Jessie & Matt
As seen in Geelong Wedding Guide Magazine
Jessie and Matt didn’t meet each other thinking they had met the person they would spend their life with – instead their beautiful connection growing over years of friendship. Meeting after first graduating high school, the pair were instant friends and over the next few years would bump into each other at different events despite living across the bay from each other in Melbourne and Geelong.
Taking the next step and realising they wanted to be together, Jessie and Matt travelled up and down the Geelong-Melbourne highway for the first years of their relationship, before buying their first home and renovating it just as the pandemic hit.
On a romantic weekend away to their favourite camping spot in Port Fairy, Matt surprised Jessie with a proposal surrounded by family (including her sister and partner hiding in the bushes to take the perfect engagement video). With their family waiting at home to celebrate with them, Matt created a perfect day for them, involving all of Jessie’s loved ones and a special appointment at local jewellers Leskes so Jessie could design her own ring.
Planning their wedding day was a task Jessie and Matt walked into knowing what was important to them – their family and their fur-baby Oakley. Deciding to share this intimate moment with close family meant that the couple could focus on pouring their heart into a celebration that reflected exactly who they are as a couple.
Coming together to create their dream wedding day, Jessie and Matt leaned on family to set up and style their venue – the picture-perfect Woolbrook Homestead. Honing her skills as a florist, Jessie styled and created her own bouquets and all the floral arrangements, styling the dining room and pouring her heart into creating a beautiful space for her loved ones.
After saying their vows beside their four-legged friend, the couple were ready to party – enlisting local vendors to create and share their favourite cocktails (white chocolate passionfruit martini thanks!) and their favourite meal of American BBQ and baked cheesecake.
Spending the night watching the sunset and surrounded by the love of their guests, Jessie and Matt (alongside Oakley of course) popped a bottle of champagne to make their first toast as husband and wife – cheers to forever!
Celebrant: Jessie Belle Celebrant, Big Love Elopements
Photographer: The Hogans Weddings, Big Love Elopements
Videographer: Down The Road Weddings, Big Love Elopements
Venue: Woolbrook Homestead
Flowers: Geelong Flower Farm
Wedding Dress: Chosen By Kyha
Hire: Lovers Letters Co
Beverage Supplier: Havana Caravan Bar
Catering: Workers Barbeque
Makeup: Maddi Nicholls Makeup
Hair: Ashlea Simmons Hair
Nails: Colour & Co Nails,
Tan: Golden Days Tan,
Transportation: Murrells Transport