could you forget the strands of fairy lights,” says Leesa.
You certainly were taken aback by the sheer amount of effort that went towards transforming the beautiful country style garden into the perfect wedding venue.
Family and friends worked tirelessly in the days leading up to the wedding, and one of the biggest jobs was stringing up fairy lights, which created the stunning skyscape for the reception.
“As a typical boy Ed was not too involved with the planning but his muscles were well used setting up for the big day!” shares Leesa.
Stunning sculptured metal balls were strung up in the gum trees and overflowed with Myall leaves. This theme was carried along to the ceremony where a beautifully crafted alter made from wood by one of the grooms brothers was also heavily decorated with the weeping Myall leaf.
The ambiance of the venue changed as soon as the sun went down. Hundreds of fairy lights and tea candles wrapped the guests in a warm and inviting light, as they stood around wooden wine barrels hired from Moorelands Nursery in Roma.
Each barrel was adorned with jars of flowers, carrying a touch of the ceremony right through until the early hours of the morning.
The ceremony was officiated by good family friend and celebrant, Jackie Erickson.
“Jackie has known the Chandler family for a very long time and it was special to have someone you know marry you,” says Leesa.
There is no doubt about country people and their cooking. Leesa and Ed chose local caterer Susan Alm from Mitchell, QLD.
Delicious cheese platters, canapes and curries in perfectly sized noodle boxes kept the crowd going and for a late night snack, fresh bread rolls and a gorgeous ham on the bone was brought out.
“It was food you could stand around and eat,” says Leesa and Ed, who chose to have a stand up reception, “having stand up keeps it more social and you can move around and talk to whomever you want.”
A touching gesture came from Ed’s aunty Sue Parry-Okeden making the wedding cake from an old family recipe. It was a naked chocolate mud cake and not one piece was left over.
The dress code was ‘dress to impress, lounge suit & bow tie, dancing shoes compulsory’.
“I wanted to choose something fun and have the boys involved in buying a fancy bow tie,” says Leesa.
But the wedding guests (and groom!) would agree that the Bride and her bridesmaids were the star attraction.
GROOM AND GROOMSMEN:
For a groom who met his bride-to-be out one night while wearing the trendiest of shoes…
Leesa: “Oh you’re wearing KT 26 Dunlop Volleys?”
Ed: “Yep they’re comfy to walk home in!”
…his wedding day outfit was quite the opposite!
The boys opted for a more casual look as it was well suited to the handsome brothers who are all hard working country boys.
They wore beige cotton twill pants and white shirts, bought from Country Road, and their very smart looking navy blazers came from Calvin Klein.
The bow ties, individually picked out by the boys and all different, came from Myer.
Local Roma photographer Katarina Silvester captured their day exactly how Ed and Leesa had hoped.
“We did not want shots that were too posy, we wanted her to capture natural shots,” says Leesa.
Family and friends were photographed at the venue before the bridal party arrived.
The official wedding photos were captured at The Roma Winery, Ed and Leesa’s new block of land and a close family friend’s property – country style at its best.
Such a gorgeous wedding!
Best wishes to the happy couple.
Love TRB x