When Maygen and Mitch planned their wedding, on Maygen’s family farm, there was no theme, because this? It was all about each other. “We didn’t have a specific theme, but we are both social people and wanted to have a day that was a big party for everyone to celebrate.”

Perfectly country in vibe (it is The Country Issue after all!)  and black tie in style, the pair embraced every bit of the beautiful natural setting. From a bar made of corrugated iron to the beautiful riverside ceremony spot, let these two, along with photographer Amy Allen Creative Co (responsible for these beautiful shots) convince you that a wedding amongst the trees is absolute perfection.

Their story begins at high school, shares Maygen. “We initially met at school (Mitchell was two years below me), but then ran into each other at the pub years later after I had returned home from university.”

Mitch decided to ask Maygen to marry him after an epic road trip. “We had been on a 10-week trip around far north Queensland and the Northern Territory, and making our way home because Mitch had ended up with his leg in a cast after a scooter accident (surgery, and 6 days in Darwin hospital!). We stopped at Uluru and Mitch’s younger sister met us there (with the ring!) as she was moving to Darwin.

We decided to have a picnic and watch the sunset over Uluru – Ah-mazing! I had no clue at all that he was going to propose, although I had searched the vehicle we were travelling in for the holiday 10 times over! haha. When he decided to get down on his good knee (the other leg in the cast propped on a camp chair), I thought he had fallen off the seat we were sitting on and I started to laugh! It was so romantic, all he could say was “you’re my best friend”. Of course, I burst into tears, but the best thing was having his sister there to experience it all with us!”

Mitch went for black tie classic explains Maygen.  “Mitch wore a dinner suit and black bow tie that was purchased from Harry’s for Menswear in Dubbo – they were fantastic to deal with and were so helpful.”

Maygen donned a  Jane Hill gown, customising it by adding “I wore a Jane Hill gown, with a blouse from Gown and Altar. I had no idea what I initially wanted, I just kept trying on dresses until I came across something that I liked. I purchased my dress from Love Marie Bridal Boutique – and it was such an easy and enjoyable experience.”

The couple were lucky enough to be able to tie the knot at Maygen’s family farm right outside of Dubbo; the months leading up to the day were some of Maygen’s favourite memories. “My favourite part of the planning was having “working bees” at my parent’s house to get things ready for the wedding in the months leading up to the date. It involved Mitch and I, his parents, and my parents – and usually included some gardening or laying turf. It was an opportunity to catch up, do some work, but also relax at the end and have a BBQ.”

Maygen walked down the aisle with her dad to “Speechless” by Dan + Shay. “Mitchell had actually chosen the song a long time ago, and I really liked it.”

Father Greg Kennedy officiated the traditional ceremony. “It was such a lovely ceremony, led by Father Greg Kennedy. It was very relaxing being on the river, and were so lucky with the perfect weather we also had.”

The beautiful blooms of the day were styled by bridesmaid Alison who also happens to be a florist The Petal Project. Says Maygen  “I was the luckiest bride on earth when it came to my flowers. My bridesmaid Alison, lives in Melbourne and is a florist with her own business. She has the most amazing eye for style, and so my brief for her was “whatever you think”. She delivered the most amazing setup – we had so many comments on how beautiful the flowers were.”

The sense of community was even brought to life by Maygen and Mitch’s chosen photographer. “We had an incredible photographer that captured our day, and I cannot choose just one. Amy and I attended school together, and there was no doubt we wanted her to shoot our day. She made us and the bridal party feel so relaxed throughout the photo process, and she captured some amazing shots!”

“Don’t worry about the small things” advises Maygen. “No one notices if you forget to unpack that special knife to cut the wedding cake.”

“Mitchell’s father gave a speech during the reception, and let everyone at the wedding know a fun fact about us as a couple. Both of our dads were from a small country town in NSW named Tottenham. My Grandfather was the doctor of the town for around 50 years – and delivered Mitchell’s dad when he was born!”

Although the newlyweds skipped their first dance. “I’m a shy person so dancing in front of 140 people is not my idea of a fun time” laughs Maygen. They did indeed want a packed dance floor, and they got it thanks to Hot Potato Band. “All the vendors that we used were fantastic. One that got the party started though was the Hot Potato Band, an incredible bunch of talented musicians that got everyone up and dancing.”


Congratulations to you both Maygen and Mitch. Thank you for sharing the stories of your day, and to Amy Allen Creative Co for sharing today’s beautiful shots.