Veronica & Brett

It’s not often that modern and farm go together when we feature a wedding but this wedding? It’s a modern farm wedding to a tee! From the bride’s gold and black Sass & Bide belt and Dinosaur Designs jewellery to all the charm and sweetness of the farm location. it’s the most beautiful blend!

Veronica tells the story of how they met. “We were both living in London at the time doing the usual travel thing, and met in a super dodgy bar on a Thursday night. Typical Aussie and Kiwi meeting on the other side of the world!”

Meaghan Cook of Love Photos is back on the blog today with her gorgeous, light filled photographs!

Veronica wore a gown by Carla Zampatti with a Sass & Bide belt and Dinosaur Designs jewels.

Veronica and Brett chose Gum Gully Farm for their wedding day, Veronica explaining, “We had both the ceremony and reception at Gum Gully Farm in Silvan. It’s a beautiful venue, and as soon as we saw it we knew it was perfect. The main things we were looking for was to have both the ceremony and reception at the same place to avoid any travel in between, somewhere that had an outdoor ceremony option as well as an easy back up plan for wet weather, and just general flexibility. Gum Gully was all of these things! We were lucky enough to have a beautiful day, about 24c and sunny, so we had the ceremony followed by drinks and canapes beneath the kiwi vines, before moving inside the barn for the reception. All the staff at Gum Gully Farm were terrific, and very flexible the whole way through the planning process and on the day. Nothing was too much trouble.”

Mark Doggett married the couple.

Veronica says, “We had a sand ceremony. We had a pretty quick and un-religious ceremony so wanted a little something to make it a bit special.”

For music, Veronica notes, “We chose ‘Angels’ by The XX for my processional, Bridesmaids – ‘Feel So Close’ by Calvin Harris, end of ceremony – ‘Everybody’s Gonna be Happy’ by The Kinks. ”

Veronica’s bridesmaids wore knee length black gowns from Veronika Maine, Scanlan & Theodore, Jane Lamerton & Tiffany Rose.

Of their photographer, Veronica notes, “Meaghan Cook was absolutely fantastic! She was really chilled out and laid back, exactly what we were after. We didn’t want to spend too much time in between the ceremony and reception taking photos, because we didn’t want to miss out on any of the fun! So she was really great at capturing some perfect moments of just the two of us without taking us away for too long. The rest of the night is such a blur, and we hardly even noticed she was there – she was a ninja photographer! When we got back from our honeymoon and got our photos back it was so amazing to be able to re-live it all. ”

Bibiana Whitty (Veronica’s sister) created the stationery.

Of their first dance, Veronica recalls, “We decided to do a ‘real’ first dance. We had a couple of lessons with Hit the Floor Dance Studios. We chose our own song, ‘Fires’ by Band of Skulls which is a favourite of ours, and wanted to go for quite a traditional style but with a bit of a twist. Having lessons in the weeks leading up to the wedding was so much fun, during such a crazy time it was a bit of special ‘us’ time! We did our dance when we were first introduced before sitting at the bridal table. There was some general formal type dancing, but we also did a couple of dips and a bit of a lift/spin at the end, we had such a ball doing it even though were we so nervous!”

“There were a LOT of DIY details. Where to begin! My beautiful sister was involved in most of the DIY stuff. She designed and made the invitations, ceremony program, place cards, table numbers, and CD cases for our wedding favours. We helped put all these bits and pieces together. We also put together little packets of cookies as wedding favours, so there were cds and cookies on alternating table settings. All our bunting was homemade, by myself, my mum and sister, which we originally made and used for our engagement party. We collected all the jars and bottles for the flowers on the tables, and did all these flowers ourselves with the help of our very talented groomsmen! All the dinner and bread and butter plates were all mis-matched, collected from op shops over the months in the lead up, by us, my mum and one of my aunties. Mum made mine and the girls bouquets, and the boys boutonierre (I think that’s what they’re called… the flowers in their lapel?).”

“The bridal party played a song after the speeches. We did ‘Lonely Boy’ by The Black Keys (the song choice didn’t have any meaning, just a cool easy song to learn!), with Groom on Bass, Bride on Drums, one of the groomsmen on guitar and vocals, and the rest of the bridal party on tambourine/cowbell/triangle/maracas/chinese block. We both love music and wanted to do something a little different.”

“Brett also surprised me with a song of his own – once we finished our song above, Brett sang ‘Business Time’ by Flight of the Conchords, with a friend on guitar, and the groomsmen on back up vocals. He changed a few of the words around to make it more applicable to us. It was just hilarious, had everyone in stitches!!”

Guests danced all night to, ” A friend’s brother’s band. They were fantastic, played songs from a list we gave them, plus took requests along the way. Then later on in the night they packed up the instruments and started DJ-ing.”

“We had a double decker party bus that picked guests up from a nearby hotel to bring them to the wedding, and took them back at the end of the night. The venue is out in the country with lots of little country roads and big hills, and one of the bigger hills the bus couldn’t actually make it up, so everyone had to get off and walk up the hill. Whoops! Although us and the oldies got to stay on!”

Congratulations on your marriage Veronica and Brett! Thank you for sharing your day with us! Thank you also to Meaghan Cook of Love Photos for sharing your photographs with us!