Hannah and Josh

REAL WEDDING

JESSICA + CHRIS

PHOTOGRAPHY   |  ASHLEY K PHOTOGRAPHY

Jessica and Chris, the dynamic duo whose modern-day love story began in the digital age, found themselves swiping right on a fateful November day in 2016. While their start may lack the traditional romantic allure, their connection blossomed quickly with three dates in one whirlwind week, paving the way for a friendship that became the foundation of their journey.

Chris had grand plans for a proposal on their 5th anniversary but fate had other ideas. The engagement ring’s delayed arrival shifted the scene to a Christmas morning surprise in 2021, adding a touch of magic to the festive season. Surrounded by family, the couple celebrated this significant moment, turning disappointment into a heartwarming memory.

Navigating the intricate details of wedding planning, Jessica and Chris tackled the task methodically, prioritising and conquering each aspect with a strategy that avoided potential meltdowns —something Jessica humorously anticipated. The meticulous planning led them to the ideal venue at Provenance Wines, with Jessie Belle as their celebrant and Ashley K capturing the magical moments through the lens.

Their wedding, attended by 77 guests, reflected a timeless elegance in classic black and white. Jessica, deviating from her initial envisioning, stunned in a satin, strapless ball gown, while Chris embraced a beige linen jacket paired with cropped pants and suede loafers — a classic look with a modern twist.

The day itself was a tapestry of unforgettable moments. For Jessica, the surreal feeling of walking down the aisle stands out, a cinematic experience turned real. Chris, on the other hand, treasures the speeches and their first dance, a choreographed masterpiece that added flair to the traditional sway.

Amidst the joy and festivities, their advice to newly engaged couples is practical yet profound —create a dedicated email for wedding correspondence to stay organised and, most importantly, relish the engaged bubble. Their mantra – let your wedding reflect you and your partner, ignore the noise and savour every moment. As the day flew by, Jessica and Chris made a conscious effort to soak it all in, ensuring that their wedding day became a cherished memory in the tapestry of their relationship.

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: Elysian Bridal at Raffaele Ciuca   |   Bridesmaid’s gowns: Esther Dress in Black from Billy J Boutique   |   Shoes: River Island   |   Hair: Amelia Rose Hairstylist   |   Makeup: Emily McGrath   |   Suits: Ferrari Formalwear   |   Rings: Bride – Temelli Jewellery. Groom – Ring worn by his great, great grandfather   |   Celebrant: Jessie Belle   |   Ceremony, Reception & Catering: Provenance Wines   |   Flowers: Emma Lane   |   Cake: Original Cyn Cake Design   |   Photography: Ashley K   |   Honeymoon: Italy

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