These cuties dated in high school and found each other again a few years later. Keen to solidify their bestie bond, they opted for a relaxed day that would evolve into one epic party. Kate’s bridesmaid’s made their way down the aisle decked out in Shona Joy whilst Kate opted for a customised Purple Fox gown. Hello May fave Georgia Verrells was there to capture the abundant coastal vibes…

THE VENUE “We both grew up in Apollo Bay, and it is such a beautiful part of the world we thought it would be crazy not to get married there. When we started to look for somewhere to have our big day we soon realised there was a massive gap in the market in the area for both ceremony and reception locations. We tossed around a few ideas and viewed a few properties but nothing was quite right or worked out until we came across The Elliot. The family who own The Elliot have been in Apollo Bay for years and our families knew each other due to that. The view and location are second to none. Photos don’t do it justice, it is just an epic location and was perfect for what we wanted.”

THE VIBE “I wouldn’t say we had a theme as such, but definitely a relaxed coastal vibe. When we were planning how the day would run, we always took into consideration that we really wanted our guests to have the best day celebrating with us and to make it as easy as we could for everyone to do so. For décor I know I really wanted to keep it as simple as possible but with nice details, light, plenty of flowers and greenery.”

THE DRESS “It was the first dress I tried on which is crazy. We happened to go to Fairytales Bridal Boutique on a day that Purple Fox was on a roadshow with their new collection in-store and I was instantly drawn to two of their designs. I went dress shopping with my mum and my best friend Annina and when I walked out in that first dress they both started crying.”

FAVOURITE MOMENT “It really is hard to pick just one, it was all amazing. But I think we particularly enjoyed our wedding photos on the beach. Together with our bridal party and Georgia, we walked down onto the beach in front of our ceremony location with a bucket of beers and champagne and had a bit of chill time taking photos and having a drink. It was really enjoyable and we didn’t take it too seriously, everyone was in great spirits, so it was amazing to have that time with our favourite people and have a laugh doing so.”

LITTLE LOL “Our celebrant Cat slipped her words during the ceremony and made a reference to us becoming parents (which we definitely were not) which had everyone laughing, so we promptly let everyone know mid-ceremony that was not the case and that we were definitely still just focusing on our fur baby for now.”

STANDOUT VENDORSGeorgia, our photographer, was truly a delight. She really nailed the brief and let us be us on our day, fitting around what we were doing and capturing the moment rather than forcing us into photos for the sake of it. She was personable and a lot of fun and we’re really glad we had her there on our day. Steph from Earth Flower was fantastic as usual. Steph is a young local from Apollo Bay and we always go to her for all our flower needs, so we wouldn’t have wanted anyone else on our big day. She went above and beyond to help achieve our vision, working into whatever timeline we needed for set up.”

If you fancy seeing more from Georgia Verrells then click here. We particularly loved her captures of Emily and Jake’s sweet day. If its the bridesmaids dresses that have taken your heart we don’t blame you! You can find more from Shona Joy here.

CONTRIBUTING VENDORS Photographer Georgia Verrells Florist Earth Flower Apollo Bay Stationery Canva Printer Officeworks Venue The Elliot Catering Sandy Feet Café Cheese Platter Say Cheese Platters Cake Apollo Bay Bakery Favours Chick Design Boutique via Esty Hire Items Occasions Event Hire Signage Stone and Co Homewares via Etsy Entertainment Blue Wax Duo Celebrant Confetti Commitments Rings Michael Hill Transport Hutchinson’s Bus Lines BRIDE Dress Purple Fox via Fairytales Bridal Boutique Loungewear All Things Nice Shoes Betts Earrings Pandora Makeup Make up by Enrica BRIDESMAIDS Dress Shona Joy Shoes Boohoo GROOM Suit & Tie Eddy Elias Menswear Shoes Target GROOMSMEN Suit Eddy Elias Menswear