It was a beautiful beach day when Sarah and Gavin headed out for a day with Hilary Cam for their sweet beach engagement.
With flowers by Booshi and hair and makeup by Michelle Cato, bride to be Sarah, had wanted to pay homage to their memories. “A picnic on the beach has a lot of sentiment to us as it was here where we first confessed our love for each other” she tells, explaining “Gavin and I were having a picnic and afterwards we decided to throw a frisbee. Gavin threw the frisbee up into the air and we both tried to catch it and missed. It was at that moment he grabbed me, twirled me around, looked me into my eyes and said that he loved me. I told him that I loved him too!”
It was at a wedding that Sarah and Gavin first locked eyes. Sarah retelling “We first met at a wedding where Gavin was a groomsman for his best friend Grant and I was a bridesmaid for my sister, Jessica. Paired together, we instantly hit it off and even though we lived in different States at the time, we made it work. Hilary and Nicola were actually the photographers on the day so it feels very special to come full circle as they captured our first moments together, laughing and dancing. We are excited for them to capture our special day too.”
On what they love about one another, the almost married couple explain “We really are best friends to each other. Whether it’s mountain biking, hiking, gaming or cooking, l couldn’t imagine anyone else l’d rather be with. We’re often on the same wavelength too which helps when it comes to competing in those couples games nights.”
It was Tokyo where Gavin proposed, Sarah remembering “Gavin spent months researching so our holiday in Japan went smoothly. It was our first day and we were off to Tokyo Disneyland. After entering the park, off in the distance was where Gavin had pictured proposing many months ago, in front of Cinderella Castle.” She tells “Taking me by the hand, we made a beeline straight for the spot. Gavin, giddy with nervousness and excitement, found an American pair to let in on the secret and were more than happy to help. After a few photos in front of the castle to lower my suspicion, Gavin turned and got down on one knee, forgot everything he had rehearsed, and asked for my hand in marriage!”
There is no doubt in my mind that Katrina and Jake set out from day dot with a very clear idea of what they wanted for their waterside white wedding in Yamba, The couple asked their guests to dress in white, a lovely idea in itself, the bride in her stunning long sleeve blue gown creating the most beautiful “something blue”. It was a beach wedding that made the most of its sleepy seaside setting as it paid homage to the little ocean town and it’s quirky ways. The day was brought to life with photographer Denis Banks Photography capturing it all.
The couple met at school, Katrina remembering “Jake and I grew up together in the rural town of Grafton. Although we crossed paths many times growing up as most people in small country towns do, we didn’t officially meet until I moved to Grafton High and became friends with a girl named Kate, who just happened to have an older brother with a cute friend named Jake.”
Katrina had a very clear idea in mind for her gown, choosing to have it custom made by a local dressmaker. She tells “I never actually went and tried any wedding dresses on, I knew all along I wanted the dress I got and of course being as certain as I want knew it wouldn’t be found in any old bridal store. I had my dress custom made and although it took so much time and patience for my dressmaker (adjusting those hundreds of tiny beads and sequins must have been challenging), I loved it. I look back now and I can’t imagine myself in anything else.” Her bridesmaids wore simple white dresses from Zimmermann.
There were plenty of handmade elements for the day, including the decor and bouquets, Katrina explaining” I was adamant I wanted white peonies and almost every florist said I just WOULDN’T get them in winter, sure enough about 3 weeks before the wedding I found them online for sale so we just ordered them and made the bouquets ourselves the morning of the wedding.”
The couple chose to say their vows beside Yamba’s main beach, celebrating at the Yamba Surf Life Saving Club. Katrina says “Yamba is special to us as we plan to move there and raise a family, but it is more important to Jake because he grew up in the surf club. Many weekends of his were spent down on the main beach so it was really special to be able to have that connection to the location. One day we will take our children down to the main beach for nippers and we will be able to say… we got married right here.”
The bride walked down the aisle to the classic “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” byIsrael Kamakawiwoʻole. “I have always known this would be the song I wanted to walk down the aisle to so again this was an easy choice. No real reason – I just loved the song. I was lucky enough to have my dad walk me down the aisle.”
Angus McKimm performed the ceremony, of which the bride notes “We didn’t have readings, just really short and sweet. Our celebrant was another person from Grafton, who Jake and I had both known for years which made it easier and not so scary.”
Dressed in all white, the guests were a sight as they celebrated cocktail hour on the deck overlooking the sea.
What is a day at the beach without a sandcastle? The newlyweds were in for a special surprise. Katrina explaining “My mother in law Nicole surprised us with this insane sandcastle she had organised to be set up on the beach, she had organised a man to come from Byron to set it up the morning of the wedding. It was incredible.”
Of their photographer, the newlyweds remark “Denis was great, he really went above and beyond for us, not only on the day but the weeks leading up as well. He even gave Jake a call the day before just to see how he was feeling. And bonus points to him for dropping my Aunty home at the end of the night.”
The couple chose Winter for their big day. “We went for a winter seaside soiree The atmosphere was very much like us, relaxed, fun, not too formal – haha, we didn’t take anything TOO seriously.”
Guests took home tiny potted cacti planted by the newlyweds, who also created the floral hoop decor and tambourines for guests to play.
Dancing began with “Ho Hey” by The Lumineers kicking off the night, Katrina remarking “Jake is super shy so the idea of a first dance was terrifying. I picked this song because it was short but also for the beat. We brought in heap of white tambourines with coloured ribbons for our guests and had our bridal party hand them out as the music started so everyone could play along to our first dance.”
There was an extra special gift for the bride, she tells “The sapphire and diamond ring I wore on the day belonged to Jake’s grandmother. During speeches, Jake’s father gave me this beautiful gift. It was a sapphire necklace, it had belonged to Jake’s Grandfather who I never had the pleasure of meeting. He had given it to Jake’s dad and said it was for his wife when they got married. It is beautiful and both are things I will cherish and be able to pass on to my own children.”
Happy Friday Dotties! I am so thankful to have an internet connection this week, and we have been filling our teacups and poring over plenty of stunning white gowns as we wrap up New York bridal fashion week. The team has been working hard this week to catch up on all the amazing wedding content that has been flying into our inboxes.
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We love our friends at Lure in the Whitsundays (want a Whitsundays wedding? This is the team that will take care of you!) and they took home a big gold medal in the Whitsunday Tourism Awards for specialised tourism service and major tourist attraction! Big congratulations to the gorgeous venue, located right on the water, who can cater small or big weddings for your tropical loving guests! Book your Whitsundays wedding with them here!
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Native Weddings captured this beautiful film of Melissa & Vinh who chose the city as a backdrop for their wedding day. Kicking things off with a tea ceremony, before a beautiful garden ceremony and a celebration by the river. There’s even a superhero and dragon appearance!