Wedding of Mat and Jess

REAL WEDDING – Mat and Jess – 8th August 2020

If there was ever a couple that handled COVID like true angels, Mat and Jess were it. This couple was such a breeze to work with, despite all the changes that had to be made due to the pandemic. They took every restriction in their stride, only ever looking at the bigger picture which certainly made their day that much more beautiful.

Wedding of Mat and Jess

HOW THEY MET
“We met at a bar/restaurant in Brisbane in 2013. We were both in a committed relationship at the time (both had friends in a similar group circle) and I remember at the time just admiring how loyal he was to his girlfriend… He didn’t even look at me or speak to me, or any other female at the venue… Fast forward to couple years later, we both became single and I had randomly seen his name as a suggested friend on Facebook. He seemed eager to meet me over messenger, and when we did meet again and he had hand picked roses with him. The rest is history.”

THE PROPOSAL
“I was in the midst of completing my final semester of a Bachelor of Nursing Science degree. I was spending many, many hours in our computer room completing assessments and had absolutely no time to leave the house for anything non-uni related. Matt asked me to take a walk with him along the beach to unwind, regretfully I refused. He then managed to convince me that going to my parents house for a coffee and chat would be a good idea. When we got there, he poured my parents and myself a glass of wine and nervously got down on one knee and proposed during sunset. I found out later that he had decorated the beach, wrote ‘Will you Marry me?’ in the sand and had a picnic ready. I ruined my own proposal 😆…”

THE THEME
“Our theme/vibe for our wedding was modern bohemian with a touch of rustic.”

FINDING THE VENUE
“After our engagement, we were pretty eager to start wedding planning. We started looking for venues together. We looked at a venue together before finding Aquavue where we were left to feel really dissatisfied. We felt like we were an inconvenience because we hadn’t organised our colour palate to food choices by the first meet and greet… Then we found Aquavue!! We really liked the on-beach location, the affordability, and all the inclusions in Aquavue’s wedding packages. We met with Mikaela/Lauren and felt so accommodated from the initial meet and greet. The Aquavue team kept us informed of upcoming wedding tasks, COVID-19 announcements and took care of all the jobs that a bride shouldn’t have to worry about like sourcing brown printing paper so the menus to match the table decor. It was a no brainer choosing Aquavue.”

THE PLANNING PROCESS
“We knew planning a wedding during COVID-19 would prove rather difficult. However we were kept up-to-date with last minute wedding restrictions by the Aquavue team, and advised on most appropriate actions to take with each change presented by the government. Thankfully we didn’t have to reschedule our wedding date despite every attempt from COVID-19, but we did have to make some sacrifices that didn’t look like our dream wedding day like no dancing. Overall our wedding day was surrounded by loved ones all celebrating love. We decided to use interactive tactics like table games to keep our guests having a great time.”

FAVOURITE DETAILS
“My favourite detail was the ceremony location at Hervey Bay Surf Life Saving Club. I grew up doing surf life saving on the weekends at HBSLSC and Matt has an undying love for the ocean wake-boarding his way through his young adult life.”
“I also really loved our photographer, Dani Drury. Her talent is undeniable. I have the fondest memories of our wedding day because of her raw talent in capturing the little details. I’m so grateful!”

BIGGEST REGRET
“My only regret is that we didn’t get videography as well.”

SOMETHING THAT JUST MADE SENSE
“At the ceremony location, we made the guests get involved in the ceremony by making “the first vow” to solemnly swear to enjoy their day. It was funny and everyone enjoyed it! We also incorporated the release of doves as a dedication to our immediate family members who are no longer Earth-side and those unable to attend or commute for the wedding. It represented to us – hope, peace and renewal going forward. I’m also glad I wore my deceased grandmothers aquamarine blue ring attached to the inner side of my dress as “something blue”. And I’m glad I had my little sisters (deceased) photo frame placed on a chair overlooking the wedding ceremony. It’s the little details like this that hold such joy to the heart years and years later.”

ADVICE FOR FUTURE COUPLES
“We had a Jenga tower for our guests to sign in on and to leave a quote of advice for the newlyweds. It’s nice to read these every now and then for a bit of perspective. Our collective newlywed advice would be to love, respect and trust each other at all times and don’t give up just because it’s hard, because life is hard.”

VENDORS
Ceremony Hervey Bay Surf Lifesaving Club | Reception Aquavue Cafe Restaurant | Ceremony Stylist Fraser Coast Weddings and Events | Reception Stylist The Prop People | Images Dani Drury Photography | Transport Hervey Bay Kombi | Dress and Accessories White Lily Couture | Hair Carrie Hair Stylist | Makeup Chloe Baldwin MUA | Celebrant John Borg

All responses have been provided to us by the couple and is a direct reflection of their experience.

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