The organic nuptials of Josephine Harris and Ben Long was a beautiful triumph of the Geelong region’s talented makers and producers. “We met all the growers at the wineries and hand selected what we served on the night,” says Jo, who married Ben on May 23, 2015. The bride’s gown was purposely casual and custom made by a nearby designer. “It was perfect and stuck with our keep-it-local theme,” she says.

Jo and Ben practiced their first dance under gumtrees illuminated by festoon lighting while 150 guests waited excitedly inside. The Geelong West pair styled the occasion to reflect their respective farm and coastal upbringings, crafting personal pieces such as candles, signs, jars of honey, bouquets and table settings. “Lots of messy and fun times were had in the backyard with records playing in the background,”
Jo remembers. Ben, who loves his wife’s smile and adventurous spirit, credits her creative vision for the celebration. “She deserves most of the credit for how successfully the day played out,” he says. “I’m constantly reminded of how lucky I am.”

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Wedding gown:
Anakie Couture
Reception gown: Thurley
Shoes: Funkis
Hair: Hair At The Heads
Make-up: Blush Makeup Artistry
Cake: Jo’s mother
Flowers: Geelong Flower Farm
Flower crown: She’s A Wildflower
Bridesmaids dresses: Various
Suits: Gibson from Brown’s Mensland
Rings: Artworks Jewellers
Ceremony: Barwon Heads
Reception: The Barn, Wallington
Catering: Truffleduck
Photography: Enchanted Wedding Photography
Cinematography: Bottlebrush Films
Entertainment: Jarrod & Zoe and Matt & Marcus from Geelong Entertainment Celebrant: Marry Me Dee
Prop hire: Pepper
Sprout Hire, Autumn Solace
Honeymoon destination: Byron Bay

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