When you’ve got a ruggedly beautiful coastal backdrop in your own backyard, you’d be crazy not to utilise it for your wedding. That’s exactly what Ella and Josh did and we are so glad they saw the light. Post-Palm Beach Golf Club ceremony, the pair and and their 165 guests (including the always incredible photog Gui Jorge) headed to their cliffside home overlooking the ocean at Avalon, for the ultimate after-party.
“I was really struggling to find a venue that ticked all the boxes,” Ella tells us. “We were sitting around the backyard fire with family when we realised the gem we were sitting on and spent the remainder of the evening dreaming up what getting married in our backyard would be like!” Once the decision had been made, these two didn’t waste any time – they locked in a date just four months away and the wedding planning began!
A wedding at home usually means some major DIY and Ella and Josh had all hands on deck. “We had about 25 people at our place on the Thursday and Friday leading up to the big day, getting everything organised!” Their efforts included signage mirrors (Ella’s tattoo-artist sister worked her magic with a chalk pen), over 100 tea-light candles in jars (collected thanks to Josh’s peanut butter habit) plus the complete transformation of their garage.
It may sound like a lot of work but the pair made a conscious effort to enjoy every aspect of their wedding and they suggest others do the same. “This gets said SO often, and I was sick of hearing it by the time the wedding rolled around, but it’s SO true.,” Ella shares. “Enjoy every moment. And that includes the planning. Try to enjoy the day you are creating for you and your fiancé.”
Images Gui George | Bride's Dress Anna Campbell | Bridesmaid's Dresses Zimmermann | Groom's Suit Roger David | Hair The Salon Alternative | Ceremony Venue Palm Beach Golf Club | Celebrant Bronwyn Hixson | Flowers That Flower Place | Catering Corella Catering | Entertainment Duan and Only | Stationery/Invitations INKKprint | Transport Northern Beaches Limousines | Prop Hire Dream.Hire.Design | Marquee/Teepee AVA Party Hire | Flowers Gloucester Flowers | Bridal Party Robes Piyama | Cake Gumnut Patisserie |