There is nothing quite as effortlessly romantic as a farm wedding. When the venue is your parent’s property and the reception space was built from the ground up by your family, the tone of the wedding is set in tailor-made ease. This personal touch was a beautiful sentiment for Kendal & Shawn who were married overlooking the luscious green hills of their family NSW property.
Names: Kendal Jones & Shawn Dorney
Wedding date: 17/05/2016
Ceremony & Reception Venue Private Elouera Farm, Nobbys Creek NSW
How we met and the marriage proposal: We met at High School and have been together for ten years this year. The proposal was at the end of our six week trip around the US/ Mexico, which happened to be on the eve of Shawn’s 30th Birthday and New Years Eve of 2014. We were situated in New York City at ‘Top of the Rock’ whilst watching the sunset.
About our wedding day: Our wedding was special as it was on a private property owned by my parents. All we desired was a simple and personable ceremony on a hill with a memorable party to follow. My favourite detail about the location would be the barn in which our reception took place. My Dad, two brothers and (now) husband had built it together just for us. It was an elaborate process – building something every weekend for five months prior to the wedding – however, it was certainly worth it. Family is extremely important to me. Being able to spend that time preparing with my Dad, brothers and partner was magical. With us all grown up now and living separate lives, it was invaluable to have time to just hang out together and be ourselves just like the old days.
Our wedding style: We didn’t have a specific theme as such; we wanted to incorporate in the textures of the barn we’d built alongside the rolling green hills. I would say the day was raw and romantic with a hint of industrial influence.
Finding my wedding gown: I was lucky enough to purchase it off the rack at the Suzanne Harward trunk show in Brisbane. It was the first one I saw and the last I’d try on. Receiving the reaction that I did from Mum, Nan and my sister, it was certainly the one. My baby niece even started clapping! It fit like a glove and I needed no alterations.
First dance song: We had Georgia by Vance Joy (live acoustic) playing whilst walking down the aisle and Never Tear Us Apart by INXS for the recessional. We didn’t have a first dance as Shawn refused to dance with me as, apparently, my interpretative dancing is too wild for him.
Advice for future couples: Most brides would probably say this – and it is cliché – but it is important to not stress over the little things in the lead up. It all comes together. At the end of the day, you are marrying the love of your life whilst surrounded by your closest family and friends (and perhaps fur-babies) which is the most important thing. Also, get a videographer! Shawn’s father passed away suddenly just months after our wedding and I am so glad we had a videographer to capture the moments we shared with our loved ones. Shawn was against booking one, but I booked it anyway (typical). It is such a nice keepsake to look back on with our families and future children. The day goes by quickly so it is lovely to play back and see the little things you may have missed throughout the day.
Couture experience at Suzanne Harward: I stumbled upon Suzanne Harward’s Instagram account and fell in love with all of her dresses instantly. Living on the Gold Coast, I couldn’t find any styles that I hadn’t seen before. By chance, I secured an appointment at their Brisbane Trunk Show. The Trunk Show was my second experience trying on dresses and the girls went above and beyond to ensure I was comfortable, giving me the time to decide what gown I pictured and wanted all prior to seeing the reactions of my family. I speak often of my ‘finding the perfect dress’ story and no-one can believe that it was such a breeze. I still cannot believe I purchased a brand new gown off the rack and it fit impeccably. I didn’t have it altered at all. It was clearly meant to be! I am so thankful that they helped me find it.
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