Judd Stratful completed this wedding venue landscape just in time!
WORDS Mina Phillips
Hoping to create an attractive site to host wedding ceremonies, Damon of Hu’s Farm - a luxury/country venue and accommodation site in Coatesville - contacted Judd Stratful to take care of the project for him. There were two areas he asked Judd to focus on:
“Our objectives were to build a parking lot that would accommodate at least fifty cars, and the other was an over the water dock to host ceremonies”, tells Damon.
“We had a tight time frame to get it done before their first wedding”, adds Judd.
- Judd, Landscaping specialist
An experienced builder and renovator, Judd built the wedding platform himself - while managing the build of the parking and seating areas.
Judd turned to Mitre 10 for many of the project’s materials - namely the timber for the wedding dock and carpark fencing. GAP metal was used throughout the parking area build, while white stone chips were laid throughout the ceremony seating area.
While the final result looks serene, it wasn’t all smooth sailing getting there.
“We had to push the poles into the pond with a 13-ton digger. We had to get in there with our wetsuits on”, laughs Judd. “We weren’t sure they were going to take, but after pushing the first one in (half in/half out) we knew we were good. We completed the job on the Friday and their first wedding happened on the Saturday. It was tight but we got there!”
What Judd and his team managed to achieve within four weeks is stunning. A pebbled aisle leads out to a timber dock and archway, overlooking a tranquil river. The forest of trees ahead and country paddocks behind definitely don’t hurt the atmosphere, either.
When asked about his thoughts on the final result, Judd is a traditionally humble Kiwi bloke.
- Damon, Zones client
“All good, it was a fun project! The customer and wedding guests are happy as!”
Damon confirms Judd’s feedback:
“I’m happy with the final result. It looks good! The dock is nice to jump off in the summer. It’s still in good shape a year on. Judd and his team were on to it - they did the job on time, on budget. ”
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