Newlyweds Jacqui and Jamie tied the knot amoungst the scenic natural landscape in Lorne on the Great Ocean Road. Beautifully aligned with their theme of ‘Scandi-Coastal’, Jacqui wore her Ascension Gown by Suzanne Harward.
As featured on Ivory Tribe.
The Great Ocean Road is heavenly, so it was only natural that Jacqui and Jamie would use it as the backdrop for their lovely Lorne wedding celebration.
Creating their own theme ‘Scandi Coastal’ this couple kept things simple, natural and let their surrounds do the talking.
An epic walk to Erskine Falls not only ensured they have breathtaking photos they will treasure forever, but it allowed them a chance to take a breath, connect and enjoy some alone time as newlyweds with their very own lens legend, Erin Ronald.
In Jacqui’s words…
We met in Melbourne through a mutual friend on Grand Final night in 2011. Seeing we both where from the Warrnambool we found it pretty amazing that our paths had not crossed before.
Pretty early on we knew that we were onto something good. Great dates over great food and a mutual love of Grand Designs was the early indicators of this!
On an early morning beach walk in Moggs Creek Jamie asked the question. It was very intimate, but the most memorable moment was when our dog Claude fell into a rock pool soon after.
We found that it ran very hot and cold…one minute it was a frantic (perhaps the bride was just this way) rush to book in all the vendors and then a waiting game until the months grew closer. We worked with amazing vendors that kept us in the loop and offered great expertise to help with the big build up.
Scandi coastal (if that is even a thing)? We tried to bring out the native colours in our styling as well. As it was a destination wedding we also wanted our guests to feel relaxed and included all weekend.
The moment I stepped into Suzanne Harward I had the ‘all the feels’. The old tale you hear is true, my gown was the last dress I tried on and not my choice either. I instantly fell in love with the details and texture of the fabric and how it confident it made me feel. When I looked up and saw Mum and Dad get teary I knew it was the one.
It was amazing to be involved in the whole process of the gown and I floated out after my final fitting. Without a doubt the most divine (and comfortable) dress I will ever wear.
We simply loved exchanging vows and getting married in front of our loved ones!
Also our couple shots with Eric at Erskine Falls. It was an amazing chance for us to take time out and connect. It helped take the tension out of the day as we helped each other climb logs and over rocks.
Aisle: Jacqui’s cousin Matthew piped us in to the tune of Highland Cathedral.
First dance: Wonder of You by Elvis
Funny stories (or near disasters).
Our celebrant had a ‘sat nav’ drama and was 1.5 hrs late to the wedding…Jacqui was just about to get in the car when she found out! Thank goodness that Eric (our photographer) was there to pull us together and whisk us away to an impromptu couple’s shoot.
No matter how regimented your planning is something might go wrong. You just have to take it as it comes and enjoy your day…nobody but you will notice something out of place.
Words of wisdom.
Meet up with all your vendors and get to know those who are helping you on the big day. Some of my favourite moments leading up to the wedding were these chats. It lets your suppliers know you and your aesthetic, and helps them nail what you exactly want for the big day.
Also go for a wedding website for RSVP’s- it makes organization and communication with the guests a breeze.
All of your friends and family are there to love and support you. No matter if your delayed or some drama pops up they will still be there waiting, happy and ready to celebrate you regardless. And man will they party hard!
Ceremony venue / location: Lorne Foreshore
Reception venue / location: Lorne Beach Pavilion
Photography: Eric Ronald – We met Eric and he wowed us from the beginning. He went above and beyond on the big day and has such expertise surrounding weddings your not just getting amazing pictures.
Styling: Us! And Jacqui’s mum went above and beyond to help bring the final touches together.
Florist: Botanica Fresh Flowers – Sarah constructed the most beautiful flower creations for the big day. She went our of her way to understand what we wanted and delivered with the enchanting florals.
Make-up: Hilary at Hilary Holmes Makeup: I cannot rave enough about Hilary and Anni. Such amazing women and artists. Their expertise meant I felt comfortable in my own skin all day and night, but every inch a glowing bride.
The dress: Suzanne Harward – Every time I stepped into Suzanne Harward it was a dream. Cannot thank Carly and the team enough for my divine gown.
Veil / headwear: Suzanne Harward
Shoes: Tony Bianco
Rings: Aristides Fine Jewels
Bridesmaid’s dress: Camilla and Marc
Groomsmen’s suits: P. Johnson Tailors
Bow ties / ties: P. Johnson Tailors
Groom’s shoes: Church’s
Catering: Lorne Beach Pavilion
Favours: Custom seed packets
Cake / Cake topper: ILMA Cakes – Jamie’s brother created our heavenly three-tier wedding cake. His design and cakes were all so perfect the guests though it was fake!
Stationery / Signage: Jamie made all the signage and invitations.
Entertainment: Geelong Audio Hire
Transport: Family cars
Décor: The amazing husband again made a lot of the furniture and welded up our beautiful mesh screens.
Hire: Surfcoast Party Hire
Honeymoon: Europe in September
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