An impromptu camping trip to Sheepyard Flat set off alarm bells for Janelle Hastings, but nothing could prepare her for the magical moment when Ryan Jeffery proposed surrounded by snowcapped mountains.
The couple continued their love for the picturesque, having their wedding in the dreamy countryside that Ryan’s family calls home.
A jeweller by trade, Janelle had long envisioned her dream engagement ring.
Five months before Ryan popped the question the couple designed this meaningful piece together.
“It was a special experience,” she said.
“I didn’t see the final product so it was still a surprise.”
It was a case of ‘like mother, like daughter’ when it came to the bouquets.
Janelle decided to make her own bouquet of life-like faux blooms and floral decorations – after being inspired by her own mother Kellie’s handmade bouquet for her wedding.
“My mum made her own flowers so I thought I could do the same,” she said.
The bridal party ventured to Mt Major to take advantage of the panoramic views for some photographs, and made the journey in true country style.
They were driven there on a beautifully restored Chamberlain tractor that was borrowed from friends.
“It was great, all the bridal party held on as the freezing wind chilled us; we shared plenty of laughs and huddled together for warmth,” Janelle said.
Ryan spent hours putting together a soft-serve buffet with an array of toppings and mix-ins including Ice Magic, jelly, Milo, Nerds, honeycomb, berries and waffle sticks.
“Ryan loves ice-cream and decided that was the perfect dessert for the wedding,” Janelle said. “It was a huge hit.”
See more photos from Janelle and Ryan's wedding day over on our Instagram.
Bride's parents: Kellie and Stephen Hastings
Groom's parents: Lorraine and Leith Jeffery
Service: Orrvale Wedding Shed, Orrvale
Reception: Dookie Recreation Reserve, Dookie
Photography: Chloe Jones Photography
Bride's dress: Deblu's, Echuca
Bridesmaids' dresses: HoDress, online
Suits: Matt O’Keeffe Mensland, Shepparton
Flowers: Hand-made by the bride
Cake: Nicole Healey, Shepparton
Hair: Gloss Hair and Beauty Boutique, Shepparton
Makeup: Renee O'Loughlin, Shepparton