Brooke and Philip tied the knot on an enormous and breathtaking farm, at Porters Retreat, almost 3 hours from Sydney. Their wedding was crammed with so much beauty and DIY effort, it left me flabbergasted. From Brooke’s unique, custom designed dress, to her bridesmaids stunning maroon dresses, a fabulously adorned ceremony spot, and it was all topped off, by an incredibly transformed shearing shed.
THE PROPOSAL “Phil organised dinner at one of our favourite restaurants. Afterwards he drove us to a lookout where we went on one of our first dates. It was freezing outside (being July) so I went to get back into the car, but Phil grabbed me, got down on one knee and said ‘Brookie I love you, will you marry me?’. Obviously, I said yes!”
THE VENUE: “My parents recently bought an old working farm in Porters Retreat. After Brooke and I got engaged we went out to the property for a visit and both thought ‘wow, wouldn’t it be incredible to get married here’. My mum was more than happy to host us… We actually didn’t see any properties except the farm. We knew we wanted to get married there almost right away.”
THE DRESS: “My beautiful wedding gown was created by Kimberley Woodward Designs. I had always known what features I wanted in my dream wedding dress (even before Phil popped the question); low back, bell style sleeves, delicate lace etc. I shopped around for a wedding dress for about 2 months, however none of those dresses were my ‘perfect’ dress. My mum suggested I contact Kimberley (it turns out our grandparents AND parents are old family friends). I came to Kimberley with a jumble of ideas and she created something incredible. I honestly could not have asked for a more perfect dress. The overall experience was a lot of fun! Kimberley is so sweet and warm, and she keeps working until every detail is perfect. What’s more, she made the experience personal by sewing a piece of vintage lace from her late grandmother’s personal collection. Both my mum and I cried like babies when we found this out – it was such a beautiful gesture!”
FAVOURITE DETAIL: Our favourite detail was the decorations in the shearing shed (reception venue). We spent hours hanging up decorations, fairy lights and candles, but it was well worth it! The shearing shed looked more amazing than we could have ever imagined, especially at night. Tamera (Phil’s mum) did an incredible job and has a fantastic eye for design.
Dress: Kimberley Woodward
Brides Shoes: Spurr Shoes – theiconic.com.au
Bridesmaids Dresses: Lulus Fashion
Hair & Makeup: Haley Jean Makeup
Flowers: Woodlands and Co
Groom & Groomsmen Suits: Target
Ceremony & Reception: Porters Retreat Homestead
Catering: Mountain Wide Event Catering
Furniture Hire: JD Events
And now for the rest…