It was just after returning from a big trip Jess (a yoga teacher) and Luca (a chiropractor) dropped by the farm where Jess spent her childhood years to walk to the top of the hill where they always went to watch the sunset (their story was first featured in Issue 16). It was nothing out of the ordinary for these two. That is, until Luca got down on one knee and asked the question of a lifetime.
Obviously a place that holds many special memories for them, having their wedding at Juadine Farm was a no-brainer. “The farm was always where it was going to be. A lot of magic happened there for us,” says Jess, adding that the big day was largely inspired by their venue.
“We love the country vibe… blue grass music, red dirt and summer nights. The farm was very inspiring and we collected most of the decorations from the property. Dad cut up dead trees to make the tables and we used hay bales for seating.”
While this easy-going pair tried their best to “keep everything really simple”, there’s no denying that one aspect in particular was pretty extraordinary. “My favourite detail from the day was the foliage against the burnt orange backdrop with the rolling hills and wheat paddocks. We didn’t have any flowers, we used mainly Olive branches. We were married on our daughter’s first birthday and her name is Olive,” explains the bride, who had one tiny (and understandable) regret despite an otherwise perfect celebration.
“I wish I ate more because the menu was incredible. We found Eat No Evil in Fremantle (where we live). They serve food out of their truck twice a week in the local area. We love that they source their food locally and everything they serve is fresh and absolutely incredible.”
As far as other standout vendors, the couple tells us that they’re super glad they decided to have a live band that didn’t play cover music. “At first, we were a little nervous but they (Zydecat’s) were so much fun. They really revved the crowd up,” the newlyweds tell us, admitting that the d-floor was one of the most memorable parts of their nuptials.
“We were both lifted up to crowd surf at one point which was a lot of fun. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a dance floor so full for such a long period of time,” says Jess – clearly a laid-back bride (with super style).
“My dress was actually a skirt and top bought from Lola Varma Bridal. I was very reluctant to buy a dress designed specifically for a wedding but when I found Lola Varma on Instagram I instantly fell in love with their style. Every piece that I tried, I fell in love with. It was the only place I looked, I knew as soon as I soon as I walked into the studio that I was in the right place.”
CREDITS Photographer Nick Cooper from Apertunity Productions // Cinematographer Apertunity Productions // Florist Poppy’s Flowers // Printer Annie P Paperie // Ceremony and Reception Venue Juadine Farm, WA // Catering Eat No Evil // Teepee Zest // Lighting Micktric Events // Entertainment Zydecat’s // Celebrant Liz Dare // Engagement ring Bloomsbury Antique’s // Wedding Bands House of Riches // Bridal gown designer Lola Varma Bridal // Robes Jasmine and Will // Shoes Scanlan and Theodor // Accessories Holly Ryan and Bvlgari // Bridesmaid Gifts Clover Accessories // Groom and Groomsmen’s Suits Country Road // Flower girl outfits Country Road and RM Williams.