Lucienne and Doug’s charming lakeside wedding was a homecoming of sorts. Located on the precipice of the New South Wales and Victoria border, the Wonboyn property has been in Doug’s family for four generations – the very same estate his great grandparents had discovered on their honeymoon decades past.
Guests’ traveled by boat to the ceremony which was located on the entrancement of a private bay in front of the house. Every little thing about Lucienne and Doug’s day reflected who they were as a couple. The rustic alfresco décor, right through to the degustation style dinner captured their inherent sense of adventure. Although it was the little inconsequential details that made the whole day simply unforgettable.
“A four piece band started playing music that wafted down to the embankment that led people up the long grass isle to a large landing where guests enjoyed canapés and cocktails,” Lucienne said.
Thoughtful reminders of the burgeoning sylvan landscape were given to guests’ as gifts in the form of timber boards. Presents which had been personally cut, chain sawed, sanded and oiled from trees on the property by the bride and groom.
South Coast photographer Jade Barclay of Heart and the Sea seized every delicate element of Lucienne and Doug’s celebration. Through her candid documentary style photography, Jade deftly captured the infectious smiles shared between the bride and groom, as they stood together entwined against a bold backdrop of native ferns.
Lucienne’s exquisite Suzanne Harward couture gown was a simple addition of understated elegance – crisp against the flourishing emerald green setting.
Melbourne based florist Melanie Stapleton of Cecila Fox worked in tangent with the natural environment, incorporating vegetation from the surrounding bush land in to the hanging floral installations, table runners and bride’s elegant green and white bouquet.
As the slow moving afternoon sun orbited over the lake and the evening sky took precedence, Lucienne and Doug’s family and friends were escorted in to the cavernous forest towards a marquee. The structural shed frame marquee, which has since been transformed in to a green house, was comparatively fluorescent against the shadowy backcloth of estranged eucalyptus trees.
At 1:30am after the final guests had said their goodbyes and bestowed their best wishes, the bride and groom shared one trivial hour together talking and reminiscing about the day that had come and gone all too quickly. Perhaps, this was the most precious hour of them all.
Photographer: Heart and the Sea – Jade Barclay
Videographer / Photographer: C2 Video – Marcus Theodore
Florist: Cecilia Fox
Styling: Wedding styled by bride
Wedding gown: Suzanne Harward
Groom: Ted Baker
Makeup artist: Zara Henderson of Zar Makeup.