What could be more stunning than marrying at sunrise in front of one of the most amazing natural wonders of the world? Not much? That’s why I am so over the moon excited to share this sunrise elopement of Charntelle & Michael which took place at Uluru.
Charntelle and Michael, our newlyweds, have known each other since high school, but took a little longer to form their relationship! They wed after five years together.
Kellee Walsh captured the magic of Uluru and the surrounding landscape beautifully today, and the magic of a wedding as an added bonus? Such beautiful moments. The wedding was organised by Jayne at Ayers Rock Resort.
There was no music for the wedding, just the sounds of the outback. Charntelle explains” We had no music…we were in the middle of the desert…but Jayne had placed candles all the way up the pathway to light our way in the dark before the sun came up…that was a really nice touch. Built up a bit of suspense for the view we were about to see. ”
Joy Campbell performed the ceremony, Charntelle recalls “This lovely lady flew in from Alice Springs for our day and presented a truly unique and very romantic ceremony for us.”
Charntelle wore a gown from Sugar & Spice in Brisbane (the wedding was the end of a three day road trip the couple took from Brisbane!). She added jewels gifted to her by Michael.
Charntelle remembers” The wedding was the end of a fantastic road trip…we actually drove to Ayres rock from Brisbane. It took us 3 days!! So many amazing things and places we seen we will never forget..the beauty of the Australian desert and all the way we were sharing things about our lives before we met, talking about our kids and the dreams we have for their futures, our future together….and of course we started to plan our next trip! Being locked in a car for 3 days with the man I was about to marry was the best three days of my life…we grew so much closer.”
Charntelle says “The lookout we choose was the absolute BEST spot for the sunrise over Uluru…after the ceremony we had a moment to sip our champagne and watch the sunrise. Jayne closed the lookout to the public so it was just her, Joy, our two good friends Judy and Russell (witnesses) and US…magic. I felt like we were the only people awake in the whole world.”
The blooms were flown in for the wedding and arranged by Jayne, the wedding coordinator at Ayers Rock Resort, who put the entire day together for the couple. Charntelle says “I had all dried native Australian flowers…banksias, wattles….perfect for our location. And will last forever. ”
Charntelle says ” We were never engaged before the wedding, it was something we both wanted to do so much there was no need to ask ”
Of their photographer, who flew in a few days after Christmas for the wedding Charntelle says, “Kellee was fantastic…it was her first time shooting a wedding at Ayers Rock so she came a day early to check the lighting and find some great locations, get some inspiration and ideas. I thought his was a really professional approach. She went to that extra effort to make sure we were truly happy with our photos. If I lived in Sydney Kellee would be our first choice for all our family photos and special days. The album she made for us is amazing…I’m still carrying it around in my car, just in case I get an opportunity to show someone who hasn’t seen it yet. ”
Following the ceremony, the couple and their guests headed back to Ayers Rock Resort for a “reception”. Charntelle remembers “We had a delicious 5 star dinner that night. The ‘sounds of silence’ dinner outside under the stars, including a star talk about the aboriginal people and how they relied on the sky for directions and weather forecasts. All the while an aboriginal man played the didgeridoo…..just amazing.” There was of course, a wedding cake!
Congratulations Charntelle and Michael on your marriage! Thank you for sharing the details with us! Thank you to Kellee Walsh for sharing today’s beautiful images!
What a gorgeous wedding Jess and Luke had. Flower crowns, ruffle skirts, streamers and ribbon wands = a beautiful, spring, garden party! Jess and Luke threw out tradition and married on a Wednesday, the most splendid way to celebrate their six year anniversary!
Jess tells their story. “Luke and I met in a very unromantic way – at a pub! From our first date though we both felt so comfortable with each other (it was like I had known him my whole life!) and early on we knew that this was it. Six years later on our anniversary we were married!”
Boots Photography captured the sun shiney, beautiful images of Jess and Luke’s wedding day.
Jess made the stationery. She recalls “I designed all the stationery myself and Luke and my family helped me to make it all. We used a mix of kraft paper, cream recycled paper and seeded paper for all the stationery. The stationery theme ran right through from the save the dates to the placeholders which helped to really tie everything together.”
The wedding and reception was held at Riverside Receptions. Jess explains “After visiting a few different venues we ended up choosing Riverside Receptions in New Farm because it was located along the river and had a beautiful expanse of lush green grass with a few jacaranda trees. Luke and I knew we wanted an outside ceremony and that it would be perfect for what we were after. All that was left to do was to pray for a sunny day – which looked doubtful but the clouds cleared the day before and we ended up having a beautiful clear day.”
Walking down the aisle was an intensely memorable moment for Jess. She recalls “I walked down the aisle to Bruno Mars ‘Just The Way You Are’ – Luke sings this song to me and it just fit the style of the wedding and was something modern and relaxed but romantic. Every time I hear the song now I am taken back to that lovely moment of walking down the aisle.
Walking down the aisle and just feeling so overwhelmed with happiness once I locked eyes with Luke – I don’t think I even noticed anyone else after that. It was a moment I’ll never forget.”
Jess and Luke remark, “Our wedding was on Wednesday the 1st of February in New Farm, Brisbane, QLD. We chose this special day as it would be our 6 year anniversary. Being a Wednesday we were worried that some people may not be able to attend but it worked out perfectly and everyone was able to make it. I would say to couples considering a mid-week wedding – DO IT! I had no hassles with it being mid-week and it was actually a great calm knowing that most vendor’s wouldn’t be booked and I needn’t worry about booking everyone straight away. I would recommend sending out save the dates early though so people are aware of the date and can get time off work, etc. It was an amazing Wednesday Wedding!”
Jess remarks “Our wedding was a reflection of Luke and I and a way to show our love and commitment to each other in front of friends and family.”
Of their photographer, Jess says “Our photographer was Deborah Boots of Boots Photography and she was AMAZING! The photography was really important to us, as after the day is finished and your memories fade the photos are all you really have left. After visiting her site I knew she would be able to capture our day perfectly – and she did! Deb takes gorgeous pictures and really captured the personalities of Luke and I in the photos which I love. Endless thank you’s to Deb for the beautiful photos and making the whole process so easy and fun. I would highly recommend her to anyone.”
The wedding cake was made by the bride’s mother and topped with a card cake topper from ReadyGo.
Jess continued her handmade stationery through to the reception, explaining “Luke and I decided on a ‘perfect pear’ theme for our wedding. I designed a little logo for the wedding day featuring a pear and everything just came together after that. Our perfect pear theme was found throughout all the details: from the wedding invites (which featured a pear on the rsvp card and envelope liners), to our personalised stamp featured on most of the stationery (programs, menus, coasters) to the actual pears that were used on the table as placeholders.”
Jess says “I DIY’ed a lot of the details at the wedding and I loved it! I would really recommend to brides to put in the time and effort to do some things yourself; it is extremely rewarding and just makes the whole day a bit more personal.
We wanted to create a romantic vintage garden party feel for the ceremony and reception so I collected lots of vintage jars and vases during the lead up to the wedding and these were used on the tables for centrepieces. Id also bought a large roll of hessian which we used as table runners, banners and the aisle runner. My parents made a beautiful ribbon altar for us using our theme colours of: whites, creams, golds and pale yellows.”
Of their first dance, Jess recalls “Luke and I did a bridal dance crash course about a week out from the wedding. The dance wasn’t too important to us but we didn’t want to be stepping on each others toes! We did have a few teary eyes during the dance so thankfully we mustn’t have been too bad! Our song was Aerosmith’s “Don’t Wanna Miss A Thing”.”
For that last piece of fun entertainment? The couple used a photobooth from In The Booth. Jess says “We had a photobooth at our wedding which we were lucky enough to have actually won. It was hired through ‘In The Booth’ and was an absolute highlight at the wedding. It was great knowing that guests had something entertaining to do while the bridal party were off getting photos and also that they would have a little keepsake to take home from the wedding. I would highly recommend hiring one at your wedding and In The Booth were great – so flexible and such excellent customer service. It was really nice to get home the next day and have our photobooth guestbook filled with photo strips and notes from guests to read through and look over.”
Congratulations on your marriage Jess and Luke1 Thank you for sharing it with us! Thank you also to Boots Photography for sharing today’s images!
Something about New Zealand is incredibly romantic, just to prove my point, a stunning wedding full of romance comes along and is every bit the glowy romantic, elegant wedding! Danielle and John married in Homebush, Masterton and their wedding was a beautiful garden ceremony with plenty of romance.
Danielle shares the story of the newlyweds. “Johnny and I were both and born bred in the small town of Masterton, Wairarapa. Although our families knew each other well and we had the same friends, it seemed as though we were right under each other’s noses until we officially met each other! Johnny being a Cray fisherman, is from a local fishing family and my (Danielle’s) father is also a Commercial Cray fisherman and a paua diver on the same coast line- not that either of us eat seafood! After years of just ‘being friends’ and wishing but ‘wrong timing’, Johnny and I finally got the opportunity to spend a little time together and actually officially began our relationship on weekend at his family beach house-where Johnny fishes from. We knew we would never spend a moment apart after that!.. and we haven’t!”
The bridesmaids wore pale pink gowns from Forever New which Danielle bought on a trip to Perth and had altered.
Danielle wore a stunning gown designed by Louise Anderson. Danielle recalls “Louise Anderson was my dress designer and I have to mention what an exquisite job she did of making me my dream gown. I went to her with an idea of what I wanted and we worked together on the dress until it was perfect. Her skill level combined with her passion for wedding gowns made it an experience I would recommend to anybody. My dress only fits me and it was a one-off. I couldn’t have asked for a better bridal gown- i didn’t even need to wear a torselette or bra!!”
The couple held the wedding- ceremony and reception at The Landing. Danielle explains “Johnny and I had attended several weddings in the lead up to our own, and we were keen on the idea of just having the one venue for the ceremony and the reception- not only for the convenience but we really wanted to make the whole setting look personal and like it was our own. The Landing offers all of this and more,”
Plenty of DIY decorating was undertaken for the day, Danielle says “I am a fashion designer and I love love love creative projects. My mother is also extremely creative and between us, my mother-in-law and a few helpers, we managed to DIY quite a few elements. Before the ceremony, cones made out of music sheets with my aisle song (Adele) were handed out and they were filled with white and blush coloured rose petals for people to throw over us at the end. We got married under some huge Oak trees and we hung crystal decorations on ribbons from the branches and we also had collected gorgeous ivory coloured birdcages that we hung from the trees, they were filled with roses and church candles.”
Danielle chose a modern classic for the processional. She remembers “I walked down to Adele- ‘Someone Like You’. I know Adele seems to be the popular choice currently but we chose that song because we thought the words captured our story best.”
Danielle and Johnny added a lot of themselves to the day. Danielle remarks “I’m a huge believer of ‘the small details make it’ and I think all of the DIY we did really made the day that much more special and I think it took things to the next level. The Landing is such a beautiful setting, but we still wanted our wedding to look unique. Johnny and I were very involved in the make-up of the ceremony and we chose all of the readings, scriptures and elements ourselves. We wrote our own promises and we had Johnny’s sister there to read a poem for us. The whole thing was very personal.
One thing that also gave it depth for me- was a discovery I made two weeks prior to the wedding. My bridesmaid was arriving from Perth to stay with us and while I was setting up her room, I emptied the side drawers of my book and novels. In the drawer, I found a gold bible that my grandparents (my grandfather has passed and my nana is very ill) gave me before my first birthday. They were Italian and strong Catholics. Handwritten in the bible it said “Dear Danielle, with everlasting love- nana and grandad, 14th of April 1990″ (my wedding date!!) we incorporated the bible into the ceremony and had our rings blessed on it. This was very special for me. Our whole bridal party also made speeches which was great, including myself- they got everybody laughing!”
Danielle’s favourite moment was the coming together of family and friends. She recalls “I loved having all of our close family and friends there who had traveled from so far away to celebrate with us, and just putting so much effort into the personal details. Johnny and I now look back on the day and feel as though it was as special to us as it could be.”
Danielle remarks “Our wedding was a true combination our taste and lifestyle; soft, romantic and classic while still having the outdoorsy and natural, lush feel that is the scene of the Wairarapa.”
Of their photographer, Danielle says “We met our lovely photographer Mary at a wedding expo held the previous year in Masterton. We knew as soon as we saw her photo gallery that she would not only suit our classic theme, but she was obviously extremely talented and had that comforting vibe about her. We were hoping she would capture all of those meaningful moments on our day and Mary did an absolutely exquisite job!”
The celebrations continued at The Landing. Danielle remembers “With a gorgeous house set in even more amazing gardens and surrounded but towering trees, they offer Bed & Breakfast accommodation for any guests that may want to stay the night, they have a separate canape area with an attached marquee and a fully decked-out caterers kitchen (which was great because we supplied our own seafood and the caterers worked from there) and they also have the most fabulous lawn to get married on, and a large tennis court which is where we erected our 22×18 marquee for the reception.”
The reception decor was styled by the bride and her family. Danielle explains “My mother and her team of floral art girls created all of the decorative wedding flowers for me. I had the biggest, most incredible arrangement of flowers that waterfall-ed over the bridal table. They made rings for the tables that were filled with roses, lilies and lisianthus, and had one very large candle in the centre with a few wicks that we lit before the reception began. There were black wrought iron candelabras with church candles on top and ivy wrapped around them.. and white bunting that we made hung between poles in the marquee. At the entrance to the aisle, we even made beautiful twisted willow that stood in a silver pots with a collar of autumn hydrangeas. Those stood on top of wine barrels.
Lastly, my husband and I sourced some vintage windows and I wrote our seating chart onto the panes with a white marker pen and I also created a ‘story card’ to go on the table settings. I wrote a ‘fairytale’ about how we met and got together.. I printed it onto textured card and added little drawings to it- it turned out very cute!!”
Along with the story card guests received fortune cookies from Fortune Cookies. Danielle says “We had vanilla flavoured, white choc dipped fortune cookies for our favours. They were not only delicious but the notes inside are so funny!”
Johnny and I had ordered the Amazing Travelling Photobooth for the day- they operated during canapes and after dinner. You can hop in behind a vintage curtain and push the button, a bell rings and snaps five photos and you can have them in black&white or colour. They were absolutely hilarious and our guests got a copy for themselves as well as a copy they stuck in a book for us with a note next to it. The funny thing was, there were some highly inappropriate photos that people did not want to stick in our ‘guest book’.. however, little did they know, we received an CD at the end with ALL of the photos on it! Classic.
For their first dance, Danielle remembers “Johnny and I chose a Black Keys song for our first dance called ‘I’ll be your man’. Apart from being Black Keys lovers, we wanted something upbeat and the kind of song that we will hear again and again and it will remind us of our wedding. I have been a dancer since I was small but Johnny was slightly more nervous about the dance.. we didn’t choreograph anything though, we just went with the flow and it turned out great.”
Congratulations Danielle and Johnny! Thank you so much for sharing your wedding day with us! Thank you also to Mary Sylvia Photography for sharing today’s beautiful wedding day!
Margaret River has to be one of the most beautiful places in the world, so I’m excited to feature Taryn and Daniel’s wedding which happened on one of the beautiful Margaret River beaches and then was celebrated at one of the beautiful Margaret River wineries!
Taryn tells their story. “We were born in Australia in the same hospital just 2 weeks apart, but we didn’t meet til we were 8 when Daniel’s family returned back to Australia and met my parents (the news that we were born in the same hospital wasn’t apparent until we got engaged!) We then grew up as childhood friends, never interested in each other, until when we were 18 and decided to share fish and chips on the beach together one night as a reminiscent time of when we were 16 and I had to stay at his house because my family was out of town. It was at the fish and chips that we realised we really liked each other and kept spending time together, started dating and five years later we were married!”
Photos today are by Marc Ash Photography. Marc has captured the wedding with such a moody, intimate feel to it.
The bridesmaids wore gowns made by a local dressmaker while Taryn wore a gown designed by Zanzis. The girls all wore shoes by Forever New.
The floral arrangements were styled by Eufloria. Taryn notes “I loved my flowers! They are called upper secret roses, my florist helped me find them, they were exactly what I wanted.”
Taryn and Daniel held their ceremony at Injidup Beach, Margaret River. Taryn explains “Injidup is a surf beach and the groom loves surfing! It also has beautiful turquoise water and creamy sand but in the distance has the rugged landscape of the southwest.” The couple married in front of an old wooden door frame they’d found, from an old Italian builder.
For her walk down the aisle, Taryn says “A friend did a remake of ‘Moths Wings’ by Passion Pit for us – it was beautiful and dramatic at the same time.”
Of their photographer, Taryn says “His photos say it all! He was fun, relaxed, and sneaky, and still let us add our own touch. He has an amazing gift of capturing moments and details better than we could have ever imagined, we will now be able to cherish them forever. Another photographer friend of ours was taking photos in the background on the day, the two of them got on really well which we felt really gave a happy atmosphere to the images.”
The couple held their reception at vineyard. Taryn notes “Cape Naturalise Vineyard is our favourite winery in the southwest, we love the hills that the vines are situated on and obviously love the wine! The owners are just the nicest people and we were at the winery the day we got engaged.”
The bride’s brother Jacob made the Love sign as well as breadboards, gifted to the guests. The couple hired a marquee from Cape Marquees for their wedding, ” We hired our tables, lighting and marquee from this young couple who run their own business, they went out of their way to make everything special for us, more than just vendors, we felt like they were our friends! They were so helpful in the planning process and set-up. ”
For their first dance Taryn says “It was sexy! There was lots of romance and lots of wine involved. We danced a slow rumba to ‘Pala’ by Friendly Fires.”
Congratulations Taryn & Daniel! Thank you for sharing your wedding day wit us! Thank you also to Marc Ash Photography for sharing today’s images!