Gabby suspected something fishy was going on when Matt suggested a morning beach yoga session and added she should pack a change of clothes for afterwards. “At first I was confused and then he turned to me with a ring box and engagement ring and told me that he loves me and would like to spend the rest of his life with me or something like that? it was pretty much a blur?We were surrounded by seagulls, sand and the sunrise. He did good.”

While rugs, canapû?s and a teepee were in Gabby and Matt’s initial vision for their special day, it just wasn’t on the cards. Thanks to the weather, the festivities had to be moved inside at Mindaribba House in the Hunter Valley. “But it was perfect and intimate,” the couple say. “Our tables looked beautiful and we had candles EVERYWHERE. It was so romantic and chilled  everyone started dancing before the entrees even arrived. Just the way we like it.”

Captured by Gui Jorge Photography this pair decided that, rather than investing in takeaway mini succulents or candy-filled mason jars as thank you’s for their guests, they’d donate money to aid relief for Cyclone Pam via the Red Cross in lieu of wedding favours. As a result, safe drinking water, sleeping mats, hygiene items and more were distributed to those in need. How cool is that?

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CREDITS Photos Gui Jorge Photography // Bridal gown Ellie Baynie // Robes Free People // Lingerie Intimissimi // Shoes and bridesmaid gifts David Jones // Makeup Caitlin Miller Makeup // Bridesmaid dresses Shopbop and Zimmermann // Bridesmaid shoes Tony Bianco // Bridesmaid gifts Embroidery Sydney // Groom and groomsmen suits and ties M.J. Bale // Cufflinks and groomsmen gifts George Jensen // Shoes RM Williams // Socks Alfie“s Friend Rolfe // Flower girls Myer // Page boys Kiddyco via eBay // Florist Sydney Market // Printer Officeworks // Ceremony, reception, lighting, sound hire and signage Mindaribba House, NSW // Catering and cake Beverley Burchell // Decorative elements Dear September // Wedding favours Red Cross // Furniture hire Oliver Hire //Entertainment Iain Tallis // Celebrant Sylvia Wilson // Rings Varoujan // Transport Peaks Mini Bus Hire.