by Louise Manning
2nd March 2020
It was the perfect home wedding. When I met Jake and Bec early in 2019, they showed me their vision for a relaxed vibe backyard style wedding... and they have no ordinary back yard! They showed us the 'Glenrock Chapel' - a tranquil, bushland setting at the back of their property which they intended to convert into a picturesque ceremony location. We discussed their plans to undergo major outdoor entertainment area renovations and I was stunned, telling them they sure had their work cut out for them! But I knew it would look amazing. Fast forward 6-8 months and what an improvement! The vision for their beautiful backyard wedding was coming together. A huge credit to Jake, Bec and all their support crew for transforming their home and backyard into a perfect wedding venue.
The day finally arrived and their contracted team of professionals including B.Moss & Co Hair, Emma Wakely Makeup Artistry, El Poco Loco – Catering, Eventful Bartending – Beverage service, Stories with Mel - the talent behind the camera, Little Ruby - videographers, The Event Master - furniture, The Hunter Celebrant, Anthony - making it official, As Sweet as Jasmine - the gorgeous blooms, Howard Shearman Music - turned their wedding into a PAAARRRTTTY, Chloe from The Sunday Pantry- delivered an amazing grazing table, Hazel from Hazee Bakes - delivered tasty sweet treats and the cake as a dessert buffet, and of course Hunter Events as the wedding coordinators. Jake and the groomsmen were dressed in suits from Peter Jackson, the bridesmaids were in gorgeous sage green dresses from Fame & Partners and Bec's stunning dress was by Eddy K. Jake's wedding ring was from Angus & Coote and Bec's was from American Swisse.
This epic team came together to create the perfect wedding for Bec and Jake. Wild, windy weather tested the stretch tent, the bar and the arbour, but with enough hands on deck during the day, the fort was successfully held down. Bec and Jake enjoyed some private time during their first look session within Glenrock Reserve, and soon it was time for the moment we had all been waiting for - the ceremony! Bec was nervous, but we were on board to help calm her nerves as her bridesmaids walked down the aisle. They were followed by Bec's brother, the 'man of honour', leading their border collie Banjo, who was shiny and clean and sporting the most handsome custom lead and bow tie that matched the bridesmaids’ dresses (courtesy of The Nomads Dog).
Anthony delivered one of the best ceremonies I have ever witnessed. It was full of laughter and there wasn't a dry eye in the house! Before long, Mr & Miss became Mr & Mrs. As Bec and Jake walked back down the aisle as husband and wife, eco seed-paper confetti by Paper-Go-Round was tossed into the air and Mel captured the most flawless photos. Family shots and a big group photo were taken before the bridal party left for Glenrock for their special photos.
While they were away the guests enjoyed the delicious treats at the grazing table as the bar opened, the drinks began flowing and Howie played some great tunes. The bridal party returned and the newlyweds were introduced by their groomsman and MC, Adam, who lead them straight into the cutting of the glorious cake which officially opened the dessert bar. We then heard speeches from some VIP’s, many of whom had us in stitches. It was then time for the first dance. Unbeknownst to their guests, Bec and Jake had taken dance lessons with Sophie from First Steps Bridal, and their routine was simply perfect. Following the first dance and some more great party music from duo Howie and Alex, it was time for the Father/Daughter and Mother/Son dance. Bec and Jake paired with their parents and danced to a gorgeous sparkler backdrop, their wedding guests holding their hands high as sparks of light flew through the evening air. The night progressed with what seemed like an endless supply of food, drinks and dessert. Everyone was having such a wonderful time. Bec and Jake are blessed with a beautiful and loving group of friends and family who enjoyed partying together on this special evening. By the time I was leaving, it seemed as though the party was just getting started! Howie and Alex had the dance floor crammed with excited guests, dancing along to many well-known songs. The party continued into the early hours of the morning, and what better reason than to celebrate the marriage of two gorgeous young lovers.
We were so excited to be part of this wedding. We wish Jake and Bec every ounce of marital bliss, and we can’t wait to see where their life journey takes them.