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island bay ranch wedding – Nathan & Emma

Nathan & Emma’s island bay ranch wedding was held on 18th February 2017.  We like to get to know our brides and grooms a little better by asking them a few questions.  Here are Emma & Nathan’s answers about how they met, their wedding day and their planned future together.

Q. When and how did you meet? And what were your first thoughts?
A. We first met, unofficially, at the Westernport Hotel San Remo in November 2011. Emma was working behind the bar and Nathan was a regular patron. Neither of us had spoken a word to each other this night, although our interest in each other had not gone unnoticed


Q. When and how did the proposal take place and how did you feel?
A. Nathan proposed in June 2015 when we were holidaying through Africa. On our way there we first stopped over in Mauritius for 2 weeks. Our first week was spent staying with family, from Emma’s side, and our second week we made our way up North to stay in a beautiful resort on Pereybere beach. During one of our nights there Nathan had booked for us to dine on the resorts private beach with music, a bonfire and beautiful local cuisine. We ate until we could barely breathe before taking a stroll down the beach where Nathan, very shakily, dropped to one knee.


Q. Where are you going on your honeymoon?
A. We have booked our honeymoon in Hawaii. We start our trip up on the North coast, at Turtle Bay before relaxing in Maui for a few nights and ending our trip in Waikiki. We have a few places in mind to visit but hope to spend most of our time relaxing and enjoying some much needed time off


Q. What are your future plans together (e.g. buying a house/starting a family)
A. We are planning to finish renovating our home in Cape Paterson before either buying another investment home or settling into our current home for a few more years. We have enjoyed our journey with our current property and are very proud of what we have achieved together so far. Our hope is to continue saving so we can eventually build our dream home, with a big backyard for our fur babies to run around and plenty of room to raise a family.


Q. Where is your ceremony and reception being held and why did you choose these venues?
A. We chose to hold our ceremony and reception at Island Bay Ranch, as it suited what we were both looking for. Nathan always hoped for a venue with water views and Emma was after an open and natural setting amongst the countryside. We both fell in love with our venue from the moment we pulled into the carpark, through to the beautiful native gardens and the backdrop of surrounding water and rolling countryside. We could see a lot of potential at our venue and knew it wouldn’t take a lot of decoration to provide the perfect setting for our wedding


Q. What does your wedding dress look like? Please give a detailed description and also include any accessories including jewellery and shoes.
A. Emma will be wearing a full length ivory gown which is well fitted from the bust to below the waist and begins to flare out from above the knees. It is covered in an intricate lace pattern with off the shoulder lace sleeves. The gown shows a nice backless design with a long, elegant lace train. She will be wearing a veil for the ceremony, Chrysalini pearl earrings and is opting for comfort with her shoes, having purchased white peep toe wedges.


Q. Do you have a Theme or style to your wedding? And if so, what is it?
A. We were after a vintage/rustic theme, trying to show off our venue in its natural beauty.


Q. Hair & Makeup – please describe what your hair and makeup is like and who the suppliers are.
A. Jess Purtle (McCurdy) will be doing all of the girls make up. Keeping it very simple and true to ourselves. Hair will be styled by Emma Jean event hair. I have chosen a high bun for myself and more intricate, loose flowing buns for my bridesmaids


Q. Who is the person conducting your service? (celebrant, minister, priest etc).
A. Our chosen celebrant, Carmel Monaghan, was a very easy choice for Nathan and myself. Nathan has known Carmel for 15 years, after growing up next door to her and her husband in Cape Paterson. She is a very dear friend to the Jones family, known by mum mum through the local community and very easy to converse with and be ourselves. We felt very comfortable having Carmel conduct our service and were so pleased with her level of professionalism alongside the beautiful ceremony she had prepared for us


Q. Florist – what are your flowers like & who is the supplier?
A. The bridal bouquet, bridesmaids flowers and arbor floral arrangements had all been prepared by Emma at Big Twig Florist. The bridal bouquet is made up of soft pink, peach and white roses, baby’s breath and native greenery. The bridesmaids and arbor arrangement are created with white roses and baby’s breath. Nathan’s brothers partner, Elise, has also provided us with dozens of native arrangements which she had cleverly crafted on her own the afternoon before our wedding


Q. Wedding Favours & Cake – what are they like and who is the supplier?
A. We chose to do a lolly buffet for our wedding favours and had our family friend, Trevor Foon, personalise some thank you cards for us. Nathan’s parents had also sneakily organised some personalised stubby holders for our guests and our wedding cake was carefully hand crafted by the brides mum, Terra Plumb. We had a 4 tier wedding cake with a chocolate layer, coconut cake and 2 fruit cakes. 2 of the cakes had a floral like design at the base, which was hand made with icing as well as 30 intricately made roses of white, peach and pink, were used to tie in with the bridal bouquet and add a touch of colour to our cake.


Q. Transport – what mode of transport did you choose and who was the supplier?
A. Seeing as we stayed at the venue for the weekend, the bridal party were already at the venue for the beginning of the ceremony and Emma and her dad Steve arrived via the helicopter service which was located across from Churchill Road. Neither of us had been in a helicopter before, so it was nice being able to admire the breathtaking water views before circling our venue from above, and seeing all of our guests eagerly waiting and staring from below, before we descended


Q. Food & Drink – what are they like and who is the supplier if not venue?
A. Our bar will be run by friends of ours with a selection of beer, wine, punch and slushies. We will also have a variety of hot and cold tapas being run around for starters. For our mains we have hired Paella Pan to cook a traditional paella and risotto for our guests as well as utilising our local butcher Greame Finlay, who will slow roast lamb and pork to go alongside a large variety of salads. For dessert we have a selection of wedding cake, crème caramel, sticky date puddings, pavlova and cheesecake.


Q. Is there any other supplier you would specifically like to mention:
A. We would like to say a special thank you to Maria from Marias bridal for all her patience and effort put into the alterations of my bridal gown.  Our talented musician Darxy Fox for entertaining us into the late ours of the night and we would also like to further thank Max Combridge for his long hours in capturing video footage of our day and Lucas, our photographer, for doing an outstanding job at putting up with such a large bridal party and making our photo session something very comfortable, natural and enjoyable for us all.  We felt very relaxed and at ease around Lucas and Max and are so thankful for all of the hours they both put in to capture our special day.
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