After knowing each other for 11 years, together for three and engaged for 11 months, these two had everything sorted for their dream day just two months after Sami proposed. Sami had wanted to get married on her Granny’s farm ever since she was a little girl, especially seeing her parents were married in the very same shed 30 years prior. The wedding date turned out to be the same as her granny’s and late grandad’s, too, so it was a sentimental win all round. Their theme was “earthy, bohemian and vibrant with a dash of country,” says the couple. “We love the colours of the earth in our hometown, the soil is rich deep red and wanted to work with our surroundings.”

Ben Sowry took some incredible pictures, which we originally printed in our Real Wedding Special 2021, and are stoked to share with you here today…

THE INSPO “We really wanted the beautiful surroundings to speak for itself. The rustic old farm shed, golden wheat fields and the country itself. Our theme was earthy, bohemian, sentimental, vibrant with a dash of country. We love the colours of the earth in our home town, the soil is rich deep red and wanted to work with our surroundings. We wanted all of our guests to feel relaxed, have a sangria in hand, a belly full of pizza and not a care in the world.”

MARRIAGE MEANS “We got married between two pines trees. The two stand alone pines is how we envisage marriage. Two individuals standing side by side. Standing resolutely, trustingly and leaning on one another. They stand together no matter the season and protect each other always.”

A WORD OF ADVICE “Don’t feel obligated to do the traditional things. We didn’t do wedding favours, place cards, or cutting of the cake in front of everyone, and heck I even was having so much fun, I forgot to throw my bouquet. Did anyone notice? Definitely not.”

STANDOUT VENDOR “Our non-negotiable from day one was having Ben Sowry take our photos. We emailed him the day after the proposal to lock in our wedding date. And boy are we glad we did! His craft is a pure art form and he is a guy with extreme genuineness and kindness.”

DIY “My granny is the most incredible florist and it was always a dream of mine for her to help me with arranging my reception flowers. Ryan and I both went into the bush together and foraged for native flora that we could dry out ourselves making an abundance of dried flowers throughout our reception.”

WE’RE SO GLAD WE… “We really wanted a videographer but considered not getting one due to costs, but boy, oh boy. Just do it people. We got the entry ‘highlights’ package [from Grace Wriggles] and it literally transports you back to our day.  So yeah… book the videographer.”

This wedding first appeared in our Real Wedding Special 2021, while it’s now sold out, you can nab a copy of our latest Real Wedding Special 2024 here and the Real Wedding Special Vol. 8 here – and if you use DOUBLETROUBLE at checkout, you’ll receive issue 39 for free!

CONTRIBUTING VENDORS Photographer Ben Sowry Photo Videographer Grace Wriggles Ceremony & Reception Location ‘Hopevale Farm’ (Sami’s family property) Florist & Cake Topper Yukari Botanicals Wedding Cake Terri Da Forno (Friend) Catering Kaz Walsh (Friend) Food Truck That Pizza Guy Entertainment Ollie Murk Celebrant Pastor Daniel Gettis Wedding website Minted Rings Wallace Bishop, Michael Hill, Windfall Jewellery THE BRIDE Bridal Gown & Veil Grace Loves Lace Shoes Spurr via The Iconic Makeup Robyn Pott Makeup Hair Hair Elegance Kingaroy by Corinne Tunstall Earrings Von Treskow Bridesmaid Dresses Shona Joy, Petal & Pup Bridesmaid Shoes Billini Bridesmaid Earrings Ayla + Oak THE GROOM Suit & Groomsmen Suits Politix Bow Tie + Pocket Square OTAA Shoes RM Williams