In December Jess Buckeridge fulfilled her destiny when she was married in Echuca-Moama and her lifelong dream turned into an unforgettable occasion, founded on the commitment of everyone involved in the day. Plus some perfect weather to cap it all off.
Jess Buckeridge had the destination for her future wedding picked out long before anyone popped the question.
As a child she told her father on one of their many family holidays to Echuca-Moama she would get married in the twin towns.
Which is exactly what happened in December when she exchanged vows with husband Scott.
The couple chose Moama on Murray Resort as the place for their nuptials because they were chasing a rustic wedding with a festival feel.
They loved the venue’s relaxing vibe and, of course, the ambience of the beautiful Murray River.
“We wanted a marquee on the river and this was the closest we could get. We had family, friends and babies coming along so we needed accommodation for everyone and in the end we couldn’t have chosen a better place,” Jess said.
The couple created the ‘festival’ feel they were looking for from the food trucks they ordered from Melbourne to fuel the party with pizza and tacos all night while the rustic feel came from the wine barrel tables and old ladders hired from mac+mills, event stylists.
The couple also added some of their own items for decorating as well.
With a guest list heading towards 170, Jess and Scott were keen to make sure their relaxed, outdoor wedding was everything they hoped for.
Essence Duo kept the crowd entertained and for those guests looking for a rest from their high heels on the dance floor, complimentary thongs were available along with the sign – flip flops if your feet are sore, grab a pair and dance some more.
“Moama on Murray Resort were just so good to work with and they couldn't have made us feel anymore welcome, they were just wonderful and it really is such a beautiful spot on the river.
“The weather was absolutely perfect and we couldn't have asked for a better day.”
While everything ran smoothly for the couple, disaster did strike when Jess’ makeup artist was a no show.
“We ended up having an amazing make-up artist in Sarah North and I was so grateful that she came along, in fact everyone involved in our wedding was so helpful. It was like they couldn't do enough for us.
“The people of Echuca-Moama made us feel very special.”
Guests dined on a triple decked wedding cake made by Tracy from Tracy’s Cakes which featured a chocolate mud cake, red velvet and lemon mud cake layer.
Photography: Tamara Cadd Photography