Four hours after leaving on a surprise road trip down south, Tahnee and Aaron, first seen in the Real Wedding Special, finally reached their destination: the Valley of the Giants Treetop Walk, somewhere Tahnee had always wanted to go.
“After walking around for awhile admiring what nature has to offer we came to a Jarrah tree that was over 1000 years old. The trunk was completely hollowed out which allowed us to stand inside the tree. Somehow Aaron had put a scrolled up love letter in the trunk before I got there. Puzzled I saw it on the ground and picked it up. I opened it up and rose petals came falling out all over the place. From there the rest was a blur! But I’m pretty sure Aaron proposed after that and I’m pretty sure I said yes before he was even finished asking!”
Having confessed that she’s allergic to anything “matchy matchy”, Tahnee tells us that their wedding (held at Nanga Bush Camp) like their home was bound to be made of mismatched madness!
“Our house is quite eclectic. So it’s full of antiques, upcycled furniture, about a billion cushions and rugs, a music room and mix-matched everything! The wedding ended up being exactly that – an extension of what’s in our home. Just out in the middle of the forest! Most of the furniture and props were from our house,” explains the couple, who along with their family of do-it-yourself experts made the signage, invitations, name tags, potted succulents and more.
“Our wedding was very much a family affair. Instead of outsourcing the whole wedding we had the help of our close family and friends leading up to the wedding, setting it all up over two days and also the mammoth effort of packing it all up. I’m super proud of all our family and friends volunteering their time. It made a real sense of community and ownership over the whole event.”
While the whole day (captured by She Takes Pictures He Makes Films) was incredibly special, Tahnee says that her favourite detail was the brooch she had made for Aaron to wear inside his jacket pocket.
“Our beloved kitty Molly passed away earlier in the year and she was such a massive part of our life. We needed her to be there! I found a beautiful artist from Italy on Etsy named MosMea. She hand painted a picture of Molly onto a brooch. Seeing as though Molly’s nickname from Aaron was ‘Molly Polly pocket’ it only seemed right that he put the brooch in his pocket with her little eyes poking out to witness the magic.”
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CREDITS Photos and cinematographer She Takes Pictures He Makes Films // Bridal gown Miss Selfridge // Makeup Love Your Skin // Rings Andros Jewellers // Bridesmaid dresses Tree of Life // Suit Terrace Men // Shirt Tarocash // Pants Gibson // Tie RDX // Shoes and belt Vegetarian Shoes // Socks Happy Socks // Groomsmen suits Tony Barlow // Flower girls Britt and Miss Rose Sister Violet // Pet accessories MosMea via Etsy // Florist B&M Draca Fresh Flowers // Ceremony and reception Nanga Bush Camp, WA // Catering Creative Catering // Decorative elements Gumtree // Prop and furniture hire Pretty Willow Hire // Kids teepee Kmart // Lighting / sound hire eBay // Entertainment Michael Triscari // Celebrant Mary Richards.