Embracing their rural lifestyle and supporting the region’s bridal suppliers were important elements in the planning of Julia Hollonds’ and Craig Thomas’ wedding celebrations. The cropping farmers sourced almost everything for their special day from Goulburn Valley businesses and were married in a beautiful garden near vine plantings on a private property at Dookie.
DIY BRIDE: A distinct DIY theme for the wedding saw family and friends join forces to make wedding invitations, bottle fruit for the bonbonniere and decorate the garden and marquee for the celebrations. Cherries sourced from Bunbartha and apricots from Invergordon were gorgeous keepsakes for guests, while wheat, harvested from the family farm in December and used in the decorations, added a rustic touch. “The day before the wedding I had family members from both sides as well as bridal party and friends helping us decorate the marquee and garden,” Julia said. “It was really special to have all those people involved in making our day so wonderful. And it made the whole wedding experience last longer.”
PICNIC SURPRISE: Craig’s surprise marriage proposal was on AFL grand final day, 2014 following a picnic lunch atop a hill overlooking paddocks of lush green wheat and yellow flowering canola. Julia’s homemade engagement ring, crafted from fencing wire and a shiny pebble, was later replaced with a diamond ring from Purdey’s Jewellers. “However I also wore the ‘real’ one from Craig on our wedding day,” Julia said.
MARQUEE MAGIC: A marquee reception followed the marriage ceremony, with Goulburn Valley Party Hire supplying everything to create the beautiful, relaxed atmosphere Julia and Craig wanted to achieve. “Along with family and friends we sewed over 100 m of bright floral bunting for decorating the marquee and garden. We were really happy with the look and feel that we created,” Julia said.
MEMORIES: “I think for both of us the most memorable part was seeing how happy our families were, in particular our parents. It was so special to have all our families together at the same time, as well as our dearest friends from all parts of our life, there to help celebrate,” Julia said. “When I remember our wedding day, I remember the happiness and enjoyment that the people we love most took from the day.”
Bride’s parents: Rob and Trish Hollonds
Groom’s parents: Lawrence and Glenys Thomas
Service and reception: private property Cashel Park, Dookie
Photographer: Chloe Jones Photography, Shepparton
Bride’s dress: Brides and Maids, Shepparton
Bridesmaids’ dresses: Mr K for David Jones
Suits: Groom, Identity, Shepparton; groomsmen, Talisman, Mooroopna and ties from O’Keeffe Mensland, Shepparton
Flowers: Bonnie Weidenbach Floristry, Murchison
Hair: Gloss Hair and Beauty Boutique, Shepparton
Make-up: NuBeauty, Shepparton