Tahlia & Matt // Married
Well this date rolled around fast! We held our engagement session back in July, making use of the stunning winter sunsets in the Illawarra.
Tahlia and Matt are both nurses. They met in the halls of Wollongong Hospital. From my time getting to know them both, and from the greater insight given from the heartfelt speeches at last night's reception (Best Father of the Groom speech I have EVER heard also!), these two have been near inseparable since they first met and compliment each other perfectly.
They were married at Bewong River Retreat, on the beautiful South Coast. This location is just stunning, the ceremony is held on a jetty nestled on the banks of the river - so when you view the images below you can see that the backdrop for the ceremony is just divine!
With golf carts to get around and kangaroos galore, it is such a beautiful location, and one by which both ceremony, reception can be held, with accommodation options also.
There were a lot of little details in the day - and I LOVE details! Matt and Tahlia exchanged gifts the morning of - both a heartfelt letter, and Tahlia received a beautiful bracelet and chocolates, whilst Matt received a watch - both items worn on their day. Tahlia also wore her Mother's wedding earrings, and her Grandmother's watch was tied around her bouquet. Though he didnt attend on the day, outside the window when I arrived to capture Matt's prep I saw his 4-legged buddy, Rocky - so of course being part of the family was included for a few shots!
There was a lot of emotion come the time of the speeches. Matt was diagnosed with Leukemia in 2009, and was given a less than humbling chance of fighting it. However, he did just that, and is now completely cancer free! This is where Matt's interest in a career of nursing kicked off, and thankfully what brought him to eventually meet his now, gorgeous wife Tahlia. There was not a dry eye in the room when Matt's father, David touched upon how there was a very real point that he never thought he'd be standing there giving a speech at his only son's wedding. Of course, it was followed by quick whit and a lot of laughs to continue his speech. The connectivity between Tahlia & Matt's wedding guests, all 100 or so of them was apparent throughout the whole day, for those that had supported them through their very tough times, and now stand by them celebrating in the joy.
To the new Mr & Mrs White, it has been a pleasure getting to know the two of you over the past year or so throughout your wedding planning process and I wish you both all the best in your future together as Husband and Wife!
Makeup: MAC by Meg
Hair: Maiden Hair
Wedding Gown: Accapella Bridal
Bridesmaid Dresses: Justin Alexander Store
Flowers/Decor/Styling: As A Whisper
Bridal Shoes: Wittner
Suits: Tramps the Store
Entertainment: Nowra Wedding DJ