This is what backyard wedding dreams are made of. Sammy and AJ married in their backyard in North Wollongong in the company of 70 family and friends, surrounded by a lush garden of soft florals and greenery.

The couple explain, ‘Our backyard was transformed to a magical fairy tale—exactly the way we planned. Beautiful flowers, yard games, fire pit, great food and amazing company.’

Sammy adds, ‘Our wedding was exactly what we dreamed of and so much more! We bought this run-down red brick 70s styled home 18 months prior to our wedding and moved in one year ago. The backyard sold it to us and our dream was to get married under the amazing tree from the minute we viewed the house.’

The day took on a relaxed boho vibe with relaxed formalities and a breathtaking beachy photo shoot. Sammy says, ‘we always wanted an intimate event with our nearest and dearest—with no shoes, as we are both barefoot most of the time. Our wedding was a real reflection of us as a couple, different and non-traditional.’

The couple have been through a lot over the last year, with Sammy being diagnosed with brain cancer following a seizure in March. The diagnosis was grim, but Sammy underwent major brain surgery, fought back and the couple completed their home renovations as they had planned to, before marrying on their original wedding date. The couple say, ‘we now are living life to the fullest and continuing to chase our dreams and goals.’
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