Real Wedding: Samantha & Ryan Valentine’s Day Wedding at Wellington Forest Cottages

Samantha and Ryan were married on Valentines Day 2014 at the Wellington Forest Cottages in the Ferguson Valley. This was an intimate ceremony, with only immediate family – totalling six guests, so eight in total at the ceremony including the bride and groom. The intimate nature of the ceremony really suited this particular location. The Cottages are set in the heart of the Wellington National Park, which is thick Australian forest and is famous for the Wellington Dam just down the road, amazing mountain biking tracks, and Gnomesville!

The Cottages are an old timber milling settlement, and the heritage listed accommodation is available for those looking for a weekend away. In recent times, the property has also been opened up to weddings. There are many beautiful photo locations, and many beautiful spots to choose from for the ceremony, but the spot under the giant fig tree right in the heart of the old settlement is hands-down everyone’s favourite.


The golden yellow & orange leaves from the trees carpet the ground, and the branches of the giant fig tree seem to embrace the ceremony location. The ceremony area is ringed by large trees so there is plenty of shade, and there was not a whisper of sound apart from the kangaroos hopping around on the leaves! Yes, there are kangaroos, they are wild but accustomed to humans.

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We had done a styled shoot at this location about 6 months ago and Samantha just fell in love with what we had created and requested something similar. Our handmade hessian & lace bunting adorned the large horizontal branch of the fig tree that hangs out quite prominently, along with our glass jars with hessian, lace, ribbon & twine wrapping. Sam’s new mother in law provided some beautiful artificial blooms for these jars.

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As it was such an intimate ceremony, seating on these rustic benches was not too impractical. We made them with some log ends and scaffolding planks, with a length of hessian on top to protect dresses & suits. At the “aisle end” of each bench, we stacked different sizes of log ends with more glass jars, this time with fresh flowers from our garden.


Our vintage upcycled signing table looked fantastic next to the spot where the happy couple said their vows. FVE also provided an ice bucket, some ice, and champagne glasses for post ceremony celebrations. The party then headed into Bunbury for an intimate dinner at a top-notch eatery.

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Other local suppliers involved on the day include Sarah from Henderson Photographics who captured  images for the bride & groom, and Doug Wenn was the celebrant. Nardine from Scentiment Flowers did the bride’s bouquet, and Catherine DeCastro was the makeup artist. All in all a stunningly beautiful day, and we wish Samantha and Ryan every happiness in their future life together!