“The day was goosebumps, smiles, tears and
an energy of pure love and joy.”
Jaz (in the stunning 1920s frock) and Mel (in the handsome white suit…and those awesome shoes!) embody the true definition of togetherness. Their commitment celebration took place near Byron Bay, Australia, where Jaz grew up on a Summery day in December. A garden was the perfect location for their ceremony and an old restored bakery housed their gorgeous reception for their most nearest and dearest.
Here’s what their photographers, Sonja and Jay of Two Little Birds Photohtaphy, had to say about their day:
“…they followed their heart, they broke the rules, they celebrated their love in a way that felt natural to them. It was a little DIY, a little rustic but most of all Jaz and Mel are all around super styling awesome people.
The day was goosebumps, smiles, tears and an energy of pure love and joy.”
The girls met back in June 2011 (4 years ago) “after finding each other through an online dating site. Jasmin was the first person Mel met up with, at a wine bar in Paddington, Sydney. By the end of the date, dinner was planned for the following night – and we’ve been together ever since – absolute love at first sight!
I suppose ours was a whirlwind romance, given that we were madly in love after knowing each other less than a week, and had decided we’d spend our lives together not long after that! It was most definitely an instant connection, that only grew with time, and which we both felt we wanted to celebrate with a commitment ceremony.”
Of course their proposal wouldn’t be expected to be no less then spectacular! Here’s how their proposal went down:
“Mel made a series of instructions for Jasmin to follow. These were left in envelopes in their apartment for Jasmin to find. Each envelope had instructions when to open. The first envelope led Jasmin to a wharf in Darling Point where she was instructed to open envelope 2. This explained that she would be picked up by water taxi and taken to a secret destination. After a scenic trip across Sydney Harbour, Jasmin was dropped at a wharf near Bradley’s Head. Envelope 3 told her to walk to the road, where a close friend of the couple awaited in a convertible dressed as a chauffeur. Jasmin was then driven to Bradley’s Head wharf at dusk. The wharf is a disused stone wharf at the bottom of a park which faces the Sydney city skyline. As night fell, she was instructed to walk down to the wharf. Her way was lit with tea light candles, and the wharf was decorated with a huge question mark drawn in candles. Mel was waiting in the middle of the question mark on the wharf with the harbor and city behind to ask Jasmin to marry her. They were then driven to a hotel in the city to celebrate with Champagne.”
“Jasmin chose a 1920’s inspired dress to compliment her 1920’s art-deco ring. She wanted something classic, with just a little bit of glamour, but most importantly something to make her feel fabulous.
Mel chose an outfit partly inspired by her style icon, Ellen Degeneres and also to display her own style, which is slightly androgynous and a bit tailored. Blue is her favourite colour.”
Jaz + Mel went against tradition, they “…wanted to show our own style and for it to suit the location.
We didn’t want anything too big and extravagant, so we decided upon a day time event, canapés and cocktails in a sunshine filled garden, so we could get to speak to our friends and enjoy a relaxed day.
“Our ceremony was held in the herb garden of our reception venue Harvest in Newrybar. The guests stood in a stone circle surrounding a magnificent gum tree, and we stood with our celebrant on the stone steps.
We both wrote the ceremony together, with input from our celebrant, and each wrote our own vows. We passed our rings around to each of our guests for them to bless them, and our sisters on both sides did readings and acknowledged those who were not present, such as Mel’s mum who has passed away.”
“We then moved into the Old Bakery for canapés, speeches and dancing to a wonderful jazz trio who played a selection of our favourite songs. The first dance was to “Cheek to cheek”, the Irving Berlin 1935 classic.”
“We loved the connection that they had with each other, and the way that they both made us feel so special and involved in the process of having a photoshoot (something that we were both unfamiliar with). On the day they made it fun, and relaxed, and surprised us with ideas and tasks to keep the photos relaxed. Most importantly they also encouraged/allowed us to be ourselves, and to this day, some of the sillier photos are our favourite, because they show our personalities, and the joy of the occasion.”
Get your tissues ready…
“When the rings were being passed around to be blessed by our family and friends, Mel’s 92 year old Nonny (grandmother) was one of the last to get them as they made their way around the quests. It was at this point that we needed them for the exchange of rings, so all eyes were on her. She held them in both hands and clutched them to her chest and closed her eyes for many minutes…. Long enough for both of us to let a few silent tears trickle down our cheeks (and later we were told that many of our friends did the same!) When she passed them to us they were warm from her grasp.” *Gasp, sigh and tears.*
“Be honest with each other about what you want. This special day needs to be a reflection of the both of you, and even though the day is over before you know it… you will look back on the photos, and the cards, and the register for many years to come.
“For us, the act of planning and preparing our wedding together was something that brought us closer together, and taught us both the importance of honest and clear communication. It let us both play to our individual strengths, and gave us both a sense of our partnership for the years to come. Don’t turn it into something too big! There shouldn’t be any stress, just a day to celebrate with your friends and family.”
Congrats to two beautiful souls who found eachother in the sea of lovers. May you have a joyious and long lives together.
Photographer: Two Little Birds Photography | Attire: Charlie Brown (Jazz’s dress) + Marcs (Mel’s suit) + Zomp (Jaz’s shoes) + Florsheim (Mel’s shoes) | Catering + Desserts + Venue: Harvest at Newrybar | Celebrant / Officiant: Shiney Lefei | Favours: Happy Lab Chocolates & Sweets | Flowers: Jaz’s mum + sister | Hair + Make-up: Jaz’s sister (Jaz’) + Get Steffed (Mel’s) | Music: Leigh Carriage & Band | Rings: Vintage Times (Jaz’s) + Mittagong Antique Centre (Mel’s) | Stationery + Styling: DIY