From the moment they drove beneath the enchanting canopy of trees along the winding stone driveway of Gabbinbar Homestead, Fynn and Alex knew they had found the venue for them. The couple envisioned their wedding day as a reflection of themselves and wished to incorporate their faith, commitment, and an uncomplicated theme of ‘boho luxe.’
Alex is a registered emergency department nurse and Fynn is a passionate high school science teacher, so they originally bonded over their love of both serving and investing in the lives of others:
‘ Something I love about us is that we both work in jobs that serve others, and have a heart to see those people (patients and students) thrive through our work. It’s a privilege that we are so thankful to have.
The couple's romance began like most modern-day romances - online!
I suppose something else that’s unique about us is that we’re an internet dating success story, so whenever anyone complains to me about not being able to find someone, I have a ‘few tips’ to guide them on their way.’
The wedding had a gorgeous palette of white, gold and blush accents. Alex fused luxe with simple DIY elements to create a sense of restrained grandeur and elegance throughout her day.
‘ In terms of our venue, Gabbinbar is so stunning that it really doesn’t require a great deal of decoration, so I was happy to keep it simple and let the heritage building and its beautiful gardens shine. We adorned the long reception tables with cheesecloth runners, dried floral arrangements, and a mixture of pillar candles and gold candle stick holders.
I love that dried and preserved florals were utilised throughout our wedding, from the table florals, to arbour design and our bridal bouquets and boutonnieres – although initially that decision was made out of necessity due to the timing of our wedding and difficulty in sourcing fresh supplies, I quickly fell in love with the boho feel that it added to our minimalist aesthetic. While I wanted the focus to be around the feelings and words shared, of course the little girl in me who has been planning this wedding in my mind for years wanted it to be beautiful.’
Arriving at 8am, Alex spent the morning in the Brides Retreat with her five bridesmaids and beloved pet Labradoodle Maple exchanging gifts and getting ready before the ceremony. The bridesmaids wore gorgeous blush colored dresses which perfectly complementedAlex’s stunning off-the- shoulder bespoke gown from Brisbane based designer Pina Fiorenza which she paired with embellished pearl cross earrings from Designer Ashlee Lauren:
‘ Pina was absolutely amazing in bringing my vision to life. The original design of my dress was strapless with a sweetheart neckline, but I had an idea to transform it into something unique by combining my obsession for balloon sleeves with a dreamy, effortless off-the-shoulder look. During a dress fitting, I spotted a pearl veil hanging nearby in Pina’s studio, and asked if we could experiment a little and see what it would look like to make the sleeves from this gorgeous fabric, instead of the chiffon that the rest of the dress was made with.
I got butterflies as I saw how luxurious it looked on my skin and what it added to the overall look of the dress. From there, Pina just made it happen, and I couldn’t have been happier with the result. That dress made me feel like an absolute princess, which is surely most girls’ dream on their wedding day!
Not to be forgotten in the styling stakes Fynn and the groomsmen looking dashing in matching black and white tuxedos from Black Jacket Suiting:
‘I knew that Fynn’s outfit would have to be on the same level as my outrageously elegant dress, and in my mind you can’t beat a classic tuxedo. The boys also had the most beautifully created boutonnières from Etsy – the groomsmen wore blush to match the bridesmaids, and Fynn’s was white to match my bouquet of fluffy preserved hydrangeas.’
Alex and Fynn chose to hold their ceremony in The Pavillion. The couple chose to have their furbaby Maple as their ecstatic ring bearer which delighted their guests.
‘Our labradoodle Maple was our ring bearer – she totally stole the show! She was so happy to see us at the end of the aisle, she jumped and danced and couldn’t stop wriggling with excitement .'
Their ceremony styling featured a white circular arbor effortlessly garnished with dried florals and pampas grass in muted tones. The highlight of the ceremony for the couple was the dedication of their union to God proclaimed with a song sung by friends and family:
'We also wanted to ensure that God was truly at the centre of our ceremony, so including a worship song was such a special moment for us! Our wonderful friends sang “The Blessing” which was such a powerful declaration over our marriage and future family.’
Fynn and Alex enlisted the creative talents of Sophie and Nathan from Salt and Light Media to flawlessly capture all the details and delights of the day. The Gabbinbar Homestead summer gardens provided a magnificent backdrop to their portraits. Beautiful trees in the gardens of the estate provided shade and the mauve and white Agapanthus were in full bloom.
‘Sophie and Nathan made us feel so at ease having our photos taken, it was such a fun experience! I thought I’d feel uncomfortable in front of the camera, but they both helped us forget it was even there, and captured the most beautiful photos and video that we will treasure forever. They really went above and beyond in creating a special ceremony video for us to share with our overseas and interstate family who couldn’t attend due to travel restrictions. Gabbinbar’s service during this time was also incredible - second to none. Staff followed us around during our photos to make sure we never missed a canape or drink!’
The couple and their guests entered the conservatory at sunset for a heartfelt reception which also featured a song played on the baby grand piano and sung by Alex. For the main menu the couple chose ‘The Beef and Chicken Duo’ featuring mouth watering eye fillet mignon and black truffle chicken roulade served w’ caponata.
For their first dance Alex and Fynn chose the Gabbinbar ballroom and then danced with guests until late into the night. Fynn and Alex’s magical day concluded as they were farewelled by a sea of glistening sparklers while departing the Homestead.
Fynn and Alex’s stunning day as captured by Salt Media has also been shared on Together Journal.
Planning: Gabbinbar Homestead
Photographer: Salt Media
Videographer: Salt Media
Celebrant: Married by Jake
Dress: Pina Fiorenza
Groom: Black Jacket Suiting
Bridal earrings – Ashlee Lauren
Hair & Make Up – Backstage Beauty DJ/Lighting – Zac Bromell, G&M Events Bridal florals - Everbloome Cake: Maydennison Cakes & Crafts