Guest Blogger – Leisa Otway – Ceremonies by Leisa

Rhea and Owen’s beautiful love story originated from an immensely romantic first meeting….. at McDonalds! At the age of 16, Owen spied a beautiful private school girl and couldn’t help himself but to talk to her. This began a conversation that eventually lead them through a journey of friendship that spanned many years, eventually blossoming into love.

When they got engaged and began planning their engagement celebration, the decided to elope with an intimate ceremony beforehand and surprise all their guests that evening. On a beautiful Autumn day, with the sun shining, Owen and Rhea arrived at Ardeena, a tropical paradise high above the Tweed Coast along with their witnesses, Rhea’s sister Abbey and Owen’s brother Aaron and of course, their fur baby AJ. Setting the tone for the day, Rhea and Owen stepped out of the car in their PJ’s and calmly greeted their coordinator from Ardeena, Emily, their celebrant Leisa, from Ceremonies by Leisa and their photographer Kate from Twig & Fawn Photography.

Giggling and joking, they changed into their dress and suit and made the final touches before stepping into the warmth of the Autumn day to find the perfect spot to exchange their vows. They chose an intimate clearing in the rainforest, which created a soft and sweet ambiance for the ceremony. In true relaxed style, the laughter continued throughout their ceremony as they celebrated their journey together and simply spoke what was the most important to them. In keeping with the hassle-free feel of the day, they signed their wedding register on one another’s backs and then popped a bottle of Moet to savour the moment.

After exploring the rest of the stunning property with Kate for photos, Rhea and Owen calmly changed outfits again, slid off their wedding bands and popped them in their pockets and headed to their engagement party where all their nearest and dearest were waiting. Rhea and Owen held onto their beautiful secret until the time was right, during their speech, they recounted their adventurous day and their news was greeted with surprise laughter and cheering from their guests. Finally, they were able to put their rings back on and celebrate into the night

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Photographer – Twig & Fawn Photography
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Florals – Reception – Lola’s Wildflowers

Reception Venue – Kingscliff Beach Hotel

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