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LOU BRIDE // JODIE & KELDON
Nothing seemed to compare to the Stonebarn in Pemberton, Western Australia, where Keldon and Jodie were married. With a long dirt driveway through the forest, to a big stone building, surrounded by trees, and a beautiful orchard, this location had the perfect vintage and rustic, yet classic and modern atmosphere. The couple’s venue spoke the most for them as they wanted their wedding to be outdoors and relaxed.
Jodie and Keldon met through mutual friends and a couple of years later they went on their first date. Jodie said that she always loved his sense of humour!
They chose a ring together and when it was ready, the jeweller accidentally called Jodie instead of Keldon. She told him and after that was suspicious, she says, “Even when we would just go down the road for take out!”
A couple of days later Keldon set up a romantic picnic for two on a hill overlooking Fergusen valley. He popped the question while the sun set.
Keldon & Jodie
15th of April 2021
MARRIAGE TO US MEANS
A commitment made to each other in front of God. Waking up every day wanting to be the best for each other. Loving, supporting, and caring for each other through every crazy adventure in life.
WEDDING LOCATION & AESTHETIC
‘Stonebarn’ Pemberton, Western Australia. We loved Stonebarn as it slept 24 people, so some of our friends and family could stay with us before the wedding.
I asked Dandelion Photography who also is a family friend to do our photos. It felt right as she had done my school graduation photos and a few other milestones growing up. Unfortunately, the borders shut and she could no longer fly over for our wedding. She did some searching and found a very talented photographer Holly Medway who was able to step in for her!
Holly was amazing and I loved that she captured all the big moments but also the guest’s smiles, and the little details of the day. Amanda from Dandelion Photography edited the photos so that she could still have a special part of our wedding. It was definitely a group effort and I couldn’t be happier with it.
Jodie’s wedding scent was Si – Georgio Armani and she tied her wedding look together with a simple veil design that a local dressmaker created, that she felt complemented her gown.
The bride wore our LOU gown and said that although she liked a lot of the dresses she tried on, the simplicity of the gown was ‘her’.
“It was stunning but not over the top and most importantly it was comfortable. I am so happy I chose this dress!”
Jodie walked down the aisle to ‘I won’t give up’ by Jason Mraz and ‘Better Together’ by US the Duo played after the ceremony while everyone came and congratulated them.
FLOWERS & BOUQUETS
Our ceremony was naturally framed by big gum trees so on either side of the alter we had vases on wooden stands with beautiful flowers to compliment the natural scenery. Bouquets, I wanted some autumn tones and ribbon but mostly just left it up to the experts! I love what they created for me.
The bridesmaid dress was from Petal & Pup. We were meant to go shopping together to find a dress however with lockdown restrictions we were forced to buy online. The dress was the perfect colour and we were both happy with our online purchase.
My engagement ring we picked together – I loved the unique design and had the coloured gem originally in the ring swapped out for a diamond. Keldon wanted something ‘not too shiny’ and the two-toned brushed ring suited him perfectly.
HAIR & MAKEUP
I found a local hairdresser and makeup artist who were able to come out to Stonebarn. I wanted a classic hairstyle and a natural/effortless look.
ADVICE FOR BRIDES-TO-BE
My advice is to get a wedding planner. It doesn’t matter how small or big your wedding is to be – your planner will take all the stress off you on your wedding day. They are behind the scenes on the day making sure absolutely everything is perfect and accounted for and I couldn’t recommend this enough. It truly helped me be present the entire day.
MOST TREASURED MOMENT OF MY WEDDING DAY
I loved the whole day. It was magical and I loved seeing everyone so happy. At the alter it could have been just us, I felt so calm and absorbed in Keldon. A special moment was when we did a ‘first look’ with my little nephew. He was so bashful and in awe of me, it melted my heart!
SOURCES OF INSPIRATION
I did look at Instagram for a lot of inspiration. However, it did get really overwhelming and you can lose track of what is really ‘you’. I looked at the venue and worked back from that, I asked myself what I could do to reflect our personalities / make this unique to us. I picked one ‘big’ idea that I had seen which was the vintage-style festoon lights down the center of the reception table at alternating lengths.
Personalized cookies which also doubled as table placements.
I had a very talented friend make our wedding cake for us. It was beautiful & delicious with alternating sections of white & chocolate mud cake. It was single tier with rough white icing with bits of gold foil.
FOOD & DRINKS
We had a drinks van which offered tea & coffee and some very cute mocktails. Food was banquet style and was by Tiller Catering who grow their own produce. Everything we ate was made by them or locally sourced! I loved that the food also represented the area we chose to have our wedding.
CEREMONY & RECEPTION DÉCOR
The venue had so much beauty we didn’t want to take away from that by crowding it with décor. We hired tables and chairs and decorated them in earthy linen and magnolia leaves. I was set on having the reception outside under the amazing vine-covered verandah so we hung 20 meters of festoon lights over the table and that was the only decoration we had to do. The ceremony was the same in the fact we wanted the surrounding trees and view to not be overcrowded. We kept it simple but did have to bring up benches, floor rugs, and a couple of large magnolia trees in pots to create the ceremony area as it was otherwise a dirt hill with a beautiful view.
Even before traveling overseas was ruled out, we had decided we wanted to Honeymoon in Australia. We quit our jobs, set up a vehicle with a rooftop tent, and 2 weeks after the wedding we were on a road trip North. We love the adventure and are planning to keep traveling around Australia for another 6 months on an ‘extended honeymoon’.