Real Wedding: Amy Stephens & Luke Montgomery

Who: Amy Stephens & Luke Montgomery
Ceremony: Bride's family home
Reception: Lachlan's restaurant, Old Government House, Sydney
Photos by: Infinity photography

Amy and Luke, both 21, started dating at school as sweet 16 year olds and have been together ever since. In keeping with their love for the outdoors, they married at Amy's family home in Kenthurst in Sydney's west, where they created a natural, intimate setting for 120 family and friends.

Amy's two-tone Luomo gown featured a soft layered skirt with fitted bodice and a bow at the back. 'I knew I wanted a strapless, cream dress,' she says. 'I picked my dress from a design, then changed it during the fittings. When it was finished, I was so excited.'

'We made wooden signs to put beside the road to direct guests to the wedding,' Amy says. 'The property is so big we also made a walkway from ribbon and wood that helped everyone find the ceremony.'

Amy chose natural blooms for her wedding day. 'I wanted all the bouquets to look like we had walked through a field and gathered a bunch of flowers,' she explains. To achieve this vision, florist Kerri Hercus used lots of different types of flowers drawn together in a relaxed style. 'The bouquets were tied with a thick rustic string that finished them off so well,' Amy says.

The ceremony was filled with a 'family home' atmosphere. 'We both love my house and the outdoors so much, so it suited the style of wedding we wanted,' says the bride. 'And we were able to do anything to make it look just the way we wanted. My dad made wooden arches that were placed at the top of the aisle and the end, and we attached flowers to these,' Amy explains.

The bride chose cream, knee-length bridesmaid dresses with lace detailing from Smik in Rouse Hill to match the cream and brown colour scheme and vintage meets country theme of the day. 'I wanted the bridesmaids' dresses to be pretty, but relatively informal,' Amy explains.'

Photography: Infinity photography,
Wedding dress: Luomo
Wedding cake: Baskin Robbins
Wedding flowers: Hercus Design
Wedding reception: Lachlan's restaurant
Bridesmaid dresses: Smik
Groomsmen: Roger David

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