BOOMERANG FARM WEDDING GOLD COAST
SYDNEY, BRISBANE & GOLD COAST WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER
Melissa + Mitchell
Meeting on Instagram through mutual friends, Melissa & Mitchell chose to get hitched at the Boomerang Farm in the Gold Coast Hinterland.
Boomerang Farm would have to be the Gold Coast’s most unique wedding venue. Boomerang Farm is a rustic country style venue complete with a barn reception where brides and grooms can have a laid-back celebration.
View the highlights from their Boomerang Farm wedding in the feature slideshow above or single wedding photos below.
Melissa & Mitchell as well as other family members had hired a big house in Tallai for the week leading up to the wedding. This is where the bride and bridesmaids got ready for the big day … and no you’re not seeing double, there are adorable twin flower girls!
Pro tip :: If any brides planning a wedding are reading this, here is a tip! You might be thinking who cares where we get ready? Well you should. Where you get ready is the backdrop to your preparation photos. Coming from a seasoned wedding photographer, I can tell you Melissa got it right – why? The house is stunning for one. Beautifully decorated with neutral colours so they don’t over power a bride in her white dress. There is plenty of space inside so the bridal party weren’t climbing over each other. The house wasn’t cluttered with furniture, just enough pretty decor to use as props in the photos. The bridal suite was stylish, roomy and kept tidy. The details to look for when choosing your bridal prep accommodation, is lots of natural light and that means big windows with sheer curtains to filter any direct bright light. Also white or neutral coloured walls are preferred as it bounces around the light like a big softbox making soft light for pretty wedding photos. Coloured walls can reflect the colour of the wall back into the room – for example, if there was a red coloured wall, it could bounce red back onto the bride’s white dress making it look pink!!
Melissa wore the beautiful Charlie gown from Made With Love Bridal with Chloe & Jacqui from IBrow Boutique in charge of hair & makeup. Anita Hose came out of retirement to create the stunning bouquets. The bridesmaids dresses were from Esther Boutique and each of the girls chose their own shoes in a metallic.
I met up with Mitchell at Boomerang Farm just before the ceremony was due to start.
Boomerang Farm was the perfect ceremony location for this couple. Melissa had always loved being surrounded by tropical rainforests, making the Rainforest Chapel sitting under a canopy of trees with a hidden tree house in the background and amphitheatre style seating the perfect romantic setting for Melissa & Mitchell to say their I-do’s.
It’s a special moment to have a family member and friend perform during your ceremony. Melissa’s brother Nathan played the guitar and Melissa’s friend/bridesmaid Kate sang King of My Heart by Jesus Culture as Melissa walked down the aisle on her father’s arm. And what could be more special than having a large portion of the guests travelling all the way from Tasmania to witness this momentous occasion in Melissa & Mitchell’s lives. The ceremony was officiated by Kristian McFarlane.
Most brides fear that walk down the aisle and being the centre of attention, but Melissa took it in her stride. Melissa quoting “All the things that didnt go right turned out being better in the end!“
People must think us wedding photographer see a lot of weddings, therefore they must become just another couple and just another wedding. That certainly is not the case! After 7 years I still can’t wait to see what the bride is wearing and be witness to what has brought these two people together. All the choices couples make in planning a wedding, tell you about them and what is important. One of the many things that stood out about Melissa & Mitchell’s wedding was how adored they are by their family and friends. But check out Mitchell’s smile and the love in his eyes as he admires his bride Melissa !!! That is why no wedding could ever be the same! When I first started out, I remember concentrating on my camera settings and having my head in the technical side of photography. Now as a seasoned wedding photographer, I can be present in what is actually happening which I believe makes me more invested in each wedding.
I always love photographing the congratulations following the ceremony. Coming out of this quiet, formal gathering into guests bursting with congratulations and big heartfelt hugs. It’s like an unspoken sign of ‘let’s get this party started’.
There is then always time for a group photo and the family portraits. While I rarely share the family photos on the blog, in my attempts to keep the blogs shorter and save server space (as Im nearing my limits after several increases of server space :), the couple certainly receive family photos in their collection. Family photos are important to capture so I always make an allowance in the day’s schedule, usually 15-20 minutes is sufficient. Prior to the wedding day, I always get a list from the couple of the family groups they want photos off to ensure we don’t miss any of the important family photos they require.
It was then off to wander the grounds of Boomerang Farm for the bridal party photos. There are so many great locations around the property to use for your wedding photos – the stream where I have witnessed ducks swimming, an old barn, oh did I mention Boomerang Farm is a golf course – there is plenty of green space with the fairway (18 holes worth in fact) and lots of trees as well. Greenery is the perfect backdrop for wedding photos, right !!
I love taking the bride and groom away from the bridal party for some time alone together. Naturally capturing some intimate romantic moments to remember this special day.
“Best advice we got was, stop every now and then and look each other in the eyes
and savour the moment, I wish we had done that more!“
Interlude – we rejoin the guests for a game of hoops.
Boomerang Farm is a unique wedding venue in the Gold Coast Hinterland. Sitting on a 200 acre farm, the property’s historic barn is the perfect space for an intimate reception with Festoon lights and candles for atmosphere. The timber-constructed building has high ceilings, huge barn doors to create an indoor outdoor space and large farmhouse tables for your evening feast.
The Macrame wall hanging was by Melissa’s sister Alana. The fans and flower girl baskets were handwoven by Melissa, friends and family. The placemats and menus were by Melissa. The naked cake was by Sweet Art Creations Cakes and Crusta Woodfired Pizza catered the event.