On a warm, still, June afternoon, overlooking the Mooloolaba canal, Naomi Jackson and Perry Elliott were surrounded by 40 of their closest family and friends, gathered to celebrate their engagement.
The speeches were announced early and the couple thanked everyone for coming and then created a huge wave of excitement by telling everyone “seeing as all the important people are right here, we thought we would get married”!! There was a massive roar and cheers from the guests – yelling “I told you”, “I knew it”!! …. After a few weeks of planning and the secret still being safe, I arrived and waiting in my car outside of their home, because I didn’t want anyone to recognise me and get wind of the secret… so as soon as the announcement was over… I made my appearance and I’m so pleased I waited outside because, to my surprise, there were quite a few friends of mine at the Celebrations.
So, I started their relaxed ceremony with a very happy ‘Surprise!’. Blake, Naomi’s son age 12, played a very special part having the honour of presenting the rings to his parents. When it was time to sign the register, Perry and Naomi were spoilt for choice with so many very close friends so they decided to ‘raffle’ the position, to much laughter and great excitement with each guest having the chance of the honour.
Naomi and Perry said that their favourite moments of the day were standing there beside each other, in front of their close family and friends and saying ‘I do’, and hearing all of the personal and wonderful things that they had said about each other and their relationship to me during our planning which I’d written into their ceremony, ….they said “It was so beautiful, so amazing to hear”.
They said “Our ceremony and the party which followed was the most perfect wedding day we could have ever dreamed of, totally personal, intimate, surrounded by the most important people in our lives, exactly what we both wanted”.
Within two days, we were seeing photos of them on Facebook, all rugged up on the snowfields of Queenstown, New Zealand and having a ball on their honeymoon before. The next adventure happens in November with a new addition to their family expected, a baby girl, can’t wait to meet her!!
Photographer: Nicola Brander Photography