What better way to celebrate New Year’s Eve than getting married?! That's what Ben & Jessica did! In an even cooler twist, this day was also Jess's birthday!!! A day of celebrations! And an important date Ben will be sure never to forget too haha! 😆
We were honoured to spend our New Year's Eve day with this beautifully chilled out duo and their families on the McLees family farm. Ben & Jessica had their first look in front of the original Dunluce barn, tied the knot in the backyard and even did their first dance up on the hill where Ben proposed to Jess.
If you're looking for a timeless country wedding, look no further! Jessica's styling was on point, from her gorgeous wedding dress, the ceremony set up right through to hand stamping out hundreds of confetti hearts from dried leaves! This girl had thought of every last detail and it showed. I'm so excited to share this blog with you after a week off, it's been fun for me reliving Ben & Jessica's beautiful day and I know all those involved will feel the same way seeing these photos...
While the girls got ready at the farmhouse, Jessica's dogs Pip & Charlie were never far away keeping an eye on things.
Jess's mum Lynette had sewn wedding bandanas for not just Pip & Charlie, but all Jess's working dogs too! You'll see them later on in the blog running around at the ceremony! 😉
Just a stone's throw away Ben was getting ready at their house for the day ahead...
Love that tie!
Choosing to do a first look, meant Ben and Jess could chill out with their bridal party all together for a couple of hours before the ceremony, get portraits done and then spend the afternoon after the ceremony with their guests. This barn is very special to the McLees family, so it was the perfect backdrop for their emotional first look.
What you may not immediately notice is that Mike, Jess's dad, had stencilled Ben & Jess's wedding date on the wall inside his very clean barn as a wee surprise for them. That's going to be a pretty neat reminder every time they walk in there now!
Once the bridal party joined us in the yards for some portraits, we jumped in the utes and headed up the hill for more!
We had such a fun, relaxed afternoon with this crew - thank you for making us so welcome! Before long it was time to get "our photo" for the studio wall and then head back down the hill to get these two married!
See what I mean about this gorgeous ceremony set up?!
Mike and Lynette walked Jess down the aisle and all Jess's dogs also were part of the moment too as she walked in and then kept watch during the ceremony.
With a few formal photos, it was onto the next relaxed part of the day - spending time with their loved ones & celebrating that newlywedded bliss. Oh and cutting a gorgeous cake!
We did steal Ben & Jess away for just a little while before letting them unwind into the evening. These two wanted to do their first dance on top of the hill where they got engaged, so that's what they did. The day had been windy, but it was fair howling up the top of the farm - which only produced a lot of laughs as Ben & Jess tried to execute some dance moves without being blown away!
Congratulations again Ben & Jess! Matt and I wish you every happiness in your marriage and we hope you had the best wedding day. It was a pleasure to be a part of it, meet your families and friends and document the celebration.
Bring on more photos soon and your wedding album! xx
DRESS: Two Sisters The Label | SUITS: Hallensteins | MAKE-UP: Beautiful Bride Dunedin | HAIR: Tracey Eunson (cousin) | FLOWERS: Aleisha Renee Everlasting Flowers | CELEBRANT: Rachel Williams | TIES, RING BOX & BRIDE'S JEWELLRY: Whistle & Pop | PERSONALISED GLASSES: Hunting 4 Art | CAKE: Heather Decadent Produce.