Chrystal and James literally had everything thrown at them on their wedding day. Things that should have happened, didn’t, things that shouldn’t have happened, did, and basically anything that could go wrong, did go wrong, when they were married in James’ home town of Ceduna. And yet – it was the cruisiest wedding I have ever been at – the most relaxed day with beautiful people who made my job so easy.
After a week of intense storms here in SA, it was a sunny 36 degree day in Ceduna with close to zero breeze when Chrystal and James were set to say their ‘I dos’ in front of family and friends on the lawns near the foreshore. Chrystal looked absolutely stunning in her wedding dress – she knew it was hers right from the start. “A wonderful friend of mine from my workplace and I went to look at dresses on our lunch break. The first dress I tried was the one, I knew as it was when it was only half way on! It was everything I had imagined in my mind! I planned to retry it again with my sisters and mother and they fell in love with it too. I love that the dress is ‘me’ from the colour, the details and the fitting.” It had stunning beaded detail on the shoulders and she wore a beaded headpiece to match. Her bridesmaids wore simple ivory dresses from Bardot while the guys looked super smart and relaxed in their beige shorts and white shirts. “James and I wanted everyone to feel comfortable and confident in their attire so we opted for the look of simplicity with a dash of sophistication.”
I take my hat off to Chrystal, she had to deal with so many things that didn’t happen the way she would have liked in the lead up to the wedding, but she didn’t let it get to her, and she was relaxed on her wedding day and focussed on the most important points – the man she was about to marry, and the beautiful kids they share (who were also totally adorable as flowergirl and pageboy!). “Our caterer and cake maker all cancelled on us at the last minute so we had to find replacements all within the last 4 weeks. Let’s just say tears flowed! From that we learnt that the most important part of the day wasn’t about the cake or food or anything like that, we realised it was about our marriage and the celebration of our love. We would’ve still gotten married without the materialistic things.”
After the ceremony the bridal party and I headed off for some photos, and headed towards some scrub. The guys were more worried about the heat, the/then “potential snakes” (thankfully there were none!!) and standing in prickles! We also headed to the beach for more wedding photos before the bridal party went back to their rooms to cool off in the air conditioning and I visited the reception at the Ceduna Memorial Hall to take some detailed photos of the décor before anyone arrived.
James – or Bruno as his mates call him – and Chrystal created their own centrepieces for the reception, and they had extra special help when it came to the decoration of the bridal table. “Bruno’s Nana is doing our Bridal table decorations. She loves to do things like that and was excited when we allowed her to.” It is such a nice way to honour family who like to be involved, but don’t have a traditional part in the wedding ceremony. Chrystal had also done her make up for the day and she seriously was such a spectacular bride!
I enjoyed the beautiful speeches, I may have passed it off as sweat at the time but I definitely did have a tear rolling down my cheek! What I loved most was this message from Chrystal to everyone after the wedding. “Thanks again everyone for all of your well wishes and congratulations. These last few weeks have been hard and for our family to come together meant the world to us. The wedding didn’t go to plan it wasn’t ‘the perfect day’, everything went wrong that possibly could have and things weren’t organised that we were told were. BUT we embraced every moment, and in saying that it imperfectly worked out perfectly, it was like a dream… We went with the flow it looked beautiful, everyone had so much fun and we came and did the one thing we came to do and that was to exchange our vowels and legally become one. Love our family and friends”
Imperfectly worked out perfectly. I love it. I absolutely wish you both and your family only the very best for your wonderful future ahead.
Bridesmaid Dresses: Bardot
Shoes: Foot Jewellery from Lovisa
Decorator: Fairytale Weddings and Events
Wedding Officiator: Pastor Max Wright
Hair: Elle Beattie
Wedding Photography: Jade Norwood
Wedding Ceremony: Ceduna Foreshore
Wedding Reception: Ceduna Soldiers Memorial Hall
Loved this moment… James was super eager to kiss his bride… Just a little before the pastor was ready for it… lol..