Rachel & Jesse

  • Photography by Laura Johns

Jesse and I met in 2014 when a friend won tickets to the NRL and took me along. Jesse was sitting in front of us with some friends. He was more entertaining than the game, asking for a massage, offering us food and basically just being an idiot. I found him on Facebook and the next day we went for coffee. We've been inseparable ever since. In 2016 while on holiday in Thailand Jesse got down on one knee and asked me to marry him with the most amazing pear shaped diamond - it was an instant yes from me! 

Rachel & Jesse

Jesse and I were engaged for nine months before our wedding in January 2017. We were married in an intimate ceremony in Jesse's Uncle and Aunty's garden in Timaru surrounded by 54 of our nearest and dearest friends and family. We had our reception in a marquee in the back yard. The marquee could only hold up to 60 people and I have 80 people in my family alone so we chose to celebrate with those that are closest to us. We live in Australia however Jesse's grandparents would have been too ill to travel so we decided to bring our wedding to them. 

Rachel & Jesse
Rachel & Jesse

Our wedding had a casual rustic / boho theme. All of our decorations were DIY and styled by myself, friends and family. Our flowers were created by the amazing Floral Harvest, after a lot of pictures sent back and forth and difficulty with what was and was not in season we ended up with beautiful white roses. I also bought some artificial King Proteas in Australia and brought them over with me.

Rachel & Jesse
Rachel & Jesse

My dress was actually not a wedding dress but a formal dress I picked up from a shop in Australia. It originally had capped sleeves that I had removed and I wore it with my sister's veil. My bridesmaids wore navy silk Sheike dresses. Jesse and his groomsmen wore blue YD suit jackets with light chino pants. 

Rachel & Jesse
Rachel & Jesse

We had a funny pledge during our ceremony where everyone put up their right hand and pledged to have an amazing time. It absolutely bucketed down during our reception, everyone danced on in the mud and had an amazing time under the marquee.

Rachel & Jesse

THE DETAILS: Bride's gown: GRACE AND HART from JAM; Hair COCOON HAIR DESIGN; Makeup GLAMMED TIMARU; Groom and Groomsmen's attire YD; Bridesmaid's dresses SHIEKE; Flowers FLORAL HARVEST; Venue PRIVATE HOME; Celebrant JO TAYLOR FROM TAYLORED MOMENTS; Photographer LAURA JOHNS PHOTOGRAPHY 


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