Sue Reilly Photography – country wedding photographer. Country hospitality is legendary, and very relaxed! We had a fabulous time photographing Brooke and Rhyan’s wedding at Rhyan’s family property at Gympie.
We were warmly welcomed by family and friends who were in the final stages of preparing the last of the beautifully detailed elements of this DIY wedding. The homestead had been in the family for several generations, with renovations just being completed in time for the intimate family ceremony. The house was amazing – with double-sided wooden stairs leading up to the sweeping verandahs. It was lovingly landscaped with banks of roses and other flowers and magnificent views of the surrounding countryside from the sloping lawns.
From the house, you could see the ceremony location. The ceremony was styled with a very elegant rustic theme. The seats were lined hay bales covered in material matching the flowing fabrics floating out in graceful waves from the wedding arch. The arch was made from local timber with a cattle rush positioned in the background.
The guests arrived beautifully dressed for the late afternoon wedding. There was a sense of being transported to a time where life was less rushed, more elegant and harmonious. There was a beautiful feel to this country wedding. This was inspired, no doubt, by the caring and love Brooke and Rhyan have for each other and for their three beautiful girls. The girls were the bride’s bridal party and the couple’s ring-bearers. They captivated everyone with their sense of life and their joy in the moment.
The celebrant was Sonia Lynch who provided a lovely ceremony in keeping with the location and style of wedding the couple wanted.
Following the ceremony, we took some location photos on the property and on a neighbouring property before the reception started.
The reception was held at the Cedar Pocket Hall. The Hall was a magnificent example of DIY with style, attention to detail and flair. The newly wed couple entered to the applause of their family and friends and on that warmly welcoming note, we headed off back to Brisbane. The easy and friendly welcome we had from people at those lovely rural wedding lightened the drive back and will stay with us for a long time.