Stephanie & Matthew’s Vintage Country Wedding

Stephanie and Matthew decided to marry on her family property at Old Koreelah, a rural area just over the border in New South Wales. They chose the date of November 5th, which was also Stephanie’s grandparents 56th wedding anniversary. The location provided some challenges but with all good ideas, there is always a solution.  The first issue was the lack of infrastructure at the site so her parents built a shed and toilet block for the caterers and guests.  There was also no accommodation within half an hour of the location and no public transport, so it was decided to bring in tents for guests to stay in on the wedding night.  The tents were set up on the Friday before the wedding and transformed the area into an amazing tent city.

Stephanie had not planned on buying her gown when on one Sunday morning she walked into the Woolloongabba Antique Centre.  While looking around among the vintage clothes, she found a 1930’s satin bridal coat which fitted her perfectly and she instantly fell in love.  After standing in front of a large gilt mirror for close to an hour she finally decided it was for her. The coat had a large stain on the train and a couple of small tears. She tried to get it dry cleaned but noone would touch the delicate fabric so she decided to wash it in the bathtub, instantly the stain came out and the ivory colour was restored to new.   She then had to find a dress to wear under it and finally found the perfect dress at Strictly Bridal at the Gold Coast.

The couple had wanted to marry in the little local church, St Peter’s, however it only seated about 50 people and would not have held all of their guests.  After brainstorming different ideas, it was decided that they would marry under a cattle camp near the dam and the pews from the church would be used as seating.  They were married by Rosemary Peterson who is related to the bride.

A marquee was used for the reception and Toowoomba Hire provided all their needs, putting in place a silk lined marquee and open air dance floor under the branches of two beautiful old fig trees that were festooned with lights.  To finish the atmosphere the The Wow Factor Warwick did an amazing job decorating the marquee and ceremony location with greenery and white flowers.

PHOTOGRAPHY Van Middleton ~ BRIDE’S DRESS Strictly Bridal ~ BRIDE’S COAT Woolloongabba Antique Centre ~ BRIDESMAID DRESSES Sheike ~ HAIR Melissa Kost ~ MAKE UP Serena Wiley ~ CELEBRANT Rosemary Peterson ~ FLOWERS Brisbane Flower Market ~ PROPS / STYLIST The Wow Factor ~ MARQUEE & HIRE ITEMS Toowoomba Party Hire ~ TENTS The Bell Tent Hire CoCATERING Al’FreshCo Catering ~ VIDEOGRAPHY Goldbear Wedding Films ~ VENUE Bride’s family property at Old Koreelah