ALEXAN­DRA + ALIS­TAIR

A YOUNG COU­PLE CEL­E­BRATE LIFE AND LOVE ON THE LAND WITH A SWEEP­ING COUN­TRY WED­DING IN MANS­FIELD, NORTH-EAST VIC­TO­RIA.

Country Style - - CONTENTS - • JEW­ELLERY Catanach’s Jew­ellers (03) 9509 0311; catanachs.com.au • PHO­TOG­RA­PHY Jamie Kaye Pho­tog­ra­phy; jamiekayepho­tog­ra­phy.com • WED­DING DRESS Ju­dith Va­lente Bri­dal Cou­ture (03) 9824 5999; ju­dith­va­lente.com.au • SUIT Tren­ery 1800 801 911; tren­ery.com.au

Af­ter a sweet pro­posal on her fam­ily prop­erty in north-east Vic­to­ria, a vet and a gra­zier say I do.

A SHEEP PAD­DOCK may not seem the most ro­man­tic set­ting, but throw in a golden sun­set and a mu­tual love of life and work on the land, and you have the mak­ings of a great mar­riage pro­posal. Or so thought 27-year-old gra­zier Alis­tair Leonard when he got down on bended knee to pro­pose to his part­ner, Alexan­dra Fish, 25, a ve­teri­nar­ian. “We were out check­ing the sheep and he asked me to get the gate,” re­mem­bers Alexan­dra, who had met Alis­tair 18 months ear­lier at Sheep­ven­tion, the an­nual sheep expo at Hamil­ton in south-west Vic­to­ria. “I turned around and he was down on one knee and my first thought was, ‘Oh god, he’s twisted his an­kle in a wom­bat hole!’” Luck­ily, there was no mis­tak­ing the sparkling three-stone di­a­mond en­gage­ment ring in Alis­tair’s hand. De­signed and made by Alexan­dra’s grand­fa­ther, Blair Catanach, it had been given to her mother, Amanda, the fifth gen­er­a­tion of famed Catanach’s Jew­ellers, by her fa­ther, Nigel. “I love the ring and it’s re­ally nice to have that bit of his­tory be­hind it,” says Alexan­dra, who teamed her Ital­ian silk tu­ile and em­broi­dered flo­ral lace Ju­dith Va­lente wed­ding gown with an an­tique di­a­mond tiara from the early 1900s — an­other fam­ily heir­loom. “That was my ‘some­thing old’,” she says. The cou­ple cel­e­brated with a cer­e­mony and sit-down din­ner for 150 guests on the fam­ily’s 162-hectare prop­erty, Janiemont, over­look­ing the rolling hills of the Mans­field dis­trict in north-east Vic­to­ria. See­ing each other for the first time on the day re­mains a spe­cial mem­ory, al­though sur­prise fire­works later that night “were pretty amaz­ing,” says Alexan­dra.

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