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All photos by Natalie Robertson Photography 

Rob and I first met back in high school. We were merely acquaintances at that stage, although I always did find him intriguing. He was a quiet guy that would always have a smile on his face and had a certain maturity about him that a lot of the other boys in the year level didn’t possess.

The night our relationship began was all thanks to his best mate, Nic a.k.a Donuts! He had somehow forgotten to invite me to his 21st and with my love for a glass or twelve of wine, any excuse for a drink and I was there! All my friends were going and I asked if I could tag along as a plus one. He didn’t mind me coming as long as I promised to drink lots and party hard.

For me at the ripe age of 20, this was not a problem. I had a bottle of Passion Pop on the way (as you did back in those days) and walked in on the hunt for Rob Cameron. I saw him across the room and wondered if he was single. Luckily he was, and from that first interaction at Donut’s 21st, things really heated up for Rob and I. 

Fast forward 8 years and Rob finally got up the courage to present me with a ring. During a weekend away, he went to the car to grab something and came back with a box saying, “Well you better put this on then!”

Of course, being the man I knew and loved, that proposal was perfectly him and I said ‘yes’ before he had even really asked the question!

The planning began soon after we were engaged as I had been keenly awaiting this moment since our initial meeting in 2009! I always knew he was the one I wanted to spend the rest of my days with, and what better way to celebrate that prospect than with a big party with our nearest and dearest.

The venue we chose reflected us in so many ways. The Log Cabin Ranch was the first venue we inspected and when we got home, decided it was the one. The property is like a farm setting but with so much love and charm. The gum tree lined boundaries, rolling hills in the distance, refurbished stables and a stunning barn adorned with fairy lights ticked all our boxes for an outdoor wedding with a wet weather option being equally as beautiful.

When it came to styling the venue, I knew I wanted it to maintain it’s rustic charm but I wanted to add a bohemian theme. We enlisted the help of Unpolished Wedding Hire to hire boho mismatched chairs and The Dream Mamas to hang their stunning dream catchers around the venue. It was also important to me that there was lots of greenery around and natives.

Our flowers and greenery were all created by Rob’s aunties. They purchased it all from a local wholesaler and then spent hours creating the most stunning bouquets and buttonholes. It was truly so special to have them made by ladies who will always be a major part of our lives. 

When planning the colour scheme, I knew blush tones were what I wanted, with the boys in neutral colours and bright, vibrant natives for the bouquets. I was adamant that I didn’t want the bridesmaids to match too much as I wanted them to love what they were wearing and look unique. I researched many mismatched bridal parties and then decided to let the girls choose their own look. Three weeks out from the wedding, two of the four still didn’t have a dress they loves after many online shopping disasters! It didn’t worry me though and we set off on a shopping trip to Chadstone to find them. Two hours later and we had found the most stunning dresses (that were also on sale!) in Sheike and Bariano. I was so happy with how they looked together on the day and received many compliments about them, even from the doubters!

My dress was from Kylie J Bridal in Brunswick. The first time I tried it on their were many tears! It was the one and I knew it. I felt beautiful in it on the day.

Our first dance was under the festoon lights as the sunset to the acoustic song ‘Endless Summer’ (originally by the Jezabels then covered by Josh Pyke). Our wedding day was held on the 19th of January on a 42 degree day, perfectly fitting for the song ‘Endless Summer’! It ended up being a beautiful, balmy night and when the ice cream truck arrived, our guests’ eyes lit up. Everyone enjoyed the catering including; antipasto platters, woodfired pizzas, donuts and of course an ice cream or four!

Cake by Renate Elise Designer Cakes

The vibe of the day was just perfect. The acoustic singer created a real ambience and looking around on the night, everyone seemed to be having a great time chatting, drinking and dancing the night away. You could definitely feel more than heat in the air. There was so much love!

40 guests also stayed the night at The Log Cabin Ranch, continuing the party into the early hours of the morning! We were so lucky to have so many amazing family and friends help with the set up in the lead up as well as the pack up (which was done with a few sore heads)!

Some advice that I would give to future brides:

  • Always take some time away from the guests/party with your new hubby and just take it all in from a distance.
  • Be sure to take lots of selfies with your Bride Squad when getting ready. That’s such a special part of the day!
  • Undergarments are not always necessary (especially when the dresses hold everything together) and can make it more uncomfortable than it needs to be (mine ended up in the bin an hour into the reception)!
  • If you can, rake some time off in the week leading up. It’s important to have a date night with hubby to be, spend time with overseas/interstate guests and relax!
  • Just have fun! Don’t sweat the small things like the table settings not being what you envisioned or the weather being crazy! It’s about you celebrating your love with those who support your relationship.

It’s been four months since the wedding and I still feel like I’m on cloud nine. What a day!

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Ms Zigzag says: Such a happy day filled with so much love and happiness. Thank you to the newlyweds for sharing the details of their day with us. Special thanks to Natalie Robertson Photography for sharing these special images with us. 

Photographer: Natalie Robertson Photography / Beverages: Boss Bar / Food Truck: Mr Rustic Pizza Van / Wedding Cake: Renate Elise Designer Cakes / Thanks To: Dream Mamas - Dream Catchers / Transport: Betty May Vintage Hire / Cinematographer: Apertura Studios / Musicians: Emily Murdica / Ceremony Officiant: Kate Hayley Celebrant / Hairstylist: Cat Scott / Makeup Artist: Rejuvenate You

Jade and Aaron

Jade and Aaron created the ultimate fun filled rustic themed wedding day. Surrounded by loved ones, they didn’t stop laughing or smiling all day long. In keeping with the fun vibe, they included some wonderful unique elements in their day, and even had flower crowns made for some of the animals.

Jade braved the muddy field in heels so together they could feed and pat the donkeys carrots, although the donkeys seemed a lot more interested in the delicious looking bouquet she was carrying! – Brisbane City Celebrants

How we met

I had recently retired from playing professional hockey and always wanted to race Ironman so I entered a race and started following the crowd on social media which resulted in us meeting through mutual friends that were racing and training for the Half Ironman.

The very first time we met in person was at a race and I was completely snobbed by Aaron however he quickly crawled his way back.

The Engagement

We reside in Brisbane and my wonderful then boyfriend flew us to Sydney to race the Sydney Moring Herald Half Marathon, with zero training and prep!

The colourful language that was being said at the 16km mark was not so pleasant – poor Aaron had to run the whole 21kms smiling as he knew the reason we were going through this pain.

The race finished and all I wanted to do was curl up in a corner and sleep but no I had to get all glammed up and head over to Manly to deliver what turned out to be a ‘fake present’ to a family friend.

We were apparently early for this friend so we went to our favourite spot at Freshwater. The funniest thing is I had to jump over boulders and rocks out to the edge of this hill side in high heels and a dress. We were standing there looking out over the ocean and then I turn around and Aaron is on one knee. I was in complete shock and asked if it was mine (the ring that is) haha! and of course I said YES!

We choose Loren from Tall Timber Studio to capture our day, we wanted someone who was down to earth and was able to capture our day in a laid back kind of way, which she was perfect for!

Attire

My bridesmaids dressed in Zimmerman French Navy Dresses and the groom and groomsmen were dressed by M.J Bale.

When it came to choosing my wedding dress, I actually had no idea what style to go for as there are so many beautiful gowns, and when I tried on my strapless lace Pronovias Princia gown from Marry Me Bridal it made me feel special so I knew it was the one.

For my bouquet I opted for a tear drop bouquet with gorgeous peonies and tulips. It was very unstructured and super whimsical.

The Wedding

Our wedding took place at the picturesque Preston Peak Wines in Toowoomba. Our ceremony took place beneath a gorgeous arch that we made ourselves and was overlooking the Toowoomba Range.

Our Celebrant Jamie Eastgate of Brisbane City Celebrants was just amazing! Everyone loved the ceremony and how it was so Aaron and I. Pre-wedding Jamie was fantastic and available for any questions or help we required.

After our ceremony our bridal party joined us for a walk around the grounds where we played with the donkeys and patted horses.

The celebrations continued at Preston Peak Wines with an elegant rustic vibe. Aaron and I created all the decorations for our special day ourselves, and we enjoyed making the rustic style décor so much, we decided to set up our own styling business, Fred and Ruby.

Guests enjoyed a sit down alternate drop menu. The food was absolutely stunning, with tempura prawns, pork belly, gorgeous macadamia crusted lamb, riverina eye fillet steak and the most divine wedding cake plated with French desserts as an addition.

Instead of bonbonniere we had a lolly bar filled with amazing sweets mini Nutella jars and mason jars instead of lolly bags.

The whole day and lead up was so memorable it was all so so special. My wedding day advice is just stop and take it all in. Do not feel like you have to rush anything – it is your day.

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Ms Zigzag says: Thank you to our friends, Brisbane City Celebrants, and this delightful couple Jade and Aaron for sharing this thoughtful, loving and rustic-style wedding with us today! 

About Brisbane City Celebrants: Brisbane’s most highly recommended Marriage Celebrant duo specialising in modern, simple, meaningful, sweet, happy weddings. With a choice of an experienced and passionate female or male celebrant, our couples describe us as warm, friendly and calming. You can find Brisbane City Celebrants on the Polka Dot Bride directory here.

Photographer: Tall Timber Studio / Ceremony Officiant: Brisbane City Celebrants / Styling: Fred and Ruby Events / Venue: Preston Peak Functions / Flowers: Sweet Moments Florist / Bride's Dress: Pronovias / Bridesmaid Dresses: Zimmermann / Makeup Artist: Mirror Mirror Makeup Artistry / Groom & Groomsmen Attire: MJ Bale

Emily & Stephen’s Secret Garden Blue Mountains Wedding

About us

We met four years ago and as it turned out, unknowingly worked for the same company, lived less than a kilometre away from each other and had mutual friends, but it took a dating app to make our worlds collide, and love story to begin.

Three years later, Steve proposed on Christmas Day in front of my family opening presents. My sister was visiting from London and had offered to do my hair and makeup that morning which was lovely, yet unusual – I usually have to beg her.

Steve was so relaxed and I had no idea that the oversized gift box I was opening had the most gorgeous ring and note inside. I was thrilled. We had been drinking cups of tea but we quickly moved onto champagne.  We celebrated well into the evening by the pool.  It was really special to celebrate this momentous occasion with the whole family (as we live in all parts of the country and world)!

A couple of months later, Stephen relocated to work in Brisbane for a year, while I stayed in Sydney. This meant we had to plan the wedding from a distance and then live separately post wedding! It turned out fine and we made it work with Skype and weekend trips.

Stephen is a good party planner and had some non-negotiables for the day such as the jazz band and a late night snack – both highlights!

The ceremony

Our ceremony and reception was at Wildenstein – a secluded and stunning sprawling garden estate in Mount Wilson. We knew it was where we wanted to get married as soon as we entered the property. It was breathtaking and we knew we were in good hands.

The men behind Wildenstein, James Stein Junior and Keegan Buzza, were our wedding planners and styled the event, made the florals and managed the vendors. I was friends with Keegan at uni on the Gold Coast over ten years ago. He knew what I liked and the planning process was straightforward and a lot of fun.

We wanted a fun day with top quality food, drinks and music. Most of our guests were travelling from interstate and overseas and we wanted to make sure their first trip to the Blue Mountains was a memorable one.

The ceremony was held in the gardens of the estate when it was in full bloom – multi-coloured hydrangeas were everywhere. My nieces kicked off the event and were the stars of the show walking down the aisle tossing petals. We were not sure if they would run the other direction, so Mum walked with them on the day. They nailed the brief.

Our celebrant not only has a killer jumpsuit collection, but is a brilliant storyteller. I have never met anyone who loves love like Laura. She delivered a beautiful ceremony and helped us write our vows.

Following the ceremony, guests moved to the balcony for the reception and wandered the magical gardens. Sam Panebianco and his amazing jazz band from Sydney played throughout the reception and dinner.

The food

The food was incredible. Our caterers created a delightful menu inspired by Middle Eastern and Asian flavours (we love Ottolenghi).

We had a sit down dinner with the food served on a buffet table and guests helped themselves.

The roving canapes included polenta chips with sage aioli; spoons of tuna and seaweed poke; and steamed Shanghai mushroom dumplings with ponzu.

The mains included confit salmon fillets with Egyptian dukkah; lemon myrtle chicken skewers; and chef prepared rolled Bedouin pitas filled with roasted vegetables and pulled aromatic lamb.

There were big fresh salads and colourful pile boards of vegetables including piles of spice roasted tri coloured Dutch carrots, brocolini with lemon zest gremplata and roasted asparagus with parmesan.

The Pavlova Show

One of my favourite parts of the wedding was the “The Pavlova Show”. Pavlova is a family favourite, so it was our wedding cake.

The waiters decorated the two-metre long pavlova to dramatic classical music in front of our guests with bright fruits, honeycomb and Persian fairy floss. It was brilliant and an ingenious twist on a family tradition!

The speeches

The speeches were our favourite part of the ceremony. They were hilarious and heartfelt and we were in stitches. I often laugh out loud thinking about them.

Wedding dress

The wedding shopping weekend was one of the best parts of the wedding process. My Mum and I flew down to Melbourne to meet my bridesmaids.

The Sarah Seven dress was the last one of a long, but fun day. The bridesmaids helpfully yelled out “that’s it – that’s the one!” It was sleek and simple.

My Mum made gorgeous capes for my nieces (the flower girls) who are three or four. Mum could not decide if they would be happier in sequins or faux fur. She ended up making both and they looked so adorable and enjoyed wearing both.

The hand made Q&A book style invites

My sister Siobhan made the most stunning wedding stationary.  This included the invitations, seating chart and menus.

As part of the wedding invitation, I created a fun, comprehensive Q&A for our guests. We addressed a range of topics including: “I was thinking about buying you guys a fondue set. Thoughts?”

Siobhan wanted to reflect my love of reading and she came up with the concept of designing the invite in a book format to incorporate the Q&A. This included a hand drawn map. She drew leaves that were found in Wildenstein Gardens and as the venue is secluded, the map style added to the “secret garden” feel.

Ms Zigzag says: Thank you to the gorgeous bride and handsome groom, Emily and Stephen, for sharing your day with us. Thank you also to Photographer Zoe McMahon for sharing your stunning images. It looked like the most perfect spring celebration and we wish Emily and Stephen endless happiness together. 

Photographer: Zoe McMahon Photography / Venue: Wildenstein Gardens / Ceremony Officiant: Laura Graham Celebrant / Catering: Delen Catering / Invitations & Stationery: Siobhan Frost / Hair & Makeup Artist: Erin Shaw / Groom & Groomsmen Attire: Joe Button / Wedding Ring: GS Diamonds QVB / Bridesmaid Dresses: Shona Joy / Bride's Dress: Sarah Seven