Meet Gillian and Andrew the super relaxed, fun couple who had an epic DIY wedding at Midginbul Hill in the Northern NSW region.
How these two met
We met at the university sailing club. We didn't think much of each other at first however after a few months we were great friends and about a year later we finally got together. No-one was too surprised by that point!
We were on a cruise travelling through the Norwegian fjords in the middle of winter and he proposed
I suddenly knew what was happening when he took off his beanie. Not something done lightly when outdoors in winter! He did well to make me listen until the end as I tried to say yes a few times
He had designed my engagement ring himself to incorporate a koru inspired spiral and emeralds for pounamu to represent my New Zealand heritage. Such a thoughtful and beautiful touch.
Where was your ceremony
Crams Farm reserve in Doon Doon, Northern NSW. The whole region is beautiful and this spot was perfect.
Andrew: We didn't actually decide on the specific spot until a week or so before the wedding, there were too many great locations around Midginbil Hill and we couldn't pick one.
Where was your receptio
Midginbil Hill. Again, we loved the region and having a location we could spend the weekend with our family and friends appealed. More than that it was a very DIY location which suited us perfectly.
Andrew: We liked the area and idea of a weekend wedding so much that we actually booked the venue from London before even visiting the venue!
Was there any unique or
Immediately after the ceremony hugging my maid of honour and her hair getting caught in my earring. We thought Adam was running over to help but he just wanted to get a photo!
Andrew: I had the idea to take our model sailing boats sailing on the dam at Crams as a bit of relaxation in the morning. Unfortunately, there wasn't any wind and the dam was full of weeds, so we just dropped the boats in the weeds and stood around looking at them while Adam took photos
·Any advice for future c
There are pros and cons of how much time you have to plan a wedding. Regardless, you realise when you get close to the day that nothing is more important than marrying the person you love. All the details help bring the ceremony to the occasion but no single detail matters.
Andrew: Enjoy the planning stages. After all the majority of the time will be spent on that.
Wedding planner: Us!
Celebrant: Susie Figgis http://www.lifeceremonies.com.au
Gown: Justin Alexander from Daisy's Bridal Couture; Wimbledon, London
Makeup: Sarah Barr https://www.theluxebeautyco.com
Flowers: Denise Turnbull (Andrew's Aunt)
Caterer: All Rounders
Band/DJ: Sarah Archer
Cars: 1961 FB Holden (From Midginbil Hill)
Suit: Strictly Formal Suits
Hair: Ron Snodgrass Byron Hair
Cake: Ann Budzevski (Family friend)
Event set up: Us and family!