Almost four years Nataly & Rachael met through a mutual friend at a party, and they’ve been inseparable since – they might have spent two nights away from each other our entire relationship. They are best friends and feel so lucky to have found one another.

Nat lost her brother a number of years ago and his birthday had since been a hard day to get through. Rach asked Nat’s Mum for permission to turn a sad day into a happy one and proposed to Nat during a surprise picnic in a Tuscan style vineyard in Pokolbin. Their beloved fur-baby, Ferdinand [who later stole the show at their wedding day], was included in the proposal.

Nat asked Rach in return a few months later – turned out she’d already purchased a ring to propose to Rach before the first proposal! Nat turned their favourite place, their home, into a room full of photos, candles, fairy lights, champagne and included special messages in frames to show Rach just how much she means to her, and their pup.

Twelve months later, the lovers married.

Nat & Rach had planned to elope with only their dog, Ferdinand, in toe, but once Rach’s Mum figured out what the couple were planning they made a decision to include their immediate family; there were just 14 guests in total.

Their small wedding, elopement-style, was a package set up at Goosewing Cottage, in Mount View. The already existent bohemian rustic vibe of the venue was a perfect fit for the couple. They opted out of any DIY projects, the package included everything.

Shopping for a wedding dress was arguably the hardest part of wedding planning. Nat isn’t the ‘trying on clothes’ kind of girl, instead, she tends to be more of an ‘I’ll take that in my size and go with it’ type of girl. Nat tried to go dress shopping with a good friend, but only lasted 35 minutes before she decided to call it quits. Nat had seen a Grace Loves Lace gown on Instagram that she liked so went home, ordered the dress. The dress arrived in 5 days and was a perfect fit.

Rach visited a few bridal stores in Newcastle with an idea of what she was looking for and her Mum. Rach’s Mum, Di, chose a dress that Rach wasn’t a fan of – turns out Mumma knows best, it was the dress that Rach would wear on her wedding day.

For the couple; Having their celebrant announce “Mrs and Mrs Zangari” was the absolute best moment.


Photography Cavanagh Photography | Flowers Pushing Pansies | H&MU The Boys Studio | Celebrant Holy Matrimonty | Venue Goosewing Cottage