As a university student, Sarah Martin travelled to Beijing to study Mandarin. As fate would have it, while living with his cousin in China, she met Julian Begbie. The travelling companions quickly became inseparable and last January they were married in a colourful summer garden wedding.
It was a salmon-red jacket that set the colour palette for Sarah and Julian’s summer nuptials.
The bride’s parents’ farm was the perfect backdrop for an elegant garden party styled with vibrant flowers, timber chairs and festoon lighting overhead.
A Friday wedding
With Australia Day falling on a Thursday, Sarah and Julian decided to make their special day a long weekend affair.
“We had a lot of guests coming from interstate so we thought we’d turn it into a three-day event and invited people to camp,” Sarah said.
The celebrations continued on the Saturday, with their guests encouraged to kick on at a barbecue.
While Julian and Sarah grew up almost 300 km apart it took a chance meeting halfway across the globe to bring them together.
To represent their meaningful time in Beijing, the couple served Tsingtao beer, lit Chinese lanterns on the lake and offered guests silk fans as a bonbonniere.
Banjo & Gypsy
Just three months prior to their January nuptials, Sarah’s sister was also married on their parents’ property.
As a wedding gift she and Julian restored a vintage caravan to operate as a bar.
“We used the same gorgeous caravan for our own wedding that we now offer for hire to other couples,” she said.
The unique embossed fabric of Sarah’s stunning gown.
See more photos from Sarah and Julian's wedding day over on our Instagram.
Bride's parents: Rhonda and Richard Martin
Groom's parents: Ann and Rodney Robson, and John Begbie
Service and reception: Private property, Warrenbayne
Photography: Leticia Lopes Photography
Bride's dress: Pallas Couture, online
Bridesmaids' dresses: Asos, online
Flowers: Blooms on Bridge, Benalla
Cake: Kellie Keen, Benalla
Hair: Bex Hair Design, Benalla
Make-up: JK’s Beauty Room, Benalla
Other services: 24 Seven Events, Wangaratta and Banjo & Gypsy, Melbourne