Coun­try wed­ding spe­cial



A sur­prise trip to a Tas­ma­nian is­land three years ago led Tessa and Jack to re­turn with their wed­ding party.

Ac­cord­ing to Tessa Ka­vanagh, get­ting mar­ried on a pri­vate is­land is spe­cial. “there’s some­thing quite dif­fer­ent about be­ing the only peo­ple on an is­land — you have a knowl­edge of your bound­aries and yet a feel­ing of to­tal free­dom,” she says, hav­ing in March wed her long-time love, Jack New­man-mor­ris, on Satel­lite Is­land in Tas­ma­nia’s D’en­tre­casteaux Chan­nel. Cre­at­ing an ex­pe­ri­ence was a pri­or­ity for the cou­ple, who re­cently moved from Mel­bourne to the Mace­don Ranges and a 19th-cen­tury farm­house. “we were never very keen on a ‘nor­mal’ sort of wed­ding,” Tessa says. “we wanted some­thing that wasn’t just about us and our en­joy­ment — it was about cre­at­ing some­thing for our friends, too.” The cou­ple met 12 years ago. Jack pro­posed in June last year dur­ing a hol­i­day for Tessa’s 30th birth­day. three years ear­lier, Jack, also 30, had sur­prised Tessa with a trip to Satel­lite Is­land, a visit that re­sulted in an on­go­ing friend­ship with the is­land’s own­ers. Tessa and Jack’s wed­ding was the first cel­e­brated on the is­land, and both knew the lo­gis­tics would be “full-on”. “there’s no mains power, just a gen­er­a­tor, and we had to bring in ev­ery­thing from por­taloos to cater­ing tents and chairs, ”tessa says. “i think we sent down 300 kilo­grams of gear from Mel­bourne. It was quite an un­der­tak­ing — but it was worth it.” Tessa, a stylist whose work ap­pears reg­u­larly in Coun­try Style, is used to cre­at­ing beau­ti­ful scenes in re­mote places. The wed­ding was no ex­cep­tion. “we had lots of cut fo­liage that we dried and sprayed gold.the salt and pep­per on the >

ta­ble was served in oys­ter shells we’d col­lected, and the place set­tings were grey stones from one of the beaches.” Gold bells were an­other fea­ture. they adorned the ta­ble, the sign­posts and the boats that brought guests from nearby Bruny Is­land, and their gen­tle jin­gle set the tone for the day. The cou­ple ex­changed vows on the Boathouse jetty in front of 65 close friends and fam­ily — Tessa in an em­broi­dered lace dress from Zim­mer­mann — fol­lowed by lunch un­der um­brel­las in a pad­dock at the top of the is­land.the rustic and colour­ful menu was pre­pared on site by chefs from Ho­bart restau­rant Smolt. Is­land manager Richard Roe was in­stru­men­tal in the smooth run­ning of the day, as was Myfanwy Kernke, from Shene Es­tate in Pontville near Ho­bart, who acted as wed­ding co­or­di­na­tor. At sun­set, guests en­joyed cham­pagne and freshly shucked Bruny Is­land oysters, then there was danc­ing by a bon­fire un­til 10pm, when a catamaran fer­ried most guests back to Ho­bart. “I don’t think I’ll ever have that much fun in one day again,” Tessa says. “the sun shone, the wind gen­tly rus­tled the linen table­cloths, the gold fo­liage sparkled… It was magic!”

CLOCK­WISE, FROM ABOVE Tessa Ka­vanagh and Jack New­man-mor­ris ex­change vows on the jetty of the Boathouse; Tessa chose a Zim­mer­mann dress and a bou­quet of bou­var­dia; Satel­lite Is­land’s Boathouse; the tent where Tessa and Jack spent their wed­ding night; stones gath­ered on Sun­set Beach were used in lieu of place cards.

CLOCK­WISE, FROM TOP LEFT Cham­pagne flutes at the ready; on the way to the re­cep­tion; um­brel­las shield the ban­quet ta­ble; gold bells jin­gled gen­tly all day; pa­per cups of rose pe­tals; Tessa with brides­maids Chan­tal Noble (left) and Ebon­nie Masini.

CLOCK­WISE, FROM TOP LEFT Just mar­ried; oysters from neigh­bour­ing Bruny Is­land; din­ner boxes pre­pared by chefs from Ho­bart’s Smolt restau­rant; the cou­ple pose with close friends; guests en­joy the party as the light fades. FAC­ING PAGE, CLOCK­WISE, FROM TOP LEFT The bride’s place set­ting, com­plete with tam­bourine; hop­ping aboard the is­land’s pri­vate boat; a tree adorned with party lights and gold bells; hus­band and wife; Tessa de­scends the steep stairs to the Boathouse and her await­ing nup­tials.

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