On Saturday the 25th of March, just a hand full of weeks gone by, Lauren and Stephen tied the knot. The couple were surrounded by close friends and family as they said their vows in the garden of their home in Bunnun.
The couple and their guests celebrated with a relaxed standing/ cocktail reception. Guests were treated to delicious canapes scattered around wine barrels. The perfect setting to allow guests to move around and have a yarn with everyone.
Lauren credits her wonderful Gran and Nan for all the flowers used throughout the wedding- they must have seriously good gardens to be able to produce all of these beauties.
"Nita Bread Photography did our wedding and she was bloody incredible! Can't recommend her highly enough!!"
Check out some more photos of Lauren and Stephens' day below.
Thank you Lauren for sharing your wedding with The Rural Bride.
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Love TRB xxx
When you meet someone in high school it’s really not that likely that the “love of your life” then will actually become your true love. Such is the case though for this weeks real rural bride Josie Goman, who on October 15th this year married her high school sweetheart Jobe Goman in a stunning outdoor setting.
Jobe and Josie were married on the small acreage behind their couples home in Manilla, NSW. With fears that rain would ruin their big day given the multiple downpours in the weeks before the wedding the couple were nervous, however the weather seemed to break and it was a lovely warm and sunny afternoon. The perfect day for a wedding.
Dress: Josie wore a striking strapless lace gown from Callabro Bridal in Newcastle, NSW. Josie looked drop dead gorgeous in the dress! The dress had a sweetheart neckline and low button down back with a thin belt around the waist to show off her amazing figure!
Bridesmaids: Josie’s main girls wore this beautiful peachy/ salmon colour that suited both girls skin tones perfectly. Both their dresses were by Shona Joy both girls wore different styles and both looked banging!
Glam squad: The girls were beautified by Miranda from Hair Artistry Tamworth (Make up) and Phoebe Lamb (Hair).
Groom and his men: The groomsmen were oh so on trend in navy suits, white shirts and brown shoes. They were dressed by Pursegloves Menswear in Tamworth.
Planning and coordination: The Goman’s chose to hire me (The Rural Bride) to help with their planning early on in the piece. I was also there on the wedding day for the on the day coordination.
Photography: These great shots were captured by Hello Sweetheart Photography.
On behalf of The Rural Bride community I would like to wish Jobe and Josie Goman all the best for their marriage.
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
It was love at first sight for this week’s rural bride Elyse Maher and husband Ben, who met on a blind date set up by Elyse’s best friend. “I was very nervous. I didn’t know what to expect. All I knew was that he was twenty-two and lived on a farm in Ballimore.” For those who don’t know, Ballimore is small village less than 100km out of Dubbo in Central West NSW.
At the time they met Elyse was still in school finishing year twelve and Ben, a busy man working away at Westrac. The couple began dating in 2010 and wed in October last year.
Venue: The ceremony was held in St Andrews Chapel in Dubbo. The reception was held at a local favourite for weddings- Dundullimal Homestead. Dundullimal is a seriously gorgeous place! It oozes rustic charm and is a simply stunning location.
Photographer: MMG Photo and Cinema in Dubbo. All the photos featured in this post were taken by MMG.
Hair and Makeup: Hair was by Jacqui Munro from Majesty Hair Dubbo. Elyse and her bridesmaids all sported updo’s that were relaxed at the front. Makeup was by Danielle Pearce.
Overall the wedding of Ben and Elyse was of classic, country and beautiful.
Best wishes to the happy couple.