These Brisbane lovebirds escaped to the country for a romantic and laidback wedding weekend – thankfully, they also narrowly escaped lockdown.
Tenayah and Josh tied the knot at rugged rustic wedding venue, Gordon Country, on July 31, 2021 – the day their home city lurched into lockdown.
Two hours inland from Brisbane, having arrived for the big day a day early, they’d spent Friday casually settling into their cosy cabin accommodation and relaxing by the fire. Mid-morning Saturday, the venue’s wedding coordinator, Kate, delivered the uncomfortable news.
“Brisbane and surrounding areas were going into lockdown – that afternoon,” recalls Tenayah. “We weren’t sure who was or wasn’t going to show, including suppliers. I said I wasn’t going to let it stop us and we would proceed regardless.”
By 2:30pm, the ceremony was due to start, and photographer Sam Wyper gently prepared Tenayah for the scene – only half the guests were able to make it.
“We were originally meant to have 70 guests… but all I could think about was my soon-to-be husband… he was the only one I wanted to see,” Tenayah says.
The bride bundled up her Stella York wedding gown, hopped onto the back of a golf cart, and rode wildly, in fits of laughter, with her bridesmaids to the ceremony. “I was almost falling off and holding on for dear life!” she says. “All I could think about was walking down that aisle and holding on to my man.”
Post ‘I do’ guests ordered their favourite flavour from ‘Dilly’ the Popcycle gelato trike; sipped on sparkling, played lawn games, and listened to live acoustic tunes beside the bonfire. Come reception time, their attempt at a sparkler entrance may have fizzled – but spirits were definitely not dampened.
“The rest of the night was dancing, and doing shots over the bar. Lots and lots of fun,” describes Tenayah.
“We were determined to go ahead regardless, and we did. No regrets.”
Our biggest thing planning the wedding was that we really wanted a party! We wanted no lock-out times, great entertainment, and accommodation onsite. We wanted the full wedding weekend and didn’t say no to anything! We really wanted everyone, including our bridal party, to have the time of their lives; stress-free, no kids, lots of fun. Gordon Country fit this perfectly. They have super cute cabins for accommodation onsite, a stunning barn for the reception, relaxed rules, and fantastic staff. It was BYO alcohol so we stocked the bar with all our fave spirits and shots (mini beers galore!). It was all very chill and laid back.
Tenayah & Josh
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Josh’s suit jacket and shirt were from Institchu, pants from Reuben’s, bow tie from Etsy. He wore Ariat boots. The guys from Reuben’s were incredible!
TenayahCHECK OUT REUBEN F SCARF
My gown was from White Lily Couture – the Stella York “Justice” design. The name of the dress was funny given we both work in law! I wore a cathedral-length veil for the ceremony then switched to a fingertip veil for the reception.
TenayahBROWSE WEDDING DRESSES
Our celebrant was Tim Goessling, a family friend. He had done my pop’s funeral. We wrote our own vows which were very special. The ceremony was flawless.
Sam was just incredible the whole way through. Made us feel at ease in front of the camera and captured so many of the details of our day. Cannot thank him enough.
TenayahCHECK OUT SAM WYPER PHOTOGRAPHY
James Alsop was the venue caterer. He was amazing and the food was incredible. Canapés included arancini balls, satay sticks and mini beef brisket tacos. Mains were alternate drops of a chicken dish and a steak dish. Everyone loved the food! We had a butter cake and Krispy Kreme donuts plus people were eating the leftover Popcycle ice cream all night.
Photos courtesy of Sam Wyper Photography.
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Brides Accessories: Etsy, JJ's House / Brides Gown: White Lily Couture, Stella York / Brides Shoes: Keds x Kate Spade / Bridesmaid Shoes: Novo / Bridesmaids Accessories: Etsy / Bridesmaids Dresses: City Chic / Cake: Long Table Catering, Krispy Kreme / Celebrant: Tim Goessling / Entertainment: NOVA DJs, Jonathan Grant, Greg J Bryant / Flowers: Borrowed / Grooms Attire: InStitchu, Reuben F Scarf, Etsy / Grooms Shoes: Ariat / Groomsmen Attire: InStitchu, Reuben F Scarf, Connor / Groomsmen Shoes: R.M. Williams / Hair: Love Me Knot Bridal / Invitations: Rebecca Ward / Makeup: Love Me Knot Bridal / Photographer: Sam Wyper Photography / Venue: Gordon Country / Videographer: WeddingFlix Studios
Guest Book: Asanoha / Ice Cream Cart: Popcycle