A rustic garden wedding

By Bride and Groom 26 May 2017

After a Christmas-time engagement a year earlier, Tanya Jolley and Richard Barry were married in a rustic garden wedding. The couple danced the night away with family and friends, soaking up the joyous first hours of married life.

Bringing the outside in 

With a garden wedding planned, Tanya decided to continue the flora-theme at the reception as well. She opted for miniature tree centrepieces, foliage and flowers throughout the reception venue. “I knew I wanted as many flowers as possible, to bring the outside in and to have a real old-world, rustic charm,” Tanya said.

Personal touches

Tanya collected family antiques to use as part of the wedding day decorations, to fit with her rustic, old-world theme. Among these were milk cans from the groom’s family farm and a Singer sewing machine table from Tanya’s grandmother. “I wanted to be able to look around the room on the night and know that most things there had meaning and history behind it,” she said.

Karaoke time 

After Richard had said goodbye to all the wedding guests he had some time on his hands as Tanya said her goodbyes. Richard decided to pass the time with a cheeky twist. “I was only a quarter of the way done, so in true Richard fashion, he joined the band and sung the song Stand by Me to myself and the guests,” Tanya said.

Our song

Tanya chose the song All You Need Is Love by The Beatles for her walk down the aisle. “I wanted a song that reflected our non-traditional garden ceremony and, more importantly, us as a couple,” she said. The couple finished off the evening dancing to The Horses by Daryl Braithwaite, the song playing as Richard proposed.  


It was Richard’s best friend John who ultimately brought the couple together, something he’d been planning for a while. “John thought for some time that the pair of us should meet and, well, the rest is now history,” Tanya said.    

Bride’s parents: Lawrence and Jenny Jolley

Groom’s parents: Michael and Mary Barry

Service: Hurlstone Homestead, Grahamvale

Reception: The Woolshed at Emerald Bank, Kialla

Photographer: Leticia Lopes Photography, Shepparton

Bride’s and Bridesmaids’ dresses: Brides and Maids, Shepparton

Suits: Identity, Shepparton

Flowers: Simply Stems, Shepparton

Cake: Cill’s Creative Cakes, Shepparton

Hair: Ucliptus, Swan Hill

Make-up: Donna Trickey, Shepparton

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