Following a full week of rain, Hayley and Ross were blessed with a lovely sunny day for their wedding. The reception was held at Austinmer Surf Life Saving Club Function Centre just north of Wollongong. Attended by 82 guests it was a fun celebration with a relaxed beach theme – given that this venue has the beach on it’s doorstep, it really was the perfect venue for Hayley and Ross’s celebration. Hayley was also very honoured by being able to have two of her grandmothers and her great grandmother present at the reception.
Hayley, Ross and the remainder of the wedding party arrived accompanied by a bagpiper – this certainly got the attention of all the guests and they were greeted with cheers and applause.
Following a very lovely buffet, there were speeches from Hayley’s father Russell, Bridesmaid Bec, Bestman Neil and then Ross and Hayley. During Bec’s speech it was revealed that Hayley had actually been in love with Ross since she was 13 years old and how she would always convince Bec to walk past his house in case Ross happened to be out the front. Notice the permanent smiles both Hayley and Ross have in all the photos – they obviously were very happy and are very deeply in love.
From speeches to the cutting of the wedding cake and then Hayley and Ross hit the floor for their first dance to an acoustic version of the Chris Brown song, “Forever”. Mid way through the song the wedding party and guests joined them and the celebration began in earnest.
Below: Hayley with her Dad Russell
Below: Ross with his Mum Agnes
I had the pleasure of meeting with Hayley and Ross on a number of occasions prior to the wedding. These meetings allowed me to understand the vision they had for their reception and to get to know them better – firstly I believe that I was able to assist in providing the reception they had always dreamed of, but more importantly, I got to see what a wonderful couple they are, the beauty they have within and the love that grows deeper for each other as each day passes. It was a great honour to have been given the opportunity and privilege to make a contribution to and be a part of their day.
Songs selected by Bride and Groom;
Bridal Party Entry Song: “Walking On Sunshine” by Katrina & The Waves
Bride & Groom Entry Song: “Walking On Sunshine” by Katrina & The Waves
Cake Cutting Song: “Can’t Get Enough Of your Love, Babe” by Barry White
Bridal Waltz/First Dance: “Forever” by Boyce Avenue
Father /Daughter Dance: “Have I Told You Lately That I Love You” by Van Morrison
Farewell Circle/Circle Of Love: “Up Where We Belong” by Joe Cocker, “I’m On My Way” by The Proclaimers, “Take Me To The Clouds Above” by LMC Vs U2
Final Farewell Song: “I’ve Had The Time Of My Life” by Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes
Other Wedding Professionals
Event Stylist: She Designs
Photographer: Tony Lyon
Catering: True Blue Spit Roast Catering
Fun On The Dancefloor
Photography and Video by DJ:Plus! Entertainment