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October 17, 2020
We met through mutual friends more than a decade ago and have remained friends ever since. Then a couple of years ago we reconnected and went for a motorbike ride to have coffee and have been inseparable ever since.
It was Valentine’s Day and Jacob prepared a surprise picnic at a secluded beach between Roches Beach and Seven Mile Beach. I thought we were going out for dinner so I wasn’t suitably dressed for the trail walking that awaited. When we got to the beach, Jacob set up a picnic rug, hamper and champagne, then proposed. He had already asked my Mum, Step Dad and Ma for their permission, which meant a lot to me and to them as well.
Photos: Joelle Beekman
Our wedding was held at Villa Howden, with a French Provincial theme and colour scheme of pink, white and gold. I have always wanted to get married at Villa Howden, I just love the style. When we had recently started dating, we drove past Villa Howden and I said to Jacob “I’ll get married there one day” – and so we did!
We purchased our own props such as cake stand, card box, cutlery, charger plates, candles, table numbers, etc, to match the colour scheme. Our parents helped to create and build a lot of our decorations, in particular my Step Dad who built the arbour and Jacob’s Mum who created the order-of-the-day pallet sign.
It was beautiful weather in the days leading up to our wedding and then unfortunately, the weather turned on the afternoon of the 17th. However, we had a back-up plan if it were to rain, so we activated that plan and moved our ceremony indoors.
Luckily, on the Eve of our wedding, one of my bridesmaid’s suggested that we buy some clear umbrellas in case it rains – I was apprehensive, but her suggestion saved the day! The clear umbrellas and rain made for beautiful photos and as many guests told us, apparently it’s good luck for it to rain on your wedding day.
Once we got engaged, we moved quickly to make wedding plans but due to Covid-19, we were uncertain about being able to get married and proceeded to cancel our venue and vendors.
However, as the year progressed, restrictions eased and we realised that all we wanted to do was get married, so we recommenced the wedding planning around Covid-19 restrictions. Luckily our venue and vendors were still all free on the 17th, so obviously it was meant to be! Covid-19 proved to not be a huge impediment for us after all – we were just grateful to be able to get married and it gave us the perfect excuse to explore Tasmania for our honeymoon.
Due to travel restrictions, we travelled around Tasmania for our honeymoon, which was absolutely fantastic – we are usually so quick to hop on a plane, when we have a beautiful state right here.
We visited Freycinet, Binalong Bay, Barnbougle, Eagles Nest Retreat and Strahan. The highlights of our honeymoon were Freycinet Lodge’s Coastal Pavillion suite with an outdoor bath, climbing Mt Amos, the Floating Sauna at Lake Derby, playing golf at Barnbougle, visiting Table Cape Tulip Farm, Eagles Nest Retreat including the views, outdoor milk vat bath, massages and our in-house chef (Nick Sallese – Buona Sera Catering), exploring the West Coast including the Gordon River Cruise, West Coast Wilderness Railway and watching/participating in the Strahan play ‘The Ship That Never Was’ and enjoying lots of local food and champagne.
Preparation is key! Once preparations began, I started a spreadsheet, which kept us accountable and organised and ensured that we were relaxed on our wedding day, as all the preparation had paid off.
Remember to take a breath and enjoy the day – it goes so quickly! So many people told me it would go quickly, but I didn’t believe quite how quickly. I am so grateful for our beautiful photos and video so we can re-live our wedding day over and over.