Get a load of this proposal story, guys. Jeff proposed to Mark at sunrise, on the last day of the Inca Trail, with hundreds of other hikers looking on, the kind of grand gesture we’re all about. Fast forward 14 months and they tied the knot with 70 of their nearest and dearest in a relaxed, country affair. One of our fave lens ladies, Elsa Campbell, caught all the action on camera, from the champagne popping to the d-floor antics. Scroll down to take a peek…

FAVOURITE DETAILS “Mark had an idea in his head that he wanted to do a farm shoot with all the animals and farm props, instead of the traditional pre-ceremony photos. I was not so sure but he got to Elsa before me and she said, “Yes, I love the idea”. Plan A was to wear matching denim overalls. When they arrived in the post, even Mark agreed they looked way too gay. So plan B clothing was chosen.”

DIY… “There were a few DIY projects we did. As a wedding favour, we made Lemoncello/Cumquatchello with a group of friends and had to sample it during the process – a fun night. We printed a picture of every guest that attended and strung them up in the bar area. We made a photo album for all the photo booth pics taken and included a heap of stickers, glitter pens, textas and stamps etc. so that people could write a message in the book, with their photo attached to the page, and add a bit of personality to it. And we had a wedding gift of a port barrel that was filled with port, which we made people sign – also at the bar area.”

THE SUITS “I [Jeff] knew what I wanted but trying to find something that was affordable and within my expectations was proving difficult. I probably spent the most time trying to find the outfit. I had the pants as part of a tux I already owned (Ted Baker) but trying to find THE jacket to go with them was an issue. For some reason, every jacket I liked was about $1500 and I know it’s a special day, but I was probably not going to wear it again (just like a wedding dress really) so could not justify the expense. One day I was wandering through Myer, and there it was – Twisted Tailor. I loved it immediately and it was on sale so it was a win-win. Mark was not interested in shopping around (he HATES shopping) so off to Ferrari we went. Awesome service and he got what he wanted within a few hours. We were both very happy. We never wanted matching outfits, we are both individuals and wanted to feel comfortable in what we wore as well as each having our own unique outfit. The one thing that did match was the bow ties.”

A WORD OF ADVICE “It’s your day, don’t let others push you into a more expensive outfit, more flowers, a bigger cake, a theme, a band etc. Do what you want. The people who are important enough to be there will be happy for the both of you, no matter what you do or how much you spend. And plan ahead. We booked our venue about 12 months in advance and planned a little bit each week from there on.”

STANDOUT VENDORS “I have to say that all the vendors we engaged with were bloody brilliant, but the ones that stood out for us (besides Fiona who is a friend, so we may be a bit biased) was Sue and Simon, from Gum Gully Farm, and Elsa Campbell, our delightful photographer. For Sue and Simon, nothing was a problem, and I mean nothing. They were calm, welcoming, accommodating, organised, full of suggestions and just good people in every aspect.”

Pretty sweet day, huh? Well, you can find more heart-warming feels from lens lady Elsa Campbell right here. We especially loved Megan & Julien’s Melbourne wedding which you can find here. But first…

CONTRIBUTING VENDORS Photographer Elsa Campbell Florist H & K flowers Stationery Snapfish Venue Gum Gully Farm Catering Yarra Valley Catering Cake Bills Farm Desserts Krispy Kreme Wedding Favours Bethany Claire Cakes via Etsy, The Red Collar via Etsy Photo Booth The Photobooth Girl Entertainment Music With Memories Celebrant Fiona Garrivan Rings Uniform Black GROOM (Jeff) Jacket & Shirt Twisted Tailor Pants Ted Baker Bow Tie James Harper Shoes Florsheim Watch Apple Barber Barber on Collins Groomsmen Suits Politix GROOM (Mark) Suit Ferrari Formal Bow Tie James Harper Shoes Florsheim