These two lovers were engaged after four years together and one slightly foiled proposal plan. “He was really nervous and kept trying to make things romantic and I kept on shutting down his gestures. For example, he wanted to make a cheese platter but I had insisted on having Maccas on the drive up after work and I wasn’t hungry so refused to eat the cheese… then he couldn’t find candles so he lit mosquito citronella candles”, giggles Kirsty. Despite the mishaps, these two were so keen to tie the knot that a zippy four-month engagement ensued. With The Nook by Kate Disher-Quill behind the camera and Nathan Kaso Weddings on film, the captures are quality. Scroll down for the goods…

THE VIBE “We simply wanted to create an amazing party and that was the focus of our wedding – to have a party instead of a wedding. We wanted to embrace the contrasts between my upbringing on a farm in rural Victoria and Yaman’s background as he was born in Istanbul, Turkey. There were Turkish touches throughout the day including Turkish textiles, rugs, and cushions. Plus a Turkish inspired menu and everyone got to taste some Turkish delight when the ceremony ended. There was a bit of a music festival vibe with the glamping tents, tips, and band, plus most of our guests stayed on site either camping or in the shearer’s quarters. This meant the party didn’t need to end and the next morning we had a coffee cart and the local Red Cross team did bacon and egg rolls before we headed out to the Ninety Mile Beach for a swim. So maybe an “Outback Turkish-themed Music Festival” was our theme if that’s a thing?”

FAVOURITE DETAILS “The flowers were a definite highlight. I am lucky enough to call Kitty from The Wilds one of my best friends and my bridesmaid, and she went above and beyond in creating stunning florals for the day. I particularly loved the ceremony pillars she created as well as the installation over the bridal table, plus my bouquet and headpiece which were both perfect. We wanted the flowers to have a really wild and unkempt feeling which Kitty definitely nailed.”

DIY “We spent the week before the wedding completing multiple projects including lighting installations, painting signs to places around the property, washing old bottles and basically just getting the farm ready for the wedding. My Mum and the guys that work on our farm did endless DIY projects in the months before the wedding, and then luckily my Uncle “the Field Marshall” and my Aunt “the General” came down from NSW to help and really drove the project side of things those last few days. My Aunt created huge floral wreaths using dried flowers and whatever she could forage on the farm and in the bush nearby.”

REFERENCES “We found all of our vendors via word of mouth, especially through Mum’s network in Gippsland. Where we could we tried to use local vendors as we thought it was important to support our local Gippsland community. Our caterer, cake maker, makeup artist, hairstylist and coffee cart were all local. We served a number of Gippsland wines and as mentioned earlier, served lamb from our farm prepared by Shaws Butchers at Stratford in Gippsland.”

WE’RE GLAD WE “booked the band Alariiya! I spent a lot of time researching and contacting bands because I think music is such a crucial part of a good party. They were seriously EPIC. The best dance floor I think of any wedding I have been to. Afro-funk is perfect for a wedding as absolutely everyone can dance to it… the oldies were shredding the dance floor just as much as the younger guests!”

STANDOUT VENDORKate Discher-Quill. We are so happy with our photos from the wedding. When we were looking for a wedding photographer we looked at quite a few websites and found a lot of them too corny and romantic. We wanted documentary-style photography and nothing too posed which is exactly what Kate did. She has completely captured the feeling of the day and given us so many beautiful photos that we love. Nathan Kaso also did an awesome job as the videographer and we particularly love the super8 footage he gave us. He was also just a legend to have around on the day and brought a good vibe”

Kirsty and Yaman’s big day was originally published in Issue 27 of Hello May magazine. You can nab yourself a copy here via our online store. It’s a pretty spiffy issue and we’ll even throw in a free mag because you’re special. But first, scroll down to catch every detail of this pristine day…

CONTRIBUTING VENDORS Photographer Kate Disher-Quill Cinematographer Nathan Kaso Weddings Florist The Wilds Stationery Five Creative Printer Paperpoint, Kwik Kopy Venue Private Property Catering Albert & Co Food Trucks The Little Café Catering Services Cake Sarka Simpson (friend) Wines Dominique Portet, Lightfoot & Sons Hire Items Table Station, Gippsland Special Events and Party Hire Tee Pee Tipi Tipi Entertainment Alariiya Celebrant Scott Rosetti Rings Natalie Marie, Lucy Folk Glamping Tents Happy Glamper BRIDE Dress Thomas Puttick Veil Abbey Bridal Shoes Spurr Via The Iconic Bracelet Lucy Folk Earrings Alighieri Hair Trudy Joyce Makeup Elle James Makeup Flowergirl Dresses Daughter GROOM Suit P Johnson Bow Tie Double Monk Shoes RM Williams Watch Daniel Wellington Groomsmen Suits Suit Supply