The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - INSIDER - ORIGAMI PHOTOGRAPHY

Dress Mer­maid-style silk gown with lace and bead­ing by Leah da Glo­ria

Hon­ey­moon A month trav­el­ling around South Amer­ica

JOHN and Rowena met when they joined the same team at work and were soon in­sep­a­ra­ble, bonded by shared fam­ily val­ues and a pas­sion for fit­ness, out­door pur­suits and travel.

John pro­posed in Novem­ber 2015 while hol­i­day­ing in Maui, go­ing down on one knee with a pear­shaped di­a­mond ring while vis­it­ing a beau­ti­ful wa­ter­fall.

Adopt­ing a mod­ern, el­e­gant theme for their big day, the pair had their cer­e­mony at St Joachim church, Lid­combe, be­fore trav­el­ling to Sergeants Mess, Mos­man, for a re­cep­tion with 170 fam­ily and friends, in­clud­ing 35 who trav­elled from Canada, the US and the Philip­pines.

The cou­ple had been set on a sum­mer wed­ding but could not have an­tic­i­pated that the day would turn out to be the hottest Fe­bru­ary day on record. But de­spite the 45C tem­per­a­tures and car trou­bles that made Rowena 90 min­utes late ar­riv­ing at the church, the bridal party kept its cool through­out.

Cham­pagne and a three­course meal was topped off by a four-tiered choco­late and red vel­vet cake by Cakes By Cliff.

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