Real Wedding – Kerryn & Judd, Dunkeld VIC

Real Wedding – Kerryn & Judd, Dunkeld VIC

Kerryn could never imagine herself wandering down the aisle in a ‘typical’ wedding dress, but when she stumbled across ‘the one’, she knew that it was the perfect gown – and for her groom, Judd – seeing her in it was his favourite moment of their wedding day.

Opting for a destination wedding in the heart of the Australian bush, Kerryn and Judd were married at the magnificent Mount Sturgeon Homestead, surrounded by River Redgums and panoramic views of the mountains.

Their wedding was rich in tradition, filled with love and just the breathtakingly beautiful.

Eric Ronald’s stunning imagery tells Kerryn and Judd’s story perfectly…

In Kerryn and Judd’s words…

The meeting.

We met through mutual friends on the Gold Coast in 2011, while Kerryn had taken a twelve month relocation from the Mornington Peninsula.

The one.

Judd made his move in my final week of living on the Gold Coast. I had resigned from work and packed all my belongings to move back home. We knew as soon as I had to say goodbye and take the long interstate drive home that we could not be apart. We spent the next seven months flying interstate to see one another. The flights became more regular and we were traveling nearly every fortnight.

The proposal.

We were back visiting from Thailand over the Christmas holidays. Every New Years Eve we do a big bike ride with our friends starting with lunch and beers at Tugun Surf Club, stopping in at each surf club for a drink along the way, all the way up to Broadbeach. We had planned to go back to a friend’s apartment to freshen up and head out to one of the local hot spots for the countdown but instead Judd suggested we head down to the beach and watch the fireworks. Judd was being particularly agitated by a bunch of teenagers loitering behind us so he insisted we move to another spot on the sand dunes. I wondered at the time why it was bothering him so much. With the countdown quickly approaching he had us running through shrubs and tripping over branches until we finally made it to a quiet and romantic spot on top of the sand dunes overlooking the beach. Judd being superstitious, he waited until the fireworks had started and 2013 had well and truly passed. It was officially January 1st, 2014 (14 also being his favourite number). I was sitting between his legs looking out to the fireworks when he turned to me and said “I love you so much” I gave him a kiss and when I turned back he had the most sparkling diamond ring in his hand. He placed it on my finger and asked me to marry him.

Planning process.

Living in Thailand I had quite a bit of time on my hands. We knew the venue of our wedding even before Judd had proposed. So I spent a lot of time researching and planning while I was not working.

Styling inspiration.

The venue was the theme. A relaxed, rustic and country wedding with high quality products and finishings. We had many compliments about our venue.

The dress.

I did not want to wear a “wedding dress” initially. However, my sisters convinced me to go for one day of wedding dress shopping with them and my Mum just for the experience and to please my family. I was visiting from Thailand and I would not have another opportunity to dress shop before the wedding. I was dreading looking for a wedding a dress, or anything to wear for that matter, and I went with the expectation of not finding a thing and disappointing myself and my family. I set out without anything in mind and didn’t know where to start. To my surprise I actually found many I loved – all stocked at The Bridal Atelier. The following day, The Bridal Atelier were holding a trunk show for Rue De Seine so I went back into the city to have a look. I had found my designer but which dress? Once I tried the Willow gown on I was in love. It was absolutely made for me. Many of my guests said they couldn’t imagine me in anything else. I felt amazing in my dress and must also give credit to Daniel Moore at Alter Ego in Brisbane who did the alterations. He is incredibly talented.

Favourite moment.

Judd – Kerryn walking down the aisle.

Kerryn – When Judd surprised me with an eternity band while having our portrait session in the pine forest. I would have to say that Judd and I had so much fun together during our wedding portrait session with our photographer – Eric Ronald. He took us on an epic adventure across railway tracks, over fences and through obstacle courses of branches, bushes, trees and animal poo. We went to the pine forest, an abandoned house and an old bridge. It was just the three of us and Judd and I got to spend a lot of time together. Our first hours as husband and wife. We were in our own bubble of love.


Kerryn wore her grandmother’s wedding rings as all the grandchildren have done previously. We also used Judd’s parent’s wedding cake knife which had been engraved with both of our names and dates of the weddings. This will be passed down through the family for future weddings.

Meaning of marriage.

An expression of love and unity. We acknowledge our parents and grandparents for showing us what it means to be loved and what it takes to create a successful marriage. We hope like Judd’s Nan and Pa, we will be celebrating our anniversary 60 years from now, still very much in love and proud to be each other’s little mate.

Wedding soundtrack.

Aisle – Misty Miller, Happy Together
Reception entry: Pharrell Williams, Happy
First dance: Coldplay, Magic
Father/Daughter dance: The Bee Gees, To Love Somebody

Funny stories.

My full name is Kerryn Evelyn McDonald and Judd was so nervous when he was saying his vows he got a little tongue tied and said “I Judd Silk, take you Kevin” instead of Kerryn Evelyn. Everybody laughed so much and I still every now and then refer to myself as Kevin.

Our band told us only two months before the wedding day that the lead singer of the band was in fact himself getting married that day. That would also mean there would not be many musicians available as they were all attending his wedding. As we were having a destination wedding, and it being the day before Easter weekend kicked off, it was a little stressful. Luckily for us it was a blessing in disguise and instead we landed ourselves ‘the best wedding band ever’ as most of our guests told us

Planning surprises.

All the small stuff. I found booking all the major vendors quite easy as there was so much information available but it was all the small details that I found difficult. Luckily we have very creative families who helped to make the entire wedding come together with the smaller touches and decorations.

Words of wisdom.

I received this very wise advice from a friend the day before the wedding. During the reception, take a moment with your husband/wife and take in everything around you. Look at all your loved ones who are there to celebrate your marriage, all the work that has been done to create the magical day and also spend a quiet minute together to appreciate and celebrate each other as a newly married couple.

Whilst it is important to see your guests, and Judd and I did go to see our grandparents, Judd and I spent most of the night together. We didn’t separate to say hello to every single guest. Our guests came to see us to congratulate us. That way we both got to really enjoy the wedding and we had so much fun – mostly spent on the dance floor. We didn’t feel like we were ‘doing the rounds’ and separated from each other at the reception.

Kerryn and Judd’s Tribe…

Ceremony and reception venue: Mount Sturgeon Property Homestead, Dunkeld, Victoria

Celebrant/Officiant: Emmalee Bell

Photography: Eric Ronald

Florist: Linda from Gray St Flowers

Hair and Make Up: Amanda Stevens at Didjun Skin & Body

The Dress: ‘Willow’ – Rue De Seine from The Bridal Atelier in Armadale, Victoria

Veil: Borrowed from Bride’s sister

Jewellery: Earings and bracelet borrowed from bridesmaid Charmaine Brownlee-Smith. Also wore my grandmother’s wedding rings.

Shoes: Spurr Basics from The Iconic

Rings: LeGassick

Bridesmaid’s dresses: Thurley

Groom’s suit: Custom-made

Groom’s Shoes: Aquila

Groomsmen suits: Blazers were custom made, trousers from Zara

Ties: Custom-made

Catering: Royal Mail Hotel, Dunkeld

Favors: Easter eggs from Aldi and Cadbury

Cake / Cake topper: Jenny MacGillivray at Sticky Fingers Boutique Cake Creations, Hamilton. Linda at Gray St Flowers topped with flowers.

Stationery / Signage: Kristy Oates of The Collection – Vintage Wedding Prop Hire

Entertainment: Essential Wedding Band

Transport: Trotters Coaches, Hamilton, Victoria

Other: Rosemary Wintle made my garter, ‘Mr & Mrs Silk’ bunting and many good luck horseshoes.

My Mum, sisters and I decorated the small glass jars with lace and ordered some Easter Daisies (as it was Easter time) with some blue gum to place in the jars for extra decoration and to tie into the theme with the natives supplied by Royal Mail Hotel.

Honeymoon: We lived in Thailand for 18 months before getting married.

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