Congratulations to Tenealle & James!
WEDDING DATE: 24th September 2016
NUMBER OF GUESTS: 78
Tell us about your love story!
James and I met in 2009 at a mutual friends’ get together. We dated for a year and a half before moving in together. James built his career while I studied nursing and midwifery and we created a very happy life together, travelling, working and sharing in highs and lows of life. James proposed in a cable car coming down the mountains of Ba Na in Da Nang, Vietnam, in the final days of a backpacking trip we went on together. He carried the ring in his backpack for three weeks prior, waiting for the perfect moment. My beautiful sister was on the trip with us and she filmed the whole thing so we can relive the picturesque moment and never forget a thing.
Describe what marriage means to you.
Marriage means to us the sincere commitment and promise to stand alongside your partner forever. Life has already thrown a lot of challenges our way, we have always got through them together, and grown from them. Being married means never doubting that you have someone in your corner. That there is no argument that cannot be worked through, no challenge is too great, no is ask too big. It means that you have a best friend to help, support and accompany you through life, and they don’t just go along with it, they make each day better just by being there. It also means that you never ever have to spend a day lonely.
The wedding location.
We got married in Noosa Heads, in a park just off the beach called Casuarina Gardens. We chose this location because we both love the feel of Noosa and had always wanted to get married by the ocean on a sunny day. We always love visiting Noosa and felt it was the only destination that felt like “our place.”
The theme of your wedding.
We didn’t really have a theme. We wanted it to be beachy, but not a “beach theme.” We just wanted everything to be fun, and easy and memorable. Not just like any other wedding. We wanted our guests to enjoy themselves as much a we knew we would, so we arranged for a cruise boat to pick up our guests from the ceremony location and take them on a river cruise while we had our photos. We also didn’t want to miss out, so we also got ourselves and the bridal party a smaller boat and cruised behind them, getting photos on the way. The boats dropped everyone at a floating restaurant on the Noosa River for the reception.
The bride’s dress.
I got my dress from LUV Bridal Brisbane on one of their amazing sales. I didn’t have that “this is the one” moment like in the movies or on “say yes to the dress.” But every dress I tried on after MY dress just didn’t stand up in comparison. My dress was Luv’s CLAIRE in ivory. The beautiful Rebecca helped me pick it and it was so elegant but comfortable I absolutely loved it! James balled his eyes out when I walked down the aisle. Which was the second time in our 7 years together that I’d ever seen him cry. It was the best moment of my life seeing how happy he looked in that moment.
Ceremony & reception.
We had the ceremony in the park opposite the beach at Casuarina Gardens, Noosa Heads. We then had boats take the guest and bridal party from the ceremony onto a river cruise for drinks. We then ended up at Noosaville at the Boathouse Floating Restaurant in time for sunset and the reception.
James and I had very different ideas for wedding music, so our songs were the most challenging decision for us out of all. James found our first dance song and said he wanted us to dance to it. It was called Beautiful in White and is pretty much a story of marriage and a beautiful bride. I picked the walking down the aisle song, which was “Take My Hand” a gorgeous wedding duet. Both songs still make me cry when I hear them and think of our wedding day. Most other songs played on the day were Ed Sheeran love songs (haha).
Food, food, food!
The Boathouse put on an amazing 3 course dinner. We had canapés, then entrée was either slow cooked lamb gnocchi or poached pork belly with spanner crab salad. Main was Macadamia crusted Barramundi or Slow cooked Wagyu Rump. Dessert was our wedding cake. Yummy!
Most memorable moment.
The most memorable moment for both James and I was the ceremony. We talk about it often. We thought it would just be the “technical” part of the day, but it was by far the most special from the minute I got out of the car. I drove down with my Mum, Dad, Nanna and sister, and it was just such a special moment being with family, then met up my beautiful bridesmaids and walked towards all the people we love. Then seeing James crying, my brother (his best man) smiling… just absolutely filled my heart with true joy. The ceremony was so relaxed and fun and felt so personal to us. We had an exceptional celebrant who made it all so easy and relaxed. It was just the best thing ever having our two families truly become one.
What about the extra details?
The best thing we did was have a semi-destination wedding. Not too far that it cost a fortune to get there, but far enough from home to make our special day feel like a mini getaway. We did drinks the night before at Miss Moneypennies so our friends and family could all reacquaint themselves with eachother, but also so we could spend extra time with our guests rather than the one day. We then had a family dinner with mine and James’ family to really seal the bond and build the excitement for the next day. We had one FINAL kiss before the big day. We obviously then had our wedding day and finished the weekend off with a post-wedding brunch, to see our guests one last time. Everything was within walking distance in Noosa and it just made the whole weekend so special to share with all our loves ones, rather than a build up to one day. Wouldn’t have changed a thing!
What’s the best advice you can give a bride and groom planning their wedding?
Get a videographer! They are expensive but our wedding video captures so much of our day that we totally forgot. Its something that just photos cant show. It’s the laughter, the jokes. The dance with your dad, the tears rolling down the grooms face. Its cuddling my nanna and my sister carrying my dress and fixing my veil. All the little tiny important things. Most importantly, it shows you just how perfect the day was. Even with little things going wrong along the way- it shows you staring at your husband or wife and being totally in the moment! I couldn’t recommend it highly enough! We watch ours all the time and love that we have something to show our kids. To this day, we still watch my parents wedding video- and back then, videos were not the done thing. The other thing I would say to remember, is at the end of the day, just enjoy the moment with your partner. Its not about the dress, or the cake, or the photos or the music. Its about marrying the person you love most. It’s the most special day the two of you will ever share. Enjoy every second!
Favourite love quote.
My sister in law used it in her wedding speech and had it in her vows.
“home is wherever I’m with you.” It never meant much to me until I married James and now I truly feel and believe it.
I’ve also always lived by “Live every moment, Laugh everyday & Love with all your heart” I live this quote as a life motto, and I knew James was the one when he made all three of these things so easy.
What do you look forward to most as Mr. & Mrs.?
Spending everyday with James knowing our bond is unbreakable and sealed with forever. Every challenge seems easier, every argument is more easily resolved, every adventure is more fun and meaningful. We are renovating at the moment and making our first house our family home and its so fun and exciting to see “us” really take shape. I also can’t wait to watch James grow into the best Dad ever. He is already the best Uncle ever, Im so excited to see our family grow.
Did you Have Videographer?
Yes! Mitch Bishop. He was soooooooo good!
Wedding Venue: Noosa Boathouse
Photography: Steve Doyle
Hair: The Loft Hair Studio
Makeup: Monica Louise from CM Weddings
Caterer: Noosa Boathouse
Florist: Passion Floral
Cake: Sugar Dreams
Invitations: Star Stuff Group
Jewellery: Luv Bridal
Transport: Sunshine Coast Luxury Transfers
Music/Entertainment: Elite Sounds
Celebrant: I Heart Ceremonies