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Destiny carries Carly & Luke to their relaxed wedding in Mt Eliza, Vic


The romance of Carly Hobbs and Luke Daley was destiny – literally.

What Carly describes as a “real-life fairytale” is the story of when she met the love of her life on a cruise ship named Destiny. “I was working as the lead singer on a Mediterranean cruise ship…when a tall, dark and terribly handsome Englishman, Luke, came on board for a holiday,” says 30-year-old Carly.

The whirlwind romance quickly developed, and after spending just 14 days together and exchanging a few emails and Skype calls, Carly booked a one-way ticket to England. Twelve months later, they were engaged.

“Luke [27] and I were on Lake Windermere in England’s Lake District when he proposed on one knee in a tiny little boat that we couldn’t stop!” laughs Carly. “Through my tears of excitement and struggling to navigate the boat, I managed to say yes.”

The pair planned their relaxed wedding over two years, which took place at Mount Eliza on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula on September 20, 2013. Every detail was a reflection of them. This included games such as Dominoes on guest tables, a time capsule box and bubbles – many of which were Carly’s creations.

“Lower on the budget scale, we proved that with a bit of research and creativity a budget wedding doesn’t have to look cheap – even with $10 bridesmaid dresses,” smiles Carly.

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Thirty-five guests celebrated with Carly and Luke at their wedding which was designed with a charcoal, orange and white colour palette.

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Carly walked down the aisle to a song she sang on the Destiny – “La Vie En Rose.” After, the ceremony guests were able to relax with champagne and orange juice.

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A spicy touch was added to Carly’s outfit – the soles of her shoes. “I painted the soles with orange glitter to match our colour scheme,” she says.

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Luke surprised Carly and the entire party at the end of the evening, announcing the honeymoon destination he had been secretly planning – Long Island, Whitsunday Islands.

Photos courtesy of Naturalight Photography.

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