Amy is the kindest, smartest, most caring and most hilarious person that I have ever known, and I feel grateful every single day that I get to call her my wife. She proposed to me on a freezing winter’s afternoon, on a walk up one of our favourite mountains on the outskirts of Canberra. We had been friends for years, and had fallen in love about three years before we got engaged.
We spent a year in a long distance relationship when we first became a couple. During this year we spent a lot of weekends in Kangaroo Valley – a perfect halfway between Canberra and Sydney, and also just completely beautiful. It is such a special place to us, and it was no question when it came down to choosing a wedding location – it had to be Kangaroo Valley.
Kangaroo Valley has very little to no phone reception, which was also appealing – when we were first going there on weekend trips to get to know one another it meant we were forced to completely switch off from the outside world. We wanted our guests to be able to appreciate being present with us on the day and not worrying about anything else that was going on.
We fell in love with the Upper River Hall and just knew it was exactly our style. We felt so privileged to be able to marry in a venue with such importance and history to the Kangaroo Valley community.
Our ceremony was really personal. The marriage equality vote had only just happened and our wedding was one of the first legal same sex marriages in Australia, and we wanted our ceremony to reflect how hard we had fought for equality and to recognise how grateful we were for all of our family and friends who had been by our sides every step of the way.
Our reception, on the other hand, was anything but serious – we wanted the evening to be casual, comfortable, and for everyone to have fun and feel at home. We ended up planning a reception that we were actually jealous that we didn’t get to attend just as guests – that’s when we knew we had the vibe right! Mexican food was no question – we cook Mexican most weeks and it’s so easy to cater for vegan and vegetarian guests.
We spent months collecting vintage amber glasses and decorations for the tables from op shops all over Canberra and NSW, and combined them on the tables with olive branches from my Mum’s garden and eucalypt from my Nanna’s garden.
So many of our friends and family helped out with flowers, decorations and putting all kinds of bits and pieces together for our wedding day, which made the whole celebration feel so much more special. We felt so loved!
I always wanted a vintage wedding dress – I loved the idea that the dress would already have been part of the best day of someone else’s life, and I would give it a second chance to be a part of the best day of my life. Weddings aren’t always the most sustainable kind of event, and we tried to plan ours as mindfully as we could – anything that we could do to make ours a little more environmentally friendly was a non-negotiable.
I had kept an eye on Maggie May since we had first started talking about getting married and I actually ended up buying my dress before we even got engaged – it was love at first sight and I couldn’t bear to miss out on it! I still remember the day my dress arrived as one of the most exciting moments – it fit absolutely perfectly, and I was so moved when I realised it had been handmade, probably by somebody for their own daughters wedding fifty years ago.
I got so many compliments on my beautiful dress and so many people said how perfectly it reflected me. I felt so lucky that first dress I tried on was the one that I wore to my wedding, and to have not even set foot in any kind of bridal store! My dress will always be one of my favourite parts of our wedding day.
PHOTOGRAPHY - Thomas Stewart
VIDEOGRAPHY - La Lune Cinema
BEC'S DRESS - Maggie May Bridal Vintage Mirabel Dress
AMY'S JUMPSUIT - Aiden Mattox
HAIR & MAKEUP - Boho Hair + Makeup; Makeup by Megan; Niki Simpson
CEREMONY - Spring Grove Dairy, Kangaroo Valley
RECEPTION - Upper River Hall, Kangaroo Valley
FLORIST - Martine Zacka