Some people are just so obviously right for each other. In Jess and Mitch’s case, even a complete stranger could see it!
“We knew it was something special from our very first date,” Jess recalls.
“This was confirmed when the barman asked, ‘what are we celebrating, and how long have we been together?’ He was shocked to learn it was our first date, and not an anniversary like he’d first thought. We’ve been together ever since.”

Mitch worked hard to keep his cool leading up to his surprise proposal, but his ‘sweet’ nerves almost gave him away!
“Mitch went to a lot of effort to hire an entire mini golf course,” Jess says.
“It’s fair to say he had the pre-proposal nerves. I did ask at hole nine why he was so sweaty.  The proposal took place two holes later – that definitely explained it!
“It was very sweet, and a lot of thought and planning had gone into the day.”

Jess, a team leader, and Mitch, a business owner, were married in a beautifully distinctive ceremony at a friend’s property in Geelong.
“From the very start, we knew we wanted to create something of our own,” Jess explains.
“After visiting venues and walking away not feeling like any were the place for us, we started exploring other options.”
Before too long, a dear friend came to the rescue.
“They offered their property for our day. It honestly couldn’t have been any more perfect; it was finally feeling like what we had imagined.”
Jess and Mitch began to plan in earnest, focusing their efforts on delivering an incredible ambiance through sound, look and feel.
“I wanted our guests to experience all my favourite aesthetics. This was so important,” Jess says.
The couple decided on a private ceremony with immediate family only to witness their personalised vows.
“To Mitch and I, becoming husband and wife was a personal and private moment for us,” Jess tells.
“We had toyed with the idea of just the two of us going overseas to say, ‘I do,’ as the important part to us is the marriage – being husband and wife and our commitment to one another.”
For the reception, however, Jess and Mitch let the good times roll.
“Who doesn’t love a party? Good food, wine, music, people and, of course, dancing – this is what we wanted to create: an awesome party for all our favourite people. From what we’ve been told, we did a pretty good job,” Jess laughs.
Guests enjoyed lawn games and rocking the night on a specially made dance floor.
Jess celebrated her day in a dreamy Inca gown from Grace Loves Lace in Byron Bay.
“I found choosing a dress really daunting. I really had no idea what I wanted, but I knew what I didn’t want at the same time. I hated the thought of the dress shopping process but, in the end, it was perfect.”


Featured in issue 3 of Absolute Weddings Magazine


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Theme: Rustic garden party
Bride’s dress: Grace Loves Lace
Bridesmaids’ dresses: Veronika Maine
Ladies Shoes: Grace Loves Lace
Accessories: Amber Sceats, Bulgari
Florists: The Jungle Room
Hair: Blush Bar
Make-up: Hilary Holmes Make up Artistry
Suits: Aquila
Rings: Charles Rose, Grew and Co
Venue: Private property, Geelong
Celebrant: Jan Paradise
Photographer: Lauren Alyce Photography
Music: DJ Liam Kirkman
Entertainment: Lawn games
Caterer: Berkeley Lodge, Paella Man
Hire equipment: Memphis Hire
Number of Guests: 100

Featured in issue 3 of Absolute Weddings Magazine