A wedding at home

By Alana Christensen 08 September 2017

Tamara Fry and Nathan Hayes are one of many couples opting to have their wedding ceremony and reception at home, transforming their cherished abode and picturesque property into the venue of their dreams. 

Tamara and Nathan, of Mooroopna, opted for a romantic and rustic feel at their Saturday, October 22 wedding.

Everything from the table settings to the bonbonnieres and the food was handmade.

“Our family spent a lot of time making gifts and decorations,” Tamara said.

“The gum leaves which decorated the tables and wooden ladders were from our property.

“My mum spent every weekend in the gardens that surround the original homestead on the property.”

While Tamara and Nathan could have married anywhere, they decided to marry at home because of the significance.

“To have it at your own house and experience those memories every day is just so special,” Tamara said.

“And in the future, to hopefully hand the property down to our kids and tell them this is where we got married, it's so meaningful.”

Although the original plan was to hold the ceremony outside, Mother Nature had other ideas.

“Originally we had hay bales and chairs set up under a tree that is more than 100 years old, but it started raining just before the ceremony, so we had to relocate everyone into the reception area in the shearing shed,” Tamara said.

“It was still a beautiful setting.”

Every element of the wedding featured a personal touch, especially the food.

A tantalising spread of salads and pot roasts were on offer for mains, all made by the couple, their family and friends.

For dessert, Tamara's mother Marion Fry provided a delicious fruit cake, Nathan's brother Pete a caramel mud cake and chocolate mud cake, and Nathan's mother Jenny Hayes baked heart-shaped shortbread cookies bearing the couple's names.

“It just meant so much more that I could tell people that the family (helped with the food). Everyone came together. It was a real community effort,” Tamara said.

Service and reception: Shearing Shed on the couples property in Mooroopna North

Photographer: Alvin Wong, Doux Wedding Corp

Bride's dress: Michele's Bridal and Formal Wear, Shepparton

Bridesmaids' dresses: 4bridesmaids.com.au

Suits: Joe Paul Menswear, Shepparton 

Flowers: Avonlea Flower Farm 

Cake: Bride's mother and groom's brother

Makeup: Sarah Borman, Esaje Makeup and Beauty 

See more photos from Tamara and Nathan's wedding over on our Instagram

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