Our wedding photos arrived last week and I haven’t stopped looking through them and revisiting the most incredible day. Far from post-wedding blues, I am still wrapped up on cloud nine, reliving a day that far surpassed my wildest dreams.
We got married on Friday 3 March in Palm Beach, New South Wales and made short journey there from Sydney the day before. After a quick ceremony rehearsal with our bridal party, Oli and I said our goodbyes and imposed a ‘no radio contact’ rule on ourselves until we met at the end of the aisle the following afternoon.
I spent my last 24 hours as a Miss with my family and bridesmaids enjoying the stunning beach home we had rented for the occasion. Meanwhile, the boys played golf and kayaked on Pittwater.
In true Sydney style, the weather had been extremely unpredictable all week and we had made a contingency in case our plans for an outdoor ceremony overlooking the ocean were scuppered. On the morning of our wedding, the sun kept peaking through the cloud cover so the decision was made to take a risk and go ahead with our plan A.
While Oli was watching the skies, I spent a relaxed morning with my mum, sisters and bridesmaids, taking my time to get ready both physically and emotionally for what lay ahead – pampering, styling my hair and having my makeup expertly applied by Tash while I reread my vows and thought about the journey we had been on to get to this day.
After wishing the morning would pass faster so I could finally marry my fiancé, the last hour before flew by in a whirlwind.
Our ceremony took place at Governor Phillips Park, overlooking the Pacific Ocean and exposed to the sea wind. As my dad and I arrived the clouds threatened rain, but it stopped as soon as we begun walking up the aisle to Israel Kamakawiwoʻole’s Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World. I don’t think I will ever forget seeing Oli in his suit for the first time, standing under the arbor and looking every bit as happy as I felt.
Despite being a little windswept, the ceremony itself was one of my favourite parts of the day. Our celebrant captured our story perfectly and we had chosen to write our our vows, so it felt very ‘us’.
After being announced as husband and wife, we slipped off for photographs before taking a moment just the two of us to reflect (and pour the sand out of our shoes) before we joined our guests to celebrate.
We had chosen The Boathouse Palm Beach for our reception due to its awesome waterfront location and relaxed feel. The reception was everything we wanted it to be, lots of drinking, laughter and dancing, mixed with just the right amount of emotion in the form of tear jerking speeches and sentimental songs. In honour of Oli’s grandparents, who had made a long journey to be there, we danced our first dance to Port Adelaide’s team song, INXS’ Never Tear Us Apart.
The whole day was absolutely perfect and I couldn’t feel luckier to have married the man of my dreams.
Photographer | Sophie Thompson
Wedding car | Our beloved Mini Cooper S
Celebrant | Liam Chapman
Florist | Wild Lotus
Music |Steph + Cam from Tillee Music
Venue | The Boathouse Palm Beach
Marquee lights | Sammy + Lola
Wedding cake | Gracious Honey three-tiers – carrot, lemon + coconut, flourless chocolate
Menu | Beer batter fish + chips with tartare sauce, smoked pork belly with apple and kale, pork + fennel sausage rolls, pea + parmesan arancini and various canapes