Here is a taste of the beautiful, natural wedding of Heath and Heather, who were married beneath majestic eucalyptus trees.
Heather was absolutely stunning in her classical trumpet style dress with a chapel-length train of gorgeous scalloped lace. Her unusual bouquet was a representation of the flowers found in her parent’s garden – Australian bush flowers mixed with red roses.
The groom was decidedly nervous throughout the mornings preparations but looked so handsome in his dark blue suit, carefully picked out by his stylish sister, Cara. Heath’s ring was of special significance being that it once belonged to his father, sadly departed.
Love and friendship was certainly very palpable throughout the ceremony. Heather and Heath are clearly soul mates who understand and appreciate one another so deeply that it is enviable to look upon. Even the kookaburra’s couldn’t resist a peek and came down to sit on the surrounding branches during the ceremony!
With the official ceremony over, relief and joy were clearly evident. It was a little difficult to pull Heather and Heath away from the beer, but it was time to capture some intimate moments between these gorgeous newlyweds.
The speeches showed how truly connected and comfortable these two best friends are with one other. My heart melted when Heather thanked Heath for allowing her to be herself, and loving her just as she is. Can a girl ask for anything more?
Heath dearly missed the presence of his father – but the strength provided by Heather and his family was truly touching. Heath – I’m sure your father would have been very proud to see the man you are today and would no doubt approve and accept the beautiful bride you have chosen to spend your life with.
Our tears quickly turned to laughter when Heather and Heath’s friends Tom and Laura (a.k.a. Floz) began to speak, affectionately parodying ‘Hef and Macca’ – “who hate cooking so much they’re happy to eat tacos twice a week and take away the other five” and “who love spending quality time together – but in separate rooms, doing different things”. Heather and Heath’s family also look forward to the arrival of their “four eyed” babies, who have already been named “Parsley and Sage”. I suppose you have to name them something appropriate to fit in amongst the “fat crew” whose names include Macca, Westy, Clarky, Ranga, Gug, Metal Ben, Laz, Yaz, Floz, Sheena and Hef. Seriously, I’m not making this stuff up!
This seemingly casual wedding stepped up a notch with the arrival of a truly spectacular 10 piece soul band, called “Soul Contention”, who were by far the best wedding band I’ve ever seen! Complete with a horn section and perfectly synchronised back-up singers, they topped off this wondrous wedding in style! With Heather and Heath’s mutual passion for music, I’m sure they would not have had it any other way!
Congratulations Heather and Heath and thankyou for letting me be a part of your special day. I wish you all the best for a long and happy future together.
Candid wedding photography by Emma Gilette, Melbourne based wedding photographer.
Ceremony and Reception at The Bridges Restaurant, Bar and Function Centre, Hurstbridge, Victoria.
Music by Soul Contention