BOOMERANG FARM WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY
A rustic barn winter wedding at Boomerang Farm in the Gold Coast Hinterland
Carly & Matt’s love story starts before they were ever introduced. You see, these two had crossed paths before their official meeting at the Story Bridge Hotel, where Alicia, Carly’s sister was playing matchmaker. On their first date, they established that they had actually met 7 years prior at the Ekka Races. Matt was dressed as a clown and Carly and her friends had a photo with the clowns, and it just so happens that it was Matt’s arm around Carly. But they never spoke a word to each other that day.
On the ultimate road trip adventure to Cape York at the tip of Australia, Matt proposed to Carly. A round trip of 6,000 kms. They thought that if they can last that long in a car together, marriage will be a piece of cake. They tell me “it was the most epic adventure topped off with the perfect proposal“.
Now here they are Mr & Mrs.
It was the weekend that South East Queensland was hit with massive storms. Carly & Matt’s winter wedding was the Friday, at the very beginning of that wild weather weekend.
Good fortune was with Carly & Matt on their special day. Apart from some light rain before the ceremony, we managed to get through the ceremony and bridal party photo shoot, with the heavy rain not hitting us until later that evening when we were all snug in the rustic barn being warmed by the fireplace and toasting marshmallows.
Carly & Matt were very lucky, come Saturday morning, the entrance into Boomerang Farm was under water.
While many brides and grooms go into panic mode when they hear the weather bureau reporting rain for their wedding day, Carly & Matt were calm and determined a little wet weather wasn’t going to dampen the spirits of their big day.
Carly & Matt chose to get Hitched at Boomerang Farm as their wedding venue because of the natural rustic charm, the enchanted tree house that can be viewed from the Rainforest Chapel ceremony area, the meandering stream running through the property, and the 100 year old barn with an open fireplace creating a cosy atmosphere for their winter wedding in June.
Carly wore a stunning Le-lujah ‘Imogen’ bridal gown and veil. And Alicia, her sister and Matron of Honour wore an Anthea Crawford dress. Kyleen & Linda from Depth Events were on hair & makeup duties.
The girls stunning bouquets, ceremony and reception florals were by the talented Missy La Belle.
There had been a light drizzle of rain most of the morning, and there was a chance of having to move the ceremony indoors, so the decision was made very last minute to stay outside with the original plan for an outdoor ceremony in the Rainforest Chapel.
Matt and Best Man Bryan looked rather dapper in their navy Tony Barlow suits.
It was a real family affair. The groom’s Dad drove the wedding car with the bride and her parents, a vintage Holden which he restored himself. While the bride’s brother drove the Matron of Honour and her son in his Holden.
The ceremony was outdoors in the Rainforest Chapel with the iconic Boomerang Farm treehouse in the background along with a beautiful green and white foliage garland draping a timber structure framing the bride and groom. Carly walked down the aisle on both her father and mother’s arms to Ed Sheeran’s ‘Kiss Me’ sung live by Michael Eotvos. A former high school friend of Carly’s, Claire Reynish, is a marriage celebrant and was there to make it all official.
The morning rain had made the foliage of the trees and plants all lush, glossy and vibrant, making for a magical winter wedding.
A big thumbs up from both Matt and Bryan the Best Man.
One of my favourite parts of the wedding day, the hugs and kisses following the newlyweds saying their I-do’s. I love the natural reactions and big heartfelt hugs.
The Family Portraits. A must at every wedding. Although I think at every wedding I have ever photographed, after the family photos have finished, I have guests approach me saying how do you do this! Yes family photos do get a little crazy trying to gather up people, then get everyone to look at me at the same time and smile. How do I do it you ask, well I have a list of names with me that I have discussed with the couple before the wedding day, some helpers on hand from each side of the family and patience! I know many people hate the family photos, but you will appreciate them so much more down the track, so they are an absolute must-have part of every wedding.
Some fun photos of the girls with their Polaroid cameras – future wedding photographers maybe! ;)
How adorable are the newlyweds!
Although not the car that got them to the tip of Australia, their new pride and joy Toyota Land Cruiser, will be part of many future adventures, so we had to include a Toyota jump shot!
Now to continue with our loved-up couple … :)
We then moved to the rustic barn for the evening’s festivities. How amazing did the barn look under the Festoon lights, mason jars filled with flowers, timber centrepieces for the candles and jars, wooden table numbers, kraft name cards, and hessian and lace table runners.
And the touching In Loving Memory sign placed above the fireplace to remember those who couldn’t be with Carly & Matt on their special day. If you interpret what a fireplace stands for in a dream, it symbolises contentment and can suggest undergoing some changes. The appropriate place indeed.
Canadian Kitchen Catering kept the wedding party and guests fed and the beautiful naked wedding cake was from Delicious by Sara. And we won’t be forgetting that delicious lolly bar!
After the heartfelt and some funny speeches, it was time to hit the dancefloor. Carly & Matt’s bridal waltz and first dance as husband and wife was to Ed Sheeran’s ‘Tenerife Sea’ sung live by Michael Eotvos.
Carly & Matt’s next big adventure begins now …
Carly & Matt tell me their best memory from their wedding day was “Seeing each other for the first time at the ceremony (and how excited we were to be able to have a small break in the weather to hold the ceremony in the Rainforest Chapel). Plus dancing the night away with everyone even though there was a light water mist covering the dance-floor from the torrential rain.” And their favourite ‘funny’ moment from their wedding day was “Playing the shoe game in front of our guests and just the shenanigans everyone had on the dance floor.”
When asking Carly what advice would she give other brides, she said “Don’t sweat the small stuff when planning the day. On the day make sure you spend time with your Mr/Mrs in between seeing all your guests. It’s true what they say, the day truly does flash before your eyes and is over before you know it.” Matt also added “If you want it done properly, get your future wife to plan it.“.
Photography : Gold Coast wedding photographer Deb Boots
Ceremony & Reception Venue : The Gold Coast’s most unique wedding venue Hitched at the Boomerang Farm
Celebrant : Claire Reynish
Wedding Gown : Le-lujah ‘Imogen’ bridal gown
Bridesmaids Dress : Anthea Crawford
Hair & Makeup : Kyleen & Linda from Depth Events
Flowers : Missy La Belle
Music – Ceremony & Reception : Michael Eotvos Music
Catering : Canadian Kitchen Catering
Wedding Cake : Delicious by Sara
Wedding Car : The red Holden is a family car
Guest Transport : Surfers Paradise Coaches
Wedding Invitations : Giant Invitations
Wedding Bands : Diamonds International
Wedding Videographers : MyFilm
Honeymoon : Anantara Resort, Uluwatu Bali