When I arrived at Braidwood, I turned into the main street in exactly the same way I always do when I am passing through the town on the way to the South Coast. This time however, I was not passing through. It wasn’t long before I realised that over the course of my whole life I had never even been anywhere in the town except the main street. And to think that every single time I’ve cruised down that particular main street looking for coffee or something to eat, there was the most beautiful farm just metres away from me at all times. Crazy.

Sitting a few hundred metres to the east of the township is beautiful Mona Farm, the wedding venue with the pink stables and the famous Monet style bridge we’ve all seen in many pictures over the years.

Driving into the front gate can be overwhelming visually because it’s almost like Mona is it’s own little town. It sprawls across paddocks and yards and gardens and meadows and lakes and streams and rolling hills. My first thoughts were something close to ‘how the hell am I going to even capture a tenth of the beauty of this place?’.

But then I meet Ben and Bec after the rehearsal and in a heartbeat, everything I have learned from doing what I do is front and centre. There’s a strong story with these two. There always is. The magic will always be close to the people who make it all possible. And it’s not long before my feet and heart are both following it.

Press play! Everything is better with music.

Celebrant – Say I Do With Suse / Dress – Moira Hughes / Make up – Steph Church / Hair – Kate Lily / Suits – Rodger Bartholomew / Flowers – Eight stems / Videographer – Two folk films / catering – Simon Ekas catering / Venue – Mona Farm Braidwood