Real Wedding – Marnie & Antony, Drummond VIC
Real Wedding – Marnie & Antony, Drummond VIC

Real Wedding – Marnie & Antony, Drummond VIC


Dressed in a custom made gown, Marnie married the love of her her life, Antony in Drummond, Victoria. Celebrating this momentous occasion at Mingela Homestead was a no-brainer for this country loving couple. Mixing beautiful boho elements with classic country charm, their simple but no the less stunning styling comprised a beautiful tipi tent, sheltering rows of rustic timber tables adorned with fresh foliage. You just have to see the beautiful shots captured by fuss-free photographer, Marnie Hawson!

In Marnie’s words…

The meeting.

We were set up by Ant’s Auntie/a close family friend. Our first date was at Borsch Vodka and Tears in Melbourne on November 26, 2011


The one.

It took me a fairly long time to come to know that. Our relationship was more of a slow burner and we confronted lots of challenges early in our relationship (which has certainly made for a better relationship now!)


The proposal.

Ant proposed in Cape Town, South Africa. We were just ying on our bed in our hotel room in April 2016, the morning after I flew over there to meet him for a holiday!


The planning.

It was a fairly quick and easy process which we only embarked upon properly a couple of months before the date as my Dad was unexpectedly very ill prior. We did our guest list very early on (in South Africa the day after we got engaged!) and whilst it changed a little, we ended up back at that same original list! Then venue booking, invitations, dress, caterer, florist, hair and make-up, DJ, celebrant, hire items, guest transport and accommodation and fiddly creative bits followed.


Style inspiration.

We both love the country, being in nature and the outdoors so it was always going to end up an intimate outdoor Summer country wedding.


The dress.

I was recommended an absolutely wonderful dressmaker – Lily Cantone. I originally has a style and colour in mind from a magazine cutting from many years back. I purchased the fabric and disliked the base of it almost immediately on try on. I then changed styles, bought some stunning fabric (very quickly on advice of my dressmaker!) then had a few fittings. I just loved the outcome!


Favourite moments.

There are too many! Walking down the ‘’hill’’ with my amazing Dad, my two close friends’ ceremony readings, my husband’s/best friend’s/Dad’s/stepdaughter’s speeches, dancing, saying our vows to each other and the love and joy that was so clearly there amongst all our family and friends.


The meaning of marriage.

A more intimate connection with my husband, a greater sense of safety and security.


Wedding soundtrack.

Aisle: The Book Of Love by Peter Gabriel. A favourite song of both of ours after I played it to Antony many years ago on a country road trip.

Israeli dancing music as guests were seated before joining us and our immediate family on the dance floor.

First dance: September by Earth, Wind & Fire, which we monumentally stuffed up after months of dance lessons!


Funny stories/ near disasters.

Fortunately no, though my Dad was very ill until late November/early December and whilst we’d sent out invitations, we only progressed forwards when we knew my Dad would be absolutely ok, which he was! At 1am after most people had left the wedding, I couldn’t find my beloved dog, screamed into the valleys at the top of my lungs and nearly went to pieces. He was eventually found with his head in an open rubbish bag eating the catering scraps!


Words of wisdom.

Enjoy the planning part; it’s half the fun, and don’t allow it to stress you – it should be fun. It’s your and your partner’s day first and foremost!


Last words.

To others – enjoy the day; soak it in and ingest it. And eat! Try and find that moment to just stop and breathe it in, alone or with your husband. It just goes in a flash.



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Ceremony venue / location: Mingela Homestead at Drummond. Michelle at Mingela was terrific and easy to deal with. We stayed on site in the homestead for five days in the lead up; a divine house in an incredible location overlooking valleys.

Reception venue / location: As above.

Celebrant/Officiant:  Jono Black. A great, easy going guy who does wedding celebrant work when he’s not doing his day job!

Photography: Marnie Hawson. So glad I found Marnie via a Country Style publication. She was low key, in the background, unfussy and just did the job in such a beautiful way. She was exactly the kind of photographer we wanted for our laid back, easy wedding!  A delight to deal with in the lead up and post wedding. Our friends and family have consistently commented on how amazing our weddings shots are!

Styling/Decor: Belinda Brooksby is a wedding day event manager and co-owner of Wheat Belt, from which we hired gorgeous hay bale covers for our hay bale seating for the ceremony. Gorgeous who supplied the chuppah (originally designed and erected on the day by our florist, Katie Marx’s, partner Greg Hatton).

Hire: Kyneton Hire (toilets and dance floor).

Florist: Katie Marx Flowers. I have worked with Katie in business over many years and didn’t hesitate to approach her to do my wedding. She is so creative and so laid back and other than a few tips around colour that we gave her, she just did her thing in her way and did it beautifully. Our gorgeous ceramic vases were brand new and just out of the kiln and the surprise bouquet she made me was breathtakingly stunning.

Hair: Hair by Deborah. My delightful Melbourne hair dresser who came up for the afternoon to do my, Mum’s, my stepdaughter’s and best friend’s hair. Another easy going no fuss gorgeous woman who did a wonderful job on us all!  (Whilst we had a good idea of what we were going to do hair wise, I just closed my eyes and said ‘’do as you wish’’!)

Make Up: Bec Shannon. I have used Bec for make up for work events that I’ve run for many years. Yet another laid back easy going chick who did a fantastic job on us all. I didn’t tell her anything much about what I wanted, she just knew and did it. A brilliant make-up artist.

The Dress: Lily Cantone. Lily came recommended from a work colleague and once again she was so easy going and a no-fuss dressmaker who does incredible work (over many many years of dressmaking) but keeps a low profile. She also has the patience of a saint!

Bride’s Shoes: Husk. Husk often has great accessories and shoes with a bit of a difference. I bought my wedding earrings from there too.

Rings: An inexpensive city jeweller whose name I can’t recall (we don’t wear our rings as Antony isn’t partial to a ring and my engagement ring is a thick shape and needs to sit alone!) Our wedding rings cuddle together in my beside table.

Bridesmaid’s dresses: My stepdaughter Emma wore Thurley and my best friend Zoe wore Flannel. My beautiful Mum who looked stunning wore Trelise Cooper.

Bridesmaid’s shoes: Zomp

Groom’s suit: Calibre. Antony loves Calibre and their styles suit him beautifully.

Groom’s Shoes: Barker

Catering: Pot & Pan. Pot and Pan offer gorgeous food and menu and had a terrific ‘floor manager’ on the day (big ticks for the plate of spaghetti with scampi they left at my place setting for me to eat throughout the night; and for leaving a box of desserts marked “for the bride and groom’’ in the fridge!)

Cake / Cake topper: We just had gorgeous desserts from our caterers.

Stationery / Signage: Our Save the Date and invitations were made online. We also produced our own signage and the venue had some directional signage already there.

Entertainment: DJ Claire Elliott. A gorgeous girl who we saw DJíng last year at an AFL Grand Final event.  Yes, yet another phenomenal easy going woman who is so adept at her trade.

Transport: Organ’s Coaches. Organ’s were so very helpful, informative and easy to deal with, and our guests only had praise for them too! Guests were transported from Kyneton town to our venue approx. 15 minutes away

Hire: Undersky. Sperry Tent: a stunning outdoor tent which was used for the first time in Vic at our wedding!

Honeymoon: Japan (Tokyo, 5 days horse riding in the mountains and Kyoto) One of the best countries in the world!!! A must see for anyone who hasn’t been

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