Steph and Mick were introduced by a mutual friend who knew they would be perfect for each other, and after they bonding over their shared love for Led Zeppelin, they knew they were on to something special.
The weeks leading up to the proposal were marked by a dramatic sequence of events that threatened to spoil Mick’s secret preparations, beginning with Mick crashing his car and having to borrow Steph’s sister’s car to drive to Wollongong to ask for Steph’s parents’ blessing.
Then, the day that the couple were set to head off on their weekend away in the Blue Mountains, where Mick was planning to propose, a huge bushfire swept through the area forcing the property owner to cancel the couple’s booking.
After scrambling to find another property, everything finally came together and Mick popped the question surrounded by beautiful farmland.
Steph and Mick wanted to keep the wedding styling to a minimum, allowing the spectacular scenery to remain the focus. They chose natural, earthy colours and decorations such as hessian table runners, gum nuts and vine for the tables, and gum leaves for the homemade archway.
Steph looked absolutely beautiful in a custom-made forest green sequin dress.
‘I’ve never felt so glamorous in my life as I did that day wearing that dress’, said Steph. ‘I wouldn’t swap anything. It was truly the happiest day of my life!’
Steph’s bold choice of dress is a stunning reminder of the many different and unique ways that long-standing wedding traditions can be adapted to reflect the personality and creativity of every bride and groom.
Photographer John Benavente | Event Styling Bride and Groom’s own | Ceremony Venue Riversdale, West Cambewarra, on the South Coast of NSW | Celebrant Paul Greer | Reception Venue Riversdale, West Cambewarra, on the South Coast of NSW | Catering + Drinks Duck Duck Goose Catering, Berry | Wedding Cake Cupcakes made by Bride’s mother, Bride and Groom | Stationery Wedding invitations and thank you cards designed by Bride’s brother | Florist Gypsy Flora, Berry | DJ We Play Records, Wollongong | Hair The Bride’s friend, Ashleigh Sanders | Makeup Flawless Makeup, Wollongong | Bridal Gown Custom design by Keeradenaan | Bridesmaid’s Dresses White Suede | Bride’s Shoes Diane Von Furstenberg | Groom’s Suit Brent Wilson | Groom’s Shoes Aquila | Wedding Bands August & Pemberton