The small town of of Dalveen is about 200km south west of Brisbane, sitting on the border of Queensland and New South Walkes. It is smack bang in the middle of apple territory – if you’ve ever eaten an apple from this area, you’ll know that they’re simply out of this world. Dalveen Town Hall is your typical country town hall with beautiful old wooden floorboards and filled with foldable chairs with the name of the hall spray painted onto the back of them. In extreme weather, the hall would protect you only from the rain and wind, the heat and cold would cut through you. In the days these old halls were built, these things weren’t really considered, if it had a roof and 4 walls, you were done. But there’s still something amazing about a space like this, it has history and it has a story. Most importantly, it has character – and it was the perfect place for Amber and John to have their wedding celebration.
The ceremony a few hours before we got to Dalveen was on John’s uncle’s farm in the tiny township of Eukey, around 40km to the south and on the other side of the bigger town Stanthorpe. Eukey is where John used to come as a kid to have holidays and this 40 or so acres of beautiful forestland is a pretty special place. Perhaps most strangely, there’s a giant train carriage sitting right on the middle of it, I can’t imagine that was an easy feat. I think that there would be lots of great memories here for John and his family and because of that you end up with a sense that there’s something really special about a weddings like this. With two creative spirits like Amber and John, it was always going to be a beautiful wedding celebration filled with touches and details that their hearts and minds felt love for (for example, Wes Anderson – see how many references you can get!). And when the groom emails you and says that there will be home made honeycomb ice cream at the reception, it pretty much seals the deal, you need to say yes and share in a special experience with the two of them.