Kenilworth - Queensland - Friday 28th September, 2018.
Rolling acres surrounded by sweeping mountain views was the backdrop I was welcomed to last Friday at my first rustic country wedding.
The warm spring weather didn't disappoint and the sunlight streaming down on the untouched countryside offered endless photographic opportunities, which I could not get enough of.
The rustic wooden sign welcomed us as we arrived at this magnificent setting, igniting excitement that this wedding was about to come to life.
Rows of hay bales covered in white vintage sheets, with a few white long white benches here and there were the perfect guests seating to take in the breathtaking surroundings and watch the romance unfold.
As the bridal party arrived they were serenaded by a live version of Elvis Presley's - Only Fools Rush In. The bride and bridesmaids all dressed in white, and the bride carrying a spectacular oversized, bright, native bouquet, complimented the natural beauty of a rustic wedding theme.
The ceremony took place between two tree stumps, the significance being where the newlyweds home will be eventually being built. As they lovingly said their vows bringing a tear to all who were there to witness, they were now pronounced man and wife and sealed it with signatures at the cutest little table you could imagine.
The celebrations kicked off with live music and an array of artistic grazing platters, flowing champagne and beer on tap - all perfectly laid out on the back of an old farm truck.
As the sun set we made our way to the old hay shed where the reception had come alive. Exposed beams draped with festoon lights (which were bought from Cosco and not expensive), wooden naked tables with old style school chairs, mason jars with small bunches of blooms alongside home made marshmallows and candles - decorated this once baron shed which had now been transformed into a venue of simplistic beauty, full of love and celebration.
The rustic drinks bar made from recycled timber and an old bath was a feature alongside the dance floor made completely from wooden pallets.
A self serve Mexican feast of enchilada’s, nachos, dips and salads - full of simple ingredients and spicy flavours were presented on recycled timber platters – all hand made and all catered for by the Brides family.
The presentation was creative. 10/10.
Time to cut the cake, which was a small and elegant home made vanilla butter cake, used as a prop for cake cutting photos, and then an assortment of delectable cup cakes served with coffee and tea for desert.
Feeling content and relaxed, it was now time to party. We danced under the stars for the remaining of the night to a mixture of country and modern music, which kept us on our feet for many hours.
A splendid way to finish the night was sitting around a crackling campfire. Exhausted, the glowing embers slowly mesmerised me bringing my night to end. The wedding had been nothing short of remarkable.
All weddings are beautiful, but for me there is something extra special about saying “I Do” in the country. I think the combination of being surrounded by nature and the finer details of a rustic setting - that looked effortless, but clearly wasn't - brings a different appreciation than a luxurious venue.
They say less is more and I have to agree. It was simple but elegant and the rustic woodland ambience is something I will never forget.