Hannah and Josh

REAL WEDDING

JESSICA + CONNOR

PHOTOGRAPHY   |  WEDDINGS WITH RYAL

Jessica and Conner, a couple whose love story began through mutual connections and later blossomed in the digital realm. The spark ignited on their 4th anniversary in October 2021. Connor, seizing the moment, proposed in a heartwarming fashion with the engagement ring adorning their dog Otis’s bowtie collar.

Choosing their anniversary date as the wedding day in October 2023, the couple had the perfect reason to celebrate their love on a Saturday, providing a generous two-year window for meticulous planning and financial preparations. Jessica’s organisational prowess kicked in early with a comprehensive spreadsheet detailing every aspect of the wedding – from vendors to costs.

Their special day unfolded with 69 guests including the bridal party. The couple’s vision for a wedding exuded dark and moody vibes featuring rich florals, candlelight and festoon lighting. Connor, unintentionally sporting a yellow jacket due to a fabric mix-up, embraced the mishap, adding a touch of unexpected fun as the bride and groom changed outfits post their first dance.

Jessica’s dress, a blend of crepe material and a fitted bodice with a flowing waist and a leg split, showcased her unique style. Eschewing tradition, she opted for a tulle cape instead of a traditional veil, later changing into a white mini dress with feathers to dance the night away.

The couple’s favourite moments were the first look before the ceremony and the post-dance entrance in their second outfits, met with cheers from the gathered loved ones. For Jessica, having family present made the day truly special, ensuring everyone, including themselves, had a memorable time.

Reflecting on their experience, the couple offers sage advice – ample planning time diminishes stress and on the big day, relish being the guests of honour rather than hosts. Their wedding exemplifies the joy that comes from meticulous planning, unexpected twists and, most importantly, celebrating love with those who matter most.

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: Embrace Bridal   |   Bridesmaid’s gowns: Shona Joy   |   Shoes: Bared Footwear   |   Hair: Ally Barbagallo   |   Makeup: Maddi Nicholls   |   Suits: Connor – Bellington Estate. Groomsmen – Peter Jackson   |   Rings: Michael Hill   |   Celebrant: Samuel Miller (The Bearded Celebrant)   |   Ceremony: The Warehouse Geelong   |   Reception: The Warehouse Geelong   |   Flowers: Beachside Blooms   |   Catering: The Tipsy Colt   |   Cake: Florence and Me Café   |   Photography: Ryal Sormaz   |   Videography: Ruby O’Dowd – Down the Road Weddings.   |   Pets: The Wedding Sitter

 

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