Dan and I met through mutual friends. Not long after we met Dan went travelling for a few months but as soon as he got back we hit thing off. We moved in together after about a year and since then we’ve bought a house, have a beautiful fur baby and 2 gorgeous daughters. We got married on our 12 year anniversary. , I can’t say there was a defining moment when I knew Dan was ‘the one.’ He treats me with so much love and respect and I can truly say I’ve married my best friend.
Dan proposed to me during a maternity photo shoot with our second child. He had secretly teamed up with our photographer to let her know he was proposing and she caught the whole thing on camera.
As we were pregnant when he proposed we decided to wait a few years before tying the knot so we could save some money and have the wedding we’ve always wanted. Then the date we chose happened to be on our anniversary so it seemed perfect.
There was a lot of Instagramming for inspiration and after I came across Barefoot & Boho I knew I had to have Suze do our styling so she was the first vendor we booked. Choosing caterers was probably the hardest for us as our ceremony and reception were in the middle of the Bush far away from any shops and all of our guests were staying the night so we needed to make sure everyone had full bellies but we also had to stick to a budget. We ended up going with Paella on the Move who provided the most amazing wood fired pizzas and paella. We also had a large grazing table for straight after the ceremony and the most incredible dessert grazer created by my beautiful childhood friend Lisa from Sieve & Stone.
We had a huge amount of support from our families who would always give their honest opinions when we asked and they went above and beyond in the lead up to our wedding to make us feel special.
The Wedding Day
Dan and I both got ready for our big day at Nanga Bush Camp where we got married. We were in separate cottages, Dan with his groomsmen and family and me with my bridesmaids and my family. It was a very relaxing morning and everything ran smoothly. We celebrated with a few mimosas and a large fruit platter while we got our hair and makeup done. And the weather was just magic. We had a beautiful 25 degree sunny day. Our whole wedding was boho themed with gorgeous greenery and burgundy and native florals.
We had our ceremony just next to the Currawong building (where we had our reception) at Nanga Bush Camp. I had envisioned a beautiful bush backdrop with tall marri trees. Our copper arbour was created by Barefoot & Boho and decorated with amazing florals. We had Oliver Halvorsen from Vorsen Music play an acoustic set while our guests were waiting for the bridal party to arrive then he played an acoustic version of Even When I’m Sleeping by Leonardo’s Bride while we walked down the aisle. My mum first walked down the aisle with our two daughters followed by my 3 bridesmaids and I was walked down the aisle and given away by my older brother.
The atmosphere was very relaxed and intimate. We were later told by a number of guests that just as we started saying our vows to each other that the sun came out between the trees and beamed down on us.
We surprised our maternal grandmothers on the day by asking them to be a witness and sign our marriage certificate.
Our wedding reception was a ball of fun. Olivier our muso played an acoustic set on the deck which was decorated with relaxing chairs and throw rugs while our guests relaxed with a drink and enjoyed the grazing table. We were told afterwards that they had a visit by a mumma and Joey kangaroo who decided to help themselves inside and hop through to check everything out. They later came back after we returned from photos for another quick hello.
Being a cocktail reception our guests mingled with each other. After we had dinner we all moved inside which was beautifully decorated with hanging floral arrangements, a dessert grazer and lovely low lighting. We also had a whisky station on the outside of the building which was a huge hit. Our first dance song was Come to Me by Diesel which is very fitting for us as we often have what we call ‘Kitchen Karaoke’ at home with our kids and this is a strong favourite. After Oliver’s acoustic set he went on to dj for our reception and had everyone up and dancing. One of our guests commented later that he’d never been to a wedding where every single person was up and dancing at the same time.
The Currawong building slept all of our guests so most of them stayed the night. The next morning we put on a cooked breakfast and arranged a coffee van which was also a huge hit.
Instead of a typical honeymoon we decided to take our two girls and go on a 4 month trip around Australia. We went in our camper trailer and travelled from Broome through to Darwin and across to Cairns and down the entire Queensland coast. It was the trip of a lifetime.
Wedding Advice ...
My advice to other couples would be to just enjoy the day together and try not to get caught up looking after everyone else. We had a Polaroid camera floating around for our guests to add a photo and a message for our guest book. Some of these photos are our favourites. Professional photos are important but I think having a Polaroid or photo booth or something similar is definitely worth while as well.
My dad passed away when I was only 3 but my sister and mum arranged to have his photo in a pendant go on my bouquet so he could be with my on my wedding day which was really sentimental for me. We also had his photo along with other important people in our lives who had passed away displayed at our reception with candles surrounding them.