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Secluded Spicers Peak Wedding

— Gavin & Jillian


18 April 2015


60 people


Todd Hunter McGaw

Jillian & Gavin by Todd Hunter McGaw
Jillian & Gavin by Todd Hunter McGaw

Amidst the graceful beauty of a moody sky and the breath-taking views of a dramatic landscape of mountain top's, subtleties of bohemian glamour & hints of Australian foliage, this intimate and secluded Spicers Peak Lodge wedding of Jillian & Gavin, exuded the effortless luxury, country charm and warmth of a love worth waiting for.. Captured by Todd Hunter McGaw..

NAMES: Jillian Lindenberg and Gavin Tomsky

WEDDING DATE: 18th April 2015


HOW WE MET: We met at a wedding. I was a bridesmaid and Gav was a long-lost cousin of the Groom. People had been trying to set us up for years but Gav lived in Melbourne and myself in Brisbane. So Gav travelled interstate on a whim to finally meet me at the wedding. We eventually caught up the following day where we clicked instantly and went on our first date that night! It went that well that it started a two-year long-distance relationship until I finally moved to Melbourne 3 years ago. 

OUR ENGAGEMENT STORY:Knowing Gav so well I thought I’d have some idea when he would propose and I was certain it would be anything but cliché. So, on a night out in Paris, when Gavin suggests a late-night stroll along the River Seine to the Eiffel Tower, after a romantic dinner and presenting me with a long-stemmed rose I was still none the wiser! It wasn’t until I tried to make my way down from the top and Gav asked me to come back because he had something to show me, that I finally realised! By the time I turned back to face him he was down on one knee. The cliché was complete with the spontaneous applause by all the strangers around us.

MARRIAGE TO US MEANS: A commitment to working at our friendship everyday.

WEDDING LOCATION: We always wanted the day to reflect us as a couple. Spicers Peak Lodge suited us perfectly. The secluded country setting was true of us; myself a country girl and Gav who just loves being in the outdoors. It also offered b&b accommodation for all of our guests many of who had travelled interstate. This also meant we could catch up with our guests the morning after.

THEME/STYLE:We were aiming for a relaxed fun style while still keeping it classy and romantic. We incorporated lots of gum-leaves and loose blooms to compliment the natural surroundings in a warm and rustic way. We were conscious of the little details to create an intimate and personalised experience for our guests.

PHOTOGRAPHY:Todd Hunter McGaw hung out with us and took photos on our wedding day. Apart from having a unique, creative and real photography style, Todd himself is just a really funny guy that made us feel like old friends. We think our photos really captured the finer details of the day that made it ‘us’.

(Interview continued beneath Gallery..)

BRIDE’S DRESS:I went shopping for my dress by myself. I think it allows you to really know how you feel in the dress. My Suzanne Harward gown just felt right and so comfy in all her crocheted-lace glory! She had an a-line silhouette that was backless with a high-neck line and a long detailed train.

BRIDE’S SHOES:My shoes were Miu Miu gold glitter sandals with a kitten heel. For comfort but mainly because I didn't want to he taller than my husband.

BRIDESMAIDS DRESSES:My sisters wore blush pink floor-length fully sequinned gowns by Rachel Gilbert.

BRIDESMAID’S SHOES:Variations of gold glittered heels.

FLOWERGIRLS/PAGEBOY OUTFITS:My 4 beautiful nieces wore blush pink tutu de monde dresses with lots of beads and sequins. And of course, gold glittered ballerina pumps.

WEDDING RINGS:Gav designed my engagement ring and had it made at Paul Bram. It’s a round brilliant solitaire with tapered baguettes in a white gold setting. We had them make a matching wedding band with channel set baguettes. Gavin has a plain platinum band.

JEWELLERY/ACCESSORIES:Samantha Wills crystal earring cuffs added a little boho glamour and I wore an Aurelie Bidermann gold lace bracelet cuff.

GROOMSMEN ATTIRE: Gav wore a classic tailored dark navy suit with white shirt and navy crocheted tie by P Johnson Tailors. He chose classic dark chocolate shoes by Aquila. Groomsmen wore matching suits by Suit Shop with black ties.

HAIR:I wore my hair in a loose messy bun. The bridesmaids and I were aiming for a relaxed effortless style.

MAKEUP:The girls at The Beauty Case did our make-up. I never wear make up usually so I tried to keep it as simple and natural looking as possible. I went with a dewy finish, which felt really light but still lasted the day.

STATIONERY/INVITATIONS:I designed my stationary and had a friend who was a graphic designer get it to a point to print. Consistent with the relaxed theme, all our stationary had elements of sketched gum leaves and watercolour flowers in the same colours as our blooms. This was carried through in the seating plan that also had the nicknames of our guests for a bit of fun. We had our guests sign it to keep as a sort of guest book. We have since framed it and hung it in our home.

FAVORS/BONBONNIERE:We had a recipe book made that was full of recipes that we’d “borrowed” secretly from our guests. They were very surprised and touched to have their special recipe published. Each couple got a copy and a little jar of honey from my dad’s beehives at home.

FLOWERS & BOUQUETS:Roberta from Green & Bloom expertly created the relaxed elegant feel that we had envisaged. We used gum leaf foliage (that was literally foraged from the grounds of the lodge!) to give everything a natural feel and tie it all together. Our bouquets were loose and unstructured with garden styled blooms and the gumleaf foliage. Gum-leaf garland was strung between chairs at the end of the row at the ceremony. This was matched with the most amazing 20-meter floral hedge down the entire length of the long reception table. I also wore fresh flower halo to the reception.

PREPARATION:I spent the morning of our wedding having breakfast with just my immediate family. There was nothing more reassuring than having dad there to give me his word that the clouds and rain would clear! The girls, mum and I prepared in the day spa at Spicer’s. The hair-stylist insisted we close the windows and not look outside at the weather until we absolutely had to. It wasn’t until dad came true on his word and the weather cleared that she let me open them! Seriously! I think the vibe that your beauty team bring to your prep is nearly as important as their artistry. The girls at The Beauty Case brought it all.

CEREMONY DÉCOR/ RECEPTION DÉCOR:We had our ceremony in the grounds at Spicer’s Peak Lodge that has spectacular views of The Great Dividing Range national park. We tried to keep it really simple and let the view form the backdrop of our ceremony. We had a traditional rustic rug for just the bride and groom to stand on and garland on the chairs for a very natural feel.

The reception was held on the terrace off the main building of Spicer’s Peak Lodge. The space had a big bluestone fireplace at one end and was open to the dance floor on one side and opened out to the amazing view on the other. It was the perfect space for a long banquet table, an orientation that also allowed us to be amongst our guests. We decorated it with a floral hedge runner and had tea lights scattered amongst the foliage. It was made even cosier with the festoon lights that Gav strung above the length of the table and the addition of hurricane lanterns on the fireplace.

WEDDING PLANNER/ WEDDING STYLIST:Myself the bride was the planner and stylist.

CAKE: Gillian personally delivered us our elegant naked cake with two tiers, one each of our favourite flavours. Meyer lemon cake filled with homemade Meyer lemon curd for Gav and Organic Jersey cream cake filled with homemade compote of local strawberries for me. Gillian’s cakes are totally organic, totally free of anything that isn’t straight from her garden or sourced locally and totally delicious.

WEDDING SONGS:My bridesmaids and I walked down the isle to The Wedding Song (Live) by Angus and Julia Stone. We were pronounced husband and wife to You Are The Best Thing by Ray LaMontagne. Our reception entrance song was “I’ll be there for you” by The Rembrandts and first dance was to Marry Me by Train.

ENTERTAINMENT: Mitch King. He is a one-man-band singer songwriter. His music has a relaxed acoustic, blue/folk vibe that just made every guest want to get up and dance. No covers required.

FOOD & BEVERAGES:We had canapés served on the lawn and an alternating 3-course meal.

HONEYMOON: We went on safari in parts of southern and eastern Africa for our honeymoon. The highlight was "glamping" through the Okavango Delta in Botswana complete with showers under the stars and dinner by the campfire. It was such a unique and fascinating travel experience to share with your best buddy. We chilled out in Mauritius on our way home.

GIFT REGISTRY:We appreciated the cost and effort our guests made to be there, so we didn't have a gift registry.

CELEBRANT:Jo Betz put together a beautiful ceremony for us. We instantly felt at easy with her bubbly personality and it was just what we needed on the day.

ANY OTHER SPECIAL DETAILS:We got married standing on a big beautiful traditional style rug that was an engagement present from my parents. We now have it in our home to remind us of our wedding day (and stand where we became husband and wife).

SOURCES OF INSPIRATION:My sister Kath has a great eye of detail and works in the industry so if I wasn’t ringing her I was reading blogs or using pinterest. As you can probably tell from my contacts The Lane’s “brands we love” played a big part in the planning too.

A MEMORABLE MOMENT:The moment we knew we’d found where we would be married. I think we’ll always remember driving the steep, narrow dusty-dirt road up to Spicer’s Peak Lodge. Apart from feeling completely lost it seemed like the middle of nowhere. As the road leveled out and we finally saw this Lodge in the middle of lush-green clearing on the ridge of a beautiful mountain range we realized the seclusion was just part of the charm. There was no doubt.

ONE THING I WISH I KNEW BEFORE I STARTED MY WEDDING PLANS…That all the effort is worth it. We had the best day ever together!

IF I COULD GIVE OTHER BRIDES TO BE ONE PIECE OF ADVICE…I was accidentally ready with 30 minutes to spare (I think my beautiful bridesmaid had something to do with this)! It wasn’t planned and I certainly didn’t know the value of it until I had the extra time to compose myself and just relax. It was so nice to just enjoy the anticipation.


PHOTOGRAPHY: Todd Hunter McGaw Photography

BRIDE'S DRESS: Suzanne Harward





GROOMS FORMAL WEAR: J Johnson Tailors & Suit Shop


JEWELLERY & ACCESSORIES: Samantha Wills & Aurelie Bidermann

HAIR: The Beauty Case

MAKEUP: The Beauty Case


FLORIST: Green and Bloom

CAKE: Gillian Bell Cakes

CATERING: Spicer’s Peak Lodge




WEDDING VENUE: Spicers Peak Lodge



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