Brides Name : Jess McPherson

Grooms Name : Trent Proud

Wedding Date : 1st April 2017

Number of Guests : 180

Ceremony Location : Akuna Station

Reception Venue : Akuna Station

Dresses & Suits : Bride – Caleche, Bridesmaids – Sheike, Suits – Country Road (with RM Williams boots)

Hair & Beauty : Hair – Nicole Tate, Beauty – Pure Skin Beauty & Spa - Berri

Photographer / Videographer : Christopher Morrison 

Celebrant : Deb Petch & Sharyn Eleftheriou - Ceremonies by Sharyn

Florist : Jodie Lee’s 

Stylist / Décor / Details : We styled the wedding ourselves, we wanted a relaxed country/river wedding, with lots of flowers and foliage, relaxed seating and food/drinks and we wanted it to be a lot of fun for our guests, with lawn games (croquet, giant jenga, giant connect four etc.) and lots of natural wooden and metal accessories.

Cake : Sweet T & Cake

Accommodation : Houseboats (Golden Leisure, Riverland Houseboats Loxton)

Catering : The Rolling Pizza Oven (we had them create spit roasted meats and all sorts of vegetables, salads etc. as well as cocktail entrees and the most amazing Italian desserts bar). Drinks caravan and wine bar by Here’s Your Beer.

Jeweller : Bell & Brunt

Entertainment : We just had a PA system with our own Spotify playlist

Any Other Services : Photo booth from PictureBlast Photo booths


So tell us a little about your engagement.

We were engaged at our home on a lazy Sunday morning in May 2016. Trent put the open ring box in our German Shepherd, Shelby’s kennel and told me to ‘have a look what she had dragged into her kennel.’ Shelby was our absolute love and she unfortunately passed away at just 3 years old in September 2016, so it is a very special memory for us, and I had her name tag attached to my bouquet on our wedding day. After a 10 month engagement and nearly 6 years together we were married on April Fools’ Day 2017. We didn’t worry about an engagement party- just jumped straight into wedding planning!


Tell us about your dress?

My wedding gown was custom created by Caleche Bridal House in Norwood, Adelaide. I always knew I wanted lace long sleeves, and they created my vision perfectly with a combination of several ideas from their dresses along with my ideas. I tried on many ‘off the rack’ dresses from other bridal boutiques and never quite found what I wanted. It featured hand beaded lace in the upper half with long sleeves and a sweetheart neckline, with a dropped waistline and lace trailing onto the silk Georgette skirt with train.


How about your theme and decorations?

We had rustic wooden trestle tables with white chairs and no seating plan. The tables had foliage trailing along them and we had floral arrangements matching to our bouquet theme as well as candles. We had a clear marquee with a completely open front onto the river with festoon lighting, drinks were served from a retro caravan which has been renovated to be a drinks van with matching wine bar (Here’s Your Beer Mobile Bar) – Trent’s family are fourth generation wine grape growers and we served guests our very own Semillon, and outside of the marquee we had wine barrels with bar stools, bar tables and outdoor lounge settings as well as 6 different lawn games. We also had a personalised Snapchat filter which was a cool touch!


What was your favourite memory of the day?

The introduction we had into the reception was incredible – nothing like 185 people standing up cheering and clapping you in! Also our speeches where both of our Dads spoke beautifully as well as our best man and maid of honour, and of course Trent himself. Driving the 45 minutes from home to our wedding venue in 1956 Chevrolets was very memorable too! Our first dance to ‘Tiny Dancer’ by Elton John was very spur of the moment, we picked the song as we went up to do the dance, and by the end of the song the whole dance floor was absolutely packed with guests.


Were there any challenges you faced?

Enlist helpers! As difficult as it is to let some control go, it is essential to not go absolutely crazy. If you don’t have a wedding planner, enlist the help of siblings, parents, friends and learn to delegate! Trent’s sister is luckily for us a graphic designer who created all of our stationary, signage and more – anyone you know who can help you and you trust – get them on board! And remember, the people at your wedding are your nearest and dearest, they don’t care if the flowers aren’t the perfect shade of magenta, or if something you wanted is missing (in fact they won’t know it was meant to be there in the first place).


Why did you choose to be married in the Riverland?

We are both Riverlanders through and through, we wouldn’t dream of being married anywhere else. Being on the Murray River was really important to us too as it’s such a huge part of our lifestyle. Our day fit our personalities and lifestyles so perfectly, it wouldn’t have been the same outside of the Riverland!


What was the best part about being married in the Riverland?

We were able to have photos in family vineyards, with our dog etc. and have dear family members who otherwise may not have been able to attend if there was too much travel involved there. Being married on the river and spending our wedding night with our bridal party on houseboats was a great start to married life.


Any advice you'd like to share with future brides?

Drink it all in! Everyone says this but it really is over in the blink of an eye. Don’t sweat the small stuff, you’d much rather look back on your day and remember having a ball than remember having a breakdown over some minor detail that really doesn’t matter. Remember at the end of the day that as long as you get to marry your best friend, that is the most important and enduring thing. Remember to eat (drink & be merry)!


Ok, and most importantly - give me 3 things you would take on a deserted island, GO!

Trent, an esky full of drinks and a boat to get us home 


A day shared with the people most important to them, in a place so significant to them in a way that represents them. 

Thanks again to Jess and Trent for sharing their Riverland Wedding story!





















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