Kim & Mark’s Lovely, Warm and Cozy Gum Gully Farm Wedding


gum gully farm wedding

Kim and Mark simply wanted a “relaxed weekend” feel to their wedding so they didn’t sweat the small stuff. They picked a lovely family-run farm as their venue so they didn’t have to worry about decor — the scenic countryside and the venue’s built-in rustic charm effortlessly provided them with limitless naturally-beautiful photo op backdrops. Charming & whimsical handmade details were also present in the form of bunting, multi-colored paper cones for petals, paddle fans, and maps folded into airplanes. Their celebration was relaxed down to the reception where everyone danced, ate, drank crafed fine ale, and partied into the night.

We have the always amazing Melbourne-based photographer Lakshal Perera (see his previously featured work + BTL interview) to thank for the gorgeous photos. (You’ll notice that I went picture-happy again because Lucky’s photos are just too awesome not to share!)

gum gully farm wedding

gum gully farm wedding

gum gully farm wedding

gum gully farm wedding

gum gully farm wedding

gum gully farm wedding

gum gully farm wedding

gum gully farm wedding

gum gully farm wedding

From this point on I will let the beautiful Kim tell you all about herself and Mark and their wedding. Over to you Kim:

Mark and I have been a couple for just over 7 years now and we’ve lived together for 3 years. We are without a doubt best buddies. We enjoy all manner of nerdy pastimes including reading, gaming, board games and sci fi tv/movies.

gum gully farm wedding

gum gully farm wedding

We didn’t really have a theme but we talked about how we wanted to the day to feel. We asked “how would we love to spend a weekend” and the answer was “away in the bush somewhere, sitting in cozy chair on a verandah drinking wine”. And everything kind of grew from there.

We found Gum Gully Farm, a really sweet, family run venue and as soon as we entered the place we knew it was right. We are very relaxed, no-fuss sort of people and Gum Gully fit us perfectly. From there we tried to keep things as warm and comfy as possible and to soften the very rustic interior of the barn we added some girly touches like the bunting.

gum gully farm wedding

gum gully farm wedding

gum gully farm wedding

gum gully farm wedding

gum gully farm wedding

gum gully farm wedding

gum gully farm wedding

gum gully farm wedding

gum gully farm wedding

gum gully farm wedding

There are so many ideas available for brides now that nothing is really all that original. We just made sure to incorporate those things that suited us (diamante and candelabra were never going to match us) but I think you make your wedding “yours” by adding those small details. We wrote our own vows that made the ceremony feel more personal.

gum gully farm wedding

gum gully farm wedding

gum gully farm wedding

gum gully farm wedding

gum gully farm wedding

gum gully farm wedding

gum gully farm wedding

gum gully farm wedding

gum gully farm wedding

gum gully farm wedding

gum gully farm wedding

gum gully farm wedding

gum gully farm wedding

gum gully farm wedding

gum gully farm wedding

gum gully farm wedding

gum gully farm wedding

gum gully farm wedding

gum gully farm wedding

gum gully farm wedding

gum gully farm wedding

gum gully farm wedding

gum gully farm wedding

Music is a big part of our relationship so amongst all the “party” hits we worked in those songs that were special to us even if noone else had heard them or if they weren’t “wedding appropriate” (our exit songs were Holy Diver & 2 Minutes to Midnight). For the photo booth I made my own props that included lots of Disney characters, Batman, Darth Vader and a Minecraft Pick. My mum and I made the bunting and napkins together which was a lovely memory and seeing them around the room made it feel extra warm and homey.

gum gully farm wedding

gum gully farm wedding

gum gully farm wedding

I was the quintessential clueless, unorganized bride. And it stressed me out because I had no idea where to start or how to do anything. I also worried about doing something that would be tacky or completely weird (not cool weird, like weird weird!). So here is my advice if you are one of those brides. Relax. Pick something you love (a venue, a dress, a pair of shoes) and grow from there. Once you start doing things it really does all get easier. And those fears you have that it might be crap because you don’t know how to create a colour palette or whatever, trust me it wont be. The best part of my day was walking down the aisle and seeing the faces of people who I loved and feeling the love come right back at me. It was that moment when Mark saw me and I knew he had said out loud “wow”. Nothing I could of done in planning that day would have made those moments not happen. If the day ends and you have married your great love then the day was a success and you achieved what really mattered.

gum gully farm wedding

Huge thanks to Lucky and Kristen for sending the spectacular images my way, and congratulations to Kim and Mark! I sincerely wish you a lifetime of married bliss. 🙂

Photographer: Lakshal Perera
Venue: Gum Gully Farm, Silvan AU
Celebrant: Mark Doggett
Flowers: Helen Dillon
Headpiece: Percy Handmade

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