Christina and James’ Wedding

25 September 2019

It was an unexpected meeting between two souls which sparked a relationship that will last a lifetime.

The chemistry between James and Christina was undeniable when their paths crossed. Christina was first drawn to James’ eyes; however, it was Christina’s personality that captured her future husband’s attention.

Their love of outdoors and spending time adventuring together, created for the perfect set up James needed for the proposal!

“Christina had no idea it was about to happen! We were just walking along a quiet beach, talking and laughing together before we stopped to cuddle to take in the moment.

“I asked her to close her eyes as I got on one knee to pop the big question. When she opened her eyes, she said YES with tears of happiness in her eyes”

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Our bride and groom were surrounded by their family and loved ones on Wednesday 25 September, a date that marked Christina’s late grandmother’s birthday. The family spirit together with memories of those lost were dearly cherished, as they celebrated the beginning of a new love.

Tell us about your favourite detail from your wedding day!

We kept with tradition and decided not to see one another leading into the wedding (from the night before). It was really special to have a little kiss when I [Christina] arrived at the ceremony before we started the formalities!

We wrote our own vows for the ceremony as well which was another favourite part. My [Christina] favourite vow of James’ was “Christina I join my life to yours, not merely as your husband, but as your best friend”.

“All of the vows were my favourite” [James].

James managed to hold back the tears as his gorgeous bride walked towards him for the ceremony. Though, for his proud Mum and best mate they were unable to contain their tears!

Christina was absolutely glowing as she walked down the aisle, holding onto her dads’ arm. And finding a wedding dress was easy for our bride! It was the second dress that Christina saw and when she tried it on, she just knew it was the one! 

Wedding planning was stress free, as both Christina and James knew exactly what it was that they wanted for their wedding day. With easy going wedding planning, came easy going and incredibly helpful vendors; helping to make the day so memorable.

The couple made special mention of Kellie, their photographer, who captured the many special moments of the day.

“We loved that Kel was so easy to deal with, and so professional for our wedding day. Among all of the emotions and excitement of the day she was also great to have a laugh with as well!”

So, what did Kellie have to say about Christina & James’ wedding day?

“James and Christina were so relaxed and easy going during both the planning phase and on their wedding day.

They completely trusted in me to take them on an adventure to some amazing locations for beautiful portraits.  Christina told me what she had her heart set on for their photographs, one being a dirt road with a tree canopy. I spent time scouting the perfect location for her, which happened to be exactly eight minutes from their ceremony. 

We then travelled another eight minutes to the last location for the last of the golden light for their sunsets. 

With a few beers in hand it was the perfect way to end the day and start the party before heading back to the reception.”

Christina and James wanted to convey a special thanks to their Celebrant Roxanne too!

Rox is easy going and very helpful, making our wedding ceremony extra special.”

Wishing Christina and James all the very best for their lives together as husband and wife.

The Team:
Wedding Venue: Rockhampton Heritage Village
Photography: Kellie Guinane Photography
Bridal Prep: Korte’s Resort
Groom Prep: Casa Nostra Motel Rockhampton
Celebrant: Roxanne Hodda Marriage Celebrant
Hair & Makeup Artist: Touch Of Style Hair & Beauty
Wedding Florals: Allenstown Florist

Why you should consider an unplugged wedding

The following wedding advice is kindly provided by our friend Madelyn Holmes Photographics

If you’re a bride or groom and haven’t heard of the ‘unplugged’ concept, this means asking guests to turn off their cameras and mobile devices for a period of time at your wedding – be it just the ceremony or the whole celebration.

In an age where our phones have become an extension of our fingertips, it can be hard to switch off and just enjoy the moment.

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Doing so encourages your guests to be truly present as you say ‘I do’ and embrace the emotion of your nuptials without the distraction of technology.

This also allows your photographer (and/or videographer) to do their job uninterrupted, ensuring the most important moments of your day are captured without guests interfering or obstructing the professional images.

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So what’s the key to having an unplugged wedding without causing offence? Asking politely and clearly ahead of time so your guests are aware of your wishes, whatever they may be.

This can be done by making a note of the request with your invitations, placing a sign at the venue entrance and arranging for your celebrant to make an announcement before the ceremony commences.

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Your guests will be understandably excited to see you get married and most likely just want a visual memento of the occasion, so it may be a nice compromise to allow photos at certain intervals throughout the day.

In this case, have your celebrant or MC ask guests to wait while the photographer captures each formality first, then open an invitation for anyone else wanting to take photos once they have finished.

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Whether you opt for a completely unplugged wedding, an unplugged ceremony or simply ask guests to refrain from posting on social media until the first professional images have been released, most guests will happily oblige.

Ultimately, it is your special day and the decision is completely up to you!
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Wedding advice and images kindly provided by our friend Madelyn Holmes Photographics

Advice for the Groom and His Men!

Often you hear the groom say that all he needs to do for his wedding day is find a suit and turn up, normally tongue in cheek but nevertheless grooms and groomsmen can think wedding planning is solely a woman’s domain. Not so! Below is a super helpful tool for the groom, best man and groomsmen, setting out some common responsibilities men may like to consider throughout the wedding planning process. Rockhampton-Gladstone-Mackay-Wedding
A big thank you to Bespoke Diamonds for allowing us to use this awesome resource!