Elegant Wedding Inspiration in a Rustic Country Setting


The Sunshine Coast is nothing if not versatile. When thinking of our region, many immediately conjure images of our perfect sandy shores, clear waters and ocean horizon. However drive just a little ways inland and you will find sprawling country hills and wide open spaces. Rustic rural settings for your wedding are aplenty in these parts. 

Yabbaloumba Retreat is one such location where an elegant rustic country wedding can be achieved. A farm stay wedding venue set on 200 acres of picturesque nature, and a charming barn with rustic distressed features and plenty of space for a large wedding reception.

Today’s shoot took place inside the barn, showcasing how elegance can meet the rustic seamlessly for a formal country wedding. Floral arrangements and installations by The Orange Blossom are the focus, drawing your eye immediately in their grandeur. 

Images by Emma Nayler Photographer

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Fresh, elegant and crisp as perfectly ripe red apple. Again bringing in the white orchids for continuation of style, along with classic tall white candles, roses and gumnuts for a touch of the Australian bush. A nod to the rural setting, offsetting the corrugated iron lining the walls of Yabbaloumba Retreat’s barn. 

Anna from Made to Match Events styled the shoot, and explains the inspiration, saying, “The inspiration behind this shoot was all about bringing back the natives to enhance the surroundings of Yabbaloomba. We went with a classic palette of white , green with additions of red apples and rustic wood . We wanted to create a country feel but with a warm presence.” 

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Pie Station

Nothing says homemade country wedding like a golden topped pie.

 “To add a twist we created a Pie Station! An abundance of apples and layers of different baked pies ranging from apples and strawberries.” says Anna. 

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Chonnie from The Orange Blossom designed and constructed the impressive floral installations with full foliage of rustic leaves and that pop of clean, crisp white orchids, and cheeky red berries peeping through as an interest piece. 

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The Dress

From Erin Clare Couture‘s new 2018 Collection, the Aria gown is covered in 3D lace embellishments and pretty details. Sheer v-neckline, back detail and train, and silk buttons. 

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Hair and Makeup

Messy, textured curls adorned with fresh flowers teamed with a soft brown smokey eye and glam red lips. 

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Photography: Emma Nayler Photographer | Flowers: The Orange Blossom | Styling: Made to Match Events | Location: Yabbaloumba Retreat via L&L Co. Events | Dress: Erin Clare Couture | Hair: Sass & Niki’s Wedding Hair | Makeup: Natalie Hunter Makeup Artist | Pies: WildChild Cakes | Jewellery: Cherrywood Designs

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Learn more about… Emma Nayler Photographer + The Orange Blossom + Made to Match Events + Sass & Niki’s Wedding Hair + Natalie Hunter Makeup Artist + L&L Co. Events/Yabbaloumba Retreat + Erin Clare Couture

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Hi, I’m Sally, Founder and Editor of The Bride’s Tree. Over the past 13 years I’ve written thousands of articles about all things wedding from tips and trends to etiquette and ideas. On this blog I bring you the best of Sunshine Coast and Brisbane weddings.