Harriet and Ben lived a mere 80km away from each other during their childhood, sharing mutual friends for many years. However they didn’t officially meet until Harriet was interviewed by Ben for a job with his company, Quality Gardening Services. The business needed a talented administrator – in Harriet he found that and so much more.

Harriet and Ben became engaged in September of 2020, with Ben proposing at sunset against the backdrop of the inaugural wheat crop of his newly-purchased property, ‘Quinella’. Ben proposed with his Grandmother’s engagement ring, which was later completed by Harriet’s Grandmother’s wedding band.

The couple made the bold decision to get married on New Year’s Eve, a mere three months after becoming engaged. Fortunately, Ben’s mother Carmel, didn’t shy away from the challenge when asked to host the reception in her picturesque garden at ‘Warrawong’, the family property which neighboured ‘Quinella’.

As owners and operators of a small business, the couple saw the importance of supporting homegrown businesses and worked with Em from ‘Hi Hilda’ to plan their day, taking extra care to ensure that local vendors were hired for their wedding.

The couple were married at the Mary Immaculate Catholic Church Tambar Springs, the quintessential location for a traditional bush wedding. The ceremony was particularly special as Father John McHugh presided over the ceremony as his last service as a priest – “Father John put everyone at ease and has such a positive vibe about him”.

While guest numbers were limited due to restrictions, the couple were able to host most of their nearest and dearest on neighbouring properties owned by family and friends – Carmel’s neighbours even assisted in decorating the church and preparing for the big day.

Harriet wore an elegant Pronovias gown, which was paired with a Karen Willis veil, later loaned to her sister Anna for her wedding. Precious details such as Harriet’s ‘something borrowed’ included a beautiful clutch from an honorary grandmother who used it on her own wedding day in 1947, ensuring that the day was one to remember.

In true Aussie spirit, the bridal party had their photos taken at the dam bank and throughout sorghum crops at Warrawong, by talented photographer Maddy Porter. Guests enjoyed catering from Relish, which was accompanied by award-winning wine from Ballinaclash, produced from an orchard on a friend’s farm in Young.

Guests brought in the New Year dancing under the stars, sipping on beautiful cocktails made by Josephine’s Drinks and celebrated into the early hours of New Year’s Day.

location: Tambar Springs

wedding dress: Pronovias

hair & make up: A Beauty

caterer: Relish Catering

flowers: Ash Around

planning, styling & hire: Hi Hilda

marquee & hire: A1 Hire

bar: Josephine's Drinks

stationary: Carina Chambers Design

photographer: Mads Porter Photography

cake: Decore in Style

{words: Meghan Learyphotography: Mads Porter Photography}