These two love birds met on the reality dating show 'When Love Comes to Town', but instead of finding love in the arms of a farmer this city girl found herself falling for one of the cameramen. Flash forward three years and this beach loving couple married in the Northern Beaches of Sydney, at the widely acclaimed Moby Dicks Whale Beach. With their loved ones looking on Jess was accompanied down the aisle by their 3 dogs Poppy, Lizzy and Alfie!
How did you meet your (now) husband?
We met on a reality dating show When Love Comes To Town on channel 9! I was one of the 12 girls looking for love around Australia and Mitch was working behind the scenes as a cameraman. He caught my eye very early on but it wasn't until the show had aired that we could announce our relationship to our loved ones.
How long have you been together? Almost 3 years.
Do you have a proposal story?
Mitch had my ring beautifully designed and after a bottle of champers some flowers and a night out at our local he popped the question.
What was your wedding date? September 2, 2016
Location (Ceremony and Reception)
What made you choose there?
We both grew up on the beach, Mitch is a surfer and we love the Northern Beaches so we knew we wanted to have the ceremony by the water. We also wanted to include our 3 dogs so we needed an outdoor venue that was dog-friendly.
How did you find it?
For the ceremony, we drove to every beach from Avalon to Palm Beach to find the perfect spot. After seeing so many and not feeling like it was right, Mitch remembered a little spot next to Bilgola Beach that may work. When we drove down to see it, I instantly knew that’s where we were getting married. It wasn’t on the sand so we could have the dogs (and no high heel issues) and it was right in the middle of beautiful cliffs and the stunning shoreline. On the day it was pouring with rain and even though everyone was bunched up under the marquee to keep dry, it still looked beautiful.
Moby Dicks were outstanding. The service was incredible. Every time I couldn’t find my drink, a staff member would already be walking towards me with a fresh glass of Bolly. The food was delicious and presentation beautiful. They have share plates on the table so you don’t have to just have the fish or the beef like you usually expect at a wedding. Every table was styled exactly how I wanted it.
How was the weather on the day?
The week leading up to the wedding was picture perfect sunshine. And the week following, not a drop of rain. But on our wedding day, it poured down from 2am that morning till midnight that night. Luckily we’d been checking the weather forecast all week so I booked a marquee the day before for our ceremony.
The Wedding Details
Our theme was vintage glamour. Lots of rose gold, rustic furniture and florals.
Where did you draw your inspiration/ideas from? Pinterest.
Were any aspects of your wedding D.I.Y? If so What?
My Ceremony was styled by The Hutch and it was gorgeous. The Reception was styled by me. I collected lanterns, rose gold and gold candle holders - bought little bits and pieces along the way like a light box, Polaroid cameras etc. My best friend designed all the signage and we added fun little quotes around the place. My favourite being ‘Trust me, you can dance” – alcohol. We wanted the wedding to reflect who we are, so while it looked beautiful it was also bursting full of personality.
Bridesmaids – who/relationship?
Brooke Osborne- Maid of Honor
Sister from another mista - Brooke and I have been best friends for over 14 years now. We've cried, laughed and drank copious amounts of champagne together. When the chips are down Brooke is the first to pick them up and turn them into nachos.
Mel Jenkins- Bridesmaid
Mel and I met in England at a wedding about 8 years ago. We shared common interests and got up to all sorts of cheekiness together.
Julias Cordell- Bridesman
Julius, or as he's known to me - 'potato' or 'pot pot potty', is one of my dearest friends. We met through a mutual friend in 2005 and after both reciting lines from Little Britain "bubbles darling", we knew it was love. When choosing her bridesmaids I knew Julius had to be up there standing beside me on one of the most important days of my life.
Katie-Jane Michael- Bridesmaid
Our love affair began back in 2010 when we were working for the same advertising company. We share the love of dogs, margaritas and anything fabulous.
2. Groomsmen – who/relationship?
Kanye Wilson- Best Man
Kayne and Mitch have been best friends since they were kids. Through life's ups and downs, the two have always stood by one another, which is why Mitch chose Kayne to stand beside him as Best Man on the most important day of his life.
Rob O'Grady- Groomsman
Rob and Mitch met 5 years ago over a game of pool and a few beers. It was a bromance made in pool-ball heaven. No matter how much time passes between seeing each another, these two can easily pick up from where they last left off. Rob is one of Mitch's best mates and he's stoked to have him stand beside him as he says 'i do'.
Claudia Sweeney- Groomslady
Mitchell's Groomslady is his sister Claudia. Claudia and Mitch are two peas in a pod and he knew his bridal party wouldn't be complete without her.
Cam Powell- Groomsman
Cam, married to one of the fab bridesmaids Mel, is one of mine and Mitch's closest friends. Mitch and Cam share the love of computer games, diving and loads of geeky stuff.
3. Flower girls/Page boys – who/relationship?
Our three pageboys were:
Mason – my nephew. He’s 11.
Jake – my other nephew, also 11 and
Lenny – Mitchell’s little brother – 7 years old.
We also had Brooke’s (maid of honour) baby Evie as our flower girl (10 months old) and our 3 dogs Poppy (Aussie Bulldog girl), Lizzy (Jack Russell crossed with Chihuahua) and Alfie (Pomeranian) as our flower girls and page boy. Tutus and all!
Wedding Gown (the most important part!)
What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes?
I had been given a lot of designer’s names and when I saw the gowns by Karen online I knew I’d find my dress there.
Where have you seen our gowns (if at all) before?
Only online. I never paid much attention to designers or wedding dresses before this.
How many gowns did you try?
Lot's at other places but at Karen Willis Holmes the 'Selena' gown was the first dress I saw and the first one I tried on. I tried on over 15 other dresses after it but nothing compared to the 'Selena'. There was one other gown that had a bodice that I LOVED. So after doing a bit of brainstorming and a call to the designer, the girls put together a custom made dress- the 'Abbey' bodice with the 'Selena' skirt.
Where did you purchase your gown from (which store or stockist)?
What did you especially like about your gown?
I always thought I’d be the slinky, backless kind of bride but this dress was so flattering up top and made me feel like a princess down the bottom. The way the bodice flattered by bust without it being too much was perfect. The skirt was like nothing I’d ever seen before. It was so pretty, so flattering, so magical. It literally stopped my usually noisy bridesmaids in their tracks and anything that shuts them up is a winner in my eyes.
Who is your bridesmaid dress supplier? Adrianna Pappell
Where did you get the groom and groomsmen’s suits? Zanetti suits from Myer
What accessories did you choose to finish your gown and also for those in your bridal party?
The bridesmaids wore beautiful rose gold, vintage-inspired Samantha Willis earrings.
I didn’t want to wear anything around my neck as it would have taken away from the neckline and beauty of the dress. So I went big in the earrings, bold diamond Lisa Ho earrings that I was lucky enough to borrow from one of my bridesmaids!
Where did you get your shoes from?
I bought them in Florence, they were Gilardini heels.
Did you wear a veil/headpiece? Where did you get this from?
Again, I was lucky enough to be able to borrowed my veil from a friend.
What advice would you give brides organizing their wedding?
Ask for help and delegate! I found myself so stressed when I realised how much there was to do.
Download a checklist and timeline for the day, I did it all in One Drive (online sharing platform) so I could invite suppliers, my MC and bridal party to the documents and they could add info if needed but keep track of everything that needed to be done in one document.
What advice would you give brides searching for their wedding gown?
What you think you’re after, most likely won't be the dress you buy. Be open to trying on dresses you wouldn’t usually choose because 9 times out of 10 times, that will be your dress. Also, trust your own instincts, you’ll know if you love the dress!
Florist – Kindred Florals
Photographer – Chris from At Dusk
Videographer – Soda Films
Music – Sam Joole
MC – Our MC was Diaz - my dear friend and Bridesman’s boyfriend.
Celebrant – Liz Taylor
Stationery – The Home Girls on Etsy.
Menu – We had a selection of delicious canapes for entree, share plates & platters for main, jar desserts for dessert followed by an assortment of local and artisan cheeses and seasonal fruit.
Cake – Art Of Baking
Bombonieres – I didn’t just want to spend money on a little thing that most people would throw away. So instead we donated money on behalf of each of our guests to World Animal Protection. To signify this I spray painted all different toy animals gold and left our guests a little note letting them know that we made a donation on their behalf. The animals were placed on each table – 1 per person.
Hair – Davina from Trumps Hairdressers.
Make-Up – Lisa Elizabeth