A Naturally Beautiful Wedding at Villa Rustica in Australia
Casey Goody and Rumond DâAssonville are part of the same friend group, so they've been acquaintances for years. So, when they both found themselves in need of roommates in November 2015, they decided to move in together. They stayed up late into the night, bonding over long talks and mugs of tea. âWe became best friends and somewhere in there, realized this was a wild love,â says Casey, the graphic and digital art director at Australia-based bridal design company Grace Loves Lace.
Just over three years later, Rumond planned a date at a whiskey bar where one of the coupleâs favorite blues bands was playing. âWhen we arrived the waiter escorted us to a private room,â Casey remembers. âRumond says romantic things all the time, so when he began to pour his heart out it still didnât click what was happeningâI even interrupted him! But then he was on one knee and, aside from a big âYES!â thatâs all I remember of the rest of the night. We probably stayed in that room for another three hours in an ecstatic, loved up blur.â
The pair decided to plan an "intimate, untraditional" wedding for the following April near their home in Australia. "We were inspired by earth tones, whiskey, and warm light, and with Moroccan-esque dĂ©cor,â Casey says.
Read on to see all the details from their relaxed-yet-elevated wedding celebration, photographed by Joey Willis.
âWe were instantly in love,â Casey says of their ceremony location, Villa Rustica, an event venue in the New South Wales town of Byron Bay. âThe architectural facades, the warm earthy tones, and textures, everything felt like a home away from home.â
Thanks to her position at Grace Loves Lace, Casey says she had the "most amazing time" at her appointment. âBecause I work there, it was just so fun to actually be the bride in the showroom," she says. "âThe Summerâ was the exact dress Iâd envisioned getting married in. Itâs timeless, elegant, and eye-catching, and made me feel comfortable, confident, and completely myself.â
The bride completed her look with a pearl-embellished blusher veil, also by Grace Loves Lace. âBecause my gown was so simple, the pearl-adorned veil was the perfect statement piece," she says.
âMy best friend Nina was my maid of honor,â says Casey. âSheâs been my closest friend for almost ten years, my soul mate, and a huge part of my life, and I had the honor of standing next to her at her wedding also.â The pair spent a weekend shopping around Byron Bayâs boutiques for Ninaâs dress, which they found at Rowie the Label. âThe color fit with our neutral scheme and looked amazing on her," Casey adds.
Having some time to focus on our love, on each other, and be still before the whole day began was, to me, the real wedding...That moment was magic.
The couple met for a first look before the ceremony. âRumond and I shared words from our hearts with each other, which was so special,â says Casey. âHaving some time to focus on our love, on each other, and be still before the whole day began was, to me, the real wedding. Rumondâs words were so beautiful and heartfelt. That moment was magic.â
âWe planned the wedding ourselves and, to my surprise, the process was fairly chill,â admits the bride. âWe really prioritized staying on top of the organization and having fun with it. It was the most creative project weâve ever had to pull together.â
Casey's parents escorted her up the aisle to a recording of âRivers and Roadsâ by The Head and the Heart. âThis has become âourâ song over the years after plenty of long drives listening to it on repeat and evenings where we would jam together singing as the sun went downâŠ it was a goosebumps moment for me just hearing the song play,â says Casey.
An arrangement of dried toffee roses, palms, and pampas served as a backdrop for the ceremony. There, the couple's 35 guests looked on from white benches surrounded by brass accents, textured cushions, and jute wh. âWe stood on a Moroccan rug, which was Rumond and Iâs first purchase together and itâs our prized possession," Casey says. "The colors fit the theme perfectly, and it was such a wonderful, sentimental touch.â
The couple exchanged vows theyâd written themselves. âRumond is a poetic genius and he definitely showed me up,â Casey says with a laugh. âNot a dry eye in the house!â Dan Gorry, the senior pastor at the church the couple attends, officiated the ceremony. âWe have done so much life with Dan, knowing him since we were both teenagers so it was very special to have him marry us," adds the bride.
One it was official, the newlyweds recessed to live guitar music, performed by a friend.
Following the ceremony, Rumond and Casey took some impromptu portraits. âBecause it had been a rainy day the sunset turned out to be a beautiful, vibrant orange and pink,â Casey says. âCompletely unplanned, we jumped the fence with our photographer and took photos running across the field.â
Following the ceremony, guests mingled over cheese and cocktails before posing for a group photo by the pool.
After, everyone listened as the couple's friends and family made speeches. âThey were incredible, particularly my brotherâs speech,â Casey recalls. âHe is normally not the type to be emotional but when he gave his speech, which began as a bit of a rip on his big sister, he couldnât get the words out through the tears.â
Guests then moved to the reception venue, a peach farm owned by Rumondâs boss. The space was decorated for a cocktail-style reception with lush plants in concrete pots, jute rugs, and fairy lights. âWhen we entered the venue, our favorite blues band, The James Street Preachers were bringing the best speakeasy vibes," Casey recalls. "They were also playing the night Rumond proposed. It was like having our very own whiskey bar!â
Guests dined on pizza and sipped old-fashioned cocktails, âan ode to our love for whiskey,â says Casey. âThere were also margaritas because itâs not a party unless thereâs a marg!â Instead of a traditional wedding cake, Caseyâs mother created the desserts. âThey were certainly made with love," she says. "My favorite apple slice and macaroons were on the menu.â
Dancing followed to a playlist created by the couple. âIt turned into the most outrageous dance party!â says Casey. âI LOVE a good boogie and have never been prouder of our friends for their commitment to the dance floor.â