There is not much we love more than to wander through the country on a Sunday and the wedding of Wendy and Owen, in utter country style at the beautiful Australian country venue of Roombas @ Mt Aitken.
Romantic and Rustic is the name of the game for this one, Wendy and Owen embracing every bit of the Australian countryside landscape for their big day, as evident in every moment captured by the team of Good Moments. Deep rich marsala combining with tones of blush and peach, and plenty of handmade & sentimental details (look out for the groom’s special pocket watch!).
During the summer school holidays, Owen and Wendy were down at Owen’s family’s caravan in Anglesea. On a warm summer’s night, Owen took Wendy to a restricted section, along a cliffside where he bent down on one knee and asked Wendy to be his wife!
It was over Wendy’s placement as a teacher r at Owen’s school that their paths first crossed. The couple tells their story, “The first time Wendy lay her eyes on Owen, was in March 2015, during her teaching placement at Owen’s school. Wendy was sitting in the back of the staffroom and in hobbled in Owen with a moon boot on his left foot. It wasn’t until September that year that Owen and Wendy’s paths crossed again on an Indoor Dodgeball court in Shepparton.
Just before their two schools were set to battle on the court, Wendy was talking to a mutual friend of the two. She got up to put something in the bin and came back to Owen sitting in her chair. Little did Wendy know that the man who took her seat was going to be the man who would later take her heart! Later that day, their two schools were set to challenge each other in the Dodgeball semi-final, only for Owen (so he claims) to get every single person from Wendy’s team out, leaving him the only one standing. Impressed, but annoyed at getting out to Owen, Wendy shook his hand, congratulated and wished him well for the Grand Final. This was their first touch and although Wendy didn’t know Owen’s name, she hoped that it wouldn’t be the last.
The next day, Wendy woke up to a friend request where every great love story begins… on Facebook. Seeing the name Owen McIntyre pop up, Wendy crossed her fingers and toes, hoping and praying that Owen McIntyre was the name of the hot guy from Dodgeball. A few clicks later, Wendy had become Facebook friends with her Future Husband.”
And with much of their day being about family, of course, Owen would propose at a favourite family holiday spot!
The groom was dressed in burgundy and taupe, by tailor Oscar Hunt. His look including a pocket watch, passed down in the family from the 1800s that he was gifted from his mother. “Owen’s suit was custom made”explains Wendy. “He knew he wanted something a little different but that also matched the theme we were going for. After a recent obsession with Peaky Blinders and having the colour burgundy in mind, he knew that these two were something he wanted in his suit somehow. After a few deep searches into Pinterest and we found a beautiful burgundy jacket and matched it with dark cream colours. A waistcoat, cuffed pants, loafers and a family heirloom pocket watch! The pocket watch Owen used is from his Mum’s grandpa in the 1800s.”
Wendy found her dream gown, a Morilee design at Always and Forever Bridal. “Being a Disney fan, I (Wendy) always dreamed of my wedding dress to have Disney Princess vibes. I tried on about five dresses. All ball gown style and big trains. Then the ladies at Always and Forever Bridal showed me one dress that they said they all had their eyes on and loved. The only pure white dress in the store, it had sparkles and lots of layers. They removed the straps, put my veil on and I fell in love so fast. The Stella Wedding Dress by Morilee was my perfect dress!”
The couple wed at Holy Family Parish Maidstone, not only the church that the bride’s parents also married in but a church close to their heart. This is the venue they marry in, are baptised in, and attend Mass at. Wendy walking down the aisle with her father to Pachelbel’s Canon in D.
“Being Catholic, we had a Mass. The main reading was a reading from Corinthians 13 4-8 in which Wendy’s favourite Saint, Saint Paul wrote a letter to the people of Corinth, telling them what true love is meant to be.”
The flowers on the day were styled by Florium Creations. “Beautiful native, rustic, burgundy with soft touches of pink throughout them. They were just gorgeous!”
Wendy has all the great advice for you! “Ensure you spend lots of time together leading up to the wedding… not talking about the wedding. Doing all the things you did together that led you down the path of marriage.
It really is all about you, don’t think about what other people might say and think. It is your day and your happiness is what you need to focus on. Make it special to you and how you want to remember it.”
“Our photographer Michaela is absolutely gorgeous” reminisces Wendy. “We had engagement photos with her as well and she made us feel so comfortable from the very start. She was patient with us both on the day and with all the correspondence leading up to the day. She also made sure we had as many chances to take as many photos as we could and wanted throughout the day.”
The couple hosted their rustic country reception Roombas @ Mt Aitken. They made the most of the twilight hours for photographs with a backdrop of the Australian bush.
Wendy and Owen utilised the services of Made By Jade.Co to help bring their vision for the day to life. “Our wedding stylist Jade is an absolute angel. From the minute I was on the phone with her even until now, she has always had mine and Owen’s love as a priority. She always listened to me, helped me source different things, got excited about and encouraged my ideas, understood my budget, made sure I thought of every single little detail and was there throughout the entire day. She is an absolute star.”
“Like any couple getting married, we wanted to make it very personal to who we are. Our table names were our favourite places that we have visited. Our guestbook was an Atlas filled with interesting facts about the world (as we love learning about animals and places around the world). By fluke, the date of the 27th is the same date (number) that we first hung out. I am obsessed with Glee and poor Owen is stuck watching it too… so our wedding party and entrance songs were to Glee favourites.”
The couple, who both love Boyce Avenue, chose their version of “Teenage Dream” for their first dance, Baker Boys Band leading the charge for a packed dance floor all night long.
The couple not only hired their photographers for photos, but also for the film!