Ju­lia Hol­londs and Craig Thomas

March 21, 2015

Bride and Groom - - CONTENTS -

Em­brac­ing their ru­ral life­style and sup­port­ing the re­gion’s bridal sup­pli­ers were im­por­tant el­e­ments in the

plan­ning of Ju­lia Hol­londs’ and Craig Thomas’ wed­ding cel­e­bra­tions. The crop­ping farm­ers sourced al­most ev­ery­thing for their spe­cial day from Goul­burn Val­ley busi­nesses and

were mar­ried in a beau­ti­ful gar­den near vine plant­ings on a pri­vate prop­erty at Dookie.

Bride’s par­ents: Rob and Tr­ish Hol­londs | Groom’s par­ents: Lawrence and Glenys Thomas Ser­vice and re­cep­tion: pri­vate prop­erty Cashel Park, Dookie

Pho­tog­ra­pher: Chloe Jones Pho­tog­ra­phy, Shep­par­ton Bride’s dress: Brides and Maids, Shep­par­ton | Brides­maids’ dresses: Mr K for David Jones Suits: Groom, Iden­tity, Shep­par­ton; groomsmen, Tal­is­man, Mooroopna and ties from O’Ke­effe Mens­land Shep­par­ton

Flow­ers: Bon­nie Wei­den­bach Floristry, Murchi­son | Cake: friend Hair: Gloss Hair and Beauty Bou­tique, Shep­par­ton | Make-up: NuBeauty, Shep­par­ton


A mar­quee re­cep­tion fol­lowed the mar­riage cer­e­mony, with Goul­burn Val­ley Party Hire sup­ply­ing ev­ery­thing to cre­ate the beau­ti­ful, re­laxed at­mos­phere Ju­lia and Craig wanted to achieve. “Along with fam­ily and friends we sewed over 100 m of bright flo­ral bunt­ing for dec­o­rat­ing the mar­quee and gar­den. We were re­ally happy with the look and feel that we cre­ated,” Ju­lia said.


“I think for both of us the most mem­o­rable part was see­ing how happy our fam­i­lies were, in par­tic­u­lar our par­ents. It was so spe­cial to have all our fam­i­lies to­gether at the same time, as well as our dear­est friends from all parts of our life, there to help cel­e­brate,” Ju­lia said. “When I re­mem­ber our wed­ding day, I re­mem­ber the hap­pi­ness and en­joy­ment that the peo­ple we love most took from the day.”


A dis­tinct DIY theme for the wed­ding saw fam­ily and friends join forces to make wed­ding in­vi­ta­tions, bot­tle fruit for the bon­bon­niere and dec­o­rate the gar­den and mar­quee for the cel­e­bra­tions. Cher­ries sourced from Bun­bartha and apri­cots from In­ver­gor­don were gor­geous keep­sakes for guests, while wheat, har­vested from the fam­ily farm in De­cem­ber and used in the dec­o­ra­tions, added a rus­tic touch. “The day be­fore the wed­ding I had fam­ily mem­bers from both sides as well as bridal party and friends help­ing us dec­o­rate the mar­quee and gar­den,” Ju­lia said. “It was re­ally spe­cial to have all those peo­ple in­volved in mak­ing our day so won­der­ful. And it made the whole wed­ding ex­pe­ri­ence last longer.”


Craig’s sur­prise mar­riage pro­posal was on AFL grand fi­nal day, 2014 fol­low­ing a pic­nic lunch atop a hill over­look­ing pad­docks of lush green wheat and yel­low flow­er­ing canola. Ju­lia’s home­made en­gage­ment ring, crafted from fenc­ing wire and a shiny peb­ble, was later re­placed with a di­a­mond ring from Purdey’s Jewellers. “How­ever I also wore the ‘real’ one from Craig on our wed­ding day,” Ju­lia said.

The ru­ral back­drop of this beau­ti­ful, re­laxed


Pho­tog­ra­phy: Leti­cia Lopes Pho­tog­ra­phy, Shep­par­ton

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