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Charmaine and Steven's Wedding at Jonah's

Whale Beach, New South Wales

Credit: Jo Bartholomew

Charmaine and Steven's Wedding at Jonah's

Whale Beach, New South Wales

How did you find the wedding planning process?

Planning our wedding was quite stressful because we only had a 2-month timeframe. We had to overcome a number of hurdles in preparation for our fast-tracked wedding but we were fortunate that a wedding fair was on during this time. We were able to find the majority of our vendors through the event. We chose our venue Jonah’s because of the stunning beach views and garden setting. It meant we could have the best of both worlds. We were lucky to have secured a date with Jonah’s at such short notice after a reservation was cancelled just days before we enquired.

Charmaine and Steven at Jonah's
Charmaine and Steven at Jonah's


How was your ceremony space decorated?

She Designs Events helped style our beachside wedding ceremony with a vintage, lace inspired theme. Off-cuts of printed fabric in white and neutral tones were used to create a sweeping bunting backdrop for the ceremony. It blew gently in the breeze and framed the vista of the sparkling water below. Mismatched chairs in white were placed around the garden for our guests and peacock chairs and an antique sewing table were used for the signing table. To complete the look a lace teepee was raised for our photographs.

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Describe the styling of your reception.

We had lace hammocks, hanging crochet macramé with green ferns and delicate shell chandeliers. Given our neutral colour scheme for the props and furniture, we requested bright and bold flowers. Peonies, sunflowers, lilies and billy buttons were placed in various sized bottles and jars over hessian table runners on our reception tables to complete the look.

Charmaine and Steven at Jonah's
Charmaine and Steven at Jonah's
Charmaine and Steven at Jonah's
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Did you have wedding favours?

Our wedding favours were small jars of mini chocolate chip cookies wrapped in brown kraft and secured with thin rope. They were labelled with our names and wedding date.

Describe the bridal party outfits.

To tie in with the beige tones of the wedding colour palette, my bridesmaids wore blush coloured, full-length gowns from Sheike that were fastened with Grecian rope halter ties. The groomsmen looked suave in their blue suits and Steven wore a white tie with a subtle paisley print.

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Charmaine and Steven at Jonah's


Did you have live entertainment at your wedding?

We had the talented Dylan Wright perform before and after our ceremony. This allowed our guests to feel welcome and enjoy the atmosphere. Steven danced so enthusiastically that the sole of his shoe split in 2! Steven serenaded me with Arctic Monkey’s rendition of Baby I’m Yours and, as the sun set we had our first dance as husband and wife overlooking the ocean and we laughed, a lot.

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Gown: Lover the Label | Photographer: Jo Bartholomew,  | Wedding venue & caterer: Jonah’s | Stylist & decorations: She Designs Events | Flowers & floral decorations & cake: Blooms by Bethan | Stationery: Written by Hand & Paper Couture | Groom & groomsmen’s outfits: MJBale | Bridesmaids’ outfits: Sheike | Celebrant: All We Need Is Love | Music: Dylan Wright | Videographer: Love Storm Films | Hair & makeup: Abbey Love | Additional suppliers: Willowlane Studios