Newly married, Sasha and Neil Schimke reside on a family lucerne farm in Gatton, which Neil manages, and from where Sasha runs her professional home-based boutique hair salon. All signs pointed to Gabbinbar Homestead when Sasha and Neil were looking for their perfect wedding venue. As for photographer, for years they had their hearts set on Tall Timber Studios for their big day. With both Tall Timber and Gabbinbar Homestead available on the same day, December 12, 2015, the rest fell into place … All that needed to happen was for Neil to propose! No ring? No problem. Sasha got on with the organisation and went about realising her dream wedding gown. Having worked backstage at a number of Sydney Fashion Week festivals, Sasha had the chance to style the hair for bridal shows where she had ample opportunity to fall in love with Steven Khalil’s designs. With her initial sketch, Steven went on to make her dream dress a reality. “I loved the intricacy and detail of the dress and it fit perfectly! My sister (and maid of honour) Sabrina was the only one to see my dress before the day,” Sasha said.
It was September 6, 2015 when Neil finally popped the question. After asking Sasha to help him move some irrigation pipes, he stopped in the middle of a lucerne crop, dropped to his knee and proposed. Prepared with a bottle of champagne in the back of the tractor, he picked the right moment to catch Sasha completely unawares — a moment that was “really unexpected, sweet and just ‘us’!” Surprising their friends and family with invitations the next week, Sasha and Neil had three months to plan the details of their wedding.
Opting for a style that was modern, classic and elegant, Sasha and Neil kept all the wedding details from being too fussy or overdone. Sharon and Sheila from All Perfectly Planned helped bring their wedding day to life. The bridesmaids, Sabrina Bachmann, Brooke Wright and Chloe Zischke, wore blush coloured dresses by Unspoken, matched with white accessories by Samantha Wills and clutches by Mimco. The groomsmen, Kyle Schimke, Michael Worsley and Tim Kickbusch, looked sharp in their navy suits and RM Williams boots.
The ceremony was held in the pavilion at the Gabbinbar grounds, led by Pastor Rev. James Haak. After a service, which left hardly a dry eye, guests spilled into the beautiful gardens to enjoy drinks and canapés. A reception in the conservatory followed, with incredible food, plenty of drinks, laughter and joy. Luckily, the couple has a suite of talented friends who took care of the flowers and the cake. Krystal and Kelly of Kustom Kreations created the stunning floral arrangements. Baking prodigy, 15-year old Sophie Litzow of Sugar Sweet, made their dream four-tier wedding cake, with layers of fruit cake, chocolate mud and caramel mud cake. Justin and the band from Bassline Studios sang for the ceremony and kept guests entertained all night long and the happy day was captured by videographer Storyteller Films.
Words by Alice Thompson | Images by Loren Hayne