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April 2019

Brooke and Chris’s Coachella Inspired Wedding in Australia

Brooke and Chris’s Coachella inspired wedding is one not to be missed!

Match-made by a mutual friend playing Cupid, Brooke and Christopher tied the knot in a beautiful and carefree, two-day celebration in New South Wales, Australia, surrounded by their nearest and dearest. Sneak a peek at this pair of lovebirds’ Coachella-inspired wedding in The Woods of Jervis Bay, Tomerong!

You and Chris were match-made by a mutual friend. Tell us all about it!

Brooke: I had finished working on a site in WA and had moved to Sydney. Two months after I had moved, a work colleague contacted me to let me know he had just met the male version of me! He sent me Chris’s Instagram details and told me to contact him, which I refused to do. This friend also insisted that Chris get in contact with me.
 Eventually, we became social media friends, silently following each other on Instagram, with an occasional heart here or there for each other’s photographs.

One day, I shared quite a personal post about my past struggles, and things I have overcome in life to be where I am today. Chris read it and his heart said “I need to meet this girl!” He sent me such a lovely message the day he read the post, which melted my heart and we began to message each other daily. Over the course of a month, we began to talk on the phone and eventually it became daily Facetime calls. My father worked on the same site as Chris and had met him before I did; I still remember the day he phoned to give me his stamp of approval. We have been inseparable since the day we finally met in person. 

How did Chris propose?

He proposed at sunrise at Sealy Lookout in Coffs Harbour on Good Friday. It was followed by a weekend of romantic activities which included staying at the gorgeous Establishment Hotel in Sydney and watching Tash Sultana live. We had three whole days to ourselves in our little bubble of love before we announced the proposal to anyone.

What do you love most about your partner?

What I love most about Chris is his unwavering faith that things will be okay, no matter the situation. He is steadfast, always. Life has thrown us some tricky curveballs, but he always has this big smile and this amazing confidence as he says “It’s all good!”

What’s your most important piece of advice for creating and maintaining a strong relationship?

To consciously choose to love and respect your partner daily. Don’t let how you feel dictate how you treat each other. 
Also, I highly recommend learning your partner’s love language.

Tell us about your wedding gown and how you chose it

Finding my Anna Campbell dress is actually a story of fate! 
I had created a ‘Wedding Dress Inspo’ album on Pinterest and I had pinned a photograph of the Anna Campbell dress design ‘Sydney Dress’ but at that time I didn’t know who the designer was and hadn’t looked into it further. 
A few months later, my aunty and I decided to meet in Melbourne for my birthday, and I thought it would be the perfect time to look at wedding dresses. 
So, I went straight to Google and typed in ‘Melbourne Wedding Dress’ and as I scrolled through judging bridal boutiques by their names, there was a link for Anna Campbell. The tagline read ‘bohemian bridal’ which was just what I was looking for to suit our Wedstival themed day. Scrolling through the design gallery, I found the dress from my Pinterest album – The ‘Sydney Dress’! 
I booked my appointment right then and there for the Armadale boutique.

What was your wedding theme?

Coachella was our initial inspiration. We wanted the two days to feel like festival, a celebration. To be honest we didn’t want anything to feel like a wedding, and initially we both weren’t even interested in having a cake. It had to be outdoors and natural. 

Any DIY décor elements?

We had a lovely antique dressing table setup with jars of glitter and face paint for guests to decorate themselves with during the reception. 

What was your favourite moment from the day?

It was actually later in the evening when I stepped back and I saw all the glittery faces around me. Every single one of our guests was smothered in glitter and I just smiled. It warmed my heart to see that everyone had embraced our vision, however different and weird it was. Everyone joined in and for two days, they were free spirits with us.

Any tips for future brides?

Enjoy the wedding planning process and savour it. This is a time that really reveals you and your partner’s ability to work together. 
I was working on a remote mine site for 10 months of our planning period while Chris was travelling working/surfing in Chile and we still planned our perfect wedding.

The Venue: The Woods of Jervis Bay, Tomerong
The Size of Wedding: 140 guests
The Cost of Wedding: Under $30,000
The Wedding Photographer: Nathan Lapham
The Wedding Gown: Anna Campbell
The Wedding Shoes: Windsor Smith
The Groom’s Suit: Zara Man
The Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Shona Joy
The Hair and Makeup Artist: Makeup by Bride, Hair by Studio Luxe
The Wedding Cake: Groom’s mother, Anka Crooke
The Wedding Caterer: Smokey Dans, JJ’s, Wandering Wood Fire Ove, Merciers Gelato
The Wedding Florist: Lilies and Lace Weddings and Events
The Wedding Band: Mild Manic
The DJs: Exstrax and Indiana
The Wedding Invitations: Giant Invitations

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Brooke and Chris’s Coachella Inspired Wedding in Australia