Hannah and Josh

REAL WEDDING

SHAYLEE + MARK

PHOTOGRAPHY   |  HEATHER ROBBINS

Shaylee and Mark’s journey began at a mutual friend’s 21st birthday, sparking a slow burn of online flirting that eventually blossomed into something more significant. Their connection deepened during Mark’s four-month overseas journey, solidified by countless Skype calls that revealed the undeniable truth—they were falling in love. When Mark returned, Shaylee eagerly awaited him at the airport and from that moment, their shared history unfolded.

The proposal, a testament to Mark’s thoughtful planning, unfolded during a special weekend in the captivating Purnululu National Park. In the heart of Western Australia, amid the mesmerising Bungle Bungle Ranges, Mark dropped to one knee at the Whip Snake Gorge in July 2021, making the moment unforgettable.

Their eight-month escapade around Australia in 2021 further strengthened their bond. Travelling in a small caravan, they explored the Northern Territory, Western Australia and South Australia, creating memories that would last a lifetime.

The wedding planning process, while initially stressful, evolved into a collaborative effort. The couple prioritised the overall vibe, opting for The Barn Wallington, a place laden with memories. Family and friends contributed to the finer details, from hand-sewn serviettes by Shaylee’s grandmother to a custom-welded arbour by her father. On-the-day coordinator Carli from eLeMDIFY ensured a seamless celebration.

Drawing inspiration from a cousin’s wedding in Scotland, Shaylee envisioned a shared dining experience within the rustic charm of the barn. Minimalist table settings with soft pinks added a touch of elegance, while native flowers from Jacinta’s Flower Studio adorned the venue.

Shaylee chose Santolina by Alena Leena, a dreamy dress with a detailed draped bustier and feather-soft tulle layers. As a dancer, comfort on the dance floor was a must. The dress not only moved gracefully but also felt uniquely suited to her style. It was the perfect choice for a night of celebration and dancing.

Mark chose a custom suit from The Bespoke Corner Tailors, meticulously selecting each detail. The dark green shade he opted for adds a unique touch, perfectly complementing the setting.

Their advice to future couples is rooted in being present on the big day, savouring each moment without unnecessary stress. Creating downtime in the schedule allowed Shaylee and Mark to absorb the magic of their day together. The emphasis on the overall ‘feel’ of the event, coupled with a venue coordinator’s assistance, ensured a seamless and enjoyable celebration.

With approximately 130 guests, Shaylee and Mark’s wedding was a culmination of love, careful planning and the joyous support of family and friends — a day that will forever hold a special place in their hearts.

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
Hannah and Josh

Gown: Santolina by Alena Leen from Twelve South Bridal –  tailored by Emily Turner Couture   |   Bridesmaid’s gowns: Own   |   Shoes: Pink Inc   |   Hair and make up: Gabbie Ward at The Native co   |   Suits: The Bespoke Corner Tailor   |   Rings: Cushla Whiting Jewellery   |   Celebrant: Annie The Celebrant   |   Ceremony: The Barn Wallington   |   Reception: The Barn Wallington   |   Flowers: Jacinta’s Flower Studio   |   Catering: Burn City Smokers   |   Bar Service: The Cocktail Cart   |   Cake: Leigh Rowan (aunt)   |   Wedding Coordinator: Carli Lombardo from eLeMDIFY   |   Photography: Heather Robbins   |   Videographer: Single Soul   |   Signage: Abby Simpson  |   Cutlery & Crockery: Elderberry Events   |   Honeymoon: Bali

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