Have you ever dreamed of a country wedding in Berry on the NSW South Coast? Where the sun sets behind the mountains and the golden glow shimmers across the pristine landscape? I can tell you that dream farm weddings are a reality and Tessa and Mike can testify to this. Their Willow Farm wedding had everything you could think of from a stunning old tree as the backdrop for the ceremony to many rustic farm buildings to sheep, cows and a kelpie running around the property. They had a stunning see-through marquee which was decorated beautifully with hanging florals from the ceilings. It was beautifully clear and sunny spring day in Berry.
The sunset was magic and we enjoyed it while walking over the train tracks. The golden hour is a reality! I highly recommend a Willow Farm Wedding!
Other than the weather and the surroundings, there were so many wonderful details in this wedding with regards to bridal attire and decorations. But it was the details that came from the heart that stood out to me the most. The first was their choice of celebrant.
Tessa told me this before the wedding day “When Mike and I got engaged, one of the first people we wanted to share the news with was one of Mike’s Best friends Nathan. Nathan and Mike have known each other for 25 years, and throughout those years they have finished school, travelled and lived together. Mike and Nathan were so close that Mike would often joke to Nathan that one day, he wanted Nathan to marry him. Fast forward to when Mike and I got engaged in January last year, and Mike rang up Nathan who was living in Uluru at the time and asked: “You know how I’ve always said you should marry me, well, I just proposed to Tess and we would love for you to marry us!”
Nathan graciously accepted our request, and we all agreed that this would be a really special reveal on the day, so for the past 18 months, he has been completing his marriage celebrants course in secret.”
Their grandmothers sadly both weren’t able to attend the wedding. Tessa and Mike wanted to acknowledge them so they provided gifts to all the guests that represented something special and unique.
“We chose succulents to represent Mike’s grandma because she had an award winning garden that was overflowing with succulents. Before she moved into a nursing home shortly before her passing, Mike’s family took some cuttings of her garden in Geelong, of which were used in these bombonieres. We chose apricot jams to represent my grandma because this is a vivid memory I have of growing up with her. She was an excellent cook and used to grow apricots in her garden and would often make apricot dumplings or apricot jam.”
When I asked Tessa and Mike about when they first met Tessa mentioned, “I was the one who first noticed Mike. The thing that first caught my eye was how much happiness Mike exuded, and how that sense of fun seemed to spill out to all those around him.” And you can see this couple are so devoted to each other. During Mike’s speech he got me shedding some happy tears with this part “most couples describe themselves as ‘partners in crime’ — which has always baffled me. Tess — I like to think of us as the opposite. We’re crime-fighting superheroes that fight for what’s right in this world — and that’s why I love you.” Awwwwww…
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