Hayley + Isaac by Bonnie Jenkins

We have been together for almost a decade. It has been a joy evolving together. We’ve been fortunate to share lots of experiences throughout our 20s — uni, travel, homeownership.

We met at primary school and our paths crossed again at university. We got married on my grandmother’s wedding anniversary. I’m an architect and Hayley is a risk assurance manager. She’s empathetic, outgoing, and stands up for what she believes in. Isaac is calm, fun, always looking to lend a hand, and a wonderful person to be around in any circumstance.

Isaac proposed during a picnic at Spring Hill Mountain cottages on Queensland’s Scenic Rim. He had kept the ring for two months in an old cardboard box that I had almost spring cleaned.

We wanted our wedding to remove us from our day-to-day lives and be as enjoyable for our guests as it was for us, so we had a destination wedding that required us all to get away for the weekend. Years ago, we had stayed at the Bunya Mountains and stumbled across Pips’n’Cherries, a cafe in a town called Bell. We saw photos of a beautiful wedding in a hangar they had catered. We tracked the hangar down to have a look. It was in Jimbour House, and we were blown away by its beautiful gardens and house, which was attached to the hangar.

Our ceremony was outdoors in the gardens, amongst the beautiful big trees, and our reception was in the hangar, with all its history. Our glamping set-up enabled our guests to stay for the whole weekend. Jimbour has installations that chronicle the history of the area and the house, showing how people at the time used to dress so elegantly. We tried to emulate this, dressing up in a tuxedo and dress shirt for Isaac and a timeless, structured dress and veil for Hayley.

With bridesmaids flying in from abroad, dress fittings were not feasible so they had a brief of white and formal, and Hayley’s sister made earrings to unite them all. A close cousin was unable to come to the wedding as she was almost due. Baby Leo was born at around 9 am on the wedding day, adding an extra degree of happiness to the celebrations

photographer Bonnie Jenkins / bride’s dress Jesus Peiro / groom’s suit Peter Jackson / flora Brisbane Market Flowers / bride’s shoes Nine West / groom’s shoes Aquila / bride’s headpiece & jewellery Beads and Beads / venue Jimbour House / celebrant Margaret Murray / makeup Lilly Rathie / hair Wildflower / entertainment One Fun Band / catering Pips’N’Cherries / cake Isabel Mackintosh Cakes / groomsmen’s attire Peter Jackson