Bride

Real Wedding: Sara & Callum

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An unexpected guest at Sara and Callum’s country wedding provided many laughs for the couple and their guests. As their celebrant asked the all-serious question, “does anyone object to this marriage?” a cow in the nearby paddock mooed! It’s just one of the many reasons we love this country wedding.

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The Couple:   Callum Trevorrow and Sara Johanson

 Date: January 4 2014

No. of Guests: 130

Location: Peak Crossing

Theme: Rustic country

First Dance Song: Love Is Not A Fight – Warren Barfield

Budget: $10 000

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How did you meet?

Callum’s cousin Amy was my housemate. I started getting to know Cal when he would come over to catch up with Amy and then we started doing volunteer youth work together.

Tell us about the proposal

I had just finished my mid-year exams for uni and Callum said we would celebrate by going out on a day trip. So we drove out to Denham Reserve in Beechmont. Cal had put together a little picnic so we walked down the trail to eat it at the base of the waterfall. And that’s where Cal proposed. He got down on one knee on a rock in the middle of a creek and asked me to marry him.

Why did you choose Peak Crossing for your wedding?

We originally looked at a lot of venues for our wedding but everywhere we looked was too expensive and just didn’t feel like us. The more we saw different venues the more we realised we wanted an outdoor DIY wedding. Callum had grown up on a farm at Peak Crossing and we decided a marquee wedding out there would be perfect.

What did you do for your hens and bucks?

My sister organised for myself and a few close friends to stay at Byron Bay for two nights. Our time consisted of going to the beach, swimming, visiting the lighthouse, eating Mexican food and gelato and just wandering around the beautiful town of Byron. Meanwhile Callum and his mates went camping for the same two nights. They spent a lot of their time swimming at Killarney Glen, Canungra.

DIY Details

One of my favourite DIY details were our flowers. We ordered them from the Brisbane Flower Markets and the day before the wedding one of my bridesmaids Rhian and I spent most of the day making my bouquet, the bridesmaid’s bouquets, bouquets for the aisle, flowers in jars for all the tables and in big country rustic pots to be put on old farm equipment in various places around the farm. We chose mainly pastel flowers and used a lot of baby’s breath, daisies, gerberas and chrysanthemums with plenty of native Australian foliage- even some wheat stalks. For the ceremony we had rows of hay bales that we covered in calico for people to sit on. These hay bales were later moved into a big circle and we had a bush dance after our first dance. For the reception we made table cloths out of hessian with lace runners. We also used bottles that we collected from friends and family to use with colourful straws for people’s glasses. Each of the bottles had a guest’s name attached to it with twine.

 What was your key styling inspiration?

Everything was country rustic. We were inspired by the beautiful country around us with all it’s rustic farm equipment.

What was the funniest moment of the day?

Just after the minister asked if anyone objected to the marriage, a cow in a nearby paddock mooed.

What was the most special memory from the day?

One of the most significant memories I have was walking down the aisle with my Dad, trying to walk in time to the music and trying not to cry because Dad was getting emotional – and then looking into Callum’s eyes. I don’t think I will ever forget the expression he had on his face.

What did you do for your honeymoon?

We began our honeymoon in luxury at the Mouses House Rainforest Retreat in Springbrook where we stayed for a few nights. We then drove to Broken Head where we soaked up the sun and bummed around on the beautiful beaches for almost a week. Finally we finished it off in the peaceful outback at the Clarence River Wilderness Lodge.

Special thanks to…

Callum’s mum and his aunts. They were amazing and without them the wedding would not have turned out the way it did. These women spent countless hours turning a farm paddock into a gorgeous wedding venue, organising a lot of the little details for the wedding and providing a myriad of ideas for the decorations. My friend Laura who did my hair for the wedding and Jess who made our wedding cake, you both did an amazing job. Antoinette the make up artist from Creative Colour Artistries who did the bridal party make up – love your work! Last but not least, Kelsea K Photography who captured all the special moments of our wedding and gave us absolutely stunning photos.

What advice would you give other brides-to-be?

Your wedding is only one day but your marriage is for a lifetime. During the planning process set aside regular time for you and your fiancé to just hang out, enjoy each other’s company and plan your marriage.


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Credits
Ceremony: Family farm in Peak Crossing
Reception: Neals Hire and Special Events
Gown: Eden dress – Anna Campbell
Bridesmaid Attire: Review
Groom's Suit: Tarocash
Groomsmen Attire: Tarocash
Flowers: Brisbane Flower Markets
Hair: Laura Gardiner for the bride and Rachel Ling for the bridesmaids
Makeup: Antionette – owner of Creative Colour Artistries
Cake: Jessica Carruthers
Caterer: Coast to Coast the Golden Roast
Transport: We used Callum's gran and Callum's uncle's vehicles
Music: Patrick Henley and Todd Berlin during the ceremony and an iPod during the reception
Photographer: Kelsea K Photography
Hens: Byron Bay Tourist Village
Honeymoon: Mouses House Rainforest Retreat, Broken Head Holiday Park and Clarence River Wilderness Lodge
Celebrant: Greg Gardiner
Engagement Ring: Blue Nile
Bride's Wedding Ring: Blue Nile
Groom's Wedding Ring: Michael Hill Jewellers
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