Real Wedding – Stephanie & Jarrod, Buckland Valley VIC
Real Wedding – Stephanie & Jarrod, Buckland Valley VIC
Real Wedding – Stephanie & Jarrod, Buckland Valley VIC
Real Wedding – Stephanie & Jarrod, Buckland Valley VIC

Real Wedding – Stephanie & Jarrod, Buckland Valley VIC


What we love about Stephanie and Jarrod’s day is that almost every aspect of their wedding was handmade or locally sourced, from the bunting to the dress.

Choosing to wed in beautiful Bright, this darling duo were surrounded by family and friends who were more than happy to pitch in to make their dream day come true.

What resulted was a relaxed celebration that was inspired by the Australia bush and the love that Stephanie and Jarrod share.

Bad weather on the day did nothing to dampen their spirits, instead they embraced it all and our very own Tribe talent, Jackson Grant, captured every magical moment.


In Stephanie’s words…

The meeting.

We met 5 years ago, at a university snow club Mexican themed party. I lost a dare to eat a hot chili and Jarrod was the first person I found to buy me drink to cool down my burning mouth! Unfortunately, he bought the wrong drink and I ran away in desperate search of the right drink. We wouldn’t meet again, officially, for another week at our university travel expo.


The ‘one’.

When we both realised we were as crazy for the snow as each other!


The proposal.

After a long Christmas lunch with both our immediate families, Jarrod suggested a walk up to a very romantic lookout. Being as stubborn as I am, I decided a hike up a hill with a full stomach in the December heat was not going to happen. So, we took a bike ride to the river instead, I stopped to take a photo of us and turned to find Jarrod on one knee, it was the best Christmas surprise. When we arrived back to the house our families were ready with champagne and the celebrations continued!


Planning process.

We planned our wedding in 15 months.

We took our time and made sure we followed a timeline. Jarrod is great with spreadsheets and organising!

We both wanted our wedding to represent us and so we were very involved in both the planning and the styling.

From the beginning we knew we would get married near Bright, Victoria. I knew that wherever it was, it needed to be outside with Mt Buffalo in view. We booked our photographer Jackson in straight away, we knew from the start he was who we wanted to photograph our wedding. He is absolutely brilliant to work with!

We locked in our venue shortly after and the rest seemed to follow from there.

Almost every part of our wedding was handmade or locally sourced from the bunting to the dress. My mum even spent the whole Friday leading up creating the amazing floral displays and bouquets.

Everyone we worked with were fantastic, we had family and friends help us in the week leading up to hang bunting, clean chairs and set up the barn, making our dream come to life. On the day we were met with some wild weather, and our vendors just kept on working, if there were any problems, they certainly made them disappear without us worrying!


Style inspiration.

The Australian bush, a cosy/relaxed feeling, and the two of us and our love for being outside.

We wanted our wedding to feel like a big family dinner!


The dress.

Early on I knew that Susan Rochford would be making my dress. I found it really hard to describe my style to her, however with the help of a Pinterest mood board and some fabric shopping she created the masterpiece that is my gown. Handsewn beading, boned bodice and a “flowy skirt, that twirls when I spin”. It was better than I dreamed!


Favourite moment.

This is such a hard question, there are so many incredible memories!

We both agree the ceremony was amazing! We wrote our vows separately, keeping them a secret from each other. To our surprise, they were almost identical!

It was also a surreal feeling arriving back to the barn, seeing our friends and families cheering and excited to celebrate with us.


Meaning of marriage.

To us, marriage means a lifelong commitment to love and support one another…with a few adventures in between!


Wedding soundtrack.

Aisle: There Will Be Time – Mumford and Sons

Recessional: Home – Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros

First Dance: I’m With You – Vance Joy


Funny stories (or near disasters).

We were hopeful that we would have perfect March weather, however, the day before the bad weather blew in and we graciously accepted defeat to the rain. It even snowed on Mt. Buffalo for the first time in 2019!

On the way to confirm the backup venue, we realised we already had chairs for all our guests undercover in the barn and an aisle down the middle tables, so why not get married there. The morning of the wedding we had an incredible bunch of friends and family out in the downpour rearranging flowers and directing cars through the mud – all to make this happen! Holding the ceremony inside the barn felt so perfect and changed the whole atmosphere of the space.

Another highlight would definitely be our Best Man, Rusty, throwing his speech in the fire half way through as it was “only holding him back”.


Words of wisdom.

At the end of the day, if you have family and friends surrounding the two of you, that’s all that matters. Take mishaps as they come and laugh at them later. Make it fun and completely your own, it is about you after all!


Final words.

A huge thank you to those who helped us achieve a wedding more magical than we dreamed. They’ll know who they are.



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Ceremony and reception location: Private property, The Buckland Valley

Celebrant/Officiant: Michael Vanderree and Keith vanderSchoor

Photography: Jackson Grant Weddings

Florist: Annita Campbell (Steph’s Mum)

Hair: Nomad Hairdressing

Make Up: Daisy Badrock

The Dress(es): Susan Rochford from Get Frocked

Veil / headwear: Susan Rochford from Get Frocked

Rings: Michael Hill and Ringwood Jewellers

Bridesmaid’s dresses: Tokito

Groom and Groomsmen’s suits: Ferrrari Formal

Catering: Dave McKinnon from the Punkah Pantry

Bar: Self Catered

Cake / Cake topper: Susan Rochford from Icing on the Cake

Stationery / Signage: Stephanie Vanderree

Entertainment: Lion Bear Band

Transport: Marty Richardson from the Porepunkah Garage

Décor: sourced from the local bushland

Hire: Dawson’s Rural Supplies, Bright

Honeymoon: Nusa Lembongan and Sideman in Bali

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