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Trip of a Lifetime
By Jessie Sardina | Photo: Jessica Stoe | April 12, 2016
After traveling from Down Under to up north and everywhere in between, a jet-setting couple convenes at The Farm at Dover for an intimate woodsy soiree packed with handmade touches.
It was in a hostel lobby in Calcutta, India, where Brianna Bakker and Lincoln McDonald first crossed paths—she, working as a tour guide and he, on a three-month-long trip through Indonesia and India looking for a nice place to rest his head. “I took one look at him, thought: Well, those shorts are a bit short, but he’s pretty cute! and said, ‘Yes! You should stay here! It’s great!’ probably a bit too enthusiastically,” she recalls. The connection was immediate, and following an on-the-whim two-week excursion through Nepal, the adventurous pair decided long-distance dating just wasn’t their thing. A few months later, having only spent a few weeks abroad together, Milwaukee-born Brianna packed her bags and moved to Lincoln’s home base of Australia. Five years—and trips to 44 countries together—later, Lincoln proposed with an antique diamond ring while aboard a Zodiac boat ride on Antarctica’s glacial Paradise Bay.
Naturally, the couple’s wedding was a global affair, with guests from around the world convening at The Farm at Dover.
Staged in a small clearing in the woods on the 7-acre property, the ceremony featured heartfelt vows beneath an arch custom-built by Brianna’s father from wood in the forest near the family home, and covered in climbing jasmine grown by her mother.
The intimate outdoorsy theme continued at the reception, which took place in the farm’s renovated barn. “We tried to bring the outdoors in,” says Brianna. “We used lots of greenery and neutral-toned flowers to make it feel like a seamless transition between the wooded ceremony and the indoor reception.” Long communal tables were draped with 88-foot-long runners of Italian ruscus and seeded eucalyptus interspersed with white stock, lisianthuses and ranunculus.
The details were a family effort: Brianna’s dad designed the programs and menus, each featuring a hand-tied sprig of fresh lavender; Brianna’s mom enlisted her friends to make amaretto-injected strawberries and chocolate-covered pretzels for more than 80 guests; and a family friend lent the couple his vintage Ford for an unforgettable photo op.
Upon returning home to Australia, the couple held two more receptions—one in Sydney where Lincoln’s family resides, and another in their home of Perth—before jetting off to French Polynesia for 19 days of island-hopping. Brianna adds, “It was an epic holiday that we won’t soon forget.”
Venue The Farm at Dover
Flowers Gia Bella Flowers & Gifts
Bride’s Gowns Ceremony: Martina Liana; reception: Maggie Sottero
Bride’s Accessories Earrings: BHLDN; flower crown: Serenity Crystal
Groom’s Suit Calibre
Catering Bubb’s BBQ
Cake Whole Foods
Hair & Makeup Hair: Haven Salon; makeup: Tayla La Macchia