Brooke and Chris’s wedding was inspired by Coachella and the free-spirited couple nailed the vibe with their venue, The Woods Farm. Just minutes from the beaches of Jervis Bay, this resort had trendy cabins and teepees, the most stunning indoor/outdoor ceremony space, fire pits, a flower garden and more! We’re dying to stay here after taking a peak at their website. But before we jump in, let’s learn a little bit more about our couple.
How did you and your partner meet?
We were actually matched together by a mutual friend playing cupid. I had finished working on a site in WA and had moved to Sydney. Two months after I had moved a work friend contacted me to let me know he had just met the male version of me! He sent me his Instagram details and told me to contact him, which I refused to do. This friend was also insisting Chris get in contact with me.
Eventually we became social media friends, silently following each other on Instagram, with an occasional heart here or there for each other’s photographs. One day I shared quite a personal post about my past struggles, and things I have overcome in life to be where I am today. Chris read it and his heart said “I need to meet this girl!” He sent me such a lovely message the day he read the post that melted my heart and we began to message daily.
Over the course of a month we began to talk on the phone and eventually it became daily Facetime calls. My Dad worked on the same site as Chris and met him before I did; I still remember the day he phoned to give me his stamp of approval. We have been inseparable since the day we finally met in person.
How did he propose?
The proposal was at sunrise at Sealy Lookout in Coffs Harbour on Good Friday. It was followed by a weekend of romantic activities which included staying at the gorgeous Establishment Hotel in Sydney and watching Tash Sultana live. We had three whole days to ourselves in our little bubble of love before we announced the proposal to anyone.
What do you love most about your partner?
What I love most about Chris is unwavering faith that things will be okay, no matter the situation. He is steadfast, always. Life has thrown us some tricky curveballs, but he always has this big smile and this amazing confidence as he says “It’s all good!”
What’s your most important piece of advice for creating and maintaining a strong relationship?
To consciously choose to love and respect your partner daily, don’t let how you feel dictate how you treat each other. Also, I highly recommend learning your partners love language.
These two seem beautiful and genuine inside and out, and we cannot wait to have Nathan Lapham take us down memory lane with stunning captures of their best day ever! Brooke did her own makeup and Studio Luxe Hair gave her beach waves that looked beautiful under her rose gold crown. Her dress was Anna Campbell and we loved how it sparkled and showed off her silhouette.
Tell us about your wedding gown and how you chose it.
Finding my Anna Campbell dress is actually a story of fate! I had created a ‘Wedding Dress Inspo’ album on Pinterest and I had pinned a photograph of the Anna Campbell dress design ‘Sydney Dress’ but at that time I didn’t know who the designer was and hadn’t looked into it further. A few months later my Aunty and I decided to meet in Melbourne for my birthday, I thought it would be the perfect time to look at wedding dresses. So, I went straight to Google and typed in ‘Melbourne Wedding Dress’ as I scrolled through judging bridal boutiques by their names, there was a link for Anna Campbell, the tagline read ‘bohemian bridal’, just what I was looking for to suit our Wedstival themed day. Scrolling through the design gallery I found the dress from my Pinterest album! I booked my appointment right then and there for the Armadale boutique.
The bridesmaids wore flirty blush dresses by Shona Joy and the groomsmen and groom rocked khakis, white dress shirts and trendy leather suspenders. The bouquets by Lilies and Lace were a beautiful mix of white and blush florals with lots of greenery to add texture and volume! The ceremony space was epic, in indoor/outdoor structure with a vintage white door entrance and stunning chandeliers. Guests watched as these two shared vows and their first kiss as husband and wife!
To the beach!! The wedding party enjoyed the sunset barefoot in warm sand before joining family and friends at the reception. We love how laid back and joyful this couple and their besties look in every single photo.
What sort of style did you envision for your wedding day?
Coachella was our initial inspiration. We wanted the two days to feel like festival, a celebration. To be honest we didn’t want anything to feel like a Wedding, initially we both weren’t even interested in having a cake. It had to be outdoors and natural.
Any DIY décor elements?
We had a lovely antique dressing table setup with jars of glitter and face paint for guests to decorate themselves with during the reception.
What was your favorite moment from the day?
It was actually later in the evening, I stepped back and I saw all the glittery faces around me, every single one of our guests was smothered in glitter and I just smiled. It warmed my heart to see everyone had embraced our vision, however different and weird it was, everyone joined in and for two days they were free spirits with us.
Any tips that you can give to future brides?
Enjoy the wedding planning process, savor it. This is a time that really reveals you and your partners ability to work together. I was working on a remote mine site for 10 months of our planning period while Chris was traveling working/surfing in Chile and we still planned our perfect wedding.
Their reception sounds magical and we wish we could have been there to see the the happiness Brooke and Chris felt seeing their perfect wedding day come to life. Welcome to married life you two! We wish you a lifetime of adventure, music festival memories, and beach sunsets.
Feature. Giant Invitations
Venue. The Woods Farm
Photographer. Nathan Lapham
Hair. Studio Luxe Hair
Dress. Anna Campbell
Shoes. Windsor Smith
Groom’s Suit. Zara Man
Bridesmaids Dresses. Shona Joy
Flowers. Lilies and Lace
Food. Smokey Dan’s, JJ’s at the Marina, Wandering Wood Fire Oven, Merciers Gelato
Rentals. South Coast Party Hire
Band. Mild Manic
DJs. Robert Tohovaka, Indiana