Low-key couple Deb Andreassen and Brad Gibb could think of no better place than their own backyard for a surprise rustic wedding.
Deb, 44, and Brad, 27, met on a “random night out” after Deb took on her own personal challenge to approach the “arrogant” guy for a chat. “He was nothing like I expected he would be.”
“I was surprised how easy being with him was,” she adds. “He embraced my kids and we settled into a comfortable relationship.”
But the Woodford, Queensland couple’s journey has not been without challenges.
Deb’s mum passed away in 2014, not long before the couple had their first baby together, who was born with congenital heart disease. It was at Christmas at the end of this difficult year that Brad popped the question. “We had decided we wouldn’t buy each other Christmas presents,” recalls Deb. “Unknown to me, Brad had bought an engagement ring, wrapped it and put it under the tree.”
The pair decided on a surprise wedding at home to keep things simple and stress-free. They wed on June 27, 2015 in an intimate ceremony in front of 40 friends and family.
“Our wedding day was so relaxed. We were surrounded by family, friends and people that we love,” Deb says.
“We managed to keep it a surprise for some people, it was beautiful seeing their reactions.”
Photos courtesy of Tania’s Photography.
A homemade arch and vintage jars were among the big day’s rustic wedding decorating touches.
The pair were keen to include their beloved horses in their wedding photos.
Brides Gown: Exquisite Gowns by Yvonne / Brides Shoes: Own sandals / Cake: Crumb Lane / Caterer: At Your Service Gourmet Catering / Celebrant: Vows 4 You / Ceremony Music: Playlist / Ceremony Venue: At home / Flowers: The Language of Flowers / Gift Registry: No gifts / Grooms Attire: Ed Harry / Grooms Shoes: Own shoes / Groomsmen Attire: eBay / Groomsmen Shoes: City Beach Converse / Hair: Lauren Jane / Invitations: Custom Canvas / Makeup: Emma Harris Makeup Artistry, Dream Lashes / Photobooth: Tania's Photography / Reception Venue: At home / Rings: Bride's mum, The Silver Shop / Venue Decor: Moffett's Rural Hire, Platinum Wedding Hire / Wedding Planner: Platinum Wedding Hire