The lovely Sarah and Traecy are no strangers to Polka Dot Bride. We published their gorgeous engagement session in our Australian Issue last year, so it was super special to receive their wedding images, chat to them about how their day unfolded and publish it on Polka Dot Weddings! And what an amazing example of a country wedding this one is. With incredible rustic styling, heartfelt and considered touches to honour loved ones, and a picture-perfect barn reception, we are delighted Sarah and Traecy had the day the always wanted and planned for (which captured by RNC Photography and Fairytale Films). Below, Sarah takes us back to the start with the story of her proposal, then details how her big day came to life.
When it came time to propose, Traecy had been away for work the night before and was planning to come home that morning to prepare. Much to his disappointment, I stayed home from work because I was sick. So he was adamant that he would cook my favourite dinner even though he was very tired and I wasn’t really feeling up to a big meal. We sat outside and had dinner by the fire. We danced and he got down on one knee.
We married on March 7, 2020 at Gordon Country, Goomburra. Country was always going to be our theme with a very relaxed vibe.
I wore the beautiful Gia dress from Grace Loves Lace. It was very simple, which is what I liked. There were four bridesmaids and they wore lavender grey dresses from Vinnibelle. They were my two sisters Caitlin and Sheevaun, and my best friends Dom and Elle.
I got my flowers from Elizabeth Rose Bridal. I chose silks as our venue was a little out of the way of towns so I decided silks would be less hassle and wouldn’t get damaged as easily. They had a lot of native flowers and leaves scattered throughout the bouquets, with my bouquet having a beautiful white protea.
Traecy wore a navy jacket with white Thomas Cook mole skins and his Ariat boots. He wanted something he and his groomsmen could wear again and something he was comfortable in. The groomsmen wore the same as the groom, except their pants were a tan colour. The groomsmen were Traecy’s brother Cash and his three best mates Sam, Rob and Jamie.
The bridesmaids and I arrived in my dad’s old cars. I arrived in a 1969 green Mustang and the girls were in a 1961 Ford Tank Fairlane.
Our ceremony was short and sweet but still had a lot of ‘our story’. Fiona Taske, our celebrant, created a wonderful ceremony. We honoured our grandmothers who couldn’t be there with a lighting of a candle and played paper, scissors, rock to see who would say their vows first. Traecy won! We chose a reading from Richard Bach called ‘Bridge Across Forever’.
Honouring our grandparents was something we wanted to do. They were mentioned in our ceremony and my mum made three little hearts out of old lace and material from my grandmother’s cupboard. We then sewed something of theirs (a wedding band, an engagement ring and a special pin) on each heart and I wore them around my wrist through the evening.
Our wedding photographer, Renee from RNC Photography, was amazing! Loved all our photos from our engagement shoot so I knew our wedding photos would be breathtaking.
Gordon Country was absolutely beautiful. Kate (from the Gordon Country team) helped our day be what it was. It went off without a hitch! I can’t thank her and her husband enough for everything they did leading up to our day as well as during the evening. We chose Gordon Country also because of the accommodation options that were included as we had a lot of guests travelling long distances to be there.
Our first dance was to ‘I Don’t Dance’ by Lee Brice. This is a special song to us. We first danced to this at a friend’s 21st. We weren’t really together then but it made an impression. Traecy also organised a video message from Lee Brice wishing us well on our wedding. It was amazing, I had no idea!
My advice to future newlyweds? Don’t stress about the little things. The day goes so fast so just relax and take it all in.
Sarah and Tracey’s wedding film by Fairytale Films