I love weddings, I always have. And now I’m lucky enough to experience them from one of the best seats in the house. From where I stand I can see it all unfold like a mini fairytale each time, complete with the nerves, the tears, the intensity, and those little moments between the couple when they realise they are standing in the place they have been planning and dreaming about for so long.
The day of Jessica and Shannon’s wedding was one of the warmest and brightest Spring days we had experienced in the South West so far this season, perfect for their wedding amongst nature at Wharncliffe Mill. Wharncliffe Mill is a bush retreat located in the Bramley National Park, Margaret River. The entry to the property off the main road takes you down a long gravel lane past tall trees, adorned with cheerful bunting. Nestled amongst the campsite is a natural amphitheatre, set in the bush surrounded by tall trees, perfect for a wedding ceremony.
When we were all set to go, the music began and the bridal party made their way carefully down the amphitheatre steps, accompanied by the groomsmen in turn. Then we all waited for that moment when Jess was to appear with her Dad, and the Bride and Groom would see each for the first time that day. I still catch my breath at this moment – it is always so beautiful and full of happy emotion. Jessica made her way to the front, accompanied proudly by her Father, ready to take the next steps into married life.
The ceremony was down to earth and sweet – a lighthearted telling of their love story, the exchange of vows and rings, a wonderful happy kiss, the signing of legal papers resting on a wine barrel, and some words of blessing to send them on their way. As the closing words were spoken and they were presented as Mr & Mrs to their family and friends for the first time, a kookaburra decided to join in with the final moments creating a perfect end to a ceremony in the bush!
I’m so thankful to have been a part of their special day. Wishing Jessica and Shannon a lifetime of love and happiness together.