by Louise Manning
April 17th 2021
We recently had the privilege of celebrating the marriage of another of our COVID impacted couples - Chris & Alex Walker. We first met the couple and their gorgeous little boys in 2019. The venue was set to be their friends’ private property deep in the forest of Freemans Waterhole, on a (hopefully) beautiful day in April 2020. Of course like so many people, everything went on hold when the pandemic hit. We set about rescheduling every supplier and reassuring Chris & Alex that it was only a matter of time and patience.
On the 17th of April 2021 that promise was made good, if perhaps on a day a little soggier than everyone had hoped. 2021 actually coincided with their 10-year anniversary - a small silver lining to the postponement. Chris & his friends spent the month before tending to and manicuring the laws to create the perfect setting for the big day and it really paid off with the grounds looking gorgeous on the day.
It was truly a family affair – Alex’s Grandad built a beautiful wooden bridge so guests could safely cross over a creek to get to the ceremony; the couple hand made wooden directional signs; Alex & her Grandmother crafted the bouquets and dessert was made by a family friend. The atmosphere this brought to the day was incredible and made it feel very special and personal. It was all hands on deck and thankfully Charlotte’s hands are well equipped to handle anything a wedding can throw at you. They were definitely put to work making sure every detail was perfect for the big day, from carrying chairs 500m through mud and rain to the ceremony, to creating table runners from buckets of greenery.
Plan A was a beautiful outdoor ceremony among the trees, which the weather threatened to ruin. We had a plan B in place just in case but with the help of a few dozen umbrellas Chris, Alex & Charlotte decided together to run with plan A. Rainy weddings can make for absolutely stunning photos and today was no different, with the love radiating from Mr & Mrs Walker.
Alex looked absolutely stunning as she walked down the grassy aisle to her love Chris in an elegant flowy white gown with lace bell sleeves. In a fun quirky twist, the couple’s guests were given raffle tickets on arrival and when it came time to witness the marriage, two raffle tickets were drawn – ultimately selecting their official marriage witnesses! It was a really fun way to get everyone involved and avoid the difficult decision of who to bestow the honour to.
With the gorgeous outdoor ceremony over it was time to party! Weddings on private properties where everything needs to be brought in are called ‘DIY weddings’ and this was the definition of one. We helped bring in a marquee, generators, powder rooms, furniture and lighting and everything needed for a picture perfect wedding reception. Guests enjoyed an amazing buffet roast dinner, danced the night away and ate all the cheese they could stomach from the ‘cheese tower’ cake, which we repurposed into the grazing board. Before the end of the night, the weather cleared making for a special moment relaxing by firepits reflecting on the wedding day of Mr & Mrs Walker.
We can’t wait to see what comes next for this beautiful little family and were so happy to help Chris & Alex become Mr & Mrs Walker!