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Aussie affair: Rebecca & Ashley’s sweet lilac country wedding


While Australians everywhere were celebrating our national day with barbecues and beer, SA couple Rebecca Engledow, 25, and Ashley Altus, 24, were getting hitched in a romantically styled – and classically Aussie – country wedding.

A date they won’t forget in a hurry.

They first met at a mutual friend’s nuptials in the very church where they would later exchange vows in front of 80-odd guests.

Ashley, a farmhand, proposed under the guise of chopping wood in the pair’s favourite paddock on his family’s farm. While taking a break, they sat in Ashley’s car – student Rebecca on his lap – and through the speakers Train’s “Marry Me” played, prompting Ashley to get down on one knee.

Rebecca says, “When it got to the chorus, he gave me this little look I will never forget, sat me down, went on one knee and – asked me to do just that!

“We celebrated with happy tears, then by building a fire and watching the sun go down whilst drinking champagne and eating a beautiful meal he had prepared.

“Not bad for an afternoon chopping wood!”

When it was time to start planning, sticking to their budget was a necessity. The pair used local suppliers, friends and family, and did lots of shopping around and DIY projects to achieve a dream wedding which, incredibly, totalled just $8,500.

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With the chance of scorching Australia Day temperatures, the boys opted to go jacketless with shirts, vests and trousers from menswear store, Ed Harry.

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Henry Roth helped Rebecca choose her embroidered organza gown at a designer day at Adelaide Brides and Bloom. “There was champagne and nibbles and it was a really fun atmosphere,” she recalls. “All the staff were so patient.”

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Sticking to a budget was a top priority however the couple’s one splurge was flowers, using Gawler Flower Gallery to provide fresh bouquets of lisianthus and antique roses, and buttonholes for the boys.

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Ashley and Rebecca purchased all the outfits for their bridal party themselves, including the pretty lilac bridesmaids frocks from Tea Rose.

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Up-and-coming photographer Kelsey Marshall of Elevation Photography shot the pair’s wedding, locations including local parks, and oddly, a beautiful nursing home. “She has a gift!” praises the bride.

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Photos courtesy of Elevation Photography.

Featured Suppliers:

Bomboniere: DIY apricot jam / Brides Accessories: Henry Roth, Acoustic Stomach, Diva / Brides Gown: Henry Roth at Adelaide Brides and Bloom / Brides Shoes: Forever New / Bridesmaids Accessories: Lucy's Clothing, Gepps Cross, Forever New / Bridesmaids Dresses: Tea Rose / Celebrant: Pastor Geoff Havelberg / Ceremony Music: Performed by friends / Entertainment: Own playlist / Flowergirl Dress: Lucy's Clothing, Gepps Cross / Flowers: Gawler Flower Gallery / Grooms Attire: Ed Harry / Groomsmen Attire: Ed Harry / Hair: Alpha Brides by Anna / Honeymoon: P&O Cruises / Invitations: DIY / Makeup: Josie's Beauty / Rings: Brereton Showcase Jewellers / Transport: Borrowed from friends / Venue: Zion Lutheran Church / Venue Decor: Simply Elegant Weddig and Event Decor / Videographer: Zion Lutheran Church / Wedding Night Venue: Eagle Foundry Bed and Breakfast


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