She liked him right away, this young man. Jono was her Dad’s apprentice and he was under pretty specific instructions not to get too close to his daughter. Much like a good Taylor Swift song this forbidden romance started slowly and for the longest time they were legitimately ‘just friends’. After some time Emily’s sister, Bec, brought up the subject of this guy that seemed to be hanging out at their house more and more often. “We’re just friends!” Emily would insist, and then added… “friends who kiss.”
But Jono is a good guy, and a conversation with Emily’s Dad resulted in them admitting to themselves, and those around them, that they were finally more than ‘just friends’.
Fast forward five years into the story and we arrive at their wedding day. Saturday saw Jono and Emily finally become husband and wife and once and for all put that ‘just friends’ rumour far behind them. With one of the most gorgeous wedding dresses ever to grace this blog, and surrounded by seriously cool and loving families, the day at Old St Mary’s Convent was every bit as stunning as we had expected it to be.
Emily was an organised bride. Like, really organised. Spreadsheets. Timelines. Lists. She held her wedding organising close at hand and remained in control of every aspect of her planning. Until the morning of her wedding where she took a deep breath and let everything go. Everything except for the excitement. Her planning and delegation skills were so good that the day just ran like clockwork and all she had to do was enjoy.
She enjoyed watching her loved ones open their gifts.
I think she might have even enjoyed the fact that she made her Mum cry.
She enjoyed the traditions passed down the generations. Like this hanky that was left by Nan for the first grandchild to use on their wedding day.
She thought of everything. Everything and then a little bit more. Like these amazing cufflinks for her dad which read “I’ll always be your little girl”.
However, if you think that this day is going to be all about Jono and Emily, well I’ve got news for you. This is Grace. Their little showstopper. She can do a fishy face.
Seriously, if you want somewhere amazing to get ready for your wedding, look no further than Old St Mary’s Convent.
Emily, you are stunning. Like, f’real stunning.
Gorgeous makeup by Sonja Bulfin and hair by Rochelle Todd.
Meanwhile, Paul is hanging out with the guys and capturing the happenings there.
One of my favourite things about a wedding is the heritage and family history that you just can’t help seeing and ultimately being a part of. It’s kind of surreal knowing that we’re part of such a monumental day, and capturing history for the next generation. It’s pretty cool!
It’s pretty neat when a groom decides to wear a kilt in honour of his family history. I also like spiffy letter openers like this. Methinks that back in the day they were sharper and not so much for letter opening…
Ok, cuteness overload right there.
I told you Emily thought of everything!
And just like that all of the planning and excited butterflies culminates in this moment.
And Jono is well pleased.
And so is Emily.
‘To dry your happy tears’. Awesome.
Nina from Pink Poppie somehow makes her flowers seem effortless. I can promise you when I try to put together flowers they look a very different type of ‘effortless’.
And just like that, they’re married!
Such a pretty family portrait!
This is how much she liked Paul. Somehow he won her over in epic proportions.
This is their ‘just won the lotto’ pose. I dunno, ey. Jono, I think you should be way happier. Way.
Cracking out their best dance move ever.
This is why I love Nina.
Bring on a little bit of ‘old school’ reflection. Sure Paul nearly fell into the water to get this shot, but so far he’s not ended up too soggy in his attempts to outshoot me. Not to worry, one day if he does get a little closer than he intended I’ll be sure to shoot it. (Anyone remember the Llama story?)
Jono is such a sweet, good natured Kiwi bloke. He’s fun, yet understated, kind and totally adores his new wife!
It was quite fitting that the new Mr and Mrs Wilson had their reception at ‘Wilson Hall’.
I love me a good generational photo!
Essence Catering provided the yummiest buffet ever!
Emily’s Mum made and decorated this amazing cake. Four separate tiers. Two were gluten free. Then Emily’s Grandad turned the handle for the knife.
Emily’s Dad has been working for the lines company for decades, Jono has been there for a good few years as well, so what better place to sneak them out to than out the back where there are all sorts of cool things, like these giant cotton reels.
And transformers and things!
After the light was well and truly gone we headed back inside to finish off the evening with a good dose of dancing.
The most memorable of the dances would have to be the ‘birdie dance’. You just can’t help but want to join in with the birdie dance, or at least hum along really loud (the tune is in your head now, isn’t it?) I can actually spend a lot of time looking at this particular image. So much going on!
How Emily managed to do country line dancing in a dress that I’m sure weighs more than she does, I have no idea! She absolutely rocked it!
Emily, Jono and Grace; you guys are a fantastic family and it was our absolute pleasure to capture all of these special memories for you. Thank you for inviting us in!
Flowers: Nina, Pink Poppie Designer Florist
Venue: Old St Mary’s Convent
Minister: Lester Terrill
Hair: Rochelle Todd
Makeup: Sonja Bulfin
Cake: Emily’s mum – Heather
Piper: Allister Cassidy
DJ: Roger, Audio Entertainment (Nelson)
Stationery: Wedding Paper Divas