Image by Merge Photography
Meryll & Generic
Who doesn’t love a fabulous burst of colour on a spring weekend? That is exactly what Meryll and Generic’s vibrant theme park engagement has in store for us today – bright hues, a fun filled venue, and those lingering looks of a couple so very much in love. Sit back and prepare to grin from ear to ear! Captured by Lovers of Moments.
Generic said it was love at first sight, of their meeting at their university library. “He was looking for a spare seat, which happened to be beside me,” remembers Meryll. “He spoke in Filipino, which I recognised, and so the conversation started and the rest was history…”
For their engagement photos, the couple chose a theme park on the Gold Coast in Queensland. “We wanted something different from what we usually see, and felt the theme park would best describe our relationship – full of thrill, excitement, colour, laughter and happiness,” Meryll explains.
“Gen and I were on holiday at the Gold Coast, and Gen asked me to go for a walk along the beach. I know how much he loves the sea breeze, so I said yes. He had also promised me that we are going to go shopping at Harbour Town (yes, I am a shopaholic!), so I said let’s walk for a little bit, and then go to the shops. We were strolling when he grabbed a stick and started writing in the sand. I was getting a little bit annoyed with him, because I thought he was just messing around and didn’t want me to go shopping. Then he dropped the stick, stood up and said to me, “I have a question.” I said “Can you ask me in the car because we have to hurry up!” Then he said, “Will you marry me?” I responded “Don’t play tricks on me, because I want to go to the shop.” So he pulled out the ring, and I was speechless. Of course I said yes and, not surprisingly, we never quite made it to the shops!”
Of what he loves about Meryll, Generic says, “I love so many things about Meryll, but my two favourite things are how strong she is and how she looks at me with so much love.” And Meryll loves how faithful and trustworthy Gen is. “And he makes me feel special everyday…”
Tara & Joel
There is a beautiful sense of intimacy, of what is important and what matters to Tara and Joel at this intimate Fort Denison wedding, They intentionally chose to keep their guest list small so they could do everything they waited to do – from a waterside ceremony to a beautiful lunch time reception in the middle of the harbour. The couple chose Rose Photos to capture their day.
Tara tells their story. “We met through mutual friends almost 8 years ago. Joel doesn’t remember the first time. However, the second time we met we were both at the races with friends and we just hit it off.”
Tara chose a Maggie Sottero lace gown as her wedding dress, remarking “I adore my wedding dress. I wanted something elegant, mature, stylish and individual to my personality. I wanted something more fitted with a train and was looking for something that would cover some tattoos I have on my lower back and shoulder. When I saw my dress for the first time it was in a colour called ‘café’ so I wasn’t entirely convinced. However, when I put it on, I knew it was it, and the fact I could order it in ivory was a dream come true. It truly was stunning, and I am told that as I descended down the aisle it shimmered.”
The couple chose Bradley Head Amphitheatre for their ceremony, telling “We wanted it to be very intimate, elegant and romantic. We chose Bradley Head Amphitheatre for not only the location and views but because it symbolised our relationship – we have had many overseas adventures together so the amphitheatre represented our past travels. Honestly, we couldn’t have had better weather or views for our ceremony. We had 17 guests present so we just put cushions on the bottom step of the amphitheatre for them to sit down.”
Tara walked down the aisle to “Running” by James Bay. “This song still brings tears to my eyes. I chose it because of the words, the music style and because it was relatively unheard of, so there were no pre-existing memories or emotions attached to this song by our guests.”
Of their ceremony, officiated by Janet Lomax Weddings I Do , the bride tells “Our ceremony was very intimate, however it still had a lot of humour and really described to our guests the relationship Joel and I have, and the love we share for each other. Because our back story and proposal story was quite in-depth, we chose not to have any readings. And we also wanted our guests to sit back and enjoy themselves. Joel and I wrote our own vows separately and surprised each other on the day with what we had each written. There was not a dry eye in the house.”
Guests celebrated with champagne before a boat whisked them to the reception.
The newlyweds dined with their guests at Fort Denison, remembering “We chose Fort Denison for our lunch venue because it was unique, historical, had spectacular views and the food is delicious. Even though we were booked there for a group lunch, they really made us feel special. We were able to personalise our table with printed menus, place settings and candles, which the staff at Fort Denison set up for us before we arrived. We were allowed to bring our own floral arrangement also. They also gave us access to parts of the island normally “off bounds” to capture some great photos.”
The bride was surprised by one very special guest at the wedding, recalling “My brother and his wife were unable to make our wedding; their first born came a few weeks early on 15th April and she was still in hospital undergoing tests to determine if she could go home yet, due to being quite jaundiced. So the day started with a bit of dark cloud hanging over my head that my only brother was not going to be present on my wedding day. However, he surprised me at Fort Denison during lunch by sitting down next me. It was such a beautiful moment and I cried many happy tears, it completed the day for me that he was there and saw me in person in my dress and was able to be part of the family photos.”
Of their photographer, Tara notes “James from Rose Photos was outstanding. We couldn’t fault him even if we tried. He was so open to all our suggestions and really captured the day in stunning, natural photos. He was also calming, as most brides would agree the time getting ready flew by and I was starting to feel a little anxious about being late to the ceremony, but he just told us to relax and reminded me that I was the bride and they will all wait, so we let’s still get the photos we want. When he sent us our sneak peak the very next morning we were blown away, and they brought back all those beautiful emotions we felt on the day.”
A big thank you to Tara and Joel for sharing their stories with us! Thank you also to Rose Photos for sharing today’s wedding.
Dotties I am starting to feel a little festive this week – there is so much excitement heading our way and I am so much looking forward to Summer nights on the deck and toasting with the patterned people. I have hinted at changes and surprises for so long and some of them are coming together to be revealed soon – our new year? It’s going to sparkle!
Let’s round up all the glorious wedding inspiration of the week that was!
Visiting stunning cities in Honeymoons A-Z: Xiamen
Be a little different – Five Boutonnieres To Show Your Quirky Wedding Day Style
Love the handwritten feel of Kobold
From Inside The Studio: The Shaped Hem making a big impact
We loved creating this Spiked Elderflower Lemonade for you to enjoy on summer evenings
I loved everything about Lauren and Josh’s Boho Rustic Winery Wedding
Post Honeymoon Housekeeping: Top Tips To Be An Organised Newlywed – the must do’s to keep you organised
So much fun! Ethereal Geraldton Wax Flower Crown Tutorial
Love the tips of Great Ways To Include Children In Your Wedding
Because why should floral art be limited to the bouquet? The Standout Summer Accessory – A Fresh Floral Bow Tie
Rounding up our favourite Caramel Treats for Weddings
We sit down for a chat with Shannon Fleming of Shannon Fleming Civil Celebrant
Our film of the week comes from the the crew at Tin Drum. The seaside celebration of Alice and Paul’s wedding. The day is so laid back and fun with a huge sense that there is something so very joyous to celebrate. Every bit of this day makes me smile.