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Planning a casual celebration? You need to see this beautiful nature-inspired farm wedding in Australia

Debra Ch'ng, 30, ca campaign marketing manager, and Alex Packer, 30, a commercial analyst, had a nature-inspired country-style wedding in Busselton, Western Australia.
 

How did you meet?

We first met in high school, where we became good friends. But it wasn't until we were both at university that we began dating, after a trip to Melbourne with a group of friends.It has been 10 years since!

How did he propose?

Alex caught me totally off guard when he popped the question during a quiet evening at home. We had been celebrating my birthday with dinner that he had prepared. I didn't see it coming as we had celebrated with friends and family during the day.

The moment was so sweet, natural, and very us.

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We got married at Old Broadwater Farm in Busselton - an area we always enjoy visiting. The venue provided the wedding backdrop of our dreams, where all the country elements of luscious greens, amazing food, delicious gin cocktails and wine, and a beautifully relaxing and secluded atmosphere came together.

The venue itself had an innate natural beauty that didn't need much embellishment. Our vision was to style the place with nature-inspired textures, earthy colours, and a mix of native and exotic florals to create an unpretentious organic warmth. We also mixed in splashes of blush and burgundy for added vibrancy and elegance.


"THE AMBIENCE WAS INTIMATE, RELAXED AND BEAUTIFULLY RUSTIC."


In keeping with tradition, my parents hosted a Chinese tea ceremony a week before our wedding day. It was a nice way to not only show Alex's family traditions of my culture, but also to welcome Alex to the family.

 

The wedding invites were kept sleek and minimalist.

Debra wore a custom A-line lace gown by Zanzis Bridal Couture.

The wedding ride of choice? A vintage baby-blue Volkswagen van!

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What were your thoughts during the wedding?

I was so excited to be marrying my soulmate that I was beaming throughout the entire ceremony. Seeing Alex's expression when he saw me for the first time was priceless. And he gave an open-mic stand-up speech that left everyone in stitches. I feel so lucky to have a life partner who makes me laugh every day.


"My nerves subsided once I saw Debra. Everything else sort of faded into the background when I saw her face and how stunning she looked." - Alex


 

Guests showered the newly married couple with rose-petal confetti.

The groomsmen wore the same striking shade of royal blue as the groom.

The venue's homestead was the ideal country-style backdrop for the natural aesthetic of the occasion.

 A cosy dinner was held for 100 guests after the solemnisation.

Amazing vendors

Our wedding vendors were all amazing, and we are glad we gave them the creative space to work their magic. Our florist was incredible for executing our floral vision by creating a modern and elegant atmosphere with an exotic edge. The only thing we could have done better was to extend the wedding over two nights instead of one! It's been the best night of our lives to date.

Salted caramel, macarons and florals embellished the two-tier wedding cake.

 

Love at first bite.

Instant cameras were provided for guests to take a quick snapshot of themselves.

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"Judging by the number of sore heads and feet the next day, I think we nailed our dream of having a party filled with lots of dancing and drinking!"

 


WEDDING CHECKLIST

Venue 
Old Broadwater Farm (www.oldbroadwaterfarm.com)
 
Wardrobe
Gown and veil: Zanzis Bridal Couture (www.zanzis.com); suit: Calibre (www.calibre.com.au)
 
Hair & Makeup
 
Photography
Kate Drennan Photography (www.katedrennan.com)
 
Videography
Chapman Films (www.chapman-films.com)
 
Flowers 
Flower Talk, Perth (www.flowertalk.net.au)
 
Catering & Grazing table
Supper Road (www.supperroad.com.au)
 
Wedding Cake
Jackie's Phenomenal Cakes (jackiesphenomenalcakes@gmail.com)
 
Desserts
Sweet Li Cakes Perth (sweetlicakesperth@gmail.com)
 
Wedding Invites
Wedding and Colour (www.weddingandcolour.com)

This story was originally published in the print edition of Her World Brides June - August 2019. 

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