Lauren & Rosser’s Handmade Farm Wedding

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Lauren & Rosser

Lauren and Rosser married in a three day extravaganza in a little hidden eco sanctuary in Queensland. Together with their families they spent the days decorating and pulling things together to create their own beautiful wedding day. I think when I hear stories of families coming together to almost “build” a wedding, there is a magic to it. That’s what life is all about, isn’t it? Coming together to build relationships, celebrate milestones.

Lauren and Rosser met right across the pond. Lauren explains “We first met when we were living in London through mutual friends.  We knew from the start that we were in it for the long haul and our wedding day was a total reflection of the kind of people we are… happy-go-lucky, down to earth, social folk.  We chose to include a bicycle theme on the stationery and had some iron bicycles in the reception area as we used to share a bike in London and would often ride to the tube stations with Rosser steering and me pedaling as it was too uncomfortable to steer.  The bike belonged to one of the groomsmen and he made the trip from London to the wedding.”

Photos are by Tigs Macallan. I love the way Tigs plays with light and captured the beautiful squinty nose giggles, the sunsets, the moments.

Lauren and Rosser married at Coolabine Ridge Eco Sanctuary . Lauren explains “Hidden deep in Mapleton, QLD, the picturesque Coolabine Ridge Eco Sanctuary was well worth the long drive on a dirt road.  The luxurious accommodation at the venue was exactly the place that we could ‘make our own’ for 3 days and made it possible for us to share the event with close friends and family.  Acres and acres of manicured grounds and natural bushland was the perfect canvas to create our own setting for our dream wedding.  Helen, the owner of the property was fantastic and allowed us to arrange all our own catering and styling for the day.   Marcus, the caretaker was a brilliant help and no job was too big for him.  We were so lucky with the weather and it was wonderful being able to have our ceremony outdoors and enjoy a reception under the outdoor pavilion.  The bonfire set the most inviting atmosphere and being able to stay at the venue meant that we, and our guests were able to celebrate way into the wee hours of the morning!”

Lauren and her bridesmaids had their hair styled by Liz Martin from Guillotine Hair Artistry  and makeup by Cathy J from Glamorous Makeup Artistry.

Lauren wore a gown from Caleche while her bridesmaid’s wore gowns from Forever New.

Lauren walked down the aisle to “All You Need Is Love” by The Beatles played from an ipod. Rosser wore a grey suit from YD.

Lauren and Rosser were married by Geoff Mazlin. Lauren says ” I was really anxious about finding a celebrant and did not have any outstanding referrals and luckily stumbled upon Geoff Mazlin in a Google search.  He is such a professional and had so many ‘unique’ ideas for our wedding ceremony to make it special as well as entertaining.  He helped us personalize everything and was such a charismatic person – he really has a gift. ”

 Of their photographer, Lauren says ” Tigs Macallan is the most beautiful person!  She totally managed to capture the vibe of the whole wedding experience for us.   She made us feel so comfortable and during the photography session she kept us all well informed and instructed.  She was very good at sneaking around unnoticed too and the result is shots of us, friends and family being totally natural which is a wonderful memento of the day.  We are so lucky that Tigs was able to do our photography and will treasure the pictures for years and years to come!  She is a one of a kind, stunning person!”



Lauren describes the wedding as, “A real working bee wedding! 99% of the wedding was DIY apart from the catering.  My mother made the cupcakes and the wedding cake and so many family members were involved with all the planning and preparations for the day.  The photos have captured all the details including the flower jars (old jam jars we collected), the table settings, the beautiful vintage crockery that we had scoured op shops for, my grandmother’s fine china tea set,  the bicycle theme, the lawn games, the stationary, the little wedding favours with pictures of the bride and groom drawn by my class of Year 2 children (I’m a teacher) the corsages and the bouquets were all DIY.  What were we thinking!”

Guests celebrated under the stars and Lauren and Rosser’s first dance was a last minute push. Lauren explains, “We practiced for the first time the night before under the pavilion at the venue without the music and decided that it would have to do… we nearly couldn’t find the song (Temper Trap – Sweet Disposition) when it came to the real deal, but all turned out well in the end. ”

Congratulations Lauren & Rosser! Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us! Thank you also to Tigs Macallan for sharing today’s images.


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  • Plum Pretty Sugar Loungerie says:
    April 19, 2012 at 2:28 am

    Sooooo sweet and beautiful!!


  • Isabel Coe says:
    June 27, 2012 at 8:22 pm

    Lauren – you look radiant – we’re so happy for you. (Jasmine thinks you look like a princess). All the best,
    Isabel and Alex X

  • candice says:
    June 29, 2012 at 10:16 am

    I love this, looks like a fun relaxed day. What flowers did she have for her bouquet? Are the daisies?



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