Jaimie & Ben’s Charming Country Airbnb Wedding

COVID-19 has changed the wedding plans of couples all over Australia, including Jaimie and Ben’s. Their planned large Tonic Restaurant wedding in Millthorpe quickly became a small charming country Airbnb affair at Melaleuca Cottage.

Set on a 5-acre block in the beautiful Orange NSW region, Melaleuca Cottage is a charming country retreat. Surrounded by tranquil open grounds full of native birds Melaleuca Cottage was the perfect location for Jaimie and Ben’s wedding.

Jaimie looked stunning in her lace halterneck dress by Grace Loves Lace as she entered the ceremony along a pathway of white and pink rose petals. Ben looked dashing in the navy suit he had chosen and the pink tie he wore matched the wedding flowers perfectly. Jaimie and Ben weren’t the only ones dressed up, either. Their children who were the bridal party dressed for the special occasion with the boys in suits matching Ben’s and the girls in navy halterneck dresses. 

After exchanging their vows, the newlyweds enjoyed the tranquil outdoor setting with champagne, cake, and a grazing box from Wildflower Grazing.

Jaimie and Ben’s special day may have ended up looking a little different than they first envisioned, but they got to say their “I do’s” surrounded by the love of their children, witnesses, and family who joined them over Zoom.

Jaimie our bride has shared her wedding day story and some of the beautiful moments that photographer Matthew Harper has captured. Looking at the photos you would have no idea that Jaimie and Ben had to scrap their original wedding plans thanks to COVID-19.

Charming Country Airbnb Wedding
Jaimie & Ben’s Wedding Story
Wedding Photographer
Wedding Location
The Brides Look

I really wanted something pretty but not too fussy as well as something I could move around in and feel comfortable in on the day. After looking at many different dresses online I realised the almost everything I really liked was from Grace Loves Lace. From there a narrowed it doesn’t to a handful I liked best and made my final decision after a fitting in Sydney.

The Grooms Look

Ben has always looked great in blues and navy. again we looked at a lot of different suits online before we found the one. We then matched his tie to our flowers. He looked amazing on the day so very happy with our choice.

Bridal Party Fashion

We stuck with the Navy for the bridesmaid’s dresses and matched the boy’s suits to Ben’s. Because my bridesmaids were my 12 & 14-year-old daughters it was important that they were age-appropriate.

The Theme or Wedding Decor

We didn’t really have a theme as such. We just chose things we both liked.

The Ceremony

Our ceremony was small, with just our immediate family and Ben’s brother & sister in law as witnesses. We had the rest of our family there through zoom due to COVID-19.

Personalising The Wedding

We personalised the wedding by the vows we chose and the chocolate and wine ceremony from Tanya’s book. Having our kids as part of the ceremony was really important to us as well.

Traditions or Cultural Influences

We didn’t have any cultural influences but stuck with the tradition of not seeing each other before the ceremony.

The Importance Of A Good Celebrant

A good Celebrant is important to keep things running smoothly and to handle all the paperwork. Tanya was very supportive both in the lead-up to the ceremony and on the day itself.

The Couple’s Favourite Moment

Our favourite moment was being pronounced husband and wife. It’s a moment we had been really looking forward to.

Your Wedding Day Advice

Keep things true to who you are as a couple. You will feel more relaxed and enjoy the day more.

Unexpected Hiccups

Covid changed our day, meaning some of our family couldn’t be there in person but we used to zoom to include them.

The Wedding Team

We got married at Melalueca Cottage – and air BnB.
My hair was done by Lori Halls LMH HAIR on Fraser
Makeup was Maple Boudoir
We got a grazing box from Wildflower Grazing
Flowers were from Pick Me
Our Photographer was Matthew Harper who was absolutely amazing
And of course, Tanya McDonald was our celebrant who did everything she could to make sure our day ran smoothly

AboutTanya McDonald
It goes without saying that being a marriage celebrant is an honour and a privilege. I have loved weddings and what they represent for as long as I can remember. Since becoming a celebrant I am able to fulfill my passion and at the same time treasure each opportunity I have to work with couples to help them bring their dreams and ideas into life through their ceremonies. I have been a fully authorised marriage celebrant since 2014 and I have helped couples enjoy thier journey to the altar since then. If you need a celebrant, I would love to discuss your ceremony with you.