Real Wedding: Brittany & John's Rustic Elegance Wedding

The couple used plenty of raw and recycled timber and native greenery and combined soft pink hues with metallic shades of silver, gold and copper.

Birttany and John had known each other since they were kids and it was just meant to be! Their mothers were best friends, and Brittany used to visit John’s house for playdates and sleepovers often as his sister was close to her age. “When we grew up, we became good friends ourselves”, says Brittany. They fell in love with each other on a holiday in France in 2011. “John was in the midst of an epic Eurotrip and living in a ski resort in France when I organised to visit him. That two-week holiday turned into us travelling around Europe together for almost a year and coming home very much in love”.

John proposed while they were on vacation in Bali with his family. They were enjoying a cold beer and watching the sunset on the beach when he got down on one knee and presented a ring made by one of the Balinese shop owners near their hotel. It said ‘marry me’. They shared the news with his family at dinner that night and then escaped to a private villa in Ubud to enjoy a few days to themselves.

Brittany and John had put a lot of effort into planning their wedding, and it resulted in a spectacular event featured on the front cover of the Illawarra, Southern Highlands and South Coast 13th edition of The Bride’s Diary®! (Purchase your copy here)

They hosted their ceremony and reception at the beautiful Montrose Berry Farm located in Sutton Forest, NSW, and the weather was a blessing with 27 degrees and sunshine. They exchanged their vows in the shade of the towering trees and then enjoyed a shared platter style feast with their friends and family. The bride looked dazzling in a gorgeous silk and lace Eden Gown by Lover, and the bridesmaids wore separates by Keepsake the Label. After the first dance, their photographer Mat from The Evoke Company stole them away for a twilight photo shoot which was an ideal time for them to share a quiet moment together and appreciate the magical day.

The couple hired a stylist to set up and pack up their amazing DIY elements, take care of their floral arrangements, provide garden games and add finishing touches. Instead of a polished formal look, they wanted a wedding theme that was relaxed and fun.

They sourced all of the greenery for the reception, the timber for the arbour and the logs they used to create votives from Brittany’s grandparents’ cattle farm in central NSW. The seating chart was created from a window they sourced from a salvage yard. John used old palettes to make timber tables for the pre-reception drinks and games area, and he built a welcome chalkboard from recycled timber and cut up the wood for the candle votives. Brittany painted the votives, lettered the seating chart, welcome chalkboard and signage. Both of them had a lot of fun working on these DIY wedding decorations and kept a lot of pieces as keepsakes. The naked chocolate and hazelnut wedding cake and delicious jams purchased at the venue and presented as bomboniere were great sweet additions to their rustic wedding theme.


Bridal Accessories Samantha WillsBridal Gown LoverBridesmaid's Dresses Keepsake the LabelBridal Shoes Mollini, Cake Reay’s Place Café & CateringCelebrant Merinda Richardson, Ceremony & Reception Venue Montrose Berry FarmDecorations & Party Hire Heart and Timber and South Coast Party HireFlowers Two Hearts Club for Piccolo and Poppi, Menswear Country RoadHair Willow Hair SpaMake-up Ethix BeautyMusic & Entertainment We Play RecordsPhotography The Evoke Company, Stationery MintedStyling Piccolo and Poppi

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