13 Jul From Isa To Ido
JESSICA + ELLIOT – AT VICTORIAS OF EWINGSDALE.
A European inspired Wedding in the Byron Bay Hinterland.
Some things just fit so perfectly. Wine + cheese. A tailor made suit. Your old PJ’s you still wear since 2003 (maybe that’s just me) lamb + mint, oh and my favourite vegemite + tomatoes on toast.
If you’re a back-packing tourist from Tamworth, England there’s no further opposite place in the world than Toowoomba, QLD. Actually, yes there is Mt Isa, just a few hundred Km’s north west. Luckily for Elliot, he was drawn to the mining town, not because of the dry scorching heat, but the lure of now wife, the ever stunning, Jessica Parker. Together, they fit together more perfect than my vegemite and tomatoes on toast, more like peas and carrots, or in their case single malt oak aged scotch and Cuban cigars.
Now, when El met Jess, they were working in a bar in Mt Isa and our cultured tea drinking Brit quickly turned into a coffee connoisseur as he would meander over to Jess, the top Aussie barista and ask for his fav soy cappuccino just so he could feel the warmth and watch Jess make his favourite cup. Her beaming smile and effervescent persona not only converted this top man into a coffee drinker but persuaded him to tear up hit return ticket to the UK and pursue a life in central QLD so he could be with his dream woman.
Not an easy move, leaving your family + friends 20,000 kms behind. Elliot, a family man, close to his mother and mates sacrificed a life of leafy autumns, Luke warm ales and East Enders for 40 degree endless days, vegemite and the sites of Mt Isa. It was love at first site for Elliot + Jess who, at the time were working at Buffs and over time got to know each other one soy cappuccino at a time. Love blossomed and Livingstone’s it was for their first date. BOOM! Hooked on each other and the journey was well under way for these two.
Mt Isa provided the home, but it was a hot air balloon ride over the Atherton Tablelands where Elliot dropped knee and asked Jess to be his wife. Without hesitation, she said yes and a life in Australia was inevitable for our backpacking Brit…
Planning a wedding from Mt Isa is an arduous task. 1000’s kms from Byron Bay where they wanted to tie the knot. Elliot and Jess researched around and did their homework to find vendors which suited their taste and style and judging by the smile on their faces and on mine, they nailed it! The distinguished gentleman (or should I say, The Uk Gentleman) and the discerning bride to be Jess wanted grace, style and with a touch of European elegance to encapsulate her magical day. www.byronbayweddings.com.auco-ordinated, styled and catered the event hosted at the Boutique Hotel, Victoria’s of Ewingsdale (www.victorias.net.au). This provided the perfect backdrop for Elliot and Jess to say I do and celebrate. Easily mistaken for a Tuscany villa, tucked away in the Byron Hinterland, it exudes all that one could hope for when wanting that European Boutique feel. I officiated proceedings and teamed up with Jake to form www.jakeandandy.com.auto soundtrack the soiree. Van, the photo man captured the day www.vanmiddletonphotography.com.auwhilst www.boxmediahouse.com.aucreated the video. The Bride as beautiful, elegant and stylish as ever and called upon the skills of www.miaconnor.comand @weddinghairbyleah to help make her dream wedding come true.
The ceremony was every bit magical as it was emotional. The pure gravity of immigrating to Australia, finding your wife in a mining town and turning your wildest far flung back packing fantasy into reality became all too real for this gentleman when he first laid eyes on Jess at the top of the stone work. Elliot’s best mates Daz and Thompson flew out from England to deliver one of the most memorable best man speeches turn sing along that I’ve ever heard. Both mothers spoke about family values, dedication and togetherness. The rain was merely a slight distraction so we could all laugh and gaze on as the Bride & Groom could not give AF about the dampened gowns as the day slowly turned into night as the sun set over the Byron Bay Hinterland.
They say don’t worry, it will all come together on your wedding day. Trust your suppliers and let it all go. Come together it exactly did, exactly and in a way which represented Jess + Elliot AKA Jelliot to a Tea…. Or should I say soy cappuccino…
It was a pleasure being their celebrant and musician and I still get those Tuscany feels when I think of that perfect day back in May at the magical Victoria’s of Ewingsdale. Thanks again Jelliot… Best Wishes Always back in Mt Isa. AM