Words by Sarah
I proposed to Stacey. We were doing a multi-day hike on the Bibbulmun Track, covered in tick bites, sitting in front of our tent, cooking a dehydrated meal for dinner on a tiny gas stove, and it was April fool’s day! That sounds kind of horrific when you say it like that, but it was perfect for us, with no one else around and in our little world.
A few days after we got engaged, I reversed her Hilux into Stacey’s little Honda Jazz, squashing the front like a coke can! So Stacey took the day off work, and we went shopping to buy our engagement rings. We laugh about it now, but I felt so bad at the time. Lucky Stacey had already said yes!
When it came to venue hunting, we chose a venue that we had stayed there previously and knew it was the perfect venue to accommodate our extensive guest list. We hired three cottages to allow our guests to stay overnight and continue the festivities the following morning. Also, my grandfather had lived there as a boy when it was a working farm school for English orphans, which made it all the more special.
We wanted the wedding to feel like a warm family get together, rustic and boho. We didn’t have a specific ‘theme’ but knew we wanted it to a little bit rustic/boho and have loads of native flowers and foliage. Plus bulk fairy lights for the evening!
We did DIY as much as possible. It was hard work over the months but incredibly satisfying to see it all come together. Stacey’s mum dried rose petals from her garden to use as confetti. All the family and friends came together to organize the day’s set up, from fairy lights to grazing boards and decorating the arbor. We had set out to procure as much as possible second hand, as we are both passionate about sustainability.
We went to find our dresses together with our mums to Amanda Jayne Bridal, a small home-based second hand and consignment store. Amanda was incredibly helpful as we each tried on a zillion dresses and eventually found the perfect ones. Stacey had a change of heart a few months later and went back for a more traditional dress, but kept the tea-length dress for the evening dancing as it showed off the sparkly gold shoes of her dreams.
Everything went so smoothly, and the day unfolded just as we had envisaged. For both of us, the most unforgettable moment was our first look, a private few minutes before the ceremony. It was significant heart explosions and incredibly overwhelming. We are so glad we chose to do that and have that moment privately, as it was so emotional.
We asked our guests to contribute to a relatively simple menu that we created in place of a gift. Our friends brought curries, tacos, corn cobs, and brownies. It was a really wholesome touch to the day.
‘I’m getting teary just thinking about it. I thought I loved Stacey with everything until the moment I saw her ready to walk down the aisle. My heart just exploded with love for her during that first look. It is a moment I will never forget. My wife is such a babe! I’m so lucky.’
My best friend Zoe also surprised me by singing us a song while playing the guitar after her speech. I was very moved and grateful to have her there to support us.
To me, marriage is me cooking a delicious dinner knowing Stacey would prefer to clean up than cook. That’s teamwork and a win for me! It’s sharing limited release craft beers, and it’s dancing in the kitchen naked, making coffee on a Sunday morning. Supporting, encouraging, and teaching each other. Knowing that you are free to be yourself, knowing that you are better with them by your side.
Photography by Peggy Saas
Beer Van Kombi Keg
Bridal Boutique Amanda Jayne Bridal
Cinematographer Emily Jane Willis, Life Atlas Films
Cake Sweeter Fare
Ceremony & Reception Venue Fairbridge Village
Celebrant Leanne Meldrum
Decorative Elements DIY
Entertainment Nate Lansdell
Engagement Rings Antiques & Heirlooms, London Court Perth
Florist & Accessories Botanica Naturalis
Furniture Hire Pallet Furniture Co
H&MU Bobbi Jo Divitini, Niomi Helliwell
Rose Petal Confetti lovingly hand dried by Stacey’s mother, from her own garden
Stationery Etsy, Vistaprint
Wedding Rings Blue Nile