The tale of Brooke and Chris is one of modern-day love at first sight.
After being urged to connect by a mutual friend who had decided they were the perfect pair, Brooke and Chris began to follow each other on social media. When Chris saw a heartfelt post from Brooke where she opened up about herself, he knew she was the one. He messaged her and from then on, their love grew from daily texts, to calls, to face-timing—until the time was right for them to meet in person.
Brooke’s dad had worked with Chris and gave Brooke his seal of approval—before she had even met him! The duo has been inseparable since.
The pair envisioned a Coachella-inspired wed-stival for their big day. In fact, so much so, that they opted for a two-day celebration filled with sun, sand, and of course—sparkles! They didn’t want the day to feel like a wedding, but like a massive party celebrating their love and commitment to one another.
The day started for the bride and her tribe in a luxe tepee tent at The Woods of Jervis Bay, surrounded by lush greenery and the comfiest array of cushions.
The ceremony unfolded in the rustic venue space at The Woods Farm, flooded with natural light, stunning wooden framework and glittering chandeliers.
The loved-up couple opted for natural tones in their florals, featuring a palette full of blush blooms, clean whites and sage-toned greenery. Given the couple had a stunning canvas to work from, there was very little other decorating to be done.
The colour palette was also reflected in the super cute Shona Joy rompers, worn by of the couple’s bridesmaids.
And to complete the wed-stival theme? Glitter, of course! Brooke and Chris organised jars of glitter and face paint for guests to decorate themselves with during the reception.
Brooke says, “My favourite moment was later in the evening, when 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!”
The real showstopper on the day was the bride herself in her statement Anna Campbell gown. The dress is made of head-to-toe hand-finished sequins and tulle, with a sleek bodysuit underneath.
Whilst some brides might shy away from the glitz of a sheer, sequinned gown, Brooke looked every part glitzy and bohemian to fit her wed-stival theme.
Brooke tells us, “Finding my Anna Campbell dress is actually a story of fate!”
The Sydney Dress was one that Brooke had pinned as her dream gown, but she hadn’t given it a second thought until researching Melbourne bridal stores online.
Anna Campbell’s ‘boho bride’ description caught Brooke’s eye and she stumbled across the dress she’d pinned, instantly organising her chance to try it on and take it home.
Photographer: Nathan Lapham | Ceremony + Reception Venue: The Woods of Jervis Bay | Stationery: Giant Invitations | Dress: Anna Campbell | Hair: Studio Luxe | Shoes: Windsor Smith | Accessories: Mimco | Bridesmaids Dresses: Shona Joy | Grooms Suit: Zara Man | Food: Smokey Dans, JJ’s, Wandering Wood Fire Oven, Merciers Gelato | Flowers: Lillies and Lace Weddings | Hired Items: South Coast Party Hire | Band: Mild Manic | DJs: Exstrax + Indiana
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