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Photographer: Susannah Johnson Photography
Date: 10 November, 2018.
Ellice and Adam attended a party in 2008 where a mutual friend introduced them to each other. They instantly connected on an incredible level and spoke to each other pretty much every day for the next twelve months. October of 2009 came around and Adam finally decided to make their relationship official.
On the 4th of February in 2017, Adam apparently lost his phone. To Ellice this was nothing unusual, so they headed up to the top of the hill behind his cherry orchard where he was last so they could hunt for his phone. Ellice headed in the opposite direction to Adam, then Adam yelled out to Ellice and said he’d found his phone. She headed towards him, and it was then he got down on his knee and proposed. Further up the hill Adam had set up a beautiful picnic on some hay bales overlooking Cygnet, their hometown.
Adam had hidden the ring a few months before he proposed. He says, “I wanted to plan the perfect surprise because Ellice likes to know exactly what’s going on and asks lots of questions so it’s pretty hard to keep a surprise from her.”
Ellice – “We really wanted something low key that represented us that we could just enjoy good food, plenty of drinks and dancing but we also wanted to honour tradition.”
In honour of tradition, Adam and Ellice got married at St Marks Church in Cygnet as the church is very important to both sides of the families.
The beautiful bride walked down the aisle in her gorgeous gown (purchased from Strutt Bridal, Moonah) to a mix of ‘From this Moment’ and ‘You’re Still the One’ by Caleb and Kelsey. St Marks Church
Adam looked pretty smart in his outfit from Les Lees in Hobart, which Shelley helped him put together!
The couple had a few special things to include in this special occasion. Adam’s father passed away a few years ago so he wanted to include something special for him.
Adam – “I had my dad’s Torana redone for Ellice to ride to the church in, which was a beautiful moment.”
Ellice had one of Adam’s dad’s necklaces made into a bracelet by the local jewellery designer in Cygnet as a surprise gift, so that his dad was with him on their special day.
Adam and Ellice also wanted to include their mothers in a special way, so they were both asked to be their marriage witnesses.
Their reception was held in Adam’s family cherry packing shed, which was built in 1917. The shed still functions today, so there was a lot of work to be done on it to get it into a pristine condition for a wedding! They wanted it to be personal, so they incorporated a lot of sentimental elements throughout.
Many late nights after June were spent washing apple bins and removing unused machinery. While cleaning they uncovered an old apple grader system used by the family; it then became a feature for their reception.
Twinkle lights and white sheets were hung from the ceiling, apple bins were decorated with hanging candle jars and the tables were lined with greenery. The guest’s favours were little jars of fresh honey from the beekeeper on the family property.
Their menu consisted of a spit roast with vegetables, salads and a grazing table. They had a stunning two-tiered, chocolate, naked cake which was iced with white icing and drizzled with dark chocolate! The night was spent dancing away to the music provided by their band.
Ellice – “Although I was quite stressed the weeks leading up to the wedding, I couldn’t have been more relaxed on the day. My bridesmaids went above and beyond, continually making sure I was ok, running back and forth on the day to meet vendors, and especially in the days leading up.
We hired a house next door to the reception for us girls the night before. I gave them each a box with matching pyjamas, robes and had rings inscribed with our wedding date. It was a special moment to share with the girls having our hair and makeup done before the next chapter began.”
Ellice- “The whole day was perfect and exactly what we had envisioned but walking down the aisle and seeing each other for the first moment was something very special.”
“We are so grateful for all the support and help we had from our family working alongside us in the shed to make our dream become a reality. The night had a beautiful atmosphere.”
Ellice had another highlight she wanted to mention; Adam surprised her yet again the day before the wedding!
Adam surprised Ellice by doing up her childhood rocking chair and added a plaque which wrote “To my darling wife, you beautiful thing, love your husband.’ The chair came along with a big orange teddy bear and a pink camo gun bag, it wasn’t until a few minutes after when the tears had stopped flowing Ellice realised there was a brand-new gun inside it. It was a beautiful moment for her, capturing those few things special to both of them. “At that moment I couldn’t have been more ready to marry him.”
A week before the wedding the couple encountered a problem. Their videographer had double booked, so they no longer had someone to capture the special moments. Luckily, a friend of theirs was able to organise someone local for them instead!
The newlyweds cruised around the South Pacific for seven nights, exploring the beautiful islands of Nomea, Lifou, and Port Vila. The couple both said it was, “the most perfect way to relax and enjoy each other’s company as newlyweds.”
Ellice and Adam have a few pieces of advice for other couples out there: