Jacinta and Gav’s backyard wedding, Babinda

A vintage style backyard garden wedding in far North Queensland….

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How did you meet?  Gav and I met at a mutual friend’s BBQ.  I was living in Townsville at the time and I travelled home for the weekend.  My girlfriend kept telling me about this friend of hers for a few months and that we would be “perfect” for one another.  I didn’t really pay any attention, but we finally did meet and she was right.  We hit it off straight away and we’ve been inseparable ever since.  That was back in 2001! 

Describe the proposal?  Gav & I have always loved going to live gigs and music festivals. By January 2011 Gav and I had been together for nearly 10 years and we had one daughter Hallie, who was 3, and we were expecting our second daughter Hannah.  We went down to the Gold Coast for the Big Day Out and Gav popped the question while we were amongst the big crowd.  It was perfect because he did it somewhere that we absolutely loved to go together and where we had lots of happy memories.

How did you decide on a place to celebrate your wedding day?  At first we looked at getting married in Palm Cove, but it wasn’t quite us.  We love our old house and our yard.  So we decided to get married in our garden and have a marquee on the lawn down at the local golf club.

Tell us about finding your wedding dress:  By this stage I had our second daughter and because she was still quite new I didn’t want to be travelling to find my dress.  I liked the old world look.  Something that was vintage inspired. So I headed up to Cairns with mum and my sister.  I eventually found it.  When I first saw it I loved it, but thought it was a bit blingy for me.  But when I put it on I was sold.  The colour was pearl ivory and I thought it was just perfect.

Describe your wedding flowers:  I wanted a cottage garden style of bouquets with soft pinks and whites and for the table centres I had collected old bottles and doilies and had wanted a simple arrangement in those with similar flowers. 

Describe your wedding cake:  We actually didn’t have a wedding cake.  The caterer had so many desserts and we didn’t want too many formalities on the night.  A bit controversial I know, but I don’t think anyone minded.

What was the biggest challenge you faced while planning your big day?  Because it was a DIY wedding and the ceremony was at home it did put extra pressure on having everything tidy for our visitors and to have the garden looking nice.

What was the most memorable moment about your wedding day?  There were so many memorable moments throughout the day and even leading up to the day.  We truly have a wonderful family.  They helped us achieve what we wanted and we will always be grateful.  Also driving up our driveway and seeing all our most loved friends and family all dressed up in our garden was pretty special.   Last but not least, getting married to Gavin in our garden where we are building our lives together with our two daughters was pretty amazing and definitely the most memorable moment.

Did you write your own vows?  No we didn’t.  Elrae our celebrant gave us some examples and we used parts of her examples to make it personal to us.

Where did you go for your honeymoon?  We aren’t going on a honey moon.  In July before the Wedding we went to France for 4 weeks with the two girls and had an amazing time over there.  We are just enjoying getting back into the routine of being a family again.

What’s next for you guys?  We are looking forward to Christmas and summer.  Next year we hope to start on the next reno phase of our house and our eldest daughter Hallie starts prep.  Life is good.

Who were your suppliers on the day?  All the suppliers below helped make our day all that much easier and enjoyable.  We would highly recommend them to anyone.  The marquee, the food and the music were awesome.  Amanda and Lisa made me look good and were great company 😉 Elrae brought so much joy to the ceremony and was very helpful in the lead up to our day.  Also we can’t forget Ben & Cath you captured the day beautifully for us and the photos have exceeded our expectations. xo

Photgraphy Ben & Cath www.sassstudios.com

Bowen Party Hire   www.bowenhire.com.au

Amanda at Brow babes www.browbabes.com.au

Hairdresser Lisa Kassambos