Brittany + Joseph

Wedding date: FEBRUARY 15, 2015

Photography by Jon Jarvela Photographer

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The meeting

It was Joseph’s cousin, who was also a friend of Brittany’s, who brought the couple together over six years ago.

After striking up a close friendship, Brittany and Joseph quickly realised
it was something more. So while Britt completed university in Townsville the pair maintained their relationship via long distance.

Three years later Britt moved back to Hobart, with Joseph quickly popping the question.

The proposal

On their third anniversary, Joseph organised dinner at their favourite restaurant, afterwards driving to the beach they used to walk along together and spent a lot of time at even before they were officially dating.

“As we started walking, there were lanterns and candles set up along a path leading around the headland to a candlelit picnic down on the beach. Each lantern on the way had a beautiful handwritten message with it so I knew this was the moment,” Britt confessed.

Suddenly, Joseph got down on one knee and a secret photographer hiding behind the dunes captured the special moment, along with some friends who had helped Joseph set everything up.

“We then got to sit and drink Champagne and eat strawberries on the beach together,” Britt said.

The wedding

The couple exchanged vows at St David’s Cathedral in Hobart. “We wanted a more traditional ceremony, and we were so amazed by how beautiful the church was, inside and out,” Britt revealed.

“We had three of our friends play and sing live music, which was perfect for the acoustics of the church. They played jazz as guests arrived, while the processional was ‘Best Friend’ by Jason Mraz.”

After the ceremony, guests enjoyed afternoon tea in the gardens at the church while photos were taken at Kelly’s Steps and GASP: Glenorchy Art and Sculpture Park by photographer Jon Jarvela.

“We honestly could not recommend Jon enough,” said Britt. “Choosing him was the best decision we made; he made the whole bridal party feel comfortable and relaxed. He was always behind the scenes and being subtle, while making sure he always got the perfect shot.”

The reception was held at Peppermint Bay; the décor a perfect mix of modern and traditional with both timber and industrial architecture.

“We wanted a wedding that was going to be beautiful and timeless, without being too caught up in tradition,” said Britt. “We made it something that was our style; a little vintage, a little cute, and simplistic. We weren’t elaborate with flowers or the cake or decorations, and ended up doing things like decorations and invitations ourselves to make it feel more special and personal.”

“It ended up looking exactly how we wanted, and the fact that everyone was so impressed with our choices and were having a great time made us really happy with all the effort we had put in.”

Highlights and hitches

The couple agree their relaxed, laidback reception, spent with family and close friends, was the highlight of the day.

“We didn’t have many plans or official proceedings to get through during our reception so most of the night we were able to mingle with our family and friends. There was no pressure and the night had a lovely atmosphere,” said Britt “The guests had time to enjoy themselves without sitting through heaps of formalities.”

“There weren’t any hitches,” Britt said. “We had more than enough friends and family willing to help out with whatever needed doing and we are so grateful for that.”

The honeymoon

Britt and Joseph honeymooned in Vanuatu, spending time at the various islands in the region.

“We also spent time in Port Vila, right in the heart of Vanuatu,” Britt said, “and got to experience some of their culture. The locals were all super friendly and welcoming.”

Advice for other couples

• Make your engagement as long as you want and enjoy it.
Often people rush to be married with a quick engagement
because they assume there’s no point waiting longer than you
have to. Being engaged with a fiancé is something you’ll never
experience again.

• Enjoy the excitement and build up to the wedding without
being too stressed about not getting everything done in time.

• Choose a great photographer who makes you feel relaxed and
will help you enjoy every moment of your day. Save money
on other aspects of the wedding, but not the photographer;
the photos are what you will remember the wedding by in
years to come.

• Remember to take everything in and don’t just get caught
up by keeping to a schedule or how everyone else is feeling
on the day. Take it slow and enjoy every minute otherwise it
will fly by.

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