If there was ever a farm that exuded every bit of romantic country style, a lavender farm would be it. And this romantic setting is just the place that Hollie and Mitchell chose for their beautiful, relaxed wedding. A wedding, which, captured by Bird and Boy Photography is every bit as beautiful, as it is filled with personal stories (like the flower-adorned wedding cake, made by Hollie herself!)
The couple first laid eyes on one another at church, the bride tells us the tale. “We were both working in Cairns where we happened to attend the same church. One night Mitchell spied an attractive girl sitting about three rows in front and managed to get the confidence to talk to her afterwards.”
The proposal? Oh, it’s as romantic as the rest of the story of these two – over sunrise! The couple remembering “Mitchell convinced Hollie to get up very early one morning to watch the sunrise from Main Range. After getting slightly lost in the dark Mitchell managed to find the intended spot where we had a pancake breakfast. At sunrise, Mitchell proposed to Hollie on one knee.”
Hollie couldn’t find her dream gown in store, so she worked with Suzanne Spicer Couture on her beautiful off the shoulder gown. She tells “I tried on a few dresses but couldn’t quite find what I was looking for. So instead went for a custom design, made by Suzanne Spicer Couture.
My sister had had a dress made by Suzanne a few years earlier for her wedding, so felt very comfortable with Suzanne. It was also fun to be able to choose custom fabrics to design the perfect dress.” She added her grandmother’s brooch, which was also worn by her sisters and mother on their wedding days.
The mountains featured heavily throughout the day, with great reason! “We loved the scenic mountains in the area, so tried to include them in as many aspects as possible. From having our reception outdoors under lights to naming our tables the nearby mountain names rather than using numbers.
“The venue has amazing views of the scenic rim which is special to us having had many adventures on the mountains in the area,” tells Hollie of her and Mitchell’s decision to marry at the beautiful Kooroomba Vineyard & Lavender Farm.
The groom wore a linen look suit. “We have always liked the relaxed look of linen fabric,” explains Hollie. “So he went for a dark green linen jacket from Suit Supply, with navy pants and white shirt. We added a splash of colour with the cool Peggy & Finn bow ties.”
Hollie walked down the aisle with her dad to “Happy Ever After in Your Eyes” by Ben Harper performed live by Dan Acfield.
“It had a nice relaxed feeling with my cousin, Pastor Josh acting as celebrant” remembers Hollie. “Our readings were Romans 12:9-13 and Colossians 3:12-15.”
Tell the newlyweds “We can’t come up with “things” that made it special. It was more the moments that made it special. The time spent with family doing the DIY jobs. The time spent hanging out with family and friends the night before the wedding. The connection to the area where we got married.”
Hollie and her family know a thing to two about flowers (including a cousin who owns The Freckled Field Florals), so the floral details were all DIY on the day. “I have some talented flower arrangers in my family, so was lucky to be able to help my sister and cousin choose flowers from a few local flower markets and then arrange them ourselves. My sister & I arranged the bouquets and my cousin from Freckled Field Florals did the amazing arbour and table settings. I loved all flowers types, but wanted to keep to autumn tones.”
Hollie and Mitchell made the most of the sunset with their photographers, who they give all the gold stars to! “The amazing Bird and Boy Photography. Nothing was too much trouble and they made us all feel relaxed and at ease. They just felt part of the group, having fun with us all!”
If you are planning your big day, Hollie shares this advice “Don’t get too hung up on the detail. Make sure you take each step in the process.”
And although they hired pros for many areas of their day, there was some elements like that incredible wedding cake, that the couple wanted to make themselves. “We tried to add as many personal touches as we could” explaining Hollie. “We made our wedding invitations, order of services and designed tea towel wedding favours. I also made the wedding cake and my Aunty decorated it. It was quite a family affair with both sides of the family contributing.”
The newlyweds took to the dancefloor to “How Long Will I Love You” by Elle Goulding.
The biggest of congratulations to you both Hollie & Mitchell! Thank you for taking the time to share your day with us. Thank you also to the team at Bird and Boy Photography for sharing today’s beautiful wedding.