Stunning image of Krystal & Jack by Rabbit and The Bear.
Our journey with Krystal and Jack began in early 2017 when I received a phone call from the then Miss Krystal Stanley. Krystal let me know that Jack and herself were planning their engagement party and estimated around 200 guests attending, in their home town of Boulia, that coming September.
I was hesitant as Boulia is a few hours' drive away from Mount Isa and I had never been, nor viewed the lovely big 'shed' that Krystal spoke so fondly of.
Never the less, anyone who knows me will agree that I like a challenge, so we agreed!
The September engagement party came quickly. We transformed the Boulia Rodeo / Races Shed and guests made their way to celebrate. This would have had to be one of the WINDIEST nights I can remember! Vases were flying off tables, signs falling over ~ but that didn't stop the party!
Almost immediately following the beautiful engagement, Krystal and Jack made contact again and wanted to secure our services ~ this time for their Wedding in LONGREACH 2019!
Two years of meetings and messages; chatting over ideas, pinterest boards and funny family stories, the month of September 2019 had finally arrived! We started prepping for the seven hour trip to, which again, was to a country town I had never been before, but was so excited to meet.
We arrived in Longreach and made our way to the beautiful Saltbush Retreat, where we stayed in one of the 'Cabin' style apartments! I definitely recommend staying there if you are ever visiting Longreach.
We didn't stay long; dropped our bags in, the fresh florals, cranked the aircons and headed straight to the venue! The Stockmans Hall of Fame.
What a stunning venue to work with! Mainly hard wood timber decking, rails and furniture
We busily worked on site, then headed back to our 'cabin' (I just like saying cabin) to start the prepping of all the flower arrangements, centrepieces and features for both the ceremony and reception.
Flash forward to 1am... ahhhhh finally finished! This wedding is the most floral arrangements that we had worked on before. Our aim was to make the flowers a stand-out feature for the venue, which boasted so many wood and natural elements, the combo together was darling. I also knew how much flowers meant to Krystal, so it was important to get this right for her.
Wedding day had arrived and thankfully our early start meant we got to catch the most spectacular sunrise I had ever seen. A windmill to the left of me and horses, sheep, cows, goats to right ~ bliss.
Set up began! Both ceremony and receptions all came together without a hitch, now to race back to the 'cabins' asap. I can only best describe Lisa and I as looking like sweaty, stinky, dust collectors whose job was to look as unappealing as humanly possible. We showered, dressed and scooted back down to the venue to help co-ordinate the newly weds 'sparkler arrival'. Now this was funny, some what like herding cats! We hadn't taken into consideration that it takes time to light all the guests' sparklers, and that they only last for around 30 seconds! It made for a really funny ice-breaker and heightened the excitement for the bridal party's arrival.
The night following went beautifully, the Bride and Groom were both mesmerising and looked so SO HAPPY. You could feel the love, support and pride within the family and friends; it was well and truly humbling to be around.
As with all my Brides I get sad when our journey to their special day ends, but thankfully I have been blessed to continue friendships with my brides and both Jack and Krystal now hold a special place in my heart and memories.