Best of Bri­tish cel­e­bra­tion

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - INSIDER -

The sea­side theme of their wed­ding gave a nod to Hay­ley Grey and Ja­cob Holt’s Bri­tish her­itage. The cou­ple served up “fancy fish and chips” as the main course at their re­cep­tion for 100 guests at Vau­cluse Yacht Club at Wat­sons Bay, where the cou­ple mar­ried in a cer­e­mony on the deck over­look­ing Syd­ney Har­bour.

Hay­ley, a ve­teri­nary nurse, and Ja­cob, who owns Crossfit Kia Kaha gym at Maroubra, left Eng­land to “chase the sun” in 2013.

Hay­ley grew up in Risca, a Welsh town near Cardiff and in 2012 moved to Bristol, near the air­port where she worked for an air­line cabin crew. Ja­cob, who grew up at Bristol, was per­sonal trainer at the gym Hay­ley joined soon after her ar­rival in Eng­land.

“He started chat­ting me up on the cross-trainer,” Hay­ley says, ad­mit­ting she no­ticed he was “very hand­some”.

After a re­laxed first din­ner­date, the cou­ple con­tin­ued to see each other ca­su­ally dur­ing the year. Both had plans to travel in 2013, and at that stage didn’t en­vis­age trav­el­ling to­gether.

“But over the year we fell in love,” Hay­ley says, as they dis­cov­ered a shared sense of ad­ven­ture and thirst for life.

Ha­ley also en­joyed Ja­cob’s very calm, re­laxed and light­hearted na­ture.

“Our whole re­la­tion­ship has al­ways been very light­hearted, he helps me to stay calm,” she says.

Ja­cob says Hay­ley “has a big heart”, ev­i­denced by her de­sire to bring home stray an­i­mals from the vet surgery where she works.

With both also want­ing to travel and try new things, they de­cided to come to Aus­tralia to­gether, ex­plor­ing the east coast be­fore set­tling in Syd­ney, where Hay­ley re­trained as a vet nurse. Ja­cob pro­posed in De­cem­ber 2016, dur­ing a stay at the Grand Pull­man Ho­tel, Cir­cu­lar Quay.

“When we ar­rived I went on to the bal­cony to look at the Har­bour,” Hay­ley says. “When I turned around, Ja­cob was on one knee, hold­ing a ring.” Ja­cob had or­dered the ring, a gold band set with a sap­phire be­tween two di­a­monds, work­ing from Hay­ley’s de­scrip­tions of her pre­ferred de­sign.

Ja­cob had also ar­ranged for friends to join them in the city for a cel­e­bra­tion din­ner.

The cou­ple wanted a re­laxed, nau­ti­cal themed wed­ding and con­sid­ered sev­eral venues be­fore set­tling on Vau­cluse Yacht Club.

Hay­ley wanted a bo­hemian-style wed­ding dress, and first found her Au­dine by Wat­ters Wil­lowby ivory stretch-lace gown with eight thin straps across the low-cut back on­line. She then tried the dress at Marry Me Bridal at Mos­man.

The day be­fore the wed­ding fam­ily and friends from Eng­land, Wales and New Zealand joined them to stay overnight at the Wat­sons Bay Ho­tel.

“It was an ideal op­por­tu­nity for peo­ple who prob­a­bly wouldn’t oth­er­wise have come here to ar­range to visit us,” Hay­ley says. “We en­joyed a lot of time with all our near­est and dear­est in the one place.”

PHO­TOG­RA­PHY BEN SELWAY

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