Real wedding – Mia & Ross, Swan Bay VIC

Real wedding – Mia & Ross, Swan Bay VIC

Ross and Mia’s festoon-lit country wedding had that winning formula: no rules, no fuss – and a whole lot of love.

An array of gorgeous florals decorated a circus marquee, and a rustic bonfire carried conversation into the night.  It was quintessential country, and had no shortage of magic moments. Ross and Mia’s love-filled nuptials took place alongside 150 of their nearest and dearest at the groom’s family home near Queenscliff, and their day was documented to perfection by Ambition Photography.



The meeting:

I first noticed Ross at a music festival and instantly had a huge crush. I thought I would never see him again, so kept an eye on him for the whole night. Nothing came of it. Weeks later Ross’ face popped up on my Facebook feed in a photo with mutual friends. With a bit of fate (and a bit of meddling on my part), we bumped into each other on a night out, instantly hitting it off.

The magic:

I think we both knew straight away that we were each others ‘one’. There must have been a chemical reaction between us. We didn’t know each other from a bar of soap, didn’t have much in common, and didn’t come from the same background but something magic happened between us, and we knew that we couldn’t let each other go.

The proposal:

We had spent the day getting our 20-week pregnancy scan – seeing our tiny baby for the first time. It was a pretty special day.

We had planned that Ross would propose that night, and being a jeweler, I (Mia) made a ring that he could pop on my finger until my grandmother’s ring was repaired.

Although we both knew what was planned and that we were to be engaged by the end of the night, when Ross got down on one knee and asked the big question, it changed everything!

The lead-up:

We thought we would have a really long engagement and wait for all of our kids to be old enough to be able to join in the celebrations, but one day down at Ross’ parents property, a conversation of ‘what if we were to do it sooner’, led to setting a date – and a wedding six weeks later!

It was a very easy and smooth planning process, we organised it together and had heaps of fun.

Style inspiration:

The backdrop for the wedding was a pretty spectacular one. We both wanted it to be a fun party, where everyone could relax and be comfortable. There was no dress code and no expectations from our guests – just to come along and have fun! We had a mini circus tent/marquee, a bunch of festoon lights, flowers and anything that else we could find that would compliment the setting.

The Dress:

I never thought that I would wear a traditional white dress, but thought  I should try one on just to be sure. Slipping into a beautiful dress in a lovely shop just wasn’t for me! I looked like I had broken into my mum’s closet and decided to play dress-ups! One cosy night on the couch, with a cup of tea, I found the perfect dress online. It arrived a week later and it was beautiful. I had a local lady make me a slip to wear underneath it, and it turned out better than I could have imagined.

Favourite wedding day moment/s:

Hearing each other’s hand-written vows was pretty special. It’s not every day that you tell each other exactly how you make each other feel. Also, our first dance with our little girl cuddled up between us.  Late in the night, we found our vows hidden away, pulled them out and got re-married in front of our closest friends beside the fire pit – it was really special.

Meaning of marriage:

Marriage to us is a private club. Somewhere that only the two of us and our little girl can go. It is a safe and warm place that we can share privately as a family.

Wedding soundtrack:

I walked down the aisle to Sea of Love by Cat Power and our reception entry was Caring is Creepy by The Shins. Our first dance was to Beach Baby by Bon Iver.

Words of wisdom:

Enjoy it. It is a really fun time organising a special day. It can get stressful at times, but as long as you ride with it and don’t get too caught up – it is a pretty easy gig! Ross helped plan the whole thing and had a lot of in put which was really nice and special.





Ceremony: Ross’ parent’s private property, in the front yard.

Reception: We didn’t have to travel far, the back paddock and calf shed.

Celebrant/Officiant: Tony Bugden

Photography: Jacob Hogan – Ambition Photography

Videography: Ambition Photography

Styling: Dress My Wedding

Hair: Nikki Rosman of Masons Hair Studio, Geelong.

Make up: Hilary Holmes

The Dress: Free People

Veil / headpiece:  Flower crown by She‘s A Wildflower

Jewellery/Accessories: Ernest And Joe (Mia’s business)

Shoes: Wittner

Rings: Ernest And Joe (Mia’s business)

Bridesmaids’ dresses: The girls picked whatever they would feel comfortable in.

Groom’s suit: Jack London

Groom’s Shoes: R.M Williams

Groomsmen suits: Jack London

Bow ties: Jack London

Catering: Pot and Pan Catering

Favors: We hand-stamped lolly bags.

Cake / Cake topper: My sister Tess made three amazing wedding cakes, topped with fresh local flowers. My Dad made three cake stands from Australian hard wood.

Stationery / Signage: We painted old fence palings and oil drums, and decorated items already on the farm.

Entertainment: Sweet play mixes made by our closest friends.

Transport: Our feet.

Honeymoon: Our café that we have just opened! But hopefully Japan in the coming years.