Dominique & Jackson’s Australia estate wedding was a beautiful celebration, the vibe a blend of relaxation and sophistication. A color palette of neutrals, olive greens, with pops of soft color through light pinks and tawny florals, it paired perfectly with the simple charm of their venue!
The historic Australian property at Warrawong Estate was the perfect compliment to the relaxed couple as they envisioned their guests wandering the grounds, enjoying stone baked pizzas in a cocktail style set up. The exposed beams and vintage chandeliers dotted around the bluestone shearing shed where the reception was held, gave Dominique & Jackson just the rustic charm they were after for their special day.
Dominique told of how Jackson proposed. They had been together for 8 years or more before he finally proposed. As Jackson had envisioned, he would make the special moment on the night they would move into their first home. Which they had spent 9 months renovating together prior. Unbeknownst to Dominique, he secretly setup a camera in the corner of the bedroom to capture the moment, managing to create a distraction outside the window using some candles. When Dominique had turned around he was down on one knee. A magical and milestone time for the two.
A whimsical lace a-line dress from Australian designer Maggie Sottero. Featuring romantic floral detailing and a scoop back. Dominique looked like a timeless beauty as she mingled with her close friends and family in her gown. Her best friend and maid of Honour, gifted the bride with a pin from her grandmother, with her wedding date stitched in a ‘touch of blue’.
To further incorporate the Olive color into their palette, the bridesmaids wore the Sunny Daze dress from Billy J Boutique, an Australian online retailer.
The groomsmen wore Politix, in their linen look ‘slim stretch texture’ tailored jacket and pants in the shade ‘natural’.
Not to forget, the most handsome pooch Buckley (black dog), was dressed in a suit from DoggyTopia the ‘tuxedo dog bandana’ in ‘Oatmeal’. While Nellie (golden retriever) was adorned with a special homemade flower collar. Both dogs had special roles on the day with Buckley being a best ‘pooch’ & Nellie a flower girl.
The colour palette for the day; neutrals, olive greens, with pops of toffee colored roses. Not typically seen today, the bride Dominique, baked and decorated her own homemade cake for her wedding day.
To add a cheerful and meaningful touch to their day. The caravan bar supplied on site at Warrawong Estate made two signature cocktails after the couple’s favourite pooches ‘The Nellie’ & ‘The Buckley’. Made using the Mr Consistent range with their margarita and pash-inn cocktail bottles. Adding warmth to their day and delighting their guests were the stone fired pizzas from Happy Camper.
Bacchus Marsh Florist, a local to the couple, supplied the flowers on the day. The colours complimented the bridal parties outfits with whites, olive greens and (in keeping with the autumnal season) pops of toffee coloured roses in the bouquets. An artist on Etsy (MEVDesignShop) provided a memorable keepsake with illustrations of their dogs Buckley & Nellie on the bar menu (not pictured). One of Dominique’s bridesmaids gifted her with a small figurine of Buckley & Nellie to adore her bridal bouquet and accompany her for the rest of the day. -Holly Tumblety of By Holly Rose Photography
How did you two meet? What were your first impressions of one another?
We met at a pub that Jackson was working at. I’d never been before and by chance ge just happened to be working there that night. My brother and his partner and I were playing pool and Jackson struck up a conversation with me, a week later we went on our first date and the rest is history!
Tell us a funny story relating to your wedding day or relationship!
A lot of people assumed we were joking about our wedding and getting married as we chose April Fools Day! We both consider ourselves to be the comedian of the relationship, so picking that date was a bit of an “in joke” just for us.
Describe a hurdle you had to overcome in your relationship or during your wedding planning.
Every relationship has its ups and downs, and the planning of a wedding is definitely the same. Luckily for us there was nothing too major, we both had a very clear vision as to what we wanted for our day which definitely helped!
Any special ways you incorporated your family or family history into your wedding day?
Our nuclear family, at least at the time of the wedding, was us and our pets, Nellie the golden retriever and Buckley the kelpie x heeler.
They are such a big and special part of our lives it was a non-negotiable for both of us that they take part of our day!
Buckley was very dapper as one of Jackson’s groomsmen
Nellie was the flower girl and had an amazing time prancing down the aisle, what made it even more special was that my beautiful mother (mother of the bride: Susi) walked Nellie down the aisle and she got to shine just as much as the rest of the bridal party and father of the bride.
What part of your wedding day was/is most important to you?
We both had a clear vision of what we wanted our day to represent and it was: family, love and a celebration of us. We felt like we achieved that.
Having all of our family members present, even those that flew from different states and continents to be there was so lovely!
And having us all on the dance floor at the end of the night just being truly present in the moment is something we will remember forever.
What is the best thing you’ve learned from one another?
Jackson has definitely taught me to relax a bit and to just go with the flow, not everything can be controlled and some things just “happen” and we can only chose and control how we respond to them.
Dominique has taught me a bit more stability in life and helped me better prioritise things that are more important.
What is your favorite thing about each other?
Jackson is everything I have ever wanted, he is strong and calm where I can sometimes become very overwhelmed. He has a very deep and caring side to him that only those closest to him get to see and he is just my favourite person in the whole world. His love language is definitely acts of service, and is always taking care of the cooking in the household (often sourcing the food from the land himself and preparing the food).
Dominique is extremely caring and loving, she got me through some of the hardest times by just being a loving, unwavering constant. She is definitely the brains of the relationship and deals with all the finer details making my life so easy at times. Her love for animals and the outdoors bonded us together very strongly and has set the groundwork for what has become our relationship and marriage.
What was your favorite part about planning your wedding?
I loved all of it! Getting the dress and the veil was very special as I had my mum and Maid of Honour with me! The boys having their little fashion moment and getting their suits!
The wedding location was probably a highlight for both of us, we only went to one venue and both fell in love straight away. Warrawong Estate in Eynesbury, it had everything we wanted and fit with our vision so well!
If you had one piece of advice for other couples, what would it be?
Relax and try and have the best day possible!
Something will always go wrong or not quite to plan, but at the end of the day as long as you and your partner are present that’s all that matters!
The morning of our wedding the weather was threatening to turn and given we had a partly outdoor wedding it was a bit stress inducing, but come to me walking down the aisle and the rest of the night I couldn’t tell you what the temperature was or any of the little hiccups that may have happened, we were both just so present and in the moment celebrating each other, all of the little things were just that, little and insignificant.
What is the most honest thing you can say about love?
It’s not perfect, nothing is. There is always ups and downs, disagreements etc etc but the person you love and that loves you makes those “not so nice things” meaningless and shines a light on all the positives, makes you feel like you always have someone in your corner. They are your person and you are theirs.
Photographer By Holly Rose Photography
Venue Warrawong Estate
Celebrant: Laura Kate Events
Floral Designer Bacchus Marsh Florist
Dress Boutique Maggie Sottero
Dress Designer Maggie Sottero
Cake Designer Made by the bride
Makeup Artist Makeup By Enrica
Hair Stylist Hair By Alexia
Mens Formalwear Politix
Accessories Decor MEV Design Shop
DJ DJ Dozza
Catering Happy Camper Pizza Truck
Bridesmaids’ Dresses Billy J Boutique
Dog’s Attire Doggy Topia
Signage MEV Design Shop
Signage Lieman Co