Stevo grew up on Barnbougle, in north-east Tasmania, a cattle and potato farm now best known for its two world class gold courses. I love that Stevo is a lovable larrikin. He’s got a cheeky smile, he’s able to laugh at himself and not take things too seriously.
After studying in Hobart, he returned to run the farm. We were introduced by a mutual friend five years ago, at the first polo event on the farm. As I lived in Hobart, we focused on spending quality time together on weekends until I moved to the farm two years ago. I’m a perfectionist, closet gaming geek and former lawyer who now manages libraries in the region.
We do a celebration to remember my dad every Christmas eve. Stevo had asked my mother, May, for my hand a few weeks before. I prepared the meal and we unwrapped presents. When I came down after getting changed, Stevo said I’d missed a gift. He showed me a little box and I thought ‘Oh! Earrings!’ Until he dropped to his knee, and I began to cry happy tears.
We chose the farm for our wedding. Barnbougle is beautiful. It cradles the coast as well as the countryside. The ceremony was on the polo field where we met, with a beautiful white marquee for the reception. Our theme was simple and elegant: country with touches of Hamptons polo.
I’d seen Georgia Young Couture on Instagram and loved her. When I tried on the ‘Quince’ for the first time, I knew it was the one. I picked the ‘Sydney’ crepe gown from Alyssa Kristin for the reception. I was so comfortable in both.
Not to be outdone by Trishy, Stevo had a suit custom-made from scratch by a talented tailor, Angela Nicolades, in Melbourne. He loved the experience so much he decided to get a second blazer as a surprise for the reception. It was made of a rich green Italian velvet with beautiful gold and black buttons. It’s a special piece that he has worn since and always gets asked about.
At the ceremony there was a string quartet and drinks on arrival for our guests while they awaited for the bridal parties. We also had lawn games for our guests to enjoy outside and inside, our florals were all white and green. We chose classic orchids, roses and dahlias. Stevo handmade a bar using wood from the farm, and created large wood letters to spell out our names above the marquee. Our arch was also all handmade.
One of my favourite details was my bouquet: my favourite flowers cascading down, and a small picture of my father pinned to them, so he was always close to me.
photographer: @jannekestorm / videographer: Bree of @lightnoisefilms / bride’s gown: @georgiayoungcouture / reception gown: @akristinbridal from @lovemariebridalboutique / bride’s veil: @taniamarasbridal / groom’s suit & reception jacket: Angela Nicolades, Melbourne / helicopter: @uniquecharters_au / venue: Polo Fields at @barnbougle / fragrance: La Labo Santal 33 @lelabofragrances / celebrant: Maxine Lowry at @hobartcelebrant / bride’s earrings: @gucci / shoes: @dior / ring/s Golding & Son Tasmania (1875) / makeup: @sophiapafitis / hair: @juliaralph.hairandmakeup / stationery, wishing well & signage: @sketchandetch.neon @sketchandetchcreative / groomsmen’s attire: Angela Nicolades, Melbourne / styling & flora: @event_avenue / bridesmaids’ attire: @asos / planner & marquee: @weedinghire / catering & beverages: @barnbougle / cake: The Cottage Bakery / string quartet: @st_cecilia_ chamber_orchestra / dj: DJ Dan of @rutherfordentertainment / sound, stage & lighting: @soundhousetas / lawn games: @hiredstyle