After more than a decade together, high school sweethearts Lauren Masters and Tobias Thoolen married on the banks of the Murray River on a stunning March day, walking hand in hand towards their future as husband and wife.
Wooden accents played a key role in the styling of the couple’s wedding, with the groom even adding his own contribution to the mix.
Lauren and Tobias exchanged their vows underneath a handmade wooden arbour Tobias had created for the day, adorned with white flowers and greenery.
Two families become one
During the ceremony the bride and groom produced a plant in a pot which will ultimately be planted at the couple’s first home.
“Tobias’ mum and dad had a bucket of soil from their farm and my parents had a bucket from their farm,” Lauren said.
“Both families poured the soil in as a symbol of coming together as one family.”
After receiving a voucher to get professional photos taken, Lauren found herself having an entirely different moment captured than she had initially thought.
Following the photoshoot, Tobias surprised Lauren by pulling an engagement ring from his sock and presenting it to his childhood sweetheart.
“They filmed the whole thing along with photographing every moment. I cried,” Lauren said.
Tobias and Lauren knew that when it came to their wedding they wanted nothing more than a relaxed ceremony on the banks of the Murray River.
Keeping the colour scheme simple, the couple opted for green and cream tones with native flowers and oversized white wicker peacock chairs making a statement at the reception.
See more photos from Lauren and Tobias' wedding day over on our Instagram.
Bride’s parents: Rob and Marie Masters
Groom’s parents: Henry and Carol Thoolen
Service: Tindarra Resort, Moama
Photographer: Tamara Cadd Photography
Bride’s dress: Silk and Style Bridal, Moonee Ponds
Bridesmaids’ dresses: Rodeo Show, online
Suits: Peter Jackson
Flowers: Wallingford Flowers, Echuca
Cake: Renee Hirst, Swan Hill
Hair: Sarah May North Makeup, Echuca
Make-up: Mintme Salon, Echuca