Wedding Bells (West) - - Contents - By MACKEN­ZIE PAT­TER­SON. Pho­tog­ra­phy KRISTA FOX.

This cou­ple’s epic pho­tos fea­ture sand, sun and some very pho­to­genic camels.


April 9, 2016

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. ❤

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