After some reluctance many years ago, Tahnee Ashley (née Winning) joined one of her work colleagues for a well-deserved night out.

The evening just happened to include Mark, one of her customers at the local nightclub, who she regularly served. After “the best night in ages”, Mark Ashley earned Tahnee’s first name from her friend, and although he added five different Tahnees on Facebook before finding her, the rest, as they say, is history. The pair began officially dating during January 2011, after spending almost every minute together.

On 8 November 2015, Tahnee joined Mark on a trip to his family farm at Flagstone Creek. After spending a romantic day playing with four-week old puppies, Mark suggested a creek side walk. In an instant, the weather took a turn for the worse and the pair found themselves racing back to cover in a shed.

After Mark ran for the car, Tahnee joined him, but was confused when he hopped out, hurried back to the shed, and called for her to do the same.

In the shed, he presented a stunning princess cut single diamond engagement ring with 12 round diamonds on the shoulders. He said: “I love you – will you be my wife?”

“My first response was, ‘Are you serious!?’ before comprehending what he was asking and then I said, ‘Of course I will!’” Tahnee says. With a specific vision in mind, Tahnee and Mark began planning their dream day, and found the perfect venue in Gabbinbar Homestead. “Mark turned to me and said, ‘I can see you walking down to me here. This is it’. Really, who was I to argue?” said Tahnee.

The pair opted for a rustic theme with a modern twist featuring a red, white and black colour scheme and took inspiration from their family backgrounds of produce and cattle farming.

With the help of Nadja from Le Sans Souci Flowers, Tahnee achieved the perfect look for her bouquet using a mix of roses, baby’s breath, hessian materials and native gum leaves.

With hair and makeup done by Anna-Marie from Acquina’s Hair Design and Stephanie Goldwsorthy Makeup, Tahnee wore a gown made by Joanne from JK Couture at Stones Corner. It was the design she had dreamt of since childhood: a strapless ivory lace dress with a short train and a sweetheart neckline. Mark’s suit was chosen from Tarocash Grand Central to complement Tahnee’s choice of black bridesmaids’ dresses.

Tahnee’s brothers danced her from the homestead doors to the Pavilion, where her father was waiting to walk her down the aisle. “I figured Mark met me dancing behind a bar; he sure as hell was going to see me dance to him on our wedding day,” she said.

Tahnee and Mark were joined by 70 of their closest friends and family to celebrate. “I could not have asked for a better day,” she said. After their wedding, Tahnee and Mark decided to take their first overseas trip to America to visit Los Angeles, Anaheim, Las Vegas, San Francisco and Hawaii.

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