There is nothing quite like a wedding held on family property, where the location is not only visually beautiful but steeped in history and sentiment. Chloe and Adam’s wedding was held on their families’ beef cattle property at ‘Barfield Station’, Banana in front of 200 of their friends and family. Their favourite details were the personal touches to every element of the day with sentimental and family tradition woven into every aspect of the wedding. Chloe wore her Grandmother’s broach and Adam made the bridal table out of white cedar slabs that were cut on the family property. He also made the wedding arbour from doors and shutters salvaged from the original Barfield homestead. Thank you so much to the lovely Rebecca O’Grady for sharing today’s sweet wedding with us!
How did you both meet? Tell us your love story!
We met at a friend’s birthday party. Adam called a couple of times before working up the courage to ask me out for dinner. We ended up having dinner with his sister and her boyfriend and the romance flourished from then. I worked in town and Adam was working on the family cattle property so we mainly spent our weekends together. This usually meant helping Adam mustering cattle or whatever job was on the go for that weekend. I later got a job at the Mt Perry mine near the property we now live on so moved in with Adam and as the saying goes, “the rest is history”.
Tell us all about the proposal
It was Christmas 2015 at the family property, Barfield Station near Banana. Adam had the ring in a box which he had placed in our baby daughter’s hand. He then presented Ava and the ring to me, it was the best Christmas present ever.
What was the biggest obstacle you had to overcome in planning your wedding? Having the wedding at Barfield meant that everyone had to travel and find somewhere to stay so logistics with distance was our biggest obstacle. Fortunately, we have four houses on the property and plenty of area for camping so a lot of guests stayed over in swags, tents and caravans. The wedding turned into a weekend event rather than one day.
Our favourite detail of the wedding was:
Our favourite detail of the wedding was the personal touch to every element of the day. There was a lot of sentimental and family tradition woven into every aspect of the wedding. I wore my Grandmothers broach. Adam made the bridal table out of white cedar slabs that were cut on the family property, he also made our wedding arbour from doors and shutters salvaged from the original Barfield homestead. Barfield is steeped in history so we had a lot of old memorabilia and we used the old out buildings and homestead for photo opportunities.
Our guests were treated to a ‘Barfield Buffet’ feast where we supplied our own organic beef and homegrown vegetables along with fish that was caught by the groom and his father. Fresh prawns were brought in from Bowen by the groom’s uncle. An impressive dessert bar was filled with beautiful cakes and desserts, all home baked and decorated by the bride’s mother.
Our wedding was held on our families’ beef cattle property at ‘Barfield Station’ Banana in front of 200 of our friends and family. They travelled from all over Australia including Canberra, Perth and far North Queensland.
Our daughter Ava was included in the ceremony and stole the show when she came down the aisle in a wooden cart holding a sign saying “Daddy here comes Mummy”.
What advice do you have for couples currently planning a wedding?
Don’t worry about the little things, it will all come together on your special day & enjoy every moment.
Suppliers: Photographer: Rebecca O’Grady Photographics | Wedding Dress: Casar Elegance | Location: Barfield Station (Banana) | Celebrant: Carly Burnham (Monto) | Florist: Petals on the Plaza | Cake Supplier: Coco Jo | Marquee & Hire Equipment: CQ Party Hire & Very Vintage (Biloela)