Kindly submitted by Jade Norwood Photography, the wedding of Elise and Aaron was held late last year on the far West coast of SA. The couple chose a neutral colour theme brimming with beautiful rustic details. Oh and the dress……. from Grace Loves Lace. Here’s their story.

How They Met

It was thanks to my sister who was seeing Aaron’s best friend at the time. I was in the middle of my first teaching practical at university and had completely lost my voice! I used my phone to communicate with him the whole night. We shared a little kiss before I got in the cab to go home and the rest is history!

 The Engagement

Aaron proposed to me on a little holiday to Queensland. We knew we wanted a summer wedding and wanted to make the most of our summer school holidays so it left us with less than 12 months to plan the wedding. I think this was a good thing though as we didn’t have time to procrastinate and change our minds, as soon as we found things we liked we just went for it!

 The Wedding

The far West coast of South Australia is such a beautiful arid coastline, we just love living here. We wanted to capture this with our theme as many of our guests were visiting from other parts of South Australia and Australia. We went for quite a rustic and neutral theme and used succulents as centrepieces and for the bouquets. We kept the ceremony and photography locations simple as to let the stunning surroundings speak for themselves.

I loved our ceremony, it was really relaxed and personal and we wrote our own vows, it was so nice to surprise each other with these and there were lots of laughs! We also had our two dogs as our ring bearers. We adopted our girls off the streets about five years ago and they’ve become such an important part of our lives. It was so nice to have them as a part of the day.

As we held the reception in the Town Hall, we had no restrictions as to what time it all finished up. Our band played until 2am so everyone could sing and dance with maracas and tambourines for about 5 hours! We were the last standing and walked home barefoot together at 4am, reminiscing about an amazing day.

I love being a wife and I’m so proud that Aaron is my husband. I think we make a great team and marriage was our way of officially acknowledging this bond in front of our closest family and friends. We completely respect couples who don’t believe they need marriage to prove their love for one another, but we also believe that every couple should have the right and opportunity to be married if they wish. The wedding itself was also an opportunity to have all of our closest family and friends together in one place at one time. It was really nice to be able to acknowledge and thank so many of our loved ones through our speeches… not something you get the opportunity to do very often.

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Photography: Jade Norwood Photography

Bridal gown: Grace Loves Lace ‘Ariel’

Veil / hair piece: Grace Loves Lace

Shoes: Tony Bianco www.tonybianco.com.au

Flowers: Bay Funktion

Jewellery/Accessories: My Nannas Pearl Necklace which she wore on her wedding day, Pearl Earrings as a gift from my mum

Bridesmaids dresses: Wish www.wish.com.au

Grooms suit: Ed Harry www.edharry.com

Ceremony: Ceduna Foreshore Lawns

Reception: Ceduna Town Hall

Cake: Smelly Cheese Shop www.smellycheese.com.au

Reception stylist / any decorations / details: Bay Funktion

Stationery designer: Alija Shakes Graphic Design

Hair and Make up: Hair- Katie Matthews (sister)  Make-Up- Amy Faklis

Music: Jarrad Kilsby Music facebook.com/jarradkilsbymusic

Celebrant: Kayla Petty 

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