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Queensland Outback Wedding at Adora Downs

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The circumstance that led us to capture a wedding about as far inland as I've yet to venture, was a real case of fortunate cause for us...

The call went out on social media: "Help, my photographer's bailed and I'm getting married this weekend [or words to that effect]"... Donna said: "Loui", and I said: "let's do it" and yeah, before too long we were on the road with a bag of good cause, and two more packed with camera equipment...

Of the Bride and the Groom: Man, these guys were golden individuals, if ever there were... We met Dom and Jess on Wedding Day Eve, in a semi-trendy / new-age bar in the revamped old-quarter of Toowoomba town -- the kind of place that has an entirely gluten-free menu, and a sexy, dim-lit vibe that screamed: "Hey lovely people, come in and look at my understatedly delectable collection of magic bottles... haha

Unbeknownst to Dom, I'd just ordered a top-shelf rum before they walked in, and as he was kind enough to gesture for the bill, I thought to myself: "What a legend..." Sat down, and chillin' around a coffee table that was clad in what appeared to be patterned black vinyl [?], and five minutes into our discussion, we soon realised that Jessica was a total babe of loveliness, and that the pair were just so genuinely welcoming, and in such a nice space within themselves,  that I knew we were in for catching some magic...

Adora Downs as a venue, was truly apart from anything I'd ever experienced... The location was dramatic country splendour, complete with windmill on arrival; a winding gravel drive that took us past a little olive grove, and fields in various states of plough and production, before trees opened up to a gorgeous flat grassland, dotted with several 'fittingly period' buildings, and rich, viscerally evocative textures that only flowering bushes and rusty machinery can evoke... The family who operate the establishment were brimming with a level of fabled charm that I'd normally reserve for tales and old-world fancies, and the service and hearty servings of home cooked fare left none wanting...

Donna and I found a room to claim as our own within an old Queenslander, just a stone throw from the main dining hall, and across from the open-air dance-floor, under the giant faery-light may-pole-like structure, around the various fire-pits, and looking back from the darkness towards the honoured guests as they assembled, and chatted, and drank, and were merry...  

Everywhere we turned there was something that enhanced the ambience of the property, and up until our departure [after yet another killer meal the next morning], we felt as if the world around us has stopped, and all that mattered was the celebration of a couple who's love was writ upon the stars...


Massive thanks and congrats going out to Jess, Dom, and the good folk at Adora Downs!

Viva L'Amore,

Loui and Donna xx