by Louise Manning
27th March 2020
A destination wedding with all your friends and family? What could be better!
When we received a message from Todd and Hayley to help pull together all their hard work in planning, we were delighted! Based in Melbourne, this gorgeous couple approached us to take away this last stressful bits of planning to ensure their day ran smoothly.
Todd and Hayley pulled together awesome suppliers from the Newcastle / Port Stephens areas as well as bringing up their musician and photographer with them from Melbourne! Makeup by Bonnie-Lee got the girls gorgeous and ready, the ladies at Newcastle Flowers Market styled the ceremony and reception, Vintage Peacock Hire and Newcastle Event Hire provided the ceremony and some reception furniture, Hello Naomi baked the oh-so delicious wedding cake, Crumb made the cookie favours, Tessa Devine performed for the ceremony and during the reception with Dynamic DJs to keep the party going, Victoria Langham hosted a beautiful ceremony and to top it off they had their friend Jacob Heston as their photographer.
Such an amazing group of people brought this day together and amplified the amazing dynamic of guests that Todd and Hayley had surrounding them.
The ceremony took place at picturesque Barry Park in Fingal Bay, which never ceases to amaze with its stunning water views and perfect weather was an added treat! Victoria’s ceremony was heartfelt and truly reflected the love Todd and Hayley have shared for the last 8 years. As Tessa played them into married life together, guests cheered and embraced them.
As the bridal party were taking photos at the Stockton Sand Dunes, guests relaxed and casually made their way to Whitesands for a glass of bubbles before entering the reception. The reception was decked out to seat 110 guests, reusing their gorgeous ceremony arbour as a photo backdrop, places set with place cards and cookies accented with gold vases of flowers and tealights running down the table in front of them.
In between meals and speeches, the dancefloor was filled with all the little guests and the groom busting a move to Tessa’s music.
The parents’ speeches were all coordinated to tell the story of how Todd and Hayley got together. Funny anecdotes of Todd not wanting to take Hayley to her debutante just to be told by his mum “you’re doing it”, to them falling in love and now to their wedding. The love from both families warming and the joy to welcome their new family member officially was a proud moment.
We left before the late-night festivities started but hear they danced the night away and enjoyed having this night with their closest friends and family from around the country in one location, celebrating their love and the next chapter of their love story.
It was an absolute pleasure helping Todd and Hayley in the last stages of planning and wish them both the absolute best in their future together!