Sometimes I just love that the world sometimes feels so small… you know what they say about the whole 6 degrees of separation. That means that everyone is connected in some way or another – and that seriously gives me the warm & fuzzies. Especially as a self employed gal who at times can find working from home quite isolating – and yes, sometimes I do talk to myself and look like I’m totally crazy.
Alexandra + Simon are total proof of that concept. Not only did they get married in my hometown of Toowoomba, at Gabbinbar Homestead – they are also good friends of TWO other JFL couples, whose weddings I had the honour of documenting. You guys, do you know how special that is for me. So. Very. Special. At each others weddings, I’ve been able to catch up with all three of these couples and the joy it’s bought me is huge. I’m so very grateful for what I do and the people I get to do it for!
Here’s a glimpse into Alexandra + Simon’s incredible Gabbinbar Homestead wedding day:
WEDDING VENUE: GABBINBAR HOMESTEAD, TOOWOOMBA
Alexandra and her bridesmaids were getting ready in the beautiful Bride’s Retreat at Gabbinbar Homestead – while they were getting their hair & makeup done, I got busy taking photos of all her pretty details!
After a few champagne photos, it was time for Alexandra to get dressed into her stunning Oleg Cassini gown, with the help of her lovely bridesmaids! I have so much love for Alexandra and her gorgeous girls… and this incredible Bridal Retreat for them to get ready in was so beautiful.
Meanwhile, Simon and his groomsmen were also getting ready at Gabbinbar Homestead – separately from the girls of course, in the masculine looking library! Again, perfect for a groom on his wedding day!
Before we knew it, it was time for him to see Alexandra for the first time, during their first look!
A ‘First Look’ is a moment a few hours before the ceremony, where the couple see each other and get to share an intimate moment together, just the two of them.
Alexandra + Simon told me that they wanted to do their photos with the bridal party & families earlier in the day, to allow more time to relax with their guests after the ceremony – rather than to be away taking photos. A choice I totally understood, so we sorted out the logistics and made it happen. I love it when a couple does a first look – it seriously gives me all the feels.
Afterwards we took the bridal party onto the ground of Gabbinbar for their bridal portraits! It was during the middle of the day so we searched for good light and shade – but luckily the beautiful gardens could provide this for us easily…
How beautiful are these bridesmaid dresses – I just loved the colour!
Afterwards, the girls made their way back to the homestead to freshen up whilst Simon and the groomsmen made their way down to start greeting the arriving guests in the stunning Pavilion…
The smallest people in the bridal party created the biggest heart reaction from everyone… you should have heard the ooh’s & aah’s as Aubury & Eeva made their entrance!
Followed of course by the stunning Alexandra, accompanied by both her mum and dad…
Jake Smith (Married By Jake) led such a beautiful ceremony, resulting in these two becoming husband and wife…
After a celebratory rose petal exit – which they nailed – and a lovely group photo on the stairs of the homestead, the newlyweds joined all their guests in the garden for canapes, a cold drink & ice cream.
As the sun started to set, I stole the two of them away for some golden hour portraits… I must admit, I was a little spoilt for choice on where to go and what part of the grounds to use!
Could these two get any more perfect for each other? I don’t think so.
Meanwhile, the finishing touches were being put on the gorgeous Conservatory for their wedding reception… the candles were being lit and the guests invited to be seated.
Alexandra + Simon entered to a roaring applause and the celebrations continued long into the night – there were fantastic speeches, delicious share plates, cake cutting and a very special first dance!
When I first arrived at Gabbinbar and saw the shoes Alexandra planned on wearing, I thought she was the smartest JFL bride ever – choosing the softest, most comfortable looking dancing shoes to wear for her wedding day (you guys, I’m ALL about comfort!) But then, they shared with me that they had been attending ballroom dancing lessons to prepare for a pretty special first dance as husband and wife! She is of course still one of the smartest girls I know (she’s a doctor after all!) but there was also a wonderful reason for this decision…
As the guests hit the dancefloor, we snuck out to the woods for some romantic night photos (and they just couldn’t stop dancing together…gosh, I love this pair!)
Meanwhile… cake, dancing and espresso martinis make for an amazing combination (p.s this gorgeous guest is also one of my previous brides Kasia – love her!)
Congratulations again Alexandra + Simon! After spending the last year getting to know you both, I have no doubt that your future together as a married couple will be all kinds of wonderful. I hope you love these photos as much as I loved taking them. All my love, xx
Wedding Venue: Gabbinbar Homestead, Toowoomba
Wedding Dress: Oleg Cassini | Florals: Kate Dawes Floral Design | Celebrant: Married By Jake | Videography: Fable House Films | Hair Stylist: Minx Contemporary Hair Boutique | Makeup Artist: Kate Johnston | Bridesmaid Dresses: Forever New | Suits: Institchu | Photo Booth: In The Booth | Dancing Lessons: River City Ballroom
I’d love to hear what you think! Leave me a comment below – and I’m sure the newlyweds would appreciate some kind words to: