Carly & Adam
As seen in Geelong Wedding Guide Magazine
Our Love Story
There is nothing sweeter than your first love, and for Carly and Adam that first spark has never dimmed. Meeting as 15 year old teenagers at their first job, Carly remembers that it was Adam who was the very first person to say hello to her on her first shift (um, shivers!). Often hanging out before their shifts together, Adam plucked up the courage to ask Carly to be his girlfriend and from that moment on they were determined to be with each other; despite attending different schools, high school curfews (remember those?), university schedules, career moves and 6 months of long distance, it all paid off when they were able to buy their first home together in 2020.
Set against the beautiful backdrop of Hopetoun Falls in the Otways, Adam proposed to Carly on their eight year anniversary. Wasting no time to start their married life together, the couple chose to use their nine year anniversary to tie the knot.
Enlisting the help of Big Love Elopements, Carly and Adam decided on a wedding list of 21 guests to ensure their special day could still go ahead during the height of the many lockdowns Victoria experienced in 2021.
Having all their guests at Glenaire Cottages meant that could host a laidback BBQ the night before the small (but big) day. On the morning of the ceremony, Carly and Adamgot ready in separate cottages, trusting Otway Beauty Co for the bridal party’s hair and makeup. Calming any nerves and creating the perfect mood for the intimate ceremony, celebrant Jessie welcomed guests to the Californian Redwood Forest as Carly’s father walked her down the picturesque aisle. But it wouldn’t be a real wedding day without a few mishaps, and thanks to Carly’s father’s sweet but eager hug, Carly’sveil was pulled out of her hair right as she was ready to greet her groom! Captured by Jake from The Hogan’s Photography, Carly is thankful to have this sweet moment caught on camera.
Another moment that broke the ice was the unfortunate case of the wedding rings–or so their bestman thought! Thankfully it was Carly’s maid of honour to the rescue and a humorous exchange behind Jessie’s back was a perfect way ease any nerves. Adding to the intimacy of the ceremony, Carly and Adam’s 8-day old nephew was able to attend, wearing the little suit the couple has bought for him before he was born (we’re not crying, you are).
Hosting their reception at the Top House of Glenaire Cottages, Carly and Adam enjoyed a magical night with their closest loved ones. Thanks to owners Bek and Sev, they were able to relax knowing their guests were taken care of, overlooking some of the best views in the area. We’re so happy for Carly and Adam to finally get their happily ever after together, it feels like fate really knew was it was doing all those years ago.
Elopement: Big Love Elopements
Hair and Make-up: Otway Beauty Co
Photography: The Hogans Photography
Celebrant: Jessie Belle Celebrant
Bridal Bouquets and Reception Flowers: The Styled Bouquet
- Wedding Dress: Embrace Bridal, Madi Lane Bridal
Groom/Groomsmen Ties: Peggy and Finn
Accommodation and Reception Venue: Glenaire Cottages
Custom Sign: Elspired
Groom/Groomsmen - suits and shoes: Myer
Bridesmaid Dresses: Bec & Bridge
Bride Earrings: Ruby & Sage
Bride Shoes: Converse