Photography by Michael Briggs
Meet the couple
Jake is a Motorsport electrician, and does wiring anything that you want to take off road. Rochelle is a mum and receptionist in the Dental industry (not as much of a conversation starter as Jake!)
The couple have been together for four and a half years, but first met in 2012 at a mutual friend’s birthday celebration! They didn’t hit it off straight away, but ended the night in conversation before Jake ghosted Rochelle for a solid four years before sliding back into the DM’s.
They love adventures, camping and weekends away and love to keep busy. They have a perfect little boy, Sutton, who is 18 months old, who gets his adventurous and daredevil traits from Jake, and his stubbornness from them both.
Jake! I was roughly halfway through our pregnancy with Sutton, it was a couple of days after Christmas and we were getting ready to go to my mums for a barbecue! He was talking to my tummy and saying hello when he looked up and asked me to marry him! After five minutes of questions, I said yes!
How did you choose your ceremony and reception venue?
We both wanted something that was a blank canvas. For us personally we didn’t want a sit down dinner (I’m always the one swapping for a different meal). We loved the idea of food trucks and a big open area to mingle. We fell in love with our venue the moment we arrived - the views, atmosphere and potential were next to none!
What was your wedding theme?
Rustic and relaxed! Relaxing was hard considering COVID-19 changed our plans a handful of times. We wanted our family and friends to feel super chilled with the only formalities being our ceremony. Once we realised it would only be the two of us, we focused on the things we really wanted and what was most important to us!
What made your wedding unique?
COVID-19 ... and the fact that we could only have five people including us. Our ceremony was watched by our immediate family from the comfort of their homes via online streaming. The day wasn’t how either of us imagined it, but it ended up being more then we could have ever dreamed of. We had our first look, and enjoyed being just the two of us. We even had a cheeky shot before heading out for the “I do’s”. The best part is, we get to do it all over again with our friends and family at our Wedding Part 2 (Reception) next year!
Is there a story behind your dress?
I had purchased two dresses before finding ‘the one’, which I purchased just 12days before our wedding day and had it express posted in the middle of a global pandemic. There was a high chance it wasn’t going to arrive, but it did!
Tell us about your wedding band and other special elements of your day.
Jakes wedding band is made from redwood. He wanted something different and we found a beautiful Tungsten/Redwood ring from a company based in Queensland. My ‘something blue’ was a pair of my nana’s earrings that I wore on the ankle straps of my shoes and I had my great grandmother’s pin on my bouquet.
Although we had no family or friends with us, we didn’t want to miss out on our first dance, so we danced at dusk under a beautiful large tree on the property with festoon lights. It was super romantic and special.
What makes your marriage?
We are each other’s best friend. Our relationship isn’t a chore and we always make sure we are having FUN together. We are two big kids, taking care of one little kid, and doing adult things. We are patient with each other and always show support even if opinions differ. We always make the effort to talk about our day and don’t end a day without saying ‘I love you’. We thinkit’s important to remember that although we are a team and a family, that we are also individuals navigating through life and it’s okay to be a little different sometimes.
What’s your best advice for planning the perfect wedding?
1. Go with the flow. There are some things that are out of your control and not worth any additional stress. It’ll be one of the best days of your life because you get to marry your best friend!
2. Write down a list of the things you aren’t willing to budge on, and set your priorities. The rest will sort itself out.
3. Enjoy the process - it’ll be over before you know it.
What were the highlights?
It’s hard to name a few! Having a ‘first look’ was something we decided on when there was no longer a traditional aisle planned in our ceremony. Seeing each other for the first time took away our nerves and allowed us to simply get lost in the ‘feels’.
We got to spend every minute with each other and truly be present in each moment from the get go. There was something really special and intimate about being able to soak up being newlyweds just the two of us.
Our first dance was absolutely magical and the perfect way to end our wedding.
Photographer: Michael Briggs
Florist: Posie Project
Ceremony & Reception Venue: The Farmer’s Daughter, Adams Farm Coldstream
Cake: Renate Elise Designer Cakes
Celebrant: Samuel Miller - The Bearded Celebrant
Engagement Ring: Prouds
Wedding Bands: Proud/Tymbergear
Bridal Gown Designer: Showpo!
Veil: Grace Loves Lace
Shoes: Wild Rhino
Watch: Something borrowed from Jake’s brother