Back to Top
PolkaDotBride - Australia's number 1 Bridal Blog, Wedding Directory and Advice for Brides
Log In Register

Catherine and James’ Laidback Country Wedding

by | Bride, Inspired Weddings,

7
COMMENTS

relaxed country wedding049 Catherine and James Laidback Country Wedding

Catherine & James

A lovely wedding in the country for you today – a backyard wedding if you will with plenty of country trimmings and a lot of country style. The couple met at Christian Youth leadership conference in Sydney.

James a wedding photographer (at James Day) met Catherine as he gave her directions to the conference when he was late. They connected on Facebook and soon met up at another event that Catherine had organised. One thing led to another and James proposed in the couple’s favourite chocolate shop using a trail of chocolate letters spelling out ‘Marry me?’ to Catherine, where he was on bended knee asking for her hand in marriage.

Photographs are by Matt of Matt & Katie and are a little different to his usual style. Matt says ” I shot this wedding with an almost 100% documentary approach.  Apart from the 6 individual shots of the bridal party members there are no other posed or staged photos.” Josh Lamont shot the wedding day film.

relaxed country wedding002 Catherine and James Laidback Country Wedding
The theme for the day centred around something incredibly delicious. Catherine recalls, “With James being a wedding photographer, we had some different ideas about what we wanted our wedding to be like.  We wanted fairy floss, slushie machines and copious amounts of chocolate. We’re both chocaholics, and as James proposed in a chocolate shop it was only natural that we’d have plenty of chocolate there! All the chocolate at our wedding was provided by Ninas Chocolates (the shop that James proposed in)”

relaxed country wedding008 Catherine and James Laidback Country Wedding

relaxed country wedding012 Catherine and James Laidback Country Wedding

James & Catherine were married just outside of Armidale in country NSW on James’ mother and step father’s property. Catherine says “It was wonderful to get married outside surrounded by open fields and so relaxing compared to the city.  We had planned to get married in Sydney (where we now live) but when we took a trip to Armidale to visit James’ family we noticed how relaxed we were in this environment and how it would be a perfect place to be married.”

relaxed country wedding023 Catherine and James Laidback Country Wedding

relaxed country wedding025 Catherine and James Laidback Country Wedding

Guests received a sweet treat upon arrival. Catherine explains, “To keep with the chocolate theme, we bought the rolo rolls and wrapped our order of service around them and placed them on everyone’s seats.”

relaxed country wedding034 Catherine and James Laidback Country Wedding

relaxed country wedding037 Catherine and James Laidback Country Wedding

relaxed country wedding038 Catherine and James Laidback Country Wedding

Catherine walked down the aisle to Shawn McDonald “Captivated” sung by Toni Jordan

laid back country wedding152 Catherine and James Laidback Country Wedding

relaxed country wedding043 Catherine and James Laidback Country Wedding

Bouquets of orange and yellow blooms were created by Rosemerin.

relaxed country wedding046 Catherine and James Laidback Country Wedding
Catherine recalls “Our church minister Andrew Clausen married us. He is as goofy as they come, and even wore a big white wig for some of the day. It was wonderful to declare our love for each other and promise to keep God as the centre of our marriage in front of all our family.”


relaxed country wedding054 Catherine and James Laidback Country Wedding

relaxed country wedding055 Catherine and James Laidback Country Wedding

Toni Jordan kept guests entertained as they enjoyed canapes, a BBQ, sweet treats and drinks after the ceremony.

relaxed country wedding056 Catherine and James Laidback Country Wedding

relaxed country wedding058 Catherine and James Laidback Country Wedding

James and Catherine had an official wedding photographer and a few “unofficials” too.  Of Matt’s work, Catherine says “Matt (of Matt & Katie) was one of the photographers and captured the day in a way that can only be explained as “what it felt like”. There were no posed images of us whatsoever and we just let the day unfold as it happened.”

relaxed country wedding063 Catherine and James Laidback Country Wedding

relaxed country wedding068 Catherine and James Laidback Country Wedding

relaxed country wedding069 Catherine and James Laidback Country Wedding

relaxed country wedding071 Catherine and James Laidback Country Wedding

Catherine says, “All in all we had exactly the type of wedding we wanted, relaxed, lots of fun, and very us. Guests also had a great time. I wouldn’t have wanted my wedding day any other way.”

laid back country wedding154 Catherine and James Laidback Country Wedding

laid back country wedding153 Catherine and James Laidback Country Wedding

Catherine’s bridesmaids wore gowns by dressmaker Janice Gorrell. Deidre Tully styled the girls hair. The groom and groomsmen wore Lee jeans, Ben Sherman shirts and Jack London vests. James wore a vest made by Kelly Jackson.

relaxed country wedding081 Catherine and James Laidback Country Wedding

relaxed country wedding083 Catherine and James Laidback Country Wedding

One of the special details of the day was a wisdom tree. Catherine recalls “We had tags hanging down from one of the archways so that the guests could write their marriage advice down for us to look through.”

relaxed country wedding090 Catherine and James Laidback Country Wedding

country wedding table decorations Catherine and James Laidback Country Wedding

Catherine recalls, “My Mum did all of the table decorations herself. She cut off bamboo fencing and used that as the table runners, and used native Australian flowers and paper daises to create the centre pieces. We also got the initial of everyone’s first name made out of chocolate. This doubled as place setting and wedding favours.”

relaxed country wedding119 Catherine and James Laidback Country Wedding

The marquee was a last minute addition. Catherine explains, “As our wedding was on a farm we had to bring everything in and organize what we wanted for our wedding. We were originally going to have everyone eating outside but as rain threatened in the week before we got married we opted to get a marquee which worked out wonderfully.”

relaxed country wedding100 Catherine and James Laidback Country Wedding

For the reception, Catherine changed into a second gown from Bowerbird in Cronulla.

relaxed country wedding105 Catherine and James Laidback Country Wedding

laid back country wedding155 Catherine and James Laidback Country Wedding

Catherine remarks “It was important for James for his father (who passed away) to be remembered. During James’ speech he handed out chocolate cups filled with Port (his dad’s favourite) to some of the guests that he would have loved to have met his dad.”

relaxed country wedding123 Catherine and James Laidback Country Wedding

relaxed country wedding126 Catherine and James Laidback Country Wedding

The couple had a cupcake wedding cake from Moxon’s Bakery and a buffet full of sweet treats for guests.

relaxed country wedding127 Catherine and James Laidback Country Wedding

A photobooth with props was a fun part of the day. Catherine recalls, “Another fun thing that we had at our wedding was a photo booth, where guests chose items from a fancy dress pile. We got hilarious photos and they had lots of fun doing this. We then got some of the photos printed out and hung on the side of the marquee. Guests were then asked to stick their photo from the photo booth into the guest book and write us a message next to it. I loved this as it makes our guest book so much fun to look through and provides a visual and written memory of the feeling of that day.”

relaxed country wedding128 Catherine and James Laidback Country Wedding

Of their first dance, Catherine says “The first dance was to a Stan Walker song, we had Toni Jordan play it live.  The dance floor was the flood lit tennis court. We left the lights off until we started our dance and we shared a simple dance that we learnt from a dance instructor.”

relaxed country wedding129 Catherine and James Laidback Country Wedding

relaxed country wedding131 Catherine and James Laidback Country Wedding

relaxed country wedding135 Catherine and James Laidback Country Wedding

relaxed country wedding149 Catherine and James Laidback Country Wedding

relaxed country wedding150 Catherine and James Laidback Country Wedding

The newlyweds left their wedding celebrations on a tractor. Catherine says “It was lots of fun!”

Congratulations Catherine & James and thank you for sharing your wedding day with us! Thank you also to Matt & Katie for sharing the photographs with us today!

Photographer: Matt & Katie / Cinematographer: Josh Lamont / Bride’s Dress: Bowerbird / Jewelry: Swarovski / Bridesmaid Dresses: Janice Gorrell Dressmaker / Groom’s Attire: Kelly Jackson / Cake: Moxon's Bakery / Flowers: Rosemerin / Music: Toni Jordan
COMMENTS
  • Catherine and James’ Laid Back Country Wedding Film | Polka Dot Bride
    Catherine and James’ Laid Back Country Wedding Film | Polka Dot Bride says:
    October 26, 2011 at 4:16 pm

    […] and James’ Laid Back Country Wedding Filmby Polka Dot BrideAs mentioned earlier in Catherine and James’ laid back country wedding that we featured earlier today, Josh Lamont shot the couple’s wedding video and I’m […]

    REPLY
  • Plum Pretty Sugar Loungerie
    Plum Pretty Sugar Loungerie says:
    October 27, 2011 at 5:20 am

    Soooooo sweet!

    xo

    http://www.PlumPrettySugar.blogspot.com

    REPLY
  • Sacramento wedding photographer Andrey
    Sacramento wedding photographer Andrey says:
    October 27, 2011 at 8:46 am

    What an awesome wedding! Love your tilt and shift. when I look at your images of detail shoots or that 2nd image from the top of field it looks so calm.

    REPLY
  • Claire
    Claire says:
    October 27, 2011 at 7:38 pm

    This is my favorite looking wedding EVER from Polkadotbride. I hope you had a great day. Best wishes to you both.

    REPLY
  • James Day
    James Day says:
    October 27, 2011 at 10:19 pm

    Hey Claire, thank you! We did have a great day, celebrating our commitment to each other in a way that reflected our style! Thanks for your wishes :-)

    James.

    REPLY
  • Bec
    Bec says:
    November 3, 2011 at 9:35 am

    I saw this on Matt and Katie’s website, before I found James’s website and loved his photography. This is a wedding that I would have been proud to have photographed. Matt did a fantastic job, and it really does feel as though you are there with them. Beautifully shot.

    REPLY
  • How to Be the Perfect Plus-One at Any Wedding | Start Dating Today
    How to Be the Perfect Plus-One at Any Wedding | Start Dating Today says:
    July 8, 2014 at 2:54 am

    […] Credit: Matt amp Katie on Polka Dot Bride via […]

    REPLY

MAKE A COMMENT

We ask that the comments you leave on our site are respectful of each other and the personal stories that are told. We reserve the right to remove any comments that do not fall within our site policies.

*


4 + = 12

Trackback from your own site.