On the only sunny day in months and, with a real risk that half the 95 guests would not be able to attend due to flooding in the area, Sarah Vinson and Josh Cooper’s bare-foot beach wedding turned out to be just right.
The 3pm nuptials were held on the gorgeous Shelly Beach in Port Macquarie, NSW – where the ocean greets the rainforest. Leading the bridal party down the sandy aisle was the couple’s two-year-old son, Noah (who refused to wear anything but his beloved Crocs!) followed by Sarah, 25, and her emotional dad who proudly shook hands with his future son-in-law at the rustic altar.
Sarah describes the ceremony as “magical;” for not only did Josh, 29, surprise her with vows he had written himself, as soon as they’d said ‘I do’, a pod of dolphins swam by in the ocean behind, playfully jumping in and out of the water as if right on cue.
Later at the Mercure Centro, the reception kicked off with canapés on the lovely rooftop with fabulous views of the town, beach and river, followed by “meals, speeches, tears, laughs and – some interesting dance moves!” says Sarah.
“Not one guest didn’t enjoy themselves,” she reminisces. “It was by far the best day of our lives.”
“I married the love of my life, on the beach, in the sun, in front of amazing people,” says Sarah. “It was better than I ever could have imagined.”
Photos courtesy of Mel Lawrence Photography.
Bomboniere: DIY shortbread / Brides Accessories: Kezani Australia, Pearl Accessory / Brides Gown: Ella from Bella Rose Collections / Brides Shoes: Zu / Bridesmaid Shoes: Payless Shoes / Bridesmaids Accessories: Diva / Bridesmaids Dresses: Fashionably Yours / Celebrant: Trish Daniels - Head Over Heels Ceremonies / Ceremony Music: Own playlist / Ceremony Venue: Shelly Beach - Port Macquarie / Entertainment: Own playlist / Flowergirl Dress: Cotton On / Flowers: Port City Flowers / Gift Registry: Wishing well / Grooms Attire: Man to Man, Target / Grooms Shoes: Target / Groomsmen Attire: Man to Man, Target / Groomsmen Shoes: Target / Hair: Hello Gorgeous / Honeymoon: Margaret River, WA / Invitations: DIY / Makeup: Le Rouge Make Up Artistry / Pageboy Attire: Cotton On, Pumpkin Patch / Reception Venue: Mercure Centro / Rings: Angus & Coote, Brilliant Jewellers / Venue Decor: Wedding Perfection / Videographer: Family friend / Wedding Night Venue: Mercure Centro