After stocking up on jellybeans and setting up the tunes, we headed down the coast early on Friday afternoon to miss the weekender traffic. Upon turning off the freeway at Tweed Heads, the countryside was lush and green after recent rain. We followed the Tweed River inland, passing cane fields and fat dairy cows. Taking into consideration that NSW has daylight savings time, the rehearsal for Amie and Ross was at 5pm. Underneath the huge old fig tree, we made plans for the ceremony layout. Shade was plentiful, and offered shelter for both the bridal party and the wedding guests. We parted ways on Friday afternoon, and I found some accommodation at nearby Murwillumbah.

Guests of Amie and Ross all stayed at Midginbil Hill, where there is a variety of accommodation options. Buffet dinner was served to the guests after they arrived from all over Queensland and NSW.

On Saturday morning, there was time for me to take a trip out to Coolangatta Beach, where the water was clear and calm. If I’d had a net and the inclination, I could have scooped up dozens of fish who were gliding through the waves in the shallows. After a quick lunch, I curled my hair and put on heels and a frock for the drive back out to Midginbil.

A fleet of 4WD vehicles ferried the guests up the hill to the ceremony location. Ross and his groomsmen looked hot in their suits, but found a slight breeze under the shady tree. Amie and her bridesmaids turned up in an old Holden, and walked down the aisle to a Boo Seeka song.

As celebrant, I told the story of Ross and Amie’s first date, where Ross gave Amie his jacket to keep her warm on a cold, winter’s eve. Amie and Ross are both creative people, and took some time to craft the vows they made to each other. They signed their certificates to “You’re my Best Friend,” by Queen.

The newlyweds walked back down the aisle to The Killers cover of Romeo and Juliet, and were congratulated by family and friends.

Photographer, Andrew, from Foy & Co ensured the bridal party were cued for beautiful photos as the sun dipped atop the spectacular mountain.


Guests were then transported back down the hill for an evening of feasting and celebrating in the rustic barn at Midginbil Hill. And I headed back home to have a well deserved glass of bubbles.

If you’re looking for a DIY option for a country wedding with majestic views, Midginbil Hill is worth taking a look at.