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Suzanne & Rex’s Wheatbelt Wedding on the Family Farm

Well, we sure were excited to go to the small, wheatbelt town of Kukerin for the wedding of Suzanne & Rex. You can’t do better than the country air, the golden lighting, and the rustic charm of the ‘Shearing Shed’ at Cambinata Yabbies, one of our favourite rural reception venues and a place of special significance to the bride.

Suzanne’s family—she is the youngest of six—has run Cambinata for more than twenty years, sourcing the best local yabbies to supply restaurants and gourmet food producers up in Perth in addition to operating a regular wheat and sheep farm. It’s a place that holds so many childhood memories for Suzanne, from helping with the shearing, to waiting on tables in the function centre.

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Rex and Suzanne share the Catholic faith, and met through their mutual attendance of the St Thomas Apostle church which led to a series of unexpected encounters, and ultimately, a relationship.

For the couple, a celebration of the spiritual and theological significance of the act of marriage was always at the heart of their wedding plans. They wanted to emphasise the sacramental symbolism of sacrifice and beauty through the traditional use of plants and flowers, whilst reflecting the elegance and style of the rural setting.

They achieved this through a floral colour palette which corresponded with two themes: warm reds and whites to signify liturgical sacrifice and the importance of God in the church, and another to match the shearing shed with its rustic cool winter tones and hues of blue and green.

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Suzanne says that she “looked longingly at wedding magazines with flowers cascading and thought it wasn’t possible”, but that when she with Amanda Rose of Hearts in Flowers, she was able to take the essence of what the couple where looking for and made it a reality at an affordable price. She even incorporated Suzanne’s father’s rosary beads into the bouquet. The gown was from Collezione, and Suzanne found it “the perfect balance of femininity and lace, with a lovely train” that exactly matched her mother’s veil, which was repaired for the occasion.

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Rex’s aunt flew to Perth for the measuring and fitting of her wedding gift, a bespoke suit. He also received a set of cuff-links and an old fog watch.

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For the wedding ceremony Suzanne asked her father to make a wooden cross from local timber with a corpus we sourced in Sydney with which to hold in our hands as we said our vows.

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Suzanne says that if she can make a recommendation to anyone considering a wedding with an old world or rural setting, then consider her family’s farm because there are just so many photographic options, from green hilltops, to clusters of deep tall whitegums, to the golden yellow trails and open fields.

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For the bride, the cake turned out to be one of the most enjoyable parts of the wedding. Originally she asked her sister-in-law to decorate because she had a natural flair, but a week before the wedding everyone ended up helping out with some learning on the job thanks to YouTube.

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The shed itself is full of rural, Australian history, from old saddles and chairs suspended from the rafters, to hessian covered walls and paintings by local artists. A new addition to the site are some quaint, country cottages, which allowed the couple’s out of town guests and family to stay with them in leading up to the day.

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By Shannon Stent Images

Shannon is a professional wedding photographer living in the Margaret River region of Western Australia. He always tries to integrate the natural environment into his wedding photography, and the South-West has unlimited locations and opportunities.

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