When childhood sweethearts Tara and Ben decided to get married their brief was to have a big party where they could eat, drink, laugh and dance all night long. A festival style wedding was the obvious choice. When they discovered St Albans Court House at Wiseman’s Ferry and the surrounding property, they knew they’d found the perfect place to set up a big teepee, bring in the spit-roasts, jumping castle, portaloos, dance floor, DJ, and bonfire for their celebration. Tara did an amazing job on styling and florals to bring the whole thing together.
So that’s how the party went down, but their ceremony was pretty special too.
These two met as kids when Ben’s family moved in across the road from Tara’s family in their small English village. They say that their Dad’s fell in love first and the two families became very close – they were always at each other’s houses or the kids were all off exploring the countryside together. However, it wasn’t until they’d finished school that Tara and Ben got together. Friendship became romance and when Ben said he wanted to travel to Australia, Tara didn’t hesitate to quit her job to join him and they never went back.
Given the Aussie bush setting, Tara and her bridesmaids arrived by ute. They made quite the entrance coming down the dirt road into the valley where Ben and their guests were waiting. After walking Tara down the ailse, her dad (a little confused) went and sat next to his mate (Ben’s Dad) rather than his wife. This was highlighted in the part in the ceremony where asked all the parents to stand so I could thank them on Tara and Ben’s behalf for the way they had been raised and the values they had instilled in them, and could not have set things up more perfectly for the part of the ceremony where I talked about the two Dad’s and the bromance that preceded the actual romance that blossomed many years later. Luckily, Tara’s mum was used to such shenannigans from her husband and was a great sport.
The ceremony was full of laughs and lots of love and I really wished I could have stayed for what was obviously going to be a killer party. I heard reports the next day that Tara and Ben were bouncing on the jumping castle well into the wee hours of the morning. What a great way to begin your married life!