An Elegant Central Queensland Farm Wedding

Sascha and Angus married on the farm where Angus grew up, in a laneway between the paddocks under a beautiful old fig tree draped in muslin. I don’t know if it could get any more beautiful than that!  We’re excited to bring you this understated, elegant Central Queensland Wedding today. Thank you to the incredibly talented Marine Locke for the honour of featuring your stunning work!
The proposal:
The proposal did not quite go to plan! Firstly, Angus had to pester me to go down to the paddocks that afternoon with him as I was busy with things around the house and wasn’t really keen to go anywhere, but I eventually gave in. Then at the time when Angus was wanting to propose, around sunset, we were searching everywhere for a lost bull in the creek, which thank heavens we found. Angus proposed on our farm, with the most beautiful setting. The beautiful mountains in the background, the cows mustered around us, our working dogs lying at our feet, a bottle of my favourite South African red wine (which he had sneakily packed in), in the old farm cruiser. It was just perfect!
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To be honest, I didn’t spend hours deciding on my dress, I looked over a couple of pictures on the internet, saved my favourites and sat with my dressmaker and combined the bits of each one that I liked. My dress was handmade and beaded by Kelly-Anne Russell. Kelly-Anne made a dress that was more beautiful that I had imagined!
Why did you decide to have your wedding in Central Queensland and why are you glad you did?
We live on the farm where Angus grew up, became engaged on this farm and I just knew I wanted to get married here. In the laneway between the paddocks we have a beautiful big old fig tree. As soon as I saw it, I knew that would make the perfect spot to get married. The tree had had no leaves on it for about 2 years, but in the 2 weeks before the wedding it starting growing leaves and by the wedding date it had a lovely covering of green foliage all over it. It was meant to be!
We draped white muslin through the branches to create a canopy, a runway of hessian and a wrought-iron arch with native plants for Angus and I to stand under. The mares, foals and cows were around us in the neighbouring paddocks. I couldn’t think of anywhere more beautiful or more special – we had the most beautiful setting I could ever have wished for!marinalockephotograhy005marina-locke-photography-150-2marina-locke-photography-331marina-locke-photography-35marina-locke-photography-511marina-locke-photography-611marina-locke-photography-401marinalockephotograhy0061marina-locke-photography-60marina-locke-photography-65marina-locke-photography-66marina-locke-photography-69marina-locke-photography-75marina-locke-photography-461marina-locke-photography-481What was the biggest obstacle you had to overcome in planning your wedding in Central Queensland.
Definitely weather! As we were in a dry spell, the farm was not looking its usual beautiful self but was instead brown, everywhere! Then 2 weeks before the wedding we had around 300ml rain in 2 days and we were flooded in for a few days on the farm. Angus took me out on top of the tractor so I could have a dress fitting and my hair and make up trial!
I was so worried that the paddock would still be soggy, I was dreading how the girls in their long dresses and heels would go, but luckily it dried out in time.
Budget was another big factor. We tried to stick to a rather tight budget. We did all the wedding decoration and preparation work ourselves. My mom is the reason we had such a beautiful wedding – she was unbelievable!
Trying to find a suit to fit Angus – who is 6”6! That was no easy feat. We ended up having one made, which cost more than my wedding dress. I teased him he was the Groomzilla!
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Where to start! Everything!
The ceremony setting under the fig tree was magical. I hadn’t seen it until the moment I walked down the aisle. It took my breath away. My mum and her army created the most magnificent area.
Perhaps the best thing of all, for Angus and I, was the fact that all the guests were having such a great time that they were all still there at 1am when the music stopped! They even gave us a sparkler send-off!
How many friends, family members, and loved ones attended your wedding?
We were 80 people in total, including bridal party. We had friends and family travel from Grafton, Sydney, Brisbane, Gold Coast, even South Africa. My best friend and partner flew out from South Africa. As well as our MC – Uncle Keith and his wife Aunty Cynthia. My 84 year old Gran made the trip from South Africa too, it was incredibly special to have her at our wedding.
If you feel comfortable sharing what budget did your wedding fall into:
$20,000 – $30,000
What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day?
We have no idea how to choose! Marrying the most wonderful man and having our close family and friends there to share it with us.
What advice do you have for couples currently planning a wedding?
Be prepared – it is one hellavu task! Make notes, notes and notes.
Who were your suppliers?
Wedding Photographer: Marina Locke Photography. My wedding dress was made by Kelly-Anne Russell, the bridesmaid dress was from Review. My flowers were from Flower Lovers in Brisbane. My Dad flew to Brisbane on the Thursday and drove them up to the farm in a refrigerated trailer on the Friday afternoon (the day before the wedding!) My wedding cake and desserts were made by my dear friend Kylie Macklin. The delectable canapés and spitroast dinner was catered by Chattin Café (Gladstone). The chef, Lance, was great to deal with, super friendly and happy to cater to all our needs. The pig on the spit and all accompaniments were truly mouth-wateringly delicious!

My mum wandered the garage sales and sidewalk giveaways around Brisbane for months collecting all the little vintage pieces that we used to create the magical scene. Every corner in the hall, including outside, had little vintage pieces to look at and admire. How my mom transformed the hall surpassed all of our wildest imaginations – she is one incredible lady! We both enjoyed the experience so much we are now in the throws of setting up our own vintage wedding co-ordinating and staging business – Bows & Pearls.

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Bridal Shower Invite

We’ve just added a new little item to our shop – a customisable and printable bridal shower invitation to send to all your lovely girlfriends, aunties and cousins! Printable invites are a great way to save money, however if you’d like to save yourself the time and hassle we can print these for you, package them up and have them delivered to you in a jiffy!

New printable bridal shower or kitchen tea invite available in our shop!

New printable bridal shower or kitchen tea invite available in our shop!

Rockhampton & Yeppoon Wedding Venue Showcase

Last Friday a leisurely drive to the Capricorn Coast was in order to check out Central Queensland’s latest wedding reception venue – the Ocean View Room at Yeppoon. As the finishing touches were placed in preparation for opening night, we snuck in (with permission of course!) with our cameras to give you all a sneak peek.

If you’re seeking modern sophistication, stunning views and an experienced team of event staff to make your wedding reception (or engagement party!) beautiful and unique, this new venue may have just come along at the perfect time! Function Manager and experienced Wedding Event Manager, Rene Prior will put you at ease with her willingness to help you achieve your perfect day.

Wedding Packages and details are available from their website and Rene can work with you to modify packages if budgets are a concern. Want to bring your own style to the venue? Rene is also happy for you to discuss incorporating your own styling of the event.

The Strand Hotel is opening up their new function room for brides-to-be this Sunday, 28th of September 10am-2pm for a Wedding Showcase with a fashion show by Event Time starting at 12:30pm.

For further information visit The Strand’s website or contact the staff on (07) 4939 1301.

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