Liz & Ben wanted a low key, low cost country wedding. With Liz coming from Bowral and Ben having spent a lot of time in the area as a kid it was the perfect choice for their laid back country wedding. Both Liz & Ben also liked the idea of being in the one area for both the ceremony and reception to avoid all of the “ferrying around”, and so that close family and friends didn’t have to travel too far to their accommodation. Burrawang was perfect for them as they could just walk to the reception, and they filled up the rooms at the pub with parents and grandparents. Burrawang being such a beautiful little village it was perfect and the gorgeous images captured by Thomas Stewart Photography reflect that in every image.
“We sourced a lot of things ourselves to keep the cost down…websites like eBay, etsy were really important. I found the bridesmaid dresses on Etsy and the lady we found there was so easy to work with, sent all the measurements and fabric choices, had the dresses to me three weeks after I’d ordered them (from Poland!), it was easy,” recalls Liz
Their celebrant, Jenny Murchie, was a friend of the brides’ parents and she has known Liz since she was born. “Her experience with weddings was priceless on the day, she knew what to do and when to do it, thought of a thousand little things we would’ve completely forgotten, and she did such a personal ceremony that it felt like we were just standing in someone’s back yard having a nice chat.”
“Tom our photographer was really important for setting the mood of the day…photos after the reception were pretty much the bunch of us sipping beers, walking around beautiful Burrawang and generally being big ninnies. He made us all feel really comfortable and we had so much fun messing about and telling stories. And from what I heard, he approached my family at the ceremony and asked who the important people were (parents, grandparents), so he could get some good shots of them. That was really nice. We have a lot of nice family photos from the day, but the ones I like best are the un-staged ones where Tom was hiding in the background taking pictures of people unawares!”
“Ben’s a homebrewer and we always have delicious beer at home – he was in charge of the booze and decided to research getting some tap beer so we could have some nice quality stuff while keeping it within budget. He ended up using European Importers.”
“We found our florist in Bowral, and thank goodness for her because I had no idea about anything flowers related. She made arrangements, bouquets, decorations so it suited our budget and she set everything up for us on the day. We also had some friends who collected jars from vinnies and picked some flowers locally to decorate the hall with.”
“We were trying to make the wedding reflect us and how we are just every day…and I guess a lot of that came out in our music. Ben is a musician and we both spend a lot of time listening to records, going to gigs, playing music ourselves…so we ended up asking our good friend to sing one of our favourite Fleet Foxes songs for me walking down the aisle, then Ben’s sister played the cello, and the Sweet Jelly Rolls played at our reception. We found them when we went to a friend’s gig in Sydney. They made our night! They were so easygoing and flexible, had an awesome repertoire and took the time to get to know us and what music we liked. Everyone was up and dancing a minute after they started playing and there was such a nice bush dance feel to the whole thing, they were so important for the atmosphere. “
Liz’s advice for brides: “Organise a lunch or something the next day. We both found it was so hard to get around to talk to everyone on the night, that having something the day after meant we could catch up and debrief with anyone who was staying in the area. and don’t forget if you’re doing stuff yourself, you’ll have to pack up yourself the next day!
I guess the way we planned it was just by thinking about stuff that we both really enjoy and working things around that…like floral dresses, live bands, roast meat and good beer!!
I asked Ben if he would change anything and he said exactly what I thought…wouldn’t change a thing! Best day ever!”
Photography: Thomas Stewart Photography Bride’s Dress: Sophia Tolli Bride’s Shoes: Musa Sandals Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Mokkafiveoclock on Etsy Makeup: Brooke from Iris Skin and Beauty (Moss Vale) Hair: Spoilt, Moss Vale Rings: St Germain’s, North Rocks Florist: Blooms, Bowral Cake: Gina Taranto (Maid of Honour!) Celebrant: Jenny Murchie Band: Sweet Jelly Rolls Ceremony: Burrawang Village Hotel Reception: Burrawang School of Arts