Maddie & Sam

How did you meet?

Funnily enough, we were set up! By Samuels younger sister. We had a few very awkward dates and then later came together naturally on our own terms.

When did you know they were the one?

On a very rainy trip stuck in a 1997 Tarago camper can in the middle of Milford Sound New Zealand.

What are your three favourite attributes of your partner?

His dark and warped sense of humour that always manages to crack me up after a long day at work.

His ability to ground you in even the most anxious of times.

His reliability.

Who proposed and how? 

Sam proposed with my 7 year old daughter, they made me pancakes and hot coffee. Sam also had a necklace with an emerald in it to match my ring 💍 we sat down together for our Sunday tradition of pancakes but this time he pulled a beautiful ring and proposed. 

What was the best moment for you at the wedding?

It would have to be the moment my daughter ran over as we kissed! My little girl also wore a Carla Cape in Bone so we matched! 

Where did you fall in love with your dress and why?

I was so lucky to have my nan and mum attend my dress fitting just before Covid turned the world around. I had tried on a few white ones and always felt Carla was the one but was worried about feeling over the top in the Cape.

When I tried it on, without even seeing Carla in the mirror, I knew it was it. When I walked out to show my Mum and Nan there was silence. I looked over my shoulder to see my Nan holding on to her chair for dear life. I could see my husband to be waiting for me, it was the first dress I saw the whole day come to life in. 

What surprised you most at or about your wedding?

A few things!

Our wedding was just after covid rules relaxed, family from Queensland and Victoria arrived and we truly felt that everyone was completely grounded on the day. It was the most humbling day of my life and I have never felt such energy and happiness from all involved in our special day. 

What advice would you tell other brides? 

Trust the process of trying on different dresses when you search for your gown, it’s such a fun process! 

Invest in a bug spray for clothes if you are getting married on a rural property! Best thing ever as I had no mozzies or bugs trapped in my veil or dress.

Take ten minutes with your partner alone away from photos and the crowd to just take it all in. 

What was one thing you did differently for your wedding?

We invited four of our closest friends as a surprise on the day, to sign our wedding certificate as witnesses. It was such a lovely surprise and an absolute tear jerker! 


We also really made the effort to support small with invitations and stationary all from Victoria during their lockdown. We also made the effort to use Australian designers. Our wedding bands from Natalie Marie were ethically sourced. 




The Woodhouse Wollombi NSW



MUSIC (DJ/band):



grace welcome MUA Stevi Hopkins Makeup 


Angus & Coote


Rm Williams and Jo Mercer


Hansen and Gretel


MJ Bale 


bethel and co photography