RETURN TO OZ
TO TIE THE KNOT, THIS COUPLE RETURNED TO THE PLACE THEY MET—AUSTRALIA— AND THEIR EPIC PHOTOS FEATURE SAND, SUN AND SOME VERY PHOTOGENIC CAMELS.
This couple’s epic photos feature sand, sun and some very photogenic camels.
Tina and Dave met when they were both newcomers to the city of Newcastle, Australia. A mutual friend introduced the Canadian girl and the Aussie boy, and by the end of their first date both knew their lives had been changed forever. Later, on an unseasonably warm winter night back in Canada, Tina’s thirtieth birthday festivities were drawing to a close. The theme was “30 surprises in 30 hours;” Dave knew the last surprise had to be epic.
“After a drive to Toronto’s east end, Dave found a location overlooking the skyline and a very frozen Lake Ontario, and produced the thirtieth surprise—the ring!” Tina recounts. “It was the perfect setting for our proposal—it reminded us of one of our first dates in Australia, overlooking Bar Beach, except with more romance … and ice.”
Returning to the place they met, the couple held their wedding in Australia at Jonah’s Whale Beach—a restaurant and boutique hotel in Palm Beach, New South Wales. With dramatic vistas and modern esthetic, the Relais & Chateaux property turned out to be the perfect fit for the romantic ambience the couple envisioned for their wedding.
“The venue provided a beautiful canvas to work with: a stunning view of the Pacific Ocean and luxurious white furnishings. It was classic and perfect,” says Tina. Decor was kept to a minimum to let the landscape’s natural beauty shine. “There wasn’t much we needed to do for the ceremony, as we wanted people to take in the incredible ocean view from the cliff-top garden,” says Tina. “The only thing we wanted was a grand arch to pull everything together. With sweeping greenery, white accents and tropical touches, it left me breathless!”
Aside from the arch, Tina and Dave added a few other touches to warm up the reception space and incorporate their personalities. “We put a lot of trust in our florist to dress up the space with whites, greens and pastels. She envisioned a modern and elegant wedding with a wild greenhouse twist, which is exactly what we wanted,” Tina says. Flowing floral arrangements in cream, peach and blush tones, as well as trailing green vines and tea lights, added ambience, while the couple’s friend, Andrea Park, handwrote the calligraphy for a dose of elegance.
The table numbers, featuring names of places holding special meaning for the couple and their guests, were another personalized touch. The result of all these little details and thoughtful elements was a warm and inviting space where Tina and Dave could focus on what mattered most: their love for one another. “Our ceremony was so intimate that at times it felt like it was just us by ourselves,” Tina reveals.
The couple says the best part of the day was having friends and family pitch in to help make their wedding perfect. “Many of our close friends and family played important roles. One of our friends played the guitar and sang as I walked down the aisle, our brother-in-law performed the ceremony, my younger brother was the emcee for the evening, and my best friend designed and handwrote all the stationery, signs and name cards, as well as doing the bridesmaids’ hair. It made us feel so blessed and grateful for all the support,” Tina shares.
While Tina and Dave revelled in having their loved ones gathered together at their spectacular venue, nothing compared to the setting they chose for their post-wedding photo shoot. The couple’s photographer, Krista Fox, flew from Toronto to capture the wedding, and wanted to create amazing shots. “Two days after the wedding, Krista drove us two-and-a-half hours north of Sydney to the largest coastal sand dunes in the Southern Hemisphere for a post-wedding shoot, which involved a fourby-four, sandy toes and camels. It was the best way to finish off our wedding!” Tina smiles.