This registered nurse and AFL player met at a bar in Ballarat whilst studying at the same uni. Nine years of loving ensued with Candice promising Isaac’s winter winery proposal was the second-best day of her life. No prizes for guessing the first! Hosting the wedding on Candice’s parent’s very own property, Banyandah Homestead (available for hire, folks), the duo managed to snag a heap of legendary vendors. Tobi Tobi serenaded guests, Kitte earrings adorned Candice’s bridal lobes and Katie Harmsworth captured the whole thing on camera. Get scrolling for the best country wedding inspo around…

THE VENUE “My parents purchased their farm in September 2017 and asked us if we would like to celebrate our wedding on their new property. I grew up literally across the dirt track separating the properties, so for me, it was an easy decision. Isaac also grew up in the country and loves returning to his country roots so it completely made sense to both of us. We also wanted a venue where we weren’t restricted on numbers (we both come from big families, 130 of our guests were family) and we didn’t want to be kicked out of the venue at a specific time.”

FAVOURITE MOMENT “The moment my parents saw me in my wedding dress was the most special moment. They both shed a tear and I became super emotional. They were beyond proud and to have experienced it all at our family home is something I will always cherish.”

A TOUCH OF TRADITION “We wanted to incorporate our grandparents into our day, past and present. We decided to ask my Nana Lorna and Isaac’s Pop Kevin to be our ring bearers. Nana was very emotional and understandably anxious as there were 200 people to stand in front of! Kevin was cool, calm and hilarious, as always. It was one of my favourite parts of our ceremony, captured beautifully by Katie, our photographer. We also incorporated our Grandparents who had passed. I was honoured to wear my Nana Dawn’s wedding band and my Pa Pete’s red tractor was present at my cousin’s weddings and ours, as a feature for photos and speeches.”

WE’RE GLAD WE “I was apprehensive about having our wedding late December, so close to Christmas and New Years Eve, but looking back I am so glad we did. It was a wonderful time to get married. People are in holiday mode, relaxed post-Christmas and in the festive spirit.”

STANDOUT VENDORS “All our vendors went above and beyond for us, so we were very lucky. I’m so glad we enlisted Katie Harmsworth as our photographer. She was super easy to work with and captured the most magical moments. I am really glad we enlisted The Little Black Sheep Hire Co. They were superb. They handled all the nitty-gritty details which made my life easy peasy on our wedding day. I don’t think Laura went home until everyone was on a bus heading home. Both seriously amazing girls to work with.”

What a team of vendors! Fancy getting in touch? Click through for contact details and more real wedding goodness from Katie Harmsworth, Banyandah Homestead, Kitte and Tobi Tobi. This beaut day was first published in Issue 25 of Hello May. If you’d like to nab a copy, head over to our online store. But first, get scrolling…

CONTRIBUTING VENDORS Photographer Katie Harmsworth Cinematographer Little Cinema Event Planner, Stylist & Hire Items The Little Black Sheep Hire Co. Florist Wootton & Nicholls Stationery Abbey Lane Design via Etsy Venue Banyandah Homestead Catering Sue Morrison Catering Cake The Turret Café Ballarat Marquee & Lighting Hire Ballarat Party Hire Entertainment Tobi Tobi (ceremony), No Strings Attached (reception) Celebrant Dear Henri Rings Diamond Distributors Transport Gold Bus BRIDE Dress & Veil Chosen by One Day Bridal Reception Dress Bespoke Amber Chloe Loungewear Pomme Shoes Tony Bianco Earrings Kitte Hair & Makeup Ashleigh Carpenter Bridesmaid Dresses Shona Joy GROOM Suit Sam and Ko Shoes Aquila Watch Breitling Groomsmen Suits Sam and Ko