Real Wedding – Catherine & Jason, Korweinguboora VIC
For Catherine and Jason, planning their dream day was all about considering three key elements: fun, relaxed and comfortable. Throw in the stunning backdrop of their own beautiful farm, a huge dose of divine styling, and some cracking music magic in the form of Melbourne Entertainment Co, and they more than exceeded the brief!
With an overarching theme emerging in country chic, stylists Elderberry Event Co layered textural timber elements alongside classic contemporary furniture in a luxe marquee. Florals with lashings of greenery anchoring soft grasses and crisp white roses perfectly complemented the look.
From Jason’s reaction to his stunning bride walking down the aisle towards him to the electric energy between the two in their portrait shots, the emotion of the day is a treat. And Catherine and Jason absolutely nailed their looks – she in a striking gown by Jane Hill Bridal, and he looks every bit the dapper gent in his suit by our faves, YSG Tailors.
Every sweet detail of this dreamy day is captured beautifully by visual poet Elsa Campbell. Scroll on for all the magic.
We met in the Australian Army during our officer training and instantly became good mates due to our equally dreadful sense of humour. Jason went away for a year with his training, and we stayed in touch with the odd phone call. When he returned home, and we had both graduated, we realised that we missed each other’s company much more than anticipated and decided to go on a date!
We knew we found the one in each other early on when we had a date night at home. We ordered Japanese takeaway and sat on the floor in Jason’s apartment talking for houuurrrssss. We laughed about embarrassing memories, shared our pasts, and fell madly in love over sashimi and sake. A bond was made that night that we still reflect on and cherish.
Jason booked us a little getaway at the Lake House in Daylesford, Victoria. He organised a picnic next to the lake, and we talked about the future we wanted together over a bottle of Dom. We even decided on all our future kids’ names! He then pulled out the most magnificent custom-made ring and asked me to spend the rest of my life with him.
We were inspired by the feeling we wanted at our wedding. So, we mixed some key elements that we wanted; relaxed, fun and comfortable. For relaxed, we decided to have the wedding on our farm; this meant we had to kick up the classiness through the choice of marquee and decor. For fun, we made sure guests weren’t waiting around too long and had a variety of activities like lawn games, a photo booth and a background string quartet to enjoy. Finally, comfort was achieved by having a set up with no set seating, plenty of food (and drinks), no group photo and keeping speeches to a minimum.
The inspiration for our wedding came from all over, Instagram (I loved Georgia Love’s wedding), Pinterest, Ivory Tribe and Elsa Campbell’s (photographer) website. We both felt strongly about common themes such as roses, festoon lights, pearls, vintage champagne glasses etc. and pieced together an in-fashion but also old-fashioned vibe that matched our personalities. We couldn’t have been happier with the outcome.
We were married next to our dam and made an avenue of trees from the front gate down to the ceremony that guests walked down (I loved that bit!). We had a string quartet playing as I walked down the aisle, and Jason ugly cried, which I will never forget.
Well, good old COVID lockdowns meant I struggled to get into Melbourne to try on dresses! Thank goodness Jane Hill were so amazing and let me pick four dresses online, then posted them to me to try on. They booked a styling consult via zoom and went through them with me, what I liked/ didn’t like, if I felt comfortable, etc. I then got another four dresses sent out and found the one! Simple, comfortable and classy!
Ohh, now that’s a tough question! I’d have to go with either our first kiss as husband and wife (it was a pretty epic kiss, and everyone cheered) or walking back to the marquee after some sunset photos. Jase and I took a moment to soak it all in and watched all of our nearest and dearest have a wonderful time!
Meaning of marriage.
Jason and I had already committed to each other and already had our beautiful baby boy, so marriage for us was a formalisation of the promises and commitment we’d made to each other. Marriage to us is a promise that we will grow and learn together, support each other and never give up on each other or our family.
Aisle: All you need is love by The Beatles
Reception entry: Iko Iko by Justin Wellington (thanks, Tiktok!)
First dance: Better Together by Jack Johnson.
Funny stories or near disasters.
Well, I stuck with the motto “bad things happen in threes”, so when I found out that our caterer had burnt down a month before the wedding, I was ready for another two events to happen! Thankfully with the fire no one was hurt, and they still managed to cater (just not in a vintage truck, but their food was SO good I didn’t care what they rocked up in, just that they could still cater).
Then my wedding dress got lost in the post, classic Australia Post! But we found it with some persistence, and then I was waiting for number three when gastro hit me the week of the wedding! Not bad if you wanted to knock a few kgs off before the big day, but I didn’t need to, and my dress had just been perfectly fitted to me! I was just glad I bounced back before the big day and that my three bad things were actually very mild.
Hair and make-up artists were impossible to find! It seemed like I got 1000 responses saying they’re booked already and that there was no one left in Victoria! I definitely should’ve jumped on that one much earlier in the planning process.
Words of wisdom.
Do a planning session together about the feel of the day or key elements to focus on and agree on a budget. That then makes every single decision from there on in much easier and ensures everything comes together really nicely.
We had the best day ever, and it all went by so quickly! So take a moment alone together to celebrate your marriage and soak it in.
Oh, and this is YOUR wedding, do what you want! You can’t please everyone (we didn’t invite a friend’s new partner they met that month, we didn’t invite uncles and aunties we hadn’t heard from in 10+ years etc.), but we set clear, polite boundaries and were happy we did!
Planning your wedding? Even if you’re following Catherine and Jason’s words of wisdom, it can sometimes be far from smooth sailing. We’ve got some tips for navigating those arguments that frequently crop up in the planning process, here on the blog. so take a few deep breaths, pop on your fave soundtrack and let us guide you!
CATHERINE & JASON’S VENDORS
Ceremony & reception venue: Private property – our farm.
Officiant: Major Andrew Grills (our Army Padre)
Photography: Elsa Campbell – literally the coolest person ever that just happens to be an epic photographer! She was so much fun and really helpful with planning (timelines etc.). Cannot recommend highly enough!
Styling & decor: Elderberry Events – made our day everything it was and took all the stress out of planning and the running of the day. Olivia helped plan everything, was very helpful, super friendly and really knows her stuff!
Florist: Elderberry Events – Grace nailed the brief!
Hair & make-up: Making Pretty
The dress & veil: Jane Hill
Shoes: Bared shoes – SO comfy !!
Suit & bow tie: YSG Tailors. Jase had such a good time getting his tux fitted, and the result was amazing! Jason looked extremely dapper.
Catering: Happy Camper Pizza – perfecto!
Bar: Valerie Caravan Bar – lovely staff and an awesome set-up!
Cake: Sugar Whisk
Entertainment: String Quartet – Stringspace – they were so easy to work with!
DJ/ Sax – Melbourne Entertainment Co (Tim) – couldn’t have gotten a better DJ! My mum was up dancing the whole night! Thank you.
Fancy Toilets: Paddock dreams
Photobooth: Ozphotobooth – a real highlight!