Chris and Crystal: Nindigully Pub Wedding
There are some couples that you instantly know should be together…My friends Chris and Crystal are one of these couples. They think the absolute world of one another other and have been excitedly looking forward to their wedding day for the past year. Their special day finally arrived last weekend, and what a wedding it was!
Chris and Crystal’s wedding was intensely personal. Although they live in the city, they chose to get married in their favourite place in the world – the Nindigully Pub. Located about six and a half hours west of Brisbane near the banks of the Moonie River, the Nindigully Pub is Chris and Crystal’s preferred place to escape, relax and unwind together. Every other intricate detail of their DIY country wedding had significance as well – from the decorative boxes containing trinkets symbolising Chris and Crystal’s personalities to the freshwater yabby centerpieces on the bridal table (yes, you read correctly!). It was an extremely beautiful outback wedding, full of happiness and joy, and most importantly, it was very ‘Chris and Crystal’. Wishing you all the best, guys! To happy endings!
The scenery around Nindigully was fantastic for wedding photography.
Established in 1864, Nindigully Pub is Queensland’s oldest hotel.Doesn’t it just look like it’s from the set of a movie?
(Well, funnily enough…it was featured in the Hugh Jackman movie Paperback Hero).
Many of the guests camped by the river and enjoyed some cold beers before the ceremony.
I was a little bit in love with Crystal’s ‘flower’ choice for her bouquets and buttonholes – cotton! Awesome x 1000.
Crystal’s bridal preparations took place in one of the pub’s picturesque rooms.
To say the bride was excited was a bit of an understatement!
The look on the mother of the bride’s face when she saw her daughter was absolutely priceless.
And just because this is my blog and I can – I’m going to show another picture of the awesome bouquet!
Meet Chris (he’s the one on the left) – the world’s most chilled out groom.
Time for a quick read over the vows in the official groom’s tent, before getting ready for the ceremony.
The wedding location by the river was simply, but perfectly decorated.
Time to get married!
The afternoon light was perfect for portraits. The bride and groom looked pretty awesome too!
One of my favourite photos of the day was this fun portrait of the bridal party.
The rustic DIY outdoor reception was meticulously planned by Chris and Crystal over the past 12 months and was set up by their friends and in the days before the wedding. It looked fantastic.
The bridal table was very unique in that it had yabby centerpieces (for those readers not from Australia, it’s a freshwater crustacean). Actually, I’m pretty sure this hasn’t been done anywhere! Chris and Crystal were thrilled to catch a giant yabby (no longer with us today) in the river at Nindigully a few years ago and wanted to incorporate this proud moment into their wedding.
The reception was festooned with hundreds of fairylights, which looked amazing when the sun went down.
Each table was decorated with old and vintage Australian books.
One of the coolest details was this decorative door. It featured little boxes containing items that reflected Chris and Crystal’s personalities or significant events in their lives.