Carly & Harrison
Our Love Story
My younger sister Nikki introduced us back in 2010 when she was at a friend's house and text me there was a good-looking brunette carpenter there, I should meet. I turned up to introduce myself pretty promptly.
That was the start of an incredible life we have continued building together. We have travelled a lot, lived overseas, adopted fur-babies, built a home, built A LOT of Lego and started small businesses with each other over the past decade and a bit. We're best friends and the biggest supporter of each other's goals and dreams.
In 2020 I realised that perhaps waiting for Harrison to propose to me wasn't what was meant to be for our story, so I meticulously made a plan to ask him to be my husband one Friday afternoon in the backyard of the home we had built together. I had a custom 5ft timber surfboard art piece made for him that I thought expressed his love of the ocean and timber in something sentimental that now hangs above our bed.
Then began the on again, off again lockdowns of Covid in Victoria. We made the decision to postpone our wedding twice so that once the day came that large wedding celebrations could happen once again we would be able to celebrate with all the people we love the most. Family and friends are everything to us and being able to have so many of our loved ones share in a day that was 11 years in the making was incredibly special.
Our wedding day was the most relaxed, hilarious and memorable day of our lives. Living near the beach meant that there was only one way that we were going to tie the knot, barefoot on the sand in Ocean Grove. The weather that week was less than ideal, but we must have done something right because the only day it didn't rain was our wedding day.
I spent the morning getting ready at my grandparents' home which was incredibly special to me, and Harrison was getting our fur babies ready at our home.
We paid particular attention to filling our wedding with details that made us 'us'. We have a well-loved 1972 kombi van named 'Kenni' that we used as our wedding car, our 2 dogs Mya and Jill were our flower girls and shone with flower collars and macrame leads as they were walked onto the beach. We had Lego in our bouquets and boutonnieres, a surfboard as a guest book, endless food and no shoes on all day.
Our ceremony was lighthearted and full of love, just as we wanted. Everybody got to enjoy a drink on the beach before we headed off to our reception to dance the night away.
Our reception really was just one big party. It was the first week that big weddings were permitted again in Victoria, everybody was keen to be around people they loved and show off their dance moves. We had incredible food trucks and an amazing grazing table set up, followed by a buffet of all our favourite desserts.
Photographer: Monika Berry Photography
Videographer: Heartly Films
Celebrant: Nicole Penning Celebrant
Florals: Florette Weddings
Venue: Harvester Moon
Entertainment: Geelong Entertainment
Catering: Poncho Food Van
Catering: Beatbox Grill Food Van
Photobooths: Lavish Photobooths
Hair & Makeup: Makeup by Dannielle
Wedding Dress: Bridal House Geelong