• Photography: Silk Imagery.

Rural rustic romance

By Bride and Groom 30 January 2020

With their shared love of the land and passion for their rural backgrounds, a country wedding was the only option for  loved-up farming couple Hannah Ramage and Murray Bennett. 

And what better place for the rustic-themed nuptials than the Bennett family property at idyllic Bowmans Forest near Wangaratta.

Guests had an early preview of the style of the day, arriving to find the aisle edged with red gum timber blocks and gum leaves with an old metal ring from a grain silo – painted gold and dressed with flowers – as the backdrop for the couple to say ‘I do’.

The relaxed and down-to-earth vibe continued long into the night with the old shearing shed repurposed into a magical reception venue, complete with three long trestle tables for guests to enjoy fine dining, and a false ceiling of 200m of twinkling fairy lights.

Pinterest was Hannah’s go-to for inspiration and, with the help of her collective village of creative family members, managed to bring her vision to life with timber signage, hand-made table decorations and a collection of rustic farm items dotted around the space.

“The shed was a fully-functional shearing shed that the Bennett family had been eager to renovate at some stage,” Hannah said.

When Murray proposed, in front of a gorgeous sunset on top of a hill on his farm, the challenge was on to transform the shed, which was built by the groom’s grandfather, into the reception venue of their dreams.

A courtyard, edged with rolls of hay, framed the entrance to the reception and an elaborate bar, crafted by Hannah’s dad from old iron and stringy-bark logs, was the perfect place to get the party started.

The couple incorporated just the right amount of sentiment, using Hannah’s grandparents’ old truck as their wedding car and using a pen, made by Hannah’s late grandfather, to sign their marriage certificate.

Remembering tradition, Hannah wore century-old pieces of jewellery from both sides of her family for ‘something old’ and her stunning bouquet carried photos of important family members who were no longer with them.

“It is impossible to choose one part of the day that was most memorable as the whole day was so special to us,” Hannah said.

“The fact that we had so much of both of our family’s history with us on the day made us very grateful and proud of those who paved the way for us.”

​​​See more photos from Hannah and Murray's wedding day over on our Instagram.

Wedding date: Saturday, April 6, 2019

Bride's parents: Michele and Ian Ramage

Groom's parents: Rosey and Noel Bennett

Service and reception: Private property, Bowmans Forest

Photography: Silk Imagery

Bride's dress: Stella York, Fairytales Bridal Boutique, Moonee Ponds

Bridesmaids' dresses: Sorella Vita, Jack & Jill Bridal, Albury

Suits: Flynn’s of Wangaratta, Wangaratta

Flowers: Blooms on Bridge, Benalla

Cake: Wang’s Best Bakery, Wangaratta

Hair: Helen Roscoe, Wangaratta

Make-up: Aeisha Phillipson Artistry, St Kilda East

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