Emma & Chris

Bothwell, Tasmania- Ratho Farm
ACOMA Photography

Emma and Chris tied the knot at the beautiful Ratho farm in Tasmania’s Central Highlands. See how this couple bought their vision to life, converting this rustic shed into the most beautiful reception setting, with so many beautiful DIY details…


The MOST important thing was keeping the day about US! Trying to block out all the overwhelming opinions and sea of advice – keeping the day about US as a couple. We wanted to create something that was unique to US and people could walk away and go “yep that was Em and Chris!” – a mix of country, boho, and modern. Our children (Lucy & Toby) were a huge part of our day, and being so little we wanted to have them be celebrated as much as us!

A whole lot of DIY

The beauty of the barn at Ratho was that no one had used it for a wedding reception before. We constructed the floor in the barn out of recycled pallets for a good few weekends leading up to the big day. Blood, sweat, tears and a lot of family members made the space come together, including all the lighting and electrical work. So much of our wedding was DIY from the flowers, signage, invitations, menus, decorating, and even the screen printing personalised bridesmaids denim jackets.


We had our ceremony down on the ladies tee in an “outdoor chapel” that Chris and my Dad built and the kids help paint. The boys arrived by chopper, including young Toby! We had Events with Audrey mobile caravan bar for cocktail hour and Rhubarb Catering fed the bellies. With a beer garden set up, our party didn’t end till 4am! We had 80 guests and 65 of those stayed the night, ending the celebration with a big breaky on Sunday.

Word of Advice

Don’t stress about the things that people won’t notice- the tiny details that consume brides’ thinking process but at the end of the day you are the only one who notices. Think beyond these details and focus on the bigger picture, the more important things to us were making sure our guests were well catered for meaning we could then relax and enjoy ourselves.

Videography by Wild Filter (Nick and Eloise)
Catering / Rhubarb Catering
Bar / Events with Audrey
Dress / Lovers Society gown from The Bridal Atelier,
Bride’s Personalised Jacket / Chosen by One Day Bridal
Bridesmaids / Zimmerman
Groomsmen, Groom and Page Boy /
Bell & Barnett , RM Williams
Entertainment / Bride’s brother and good mate James Oliver for ceremony
Bride’s Hair / Lehcar Hair
Makeup Artist / Simply Flawless (Make Up By Rosa)
Cake / JM Cakes
Transport / Rotor Lift Helicopters

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