• Leticia Lopes Photography.

Summer lovin'

By Bride and Groom 07 May 2018

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.

Leticia Lopes Photography.

Garden party

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.

Leticia Lopes Photography.
Leticia Lopes Photography.
Leticia Lopes Photography.

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.

Leticia Lopes Photography.
Leticia Lopes Photography.
Leticia Lopes Photography.

Chinese luck

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.

Leticia Lopes Photography.
Leticia Lopes Photography.
Leticia Lopes Photography.

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.

Leticia Lopes Photography.
Leticia Lopes Photography.
Leticia Lopes Photography.

We love

The unique embossed fabric of Sarah’s stunning gown.

Leticia Lopes Photography.
Leticia Lopes Photography.

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

Suits: Politix

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

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