Ross and Belinda were living just streets apart in North Queensland when they met on a night out. Their friendship developed – enough for Ross to entrust Belinda with the care of his cactus when he went away over Christmas. Unfortunately, the cactus died, but romance blossomed and they began dating.
Ross popped the question while the couple was holidaying in New Zealand. It seemed every opportunity to propose was being ruined by a busload of tourists, a pod of dolphins which drew a crowd, a swarm of midges and over-enthusiastic ducks! But finally, the moment came at a waterfall near Franz Joseph Glacier – and Belinda said “yes”.
They were married on Friday 1st June, 2012 at Sirromet Winery, Mount Cotton. “The style evolved as planning went on,” says Belinda. “I ended up looking for things that I liked enough to reuse in our home. We used flowering orchids, iron, twine, natural fabrics and lots of warm candle light at varying heights.”
The wedding photos were taken around Sirromet. “It was quite a rainy day, but we didn’t mind,” says Belinda. “We virtually had the place to ourselves, which was fantastic. Jess and Steve were fantastic and their creativity and non-stressful, positive attitude really added to our day. We just had so much fun getting our photos taken. The end product was better than we could have dreamed of!”
The newly-weds say the photos captured the feeling and vibe of the big day so perfectly. “Many of our guests didn’t know we had photographers at the ceremony as Jess and Steve just blended into the background while still documenting every important detail and heartfelt expression. Our photos have the feeling of warmth and laughter that we felt on the day. Assistants Olive and Ellie (their dog and cat) made our visits to their studio even more enjoyable!”
Belinda’s advice to brides-to-be is to have a weekday wedding if time is an issue. “You can get the best suppliers on short notice and there is far less stress,” she says. “Also, marry your best friend!”