Joy and Jason’s wedding was set at the beautifully manicured and lush gardens of Entally Estate in Hadspen, Tasmania.
Given the uncertain circumstances that had come about from the world wide pandemic of Coronavirus, any Bride and Groom would be forgiven for being extra stressed and worried about their wedding day.
But the worries of the world could not surpass the deep loving bond of unity between Joy and Jason. Their wedding was a meaningful day that offered true perspective on what matters most in life. In the midst of a frenzied world the setting at Entally Estate provided a sanctuary for two people who have undoubtedly found their perfect match in one another.
Joy spent the morning of the wedding in the Entally Governor’s Wing. And although her demeanour would have never given it away, when I arrived her hair and makeup stylist was nowhere to be seen and running 2.5 hours behind.
The situation quickly became a rescue mission and the quick thinking Entally House staff came to the rescue; calling in their own contacts who swiftly arrived and simultaneously created Joy’s bridal hair and make-up. The wonderful professionals doted on Joy and brought her bridal vision to life at a speed that put schedules back on track.
As a bride Joy wore a fitted, ivory and nude wedding dress, featuring divine French lace flower appliqué which flowed into a tulle train.
Her wedding day styling was finished with soft falling curls and two pieces of hair pulled to the back where an exquisite pearl branch comb and a chapel length veil nested.
She carried a bouquet mixed with roses of red, white and pink.
Groom Jason and the couple’s son Grayson were dapper wearing their modern, three-piece suits in a hue of blue. Their look was finished with crimson ties and tan shoes.
Under the canopy of a grand old tree, guests were seated on white timber chairs spaced 1.5 metres apart (in adherence to government advice during the coronavirus pandemic). Despite the mandatory distancing measures, it was an intimate setting with the aisle chairs adorned with crimson bows lining the path in anticipation of the bride’s arrival.
The sprawling evergreen gardens surrounded the ceremony location as the couple’s son Grayson began the official wedding processional before Joy stepped out with bridal poise. Shaking off the events that had unfolded during her preparation, Joy was a beauty filled with composure as she walked the aisle.
Celebrant Wendy Marston officiated the ceremony as the Bride and Groom said their vows and made special promises to one another before being pronounced husband and wife.
Mr & Mrs
The reception was held at the Entally Lodge but before the celebrations began, I whisked the couple away to experience the many wedding-worthy photo locations throughout the grounds of Entally Estate.
The historic allure of Entally House and the light filled Conservatory with its bountiful blooms (also Australia’s oldest conservatory) makes for romantic and time transcending settings absolutely perfect for capturing visual memories of the day.
Inside the reception setting at Entally Lodge, Joy had lovingly contributed her own time and skill to create the wedding cake, the wedding favours, the floral arrangements and table décor.
The exquisite wedding cake featured a timber cake topper with the word ‘finally’ whilst baby’s breath and dried bunny tail grass also sat atop the cake. The two-tiered masterpiece had white fondant embossed in a symmetrical floral pattern finished with a black ribbon border.
The wedding favours were a sweet treat of decorated cookies imprinted with the words ‘Thank you’ and ‘Finally Mr & Mrs’.
Through The Lens
(What I’ll always remember about Joy & Jason’s day)
Despite the unusual circumstances of hosting a wedding during a worldwide pandemic, Joy and Jason remained positive throughout their wedding day and never allowed the details to overwhelm them.
The two wonderful ladies who saved the day by doing Joy’s hair and makeup were a beautiful expression of selflessness as they sacrificed their time. They willingly offered up their skills at a moment’s notice and ensured Joy felt special and bride worthy despite the situation.
In this thing called life, Joy and Jason are truly in it together. Their matching tattoos express this truth with the words ‘it’s you and me against the world’.
Joy and Jason, may you forever carry a deep, loving bond of unity.
Wedding Preparations: Entally Lodge
Ceremony: Entally Estate
Wedding dress: Lace Marry
Grooms suit: Connors
Your celebrant: Wendy Marston