This dreamy wedding was captured by Jessica from Timeless Paige. We’ve known Jess forever and have always said that she would be an amazing wedding photographer. Well we are pleased to say that we were right! Prepare to immerse yourself in these gorgeous photos and the wonderful and fabulously thorough love story of Dani & Matt.
HOW THEY MET
Dani and Matt met in 2013 when they were both training as NT police recruits. It was a case of Matt hearing Dani and her laugh before actually seeing her. It wasn’tlong into the relationship that they knew it was something special, they couldn’t stay apart from each other. They were always spending time together, going to movies, eating at different restaurants, studying and just enjoying each other’s company. There was this instant comfort and trust in each other.
The first time they said they loved each was at their end of course function where Matt recited everything about the first time he had met Dani. From what he thought of her to what she was wearing that day….don’t ask him what it was now haha…but they have been in love ever since.
The two moved to Tennant Creek at the end of their course and began their new lives together.
In November 2014 they found out they were expecting their first child together, a gorgeous little boy called Mason.
On the 7th of July 2015 the night before Mason’s expected arrival Matt took Dani out for dinner for one last night out together before becoming a family of 3. Matt had organised a night out at Prickles Mexican restaurant in Parap where they had their first date back in 2013. Dani had no idea but Matt had arranged for them to be seated at the exact same table as the one they were at on their first date. Just before they began their main course Matt got down on one knee and winked at the table next to them and asked Dani to be his wife and she of course said yes. After much laughter over the fact that the ring wouldn’t fit Dani’s swollen pregnant fingers they left without even touching their main course to share the news with their family.
Style: clean and simple
Colour: white, gold and burgundy
Venue: Pee Wees at the Point both ceremony and reception
THE BIG DAY
We had always wanted a beautiful and relaxed wedding and as most of our guests were coming from interstate we couldn’t look past Pee Wee’s as the perfect venue to showcase Darwin.
We decided to have both our ceremony and reception held there and we couldn’t have asked for a better place.
The staff, the view, the food, the drinks they were just perfect and made the day a dream, even with the possibility of a few frisky pythons that were spotted in the area the night before.
Our ceremony started in the beautiful gardens on the lawn area under a timber arbour surround by friends and family. It was a sweet little ceremony created by us and our wonderful celebrant Joss Papworth. We ended up writing each other’s vows and didn’t know what we were saying until we were reading them with Matt making me promise to buy him a Quintrex 6’10” Territory Legend.
Our greatest memory is our son jumping on my dress as I reached the end of the isle and trying to take off with my veil….classic.
The reception was set up on the Pee Wees lawns and was just breathtaking. Our entrance was again stolen by our son Mason chasing after us and jumping on my veil again, this time succeeding in stealing it from my hair and running around the tables dragging it behind him. Our cake was a beautiful salted caramel mud cake with white butter cream icing and a tower of salted caramel and berry donuts and cronuts… delicious!!
The rest of a night was full of love and laughter and we just wish we it could have lasted longer.
Processional: Jack Johnson – Better Together
Recessional: Michel Franti – Life is better with you
Reception entrance: Def Leppoard – Pour some sugar on me
First Dance: John Butler Trio – Groovin’ Slowly
Little White (Hobart, TAS)
Vega by Rosa Clara- Soft Collection
I found my dress at a cute little boutique in Hobart. My family and I were on a trip to visit relatives and I was keen to try on a specific gown that wasn’t stocked in Darwin so thought it was a great opportunity.
I tried on the gown I had envisaged for so long and it was so wrong! We tried on a few other owns that were stunning but just not feeling right. The owner of the store brought in one last dress at the end of my appointment and as she was fitting it I was in love. Like the shows always say it was something I would have never picked and never envisaged but it was so right. I said yes to the dress! hahaha
We had our photos taken around East Point Reserve with the fabulous Jess from Timeless Paige.
We have known Jess for a few years as she captured our little boys first photos and this time she was there to capture and share in our family’s life. She has a knack of making everyone feel so relaxed and can capture the love and joy in every moment. We class Jess as a dear friend now and hope we can capture more of our family moments with her.
We were also joined by the best videographers Kane Overall and Tom Hennessy from South Australia. These boys were cool, casual and a seriously great laugh. They get involved in your day and make everyone feel at ease about getting on camera.
ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES
Like everyone says, just enjoy your day! It goes so quick and if you blink you’ll miss it. Take a moment to really sit back and look at your reception venue and enjoy the moment with your new husband.
DON’T SWEAT THE SMALL STUFF!! Seriously no one but you will notice if the flowers aren’t positioned right or the wrong linen is put on and no one cares, they are there to see you and your husband not the decorations.
I highly recommend having a set contact on the day for wedding vendors to contact who know all the details. This saves vendors ringing you with any small problems or details on the day and making you stress. I did this and it made it a breeze.
Photography: Timeless Paige Photography | Videography: Kane Overall | Celebrant: Married by Joss | Venue: Pee Wee’s at the Point Florals: Flowers By Jen | Brides Gown: Little White | Dress Alterations: The Big Day | Bridesmaids Dresses: Shona Joy | MOB Dress: Raw Cloth | Shoes: Betts | Groom & Groomsmen Suits: Tarocash | Brides Hair & Makeup: K-Lush Hair Design | Bridesmaids Hair: K-Lush | Bridesmaids Makeup: Makeup By Hannah | Cake: Sweet Brew and Co | Invitations: Vistaprint & Etsy | Music: Josh Wyatt | Transport: Darwin Deluxe Limousines | Lighting: All About Party Hire | Timber Arbour: White Rabbit Design & Events | Styling & Decor: The Bride, Family & Friends