Real Wedding – Eve & Tom, Culcairn NSW
Tom and Eve wanted a stylish, modern wedding in a country setting. As a sheep farmer (Tom) and a sheep vet (Eve), getting married on a sheep farm seemed suitably appropriate, and so their vision for the day was a timeless and classic black-tie affair, that contrasted elegantly with the raw pastoral appeal of their chosen venue.
Their celebration is what wedding dreams are made of.
A picturesque setting, in a location that held special sentiment to them both and the focus on supporting local suppliers, saw a stunning soiree come to life.
With food a significant focus, their guests were treated to fabulous local fare and the celebration was filled with memories to last a lifetime. The beautiful imagery of Bec Haycraft tells Eve and Tom’s story perfectly.
We met around five years earlier at a pub in one of the nearby small country towns. Tom had recently moved to the area and our first date was a seriously picturesque farm tour overlooking Lake Hume. The deal was sealed with a kiss a few weeks later at a local black tie ball fundraiser.
We found that doing life together was so easy, enjoyable, and exciting! What more could we want? Our life goals were aligned, we were proud to be a part of each other’s life, and we were excited about what the future could hold for us together.
Tom popped the question during a mid-week farm picnic overlooking a warm summer evening sunset! Tom’s team of working dogs were with us and sneakily helped themselves to our platter of deli meats and soft cheeses while we were too distracted/excited to realise or care!
We did a lot of research when it came to choosing between a wedding venue and a private property marquee. It seemed appropriate that we’d be married in a rural setting, and we decided to go with Round Hill Homestead, a local sheep and cropping property which kindly agreed to host our big day. The location appealed to us as it could host a garden ceremony in close proximity to a reception in the gorgeous historic woolshed, which was conveniently fitted out with existing amenities (kitchen, bathrooms, power, water..).
Our photographer, Bec Haycraft, was one of our priority vendors. I grew up in the same country town as Bec and I have followed her talented photography for many years. Once we’d secured her and our spring 2019 date with Round Hill Homestead, we went about booking the rest of our vendors. We were keen to support local vendors where possible, and Instagram played a pretty integral role in connecting us with some that really appealed to us and our wedding style. Our florist was a local farmer’s wife from the neighbouring town of Henty, and we had the luxury of Bang Event Co, just down the road at Albury, for amazing on-trend furniture hire options. The food was another significant focus for us. James Vickers Catering offered a real point of difference, delivering a high-end dining experience with a seafood-focussed extended canapé menu followed by modern shared mains. We outsourced to Melbourne for our entertainment as we struggled to find musicians of the right calibre locally. Jack & Jordan were just brilliant.
We wanted a stylish modern wedding in a country setting. As a sheep farmer (Tom) and a sheep vet (Eve), getting married on a sheep farm seemed suitably appropriate. Our vision for the day was a timeless classic black tie affair that would contrast elegantly with the raw pastoral appeal of the venue.
I had a reasonable idea of the style of dress I was after. I wanted a classic, uncomplicated, long-sleeved gown. I researched designers and stockists that caught my eye and booked a trip to Melbourne with my two amazing bridesmaids. The silk crepe Ivania dress by Italian designer Provonias Atelier was exactly what I had envisioned and the decision could not have been easier! We paired it with a simple hip length veil.
We honestly loved every minute! In fact the entire period pre and post wedding was such a treasured time for us creating precious memories and soaking up all the love with our dearest family and friends.
Meaning of marriage.
It’s being one another’s loudest and proudest supporters, sharing in all that life has in store for us. It’s seeing and accepting the good and the bad in one another, and loving each other all things considered. It’s growing together as individuals, and always encouraging the best versions of each other.
Aisle: Stand By Me by Matt Johnson
Register: You Are the Best Thing by Ray LaMontague
Recessional: This Will Be (An Everlasting Love) by Natalie Cole
Reception entry: You Make My Dreams by Daryl Hall & John Oates
First dance: Forever You and Me by The Teskey Brothers
Funny stories (or near disasters).
For a November wedding the weather was bitterly cold (max temperature of 13 degrees with a significant wind chill factor!) – I was pretty happy with my choice of long-sleeved gown. Our guests made the most of it and rocked the finest array of glamourous fur coats the district has seen.
The way everything just seemed to come together on the day! It was hard to convince ourselves that so many vendors and schedules would successfully come together on the day to create a seamless event but it is possible with a great team of vendors and some dedicated planning.
Words of wisdom.
Do your best to invest in professional and reputable vendors and suppliers. And an on-the-day wedding coordinator can be worth their weight in gold! Try to minimize the amount of DIY and delegate plenty of jobs on the day so that you can sit back, relax and take it all in!
If you love what you see here, check our Brittany and Bowen’s elegant ever-after, also in our real weddings collection.
EVE & TOM’S TRIBE
Ceremony and reception: Round Hill Homestead – Culcairn NSW
Celebrant/Officiant: Amber Williams Celebrant
Photography: Bec Haycraft
Florist: My Floral Styling
Hair: Boudoir Hair
Make-up: MUMU Makeup
The Dress: Pronovias Atelier
Rings: Epica Jewellers
Jewellery: Maison Sabben
Bridesmaid’s dresses: Love Honor
Groomsmen’s suits: New England Clothing
Catering: James Vickers Catering
Cake: Harans Patisserie
Entertainment: Jack & Jordan – Rutherford Entertainment
Honeymoon: Pending… thanks Covid-19!