The perfect country wedding

By Bride and Groom 15 September 2017

After getting engaged on a road trip in America, Dani and Chris returned to Australia to plan the perfect country wedding. Among the natural surrounds of Billabong Ranch in Echuca, Dani and Chris officially became husband and wife. 

In our own words

The bride and groom decided to add a personal touch to the ceremony, writing their own vows to share with each other. “They were so hard to write, but I'm so glad I did it,” Dani said. After exchanging vows, the moment got the better of Dani. “By the end I was so emotional, I couldn't even speak,” she said.

Mixing it up

Finding the perfect dress for all six of her bridesmaids proved to be a challenge, so Dani decided to break convention and try something different. “They're all different shapes, so I decided to go with the whole mix and match theme,” she said, dressing each bridesmaid in a different dress, while still keeping with the style of the wedding.

Statement arrival

Dani arrived at the wedding in true princess fashion: in a horse-drawn carriage. The extra-special arrival came about through chance, but turned out to be a perfect addition for the bride, who grew up on a farm surrounded by animals. “It reflected perfectly on my love for country life,” she said. 

Perfect moment

Chris took Dani by surprise when he proposed in their hotel room in Louisiana during the couple's road trip around the United States. “[It] was unexpected, but it was perfect, very Chris,” Dani said. “He isn't a big, flashy bloke. It was low-key. It was just so perfect.” The couple returned to the US for a honeymoon, this time as husband and wife. 

Party time

Dani said it meant a lot to celebrate with their closest friends and family. “[It was so memorable] having all our favourite people in one place, just for us,” she said. “It was like one big party and everyone danced. It was perfect.”

Bride's parents: Colin and Susie Emmett

Groom's parents: Rodney and Carmen Dodman

Service and reception: Billabong Ranch, Echuca

Photographer: The Art of Zowie Photography

Bride's dress: Bluebell Bridal, Melbourne

Bridesmaids' dresses: ASOS, online

Suits: Gazman, Echuca

Flowers: Wallingford Flowers, Echuca

Cake: Tracy’s Cakes, Echuca

Hair: Kokoh Boutique, Moama

Make-up: Grace Sartori, Kyabram

See more photos from Dani and Chris's wedding day over on our Instagram page

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