A big congratulations to both Ainslee and Leroy who were married on the Family property on the outskirts of Wangaratta in North East Victoria. From 1000 white paper cranes made by Ainslee’s Mum to the superhero socks with capes, there was plenty of personality and detail to capture. It was an absolute pleasure to capture your amazing day. We hope these images give you many years of happy memories.
Thank you to Ainslee and Leroy for sharing the story of their day:
One of the first things Leroy and I decided on when organising our Wedding Day was that we just wanted to have fun and enjoy it. After much deliberation and also discovering that many local venues wouldn’t cater for 150 guests we decided to use my Parents property as our Ceremony venue. It was after this decision that our parents, Judy, Dale, Carmel and Wal all began to work tirelessly to transform the area into a suitable Wedding venue. The area had to be levelled, the back fence reconstructed, the bar area made and then Leroy began the task of starting the lawn from scratch.We could not have been more fortunate with the weather and how everything fell into place on the day. The Thursday before the Wedding when we met with Jason it absolutely bucketed down and by the Tuesday after the Wedding a heat wave had hit and completely dried off the entire ceremony area.
The white chairs didn’t begin white and were gathered from all over the North East. We started slowly collecting any old wooden chairs we could find from garage sales and op shops and then once the word spread Mum couldn’t go a week without someone calling to say they had a chair or 6 for her! 18 months and 50 odd chairs later, multiple working bees were required to paint them and have them ready for the day.
We also decided that we would meet prior to the Ceremony to get our Bridal photos as we didn’t want to miss out on spending time with our Family and Friends between the Ceremony and Reception. We debated over how we would see each other for the first time and after a discussion with Jason on the Thursday, it was decided that Leroy would stand on the railway line with his back to me as I walked up the tracks. Once I got within a couple of metres of Leroy, Jason told him to turn around. Neither of us would change doing it this way and felt that it made seeing each other for the first time even more special as it was just the two of us. It also then allowed us to relax for the rest of the day and take in the ceremony more.
Leroy also incorporated a few of his interests into the day with all of the boys wearing different superhero attire as well as managing to sneak a Lord of The Rings quote into his vows.
With the help of my sister and Leroy’s Mum and Aunty we created most of the decorations and signage that were displayed at the Ceremony and to top it off my Mum personally made 1,000 white paper cranes that hung from a nearby tree. She had previously made 1,000 coloured cranes when my sister and father were unwell so it was quite special and touching to have the white cranes there and on display.
We couldn’t have been happier with everyone that was involved in our day. A special thank you to Brock Shirley who set the scene perfectly at the Ceremony, to Toby for getting everyone up and dancing with his great choice of music at the Reception and to Paul and Hollie at the Precinct Bar & Restaurant for being so accommodating and easy to work with.
The day was made even more special by the fact that we could both have grandparents present. Leroy’s Pop made the trip across and was able to acknowledge their Aboriginal heritage in a Welcome to the Land speech at the beginning of the Ceremony.
The day was full of laughter, smiles and tears as Leroy’s speech didn’t leave a dry eye in the building. It topped off a great day and night of fun and good times but also reflected on how much it meant to us to have our family and closest friends all present on the day.
Reception Venue – The Precinct Bar & Restaurant Wangaratta
Flowers – Blooms on Bridge Benalla
Dress – Violetta Bridal
Bridesmaid dresses – Review
Hair – Amanda Bell
Make-up – Coby Field
Leroy’s suit – Politix
Groomsmen suits – Judd’s Menswear Wangaratta
Celebrant – Jenny Aherns
Music – Brock Shirley and Toby Fergus