I don’t think Tegan and David anticipated 50km/h winds and ‘feels like’ temperature of 3 degrees for their winter Wollongong wedding. But they took it in their stride with Tegan pulling her veil out 30 seconds after walking down the aisle. It had wrapped itself around the arbour! The veil was welcome later on for some fun windy portraits. The wind definitely presented challenges with tables blowing over, the speaker falling over and the bin blew into the water! But the marriage certificate was safe so that was the most important item on the day!
There was no fancy ‘getting ready’ robe for this bride. When I turned up Tegan was proudly wearing her flannelette sheep PJs paired with fluffy bunny slippers. Getting into the dress was filled with laughs but also many emotional moments with her mum and grandmother. If you are curious about Tegan’s beautiful back tattoo, it is a decorative balloon and along the string, it says ‘Still I Rise.’ Very inspiring!
One of my favourite moments at this winter Wollongong Wedding happened after the bride and groom signed the register. They were truly in their own world, so excited to talk to each other while their witnesses were signing. Also, the speeches made by the parents were very touching and it was lovely to see how supportive they are of Tegan and David. Tegan’s mum made a custom quilt which all the guests signed as a memento from the day. It was such a lovely idea!
Tegan and David did things a little different with an afternoon tea reception featuring a huge grazing platter. The whole wedding was finished by about 3.30pm as the light was lost over the escarpment.