Hannah and Josh

REAL WEDDING

EMILY + MARK

PHOTOGRAPHY   |   LA ESTE FILM

Emily and Mark’s story began on the digital landscape, where they unexpectedly found each other despite having crossed paths in their school days. Reconnecting in their mid-twenties, their bond flourished, fuelled by shared interests in escape rooms, puzzles and games and an undying competitive spirit. This tale of modern romance unfolded in Geelong back in 2016, where they both settled after completing university.

Their mutual passion for adventure led them to plan a unique escapade – a road trip around Tasmania in March 2022, exploring the island in a cosy campervan. Setting the stage for surprise, Mark orchestrated a memorable first day by arranging a delightful lunch at a local winery, followed by an unexpected twist. The twist? An escape room themed around a daring diamond heist, designed to test their collaborative wits. The most unexpected twist was Mark’s clandestine collaboration with the escape room company. Amidst the excitement of solving puzzles, Emily’s victory led to the discovery of her engagement ring cleverly placed within the simulated jewellery case. Mark seized the moment, dropping to one knee and securing their love story’s next chapter with a heartfelt proposal.

The subsequent chapters of their love saga took on the form of wedding preparations. Guided by their joint adoration for organisation and spreadsheets, Emily and Mark dove into the wedding planning process with a systematic approach. They both yearned for an intimate and authentic celebration, steering clear of the grandiose and glittering spectacles that often dominate wedding trends. In the midst of being surrounded by others’ visions, they remained resolute in staying true to their budget and minimalist aesthetic.

Emily’s creativity took centre stage as she delved into DIY projects. What began as the intention to arrange her own floral displays transformed into cultivating her own flowers, turning into an unexpectedly rewarding hobby. While she did acquire some blossoms from friends and family, the joy of contributing to her own floral arrangements resonated deeply.

Their wedding, a reflection of rustic charm and minimalist elegance, harmonised effortlessly with their chosen venue, Bellbrae Harvest. This idyllic setting required minimal adornment, for its natural beauty stood out magnificently.

As Emily glided down the aisle in a minimalist gown from Soho Bride, her unique touch shone through – a delicate layer of spot tulle added to the bodice to match her chosen veil. Meanwhile, Mark’s custom-made Eddy Elias Menswear suit encapsulated his tall stature, a testament to the couple’s dedication to crafting a day that suited their distinct personalities.

The whirlwind of the wedding day ensued, with moments like the ceremony stealing the spotlight. The exchange of heartfelt vows, shared vulnerabilities and even the presence of their beloved dogs as ring bearers, painted a vivid portrait of the love they held for one another.

Emily’s advice to those embarking on their own wedding journey is simple yet profound. Enjoy the process and stay true to your vision. In a world awash with countless possibilities, it’s the uniqueness of your journey that makes it unforgettable.

Hannah and Josh
Hannah and Josh
Hannah and Josh
Hannah and Josh
Hannah and Josh
Hannah and Josh
Hannah and Josh
Hannah and Josh
Hannah and Josh
Hannah and Josh

Gown: Chasing The Sun – Soho Bridal   |   Bridesmaids gown: Billy J   |   Shoes: Pink Inc   |   Hair: Blush Bridal   |   Makeup: Blush Bridal   |   Suits: Eddy Elias Menswear   |   Rings: Brett’s Jewellers   |   Celebrant: Olivia Salkeld   |   Ceremony: Bellbrae Harvest   |   Reception: Bellbrae Harvest   |   Flowers: Emily – with generous support and resources from Anna Loughnan Flowers   |   Catering: The Paella Pan and Pete’s Woodfire Pizzas   |   Cake: Emily made it   |   Photography + Video: La Este Film   |   Honeymoon: Bali (minimoon) and South America for 5 weeks   |   Dog Minders: Silly Wagz Bridal Pups   |   Music: Toms Tunes. Acoustic and DJ

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