Sarah & Chris
Our Love Story
10 years ago on a cold August morning Chris & I planned our first date to watch the sunrise at Barwon Heads. I loved sunrises & Chris being a photographer loved to capture them.
We met on the dating app Plenty of Fish, we spoke for a month or so before catching up & both felt a strong connection. We have completely different personalities, but as the old saying goes, opposites attract, and in our case, it couldn't be truer.
We kept our tradition on the anniversary of our first date, we would watch the sunrise together in the same spot. We went on to get engaged there 8 years later.
Fast forward to 2023, and we have 2 beautiful children Max & Violet, it's after the birth of our children that our love & respect for each other deepened.
As a self-confessed romcom addict, for years I believed in love at first sight & grand gestures, but with Chris what I have learnt is love is patient, love is sacrifice & compromise, it's showing up on the hard days & relishing the simpler things in life.
Declaring our love & commitment to each other on our wedding day in front of our children, family and friends will be a day we will never forget.
Having a surprise wedding with an 80's theme was always going to be so much fun, although we had a loose plan for the day we loved the vibe the non-traditional structure brought to the day.
We threw out all the rules and just said, how do we want to spend this special day with our loved ones? We had our photos done before the party, meaning we had some crazy costume changes throughout the day. We really wanted the surprise to be as realistic as possible, so we were dressed in 80s gear on the guests arrival to throw anyone that might have had suspicions.
After sneaking out with the kids to get changed, one of our favorite parts of the day was seeing everyone's faces once they saw us coming out of the room dressed in our wedding gear.
As the sunset & the 80s tunes ramped up, watching Chris in his element playing vinyl, the dance floor was pumping & looking around the room, the laughter and amazing outfits made our hearts full, it was everything we could have asked for on our wedding day & it meant we could do it on a budget.
We couldn't have done it without our amazing vendors who entertained every idea we had as crazy as it may have seemed.
Bec at the Belmont Hotel went above and beyond to keep our secret, she thought of every little detail to ensure the day ran smoothly. She even helped me & the kids get dressed!
Jessie, our celebrant was the talk of the night, she donned her 80s outfit and made us feel so comfortable with the process. She also brought along her high tech photo booth and captured some classic pics.
Nic our photographer, what a legend, he worked amazingly on the fly & really made the kids feel comfortable which was a big deal for us.
Lastly, Stacey from Embrace Bridal, words can't explain how special she made me feel, she was so excitedÂ by our idea and nothing was too much for her. Seeing her face on the day was such a nice gesture.
We feel truly blessed with the love we experienced from everyone involved & wish we could do it all again!
Photography: Nic Stephens Photography
Celebrant: Jessie Belle Celebrant
HIre: Unique Party Boutique
Makeup: Make Up by Tania Ferguson
Cake: Colour Me Cake
Flowers: As Daisy Does
Wedding dress: Embrace Bridal Boutique
Venue: The Belmont Hotel