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  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.
Thirty-five guests celebrated with Carly and Luke at their wedding which was designed with a charcoal, orange and white colour palette.
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.
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.
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.
Bomboniere: DIY - personalised Lindt chocolate / Brides Accessories: Etsy and Forever New / Brides Gown: Justin Alexander / Brides Shoes: Zu / Bridesmaids Dresses: Blue Jade / Celebrant: Pauline Woolley / Ceremony Music: Own playlist / Entertainment: Brightside / Flowers: Delightful Occasions / Grooms Attire: Connor / Hair: DIY / Honeymoon: Long Island, Whitsunday Islands / Invitations: Caval Design / Makeup: Kate McCleary / Rings: Heirloom Jewellery, Michael Hill, Chris Parry / Transport: Ford Focus XRS Turbo (own) / Venue: Norwood House / Venue Decor: DIY / Wedding Night Venue: Norwood House