by Louise Manning
1st May 2020
When mother nature has different plans…
From catching each other’s eyes at a club some 7 years ago to catching rain drops on their wedding day. The Wheeler wedding is one we will always remember. The weather report in the lead up to Wheeler Wedding was looking very touch and go unsure whether or not we would be able to go with Plan A or Plan B, Rhiannon was understandably distraught about the pending decision and the forecast, however decided the day before that if we can’t go with Plan A on the gorgeous Zenith beach then she didn’t want to flip the reception to accommodate the ceremony so we explored alternative covered ceremony options and found a perfectly suitable spot at Nelson Bay Golf Club on the private veranda overlooking the stunning manicured golf course, with a mere 24hrs notice they locked us in as a backup and we made the call at 11am the day of the wedding to go with what we now knew as Plan C with the forecast threating rain we decided to keep our guests dry. Rhiannon and Daniel informed their guests and we hit the phones to inform all the suppliers including Photographer Nathan Lapham, Video by Luke Bickley, Helen Hising as the celebrant, Crab Apple Hire, Whimsical Fox Events & Everlong Events handling the styling items, Ivy Lane creating the beautiful blooms and of course us coordinating.
Before long our guests started to arrive along with the handsome grooms men and of course Daniel dressed in suits from Connor, one thing I loved was a heartfelt photo pin of Daniel’s late mother that Daniel, his brother wore to ensure their mum was still a huge part of their special day. Soon our girls arrived styled by Emma Moore Make Up and assisted with hair design by Victoria Conway Makeup and dresses from Bariano and of course the gorgeous Rhiannon too wearing a custom gown from Nicole Michelle Couture Design, crown from Windsor Bridal Jewellery looking more stunning then ever again a heartfelt touch of her Pop attached to her bouquet. Daniel wanted to have Rhiannon walk half way down the aisle before turning around to see his bride for the first time as Rhiannon neared half way Daniel turned around and with happy tears in his eyes and his nerves somewhat lifting his infectious smile of pure happiness brought joy to all the guests, the ceremony was beautifully and heartfelt presented by the lovely Helen and the vows were equally entertaining and a true expression of their deep love for one another. They exchanged rings designed by Christensen’s Master Jewellers Dural.
As the ceremony drew to a close Mr & Mrs Wheeler for the first time were officially announced, they exited the isle being showered in a confetti display of rose petals followed by a bunch of photos soon after the bridal party headed off for photos along the golf course where they got a few little rain drops luckily they weather held off enough for them to capture some amazing photos on Zenith Beach.
The reception was an absolute hit and let’s say a PARTY held at Whitesands, Shoal Bay Country Club a picturesque venue delivering amazing food. Before the guests arrived there was a moment I have never experienced with a bride before, I was ushered outside to greet the bridal party who were peering through the windows of the venue and Rhiannon broke down in tears of joy and happiness through her tears she explained “it’s perfect it everything I envisioned and it’s amazing” with hugs and kisses and my instructions to stop crying off the bridal party went to freshen up my heart sung with happiness and joy.
The night began and I was honoured to be the emcee for Daniel and Rhiannon where I touched of a aspects of their love, as the rain bucketed down there were several speeches from a few VIPs that brought tears, laughter and joy that truly expressed the journey both Daniel and Rhiannon had been on, to break up the speeches I coordinated a wedding shoe game and by golly the answers had all the guests in stitches of laughter as they also shouted out their answers to each question. Once speeches were completed our newlyweds cut their wedding cake designed and created by Sweet Moments by Design. Then it was all over to the boys from Soho DJs after the romantic first dance closely followed with an emotional father daughter dance they really got the night pumping, the dance floor was never empty and the party continued until it was time for last drinks and our arch way farewell. As Daniel and Rhiannon left the room the night was all but over.
The Wheeler wedding was full of fun, laughter, emotion, heartfelt memories and above all love. We wish the Wheelers the most amazing love journey and can’t wait to see where their love story takes them. Thank you for sharing and entrusting us with the most important day of your lives.