With a shared love of camping and fishing, a natural backdrop of spectacular gum trees and riverside location was the perfect setting for Emily Edwards and Brad Sanderson to say ‘I do’.
They added their own flair to a romantic space at Moama on Murray Resort, with a mix of boldly coloured protea, hydrangea and vibrant roses, and re-purposed blocks of firewood, topped with vases of flowers, to create a rustic aisle.
“When you get married by the river, you don’t want to take away from the view, and I love flowers so we used those to brighten everything up,” Emily said.
Two white peacock chairs and three chandeliers crafted from foliage added to the boho vibe, while a quirky cake topper of a bride and groom with a fishing rod represented the fun-loving couple’s first date.
“Brad and I grew up in the same area, and always knew of each other; we went fishing on the Goulburn River for our first date and have been inseparable ever since,” Emily said.
With family being so important to them, Emily and Brad each chose those they were closest to for special roles.
“Our family means the world to us,” Emily said.
“Being raised by my mother it was an absolute pleasure to have her walk me down the aisle, and have my brother Jake as ‘brides-man’ and his son Phoenix as our page boy.
“Brad also had his brother Luke as his groomsman. We could not have imagined getting married without our two brothers by our sides, who we have grown with and will forever be best friends.”
As a hairdresser Emily had a choice of hairstyles at her disposal and opted for an elegant ponytail that perfectly complemented her white slim-line gown.
“I actually had two dresses; one was a boho-style and this one,” she said.
“I only decided half-an-hour before the ceremony which one I was going to wear; I decided on this one because it was so comfortable.”
The couple said hosting the ceremony and reception at the same place was perfect, from both a planning and practical perspective.
“Only having to set up in the one place saved us time and allowed us to spend more time with our guests on the day,” Emily said.
“If I could change one thing on my wedding day, after having a 4pm ceremony, it would be to get married as early in the day as possible.
“There is never enough time to enjoy this one magical day surrounded by the most amazing people you love. Make every second count.”
See more photos from Emily and Brad's wedding day over on our Instagram.
Wedding date: Friday, March 16, 2018
Bride's parent: Virginia Edwards
Groom's parents: Sandra and Rob Sanderson
Photographer: Erica Jane Photography
Ceremony and reception: Moama on Murray Resort, Moama
Bride's dress: ASOS Bridal
Suits: Numanz, Echuca
Flowers: Emily Bloom, Echuca
Hair: Mintme Salon, Echuca
Make-up: Sarah May Collins, Echuca