A mutual love of ballroom dancing was the reason Emma and Jonathon met and began a relationship. To this day, ballroom dancing continues to play a big role in their lives, as does the Australian Defence Force, as Jonathon is a member of the Royal Australian Navy.
Emma and Jonathon’s wedding ceremony and reception was held at Quamby Estate in Hagley, Northern Tasmania. The pair chose a vintage theme for their wedding, with a formal cocktail dress code. Said Emma, “The homestead is filled with antique furniture in each room that makes you feel like you have gone back in time to the era of Pride and Prejudice, which was perfect for our vintage theme.”
“With the open lands, beautiful garden and very professional staff, who wouldn’t want to hold their wedding [at Quamby]?” Emma said. “[Quamby] has a homestead that allows 20 of your guests to stay the night, and once your reception has finished, you and your 20 lucky guests can continue the party.”
Emma and Jonathon chose to be married underneath a huge Hornbeam tree, where Emma and her bridesmaids walked out to the ceremony between two French doors. The nearby lawn was decorated with white fold-out chairs and white rose petals. One of the tree branches was decorated with hanging crystals, and there were crates with vintage white lanterns on each side of a wedding arch. “We exchanged our vows that we wrote ourselves,” said Emma.
“Our reception was in an amazing room that has floor to ceiling windows, allowing you to look out at the gardens. The room had three chandeliers, that we had hung pearls from, and draped with fairy lights,” said Emma. “We had old suitcases, French-style tables with old typewriters, doilies everywhere and even vintage keys for place cards. Every table had flowers that were pink, white and green, and candles that helped make the night even more magical. Even the dance floor windows had fairy lights covering them,” she said.
The pair chose to have eight speeches that were made by close friends and family. Rather than a long session of speeches, Emma and Jonathon chose to spread the speeches between meals.
Highlights and hitches
“Our wedding was magical, and it all went smoothly thanks to the staff at Quamby,” Emma said. “The feeling of walking out of the two French doors with all eyes on me and butterflies fluttering inside my stomach was a big highlight,” she said.
“My father by my side, walking me towards the man I love – a man that means the world to me, and handing me over to another man who means just as much, was an experience and spiritual moment that all future brides deserve to have,” Emma said.
“Saying ‘I do’ and placing the ring on my now husband’s finger, and the kiss that makes the guests cheer and clap for joy. Well, who cares if something went wrong beforehand or even after – you did it! You are now married and a new adventure has started. That’s a huge highlight!”