Location of Wedding: Tarrawalla Farm (our home) in Tarrawingee Victoria
Location of Reception: (as above)
Cake Maker: We just purchased wheels of cheese from Milawa Cheese Factory and a family member constructed and decorated them into a tiered wedding cake
Wedding Planner: NA / DIY
DJ: Band – Three’s a Crowd (from Melbourne)
First Dance Song: Ho Hey by Lumineers
Dress Boutique: Anna Campbell
Caterer: Snow Road Produce with meat supplied by our farm
Florist: A few local ladies just picked flowers from their gardens and arranged them into preserving jars that I had collected from op shops
Celebrant: Julia’s Celebrancy Services
DIY – Items – a friend and I did all the bunting, my sister in-law and I made all the raspberry jam as thank you gifts, I made the ribbon wands, all the signage (made from recycled timbre or bunting or photo frames with typed signage), tea cup candles, the button holes for the guys which were wooden hearts with our initials burnt into them, decorated all the mason and fowlers jars for the flowers, cut all the hessian table runners and hay bale covers out of old coffee bean bags, and the two bouquets for myself and my sister Janine. My sister and mother in-law made all the slices for dessert.
Julia’s Celebrancy Services – Julia was fantastic. I know her personally and could not imagine anyone else conducting our ceremony. Julia has an infectious smile and brings a young and personal vibe to her ceremonies. I would highly recommend her to anyone.
Three’s a Crowd was our band from Melbourne. They are a group of three young guys who do fantastic covers on a large range of new and old music. They created a wonderful atmosphere for our guests.
Snow Road Produce from Milawa pride themselves on fresh local food. They supplied the antipasto platters (along with our homemade salami) and sides for the main dish (which was roast lamb from the farm).
Emma and Lachlan also supplied all the labor and wine for the evening. Great people with work with.
Murdoch Road Butcher in Wangaratta was responsible for preparing our lamb into rolled roasts. I highly recommend him for any of your butchering needs.
Anna Campbell was the designer of my beautiful dress. The dress making experience was wonderful and I could not speak more highly of the service I received there.
Top End Makeup Artistry (Elise Nolan) did my makeup and it was fantastic! I was so so happy with my make-up. She airbrushed me and I had fake lashes, and yet I looked so natural. Very pleased and happy to recommend her to any future brides.
I loved our time taking photos. I almost needed that hour or so to relax and enjoy some time with Steve. The rest of the day is go, go, go, so it was lovely to have some quiet time and it was great fun having a laugh with Jodie and her team.
Any tips on how to prepare for the wedding photos?
Think about locations and how you want your photos to look. I love the look of the sun setting in the afternoon and I planned my ceremony time around the sun so that I had the perfect light. I also had to think about what locations on our property would give me that light and backdrop that I wanted in my photos. I also had a few little props ready to take with us eg. the giant balloon and the parasol. They added a nice touch to a few photos to mix it up a bit.
We also played around with a bunting in our engagement shoot.
Other than knowing what you want from your photos, just relax and enjoy each others company. Sometimes its easier to pretend the camera isn’t there. When in doubt, listen to Jodie, as she will guide you.
How was your experience with Blissful Love Photography from Initial contact to completion of your wedding :)?
Jodie was lovely to work with and the end product is simply beautiful. My album is one to treasure forever along with the stunning images I have on file.
How did you two meet?
Steve and I met through a mutual friend at a New Year’s Eve party. We had prime positions next to the fire and neither of us were willing to budge, so we were stuck there talking to each other for hours and hours.
How did he pop the question?
He asked me to marry him down by the river on our property.
What was your favorite moment(s) from the wedding?
I really loved our time together doing the photos. I loved that it was all at home so we were capturing some beautiful shots of our property at the same time. It was very relaxing walking the paddocks and being by the river at home.
Another memorable moment was when the band was packing up and my cousin requested one more song for me. So they got their guitars out and started playing acoustically. One song turned into almost another whole set. We were all just sitting on the ground having a jam and I joined in on the tambourine. It was a very fun!
How would you describe your overall wedding experience?
Loved the relaxed atmosphere of our wedding and am so happy we had it at home.
It was an enormous amount of work with DIY projects starting about 6 months prior to the wedding. The set-up and pack-down was also a big job being at home, but it also saved a lot of money. I loved the time I spent in Melbourne with my mum and sister traveling into Anna Campbell’s beautiful boutique in Armadale.
All the positive comments and feedback from our family and friends was overwhelming and made it all seem worthwhile. It was all worth the effort for a very memorable day for all involved.
What advice would you offer to other couples planning a wedding?
Start planning early! Book your services as early as you can before the vendors you want are booked out. Delegate jobs to family and friends if you can, and if not, have a realistic time frame on how long DIY projects will take you. Have a folder with all your information, bookings, deposits etc. all in one place so that its easy to find and someone else can grab it if needed. Try and enjoy the whole experience and have fun!
Tell me about your dress. Where did you find it, how did you choose it, how did you know it was the one
All of Anna Campbell’s dresses are stunning so it took a couple of visits to decide on the ‘one’. I never wanted a one shoulder dress, but when I tried on this design with the flowers and leaves, it was just perfect. It was the one dress that stuck in my mind the entire time. I fitted with my outdoor theme perfectly.
It was a made-to-measure dress and I loved every visit; watching it take shape. They also made me a custom comb to match which was just perfect.
Did you find a store/site that had everything you were looking for? Use this space to talk about favorite shops. You can include where you got your dress, sites you got your veils/décor/accessories, etc.
I got heaps of items from the local opp shops. All our table clothes were sheets from the opp shops. I also collected woolen blankets as picnic rugs. I also found it was cheaper to buy wine glasses rather than hire them. Cake stands were also a good find for our dessert buffet. The jars for our flowers were opp shop finds too!
What were you most anxious, nervous or fearful about regarding your wedding day and what was the outcome?
I was worried what Steve was going to think of the way I looked. I didn’t want to look too different to the way I normally look. My friends who did my hair and makeup knew of my concerns and did a fantastic job of making me look quite natural and yet noticeably nicer than how I look from day to day hahaha. Safe to say, Steve was very pleasantly surprised!
What’s one piece of advice you would give to other couples for planning their wedding?
Start early to avoid the stress.
What kind of food was served at your reception?
Good wholesome food that was either homemade, homegrown or local. It was fantastic to be able to supply our guests with food from the farm and salami that we had handmade. We also had many compliments on the homemade jam. We handpicked 13kg of local berries from Stanley.
What was the first song you danced to as husband and wife? Father-daughter dance? Mother-son dance?
We didn’t really have an official first dance, however we did request the band played Ho Hey as the first song after speeches as we both love that song.
It was wonderful to be part of your special day. I am so happy to have captured some forever memories of your day that you can cherish in our quality heirloom products.
Much Love Jodie xox