You know how the saying goes: “Treat ‘em mean, keep ‘em keen!” Well, it seems that both Bob and Jade played hard to get at the start of their relationship, taking six months from the time of their first date to make it official.
And now, the two are happily married after a beautiful country ceremony held at The Farmhouse in Numinbah Valley. Surrounded by the lush beauty of Springbrook National Park, Bob and Jade have proved that playing hard to get does sometimes work out in the end (but still, proceed with caution!).
Jade says that they chose this particular venue (after doing a lot of research) as they wanted to have a DIY wedding, and as it turned out, “This proved to be budget friendly and a complete reflection of us as both individuals and a couple.” Describing their theme as “contemporary country”, the ceremony was tailored to suit Bob and Jade’s laidback style. “We kept it simple, almost to a bare minimum,” the groom says. “Our celebrant, Oliver was vibrant and relaxed and our two dogs were the ring bearers. We laughed throughout the entire thing!”
Meanwhile Jade says that one of the highlights of the day was walking down the aisle with her father. Although she had not previously put much thought into the ceremony itself, Jade says that it ended up being one of the best parts of the day – especially when her father, who had suffered a stroke just two years earlier, was able to escort her to Bob’s waiting arms.
After making it official with a kiss, the newlyweds then were thrilled to walk back down the aisle with their young daughter and celebrate their family’s love. It was an informal affair with benches and chairs that encouraged guests to mingle, aided by a free-flowing, help yourself bar! When it then came to the food, Jade says, “We wanted something relaxed and affordable, that would suit all tastes, so I originally wanted burgers because, well… burgers! We ended up choosing Fire‘n’Dough Woodfired pizzas as we both agreed that it suited the setting and theme of the day. The food was delicious.”
Although it took a lot of planning and discussion to make sure nothing go missed, Bob and Jade could not have been more thrilled with their DIY wedding day. “If you’re unsure of where to begin, book a venue that reflects your personality and the rest will fall into place.” Jade advises, “If you’re on a budget cut out non-essentials like orders of service or bonbonnieres. Don’t stress if your day is not running to schedule (it’s probably still a good idea to get the ceremony on time!). We had a vague run sheet but not any strict plans or times, we just let the day unfold naturally which made it so enjoyable and pressure free.”
We like the sound of that! Keep scrolling to see all of the gorgeous images from Bob and Jade’s big day, captured expertly by BWW favourite Raconteur Photography.
Photography: Adam Kriedemann from Raconteur Photography | Ceremony & Reception Venue: The Farmhouse at Numinbah Valley | Celebrant: Oliver Thomson Celebrancy | Bridal Gown: Bride’s Desire by Wendy Sullivan | Bridemaids’ Dresses: For Her and For Him | Hairstyling: Allira Hairstylist | Makeup: Brie Wilson | Groomsmen and Groom’s Suits: YD | Flowers: Sommer Cussack from Hillview Rose Farm | Cake: Family Friend | Catering: Fire n Dough Woodfire Pizzas | Furniture Hire: Gold Coast Events and Party Hire