Weddings come in all shapes, forms and sizes especially in Oz where we are a mixing pot of immigrants from all nations. Wedding here tend to be flavoured by the family of origin of either the bride or groom or both. Imagine an Indian marrying an Italian, a Russian marrying an Asian, a Greek marrying a New Zealander. The mind boggles at the endless combinations and the opportunities that arise for some pretty hilarious weddings. There has been some reality TV wedding shows of late and when you see what some people come up with as their "fairytale" wedding, it leaves me shaking my head. But i guess it takes all kinds, right?
So what if both the bride and groom come from true blue country families with an Australian heritage going back several generations. What would be their image of a wedding be? Well last weekend i went to what i consider to be a true Australian wedding. The marriage of my niece, Kirsten and her beloved groom, Jaxon, now known as Mr and Mrs Durham.
I think the theme of this wedding was set by the location and the very relaxed no-fuss personalities of the wedding party. Location, Location, Location, isn't that what they say? The wedding took place on a farm about 30min out of Kyneton, 80km from Melbourne. The home was owned by a Rachel & Paul, family members, and the old homestead and property was stunning.
|A beautiful view of crops and vineyards in the background.|
|The heart shaped dam with a unique decorating feature. The cows on the bank add a nice touch.|
|I don't think there is a straight edge in this place. It looks so so natural.|
|Not sure how comfortable this is but it certainly looked the part.|
|Lovely Fire Place|
|Seriously, this is the children's playhouse, stone fireplace and all.|
So how do you decorate a place like this for a wedding. Very simply! The beauty is all around you and so you just add jars and vases of unstructured flower arrangements.
The aisle that the wedding party walked down was simply cut off pieces of wood about a foot high with jars of very natural looking arrangements at the end of each row of seats.
Refreshments were available while we waited. It was a mild day (about 24 degrees) but we were in open sun and the cool drinks were very welcome.
Help, i don't know what this means. Its something techy?
OK, introducing the boys
|Jaxon, Ash, Dave and Scott|
What do REAL men have for wedding cars?
Landcruisers of course. Two blue and two white. I was too busy chatting to pay attention when they were all together. The reception was in The Barn at the bottom of the hill down a dirt track, so very practical. My black car certainly didn't fair well on the dust front.
So, here come the girls.
|Tayla (Jaxon's sister)|
The dress had a lovely lacy bodice and a low back that you cant see in this pic. Bad Bad photographer. I've tried lightening it a little so you can see something. Trev normally does the marrying (he married us 20 years ago - its his fault) and i think he enjoyed proudly walking his beloved eldest daughter down the aisle. He's looking a little red and that's not my photography. He was sunburnt working on the farm for the last week helping to get it ready for the big day.
|Very original serving platters - oh, i just noticed the napkins matched the bridesmaids dresses.|
|The happy couple - the wreath behind had been made by a friend for the occasion.|
|Very simple - glass jars with wire hoops filled with flowers hanging from the roof.|
|As you can see the dirt was replaced with a layer of compacted blue stone gravel. White tablecloths with simple hessian runners and more flowers.|
|A simple idea for a wedding gift for guests. Where do they come up with these unique ideas?|
|Hubby looking happy - why wouldn't he be, hes looking at me!|
|Their first dance as a married couple under the gum tree.|
|Taylor is a local singer from Kyneton and a friend of Jaxon. He was awesomely good. His version of John Legends "All of Me" sung during the ceremony was magical.|
So, in closing let me say how very proud i am to be Kirsten's Aunt and how much i look forward to getting to know her husband. My greatest wish is that she has her desired family as soon a possible. She was born to be a mother and has been mothering everyone elses children for years. As usual she is putting others first and leading a team of ladies on a mission trip to Sri Lanka in June, so babies must wait until she gets back.
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