Gor­geous cou­ple John and Elisha Ben­nett say ‘I do’


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On an over­cast Oc­to­ber day at the Jim­bour home­stead, John Mclean Ben­nett and Elisha Hulme tied the knot after four and a half years to­gether.

They ex­changed vows in the home­stead’s beau­ti­ful gar­dens be­fore re­tir­ing to the hangar for their re­cep­tion.

Elisha said she did not take John’s last name, as the two of them feel it is an out­dated prac­tice.

The pair had met on­line through Rsvp.com.au and were joined on their first date by a spe­cial guest.

“I told John to bring his dog, Dog, along and we ended up go­ing to a dog park for our date,” Elisha re­mem­bered.

“I’m pretty sure Dog (which is short for Dougald Os­car Geron­imo) is the world’s best wing­man,” John joked.

Elisha said she knew John was the one, be­cause he is sup­port­ive and en­cour­ag­ing of ev­ery­thing she does.

“He could see po­ten­tial in me where I couldn’t; I knew he was the one be­cause he be­lieved in me so strongly,” she said, adding that they share the same twisted sense of hu­mour.

For John, know­ing he wanted to marry Elisha hap­pened with­out him re­ally notic­ing.

“It was so in­cre­men­tal and nat­u­ral, that no one point in time de­fines it,” he said, but added that it was at the Car­ni­val of Flow­ers dur­ing a set of Ball­park Mu­sic that they first de­clared their love for each other.

John pro­posed to Elisha at the top of the Em­pire State Build­ing in New York City, USA — which hap­pens to be Elisha’s favourite city.

The wed­ding day was all about fun, from the hu­mour in their vows to the style of pho­tos they chose to cap­ture their day in.

“An im­promptu de­ci­sion to take a photo stand­ing on the bon­net of the Lan­drover, with Elisha hold­ing an over–sized bal­loon, re­ally cap­tured the vibe,” John said.

The dec­o­ra­tions fol­lowed a coun­try theme, with flo­ral ar­range­ments made up of gum leaves and soft pinks and greys.

“Jim­bour Home­stead is a stun­ning venue, so there re­ally isn’t much to do to make it any bet­ter,” Elisha said.

They spent their hon­ey­moon in an over–wa­ter bun­ga­low at the Co­conut Is­land Re­sort in Samoa, and said they hope to ex­pand their fam­ily and home in the years to come.

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