Sun and sand: Phil and Rhian head Down Under for beach wedding

Wedding: 31/05/2014

Posted by lucy | 15 June, 2016

English boy meets Australian girl in an Aussie bar — it’s a familiar story. But the encounter between Phil Aslett and Rhian James was more than just a fling!

The couple, both aged 32, met after Rhian had just arrived home to Australia from Whistler for a friend’s wedding. She was meant to return to Canada shortly after, but a romantic first date and long weekend with Phil meant Rhian never went back!

Twelve months on the couple celebrated Phil’s birthday on a camping trip. “I surprised Phil with a birthday cake but was trumped by his hugely romantic and very unexpected beach proposal in front of our closest friends – with a handmade sign lit on fire saying ‘Marry Me?'”

The Reigate, Surrey couple celebrated their special day back in Australia on May 31, 2014 with a beach wedding on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland.

The ceremony at Sunshine Beach Surf Club was followed by a reception at the same location for a chilled vibe. “It was a relaxed and laid-back beach holiday combined with a wedding, connecting friends and family from all round the globe,” describes Rhian. “Our guests had time to get to know each other in the lead up – high tea, fishing, beach time, beauty parlour, group meals – maximising party time on the big day!”

The bride’s advice for a smooth running wedding is to not forget the tiny details. “Groomsmen socks, homemade favours, dress modifications, new dress for our first dance, music playlists etc … they all add up!”

Photos courtesy of Charlotte Lisa Wedding Photographer.


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Rhian’s gorgeous Maggie Sottero gown had a crystal and beaded bodice with tulle skirt.

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Phil’s family and friends flew to Australia to see the couple wed beachside.



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“We were blessed with beautiful weather,” says the bride.



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Close to 100 guests attended the couple’s gorgeous destination wedding styled in pastel mint and peach.



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