Kathryn and Charlie met whilst Kathryn was living in Darwin. Charlie had come to Darwin to visit a mutual friend, Anna, who brought Charlie along to a casual Saturday night get-together at the local ski club. It was there that Kathryn and Charlie were introduced. “We hit it off immediately” Kathryn said and they continued to spend time together over the following three days while Charlie was in town. A relationship established via phone calls and texts and then, 6 weeks later, Kathryn went down to WA for a visit where she was introduced to Charlie’s friends and family and the relationship became firmly established.
Seven months after they met, Charlie surprised Kathryn with a trip to Darwin. With the help of mutual friend Anna, Charlie was given the key to Kathryn’s house. Not only was she surprised on her arrival home that someone was in her house, but also that it was Charlie and the ultimate surprise is that he dropped to one knee and popped the question.
We arrived in King Island and, after some location scouting, we couldn’t resist a trip to King Island Cheese where we sampled and purchased lots of cheese to take home. We then headed to Kathryn’s amazing family property, Fraser Bluff. The ceremony took place on the bluff – a hilltop overlooking part of the eastern shore of King Island. It was the most perfect backdrop with breathtaking views. Whilst originally being extremely hesitant to hold the wedding on King Island, due mainly to the remote location and the weather, Kathryn and Charlie decided on a late afternoon wedding for a variety of reasons such as weather, light and daylight savings, and to allow a smooth transition between ceremony and reception for their guests.
Guests joined Charlie for a walk along the track mown by Kathryn’s father from the house to the ceremony on the bluff. Waiting with the most beautiful moody looking skies and the most amazing view as the background, Charlie and guests watched as Kathryn was driven to the location by her father in his ute. They were followed by her maid of honour, Anna, in good friend Andrew (Smithy’s) ute. After a short service followed by a toast, guests walked back to the house for the reception whilst we had family and bridal party photos. We explored the property and captured some beautiful photos and then headed to their cocktail-style reception featuring a huge array of King Island produce from the iconic King Island cheese to lamb cutlets and crayfish. The dessert buffet which followed was made solely by Kathryn’s girlfriends on the island and her two sisters. Guests were served with food and drink as they arrived and entertained themselves with giant jenga (made for the occasion by Kathryn’s talented father) whilst they awaited our entrance. After the introduction of the bride and groom, there were some very entertaining speeches followed by a short interval, then the cutting of the cake (a delicious fruitcake made by also very talented Kathryn’s Mum). Kathryn and Charlie then did a very informal first dance. Extra camp fires were constructed during the night to combat the cold and were very well received!
Whilst having two dress choices, Kathryn opted for a beautiful lace gown with a V neckline. She looked stunning. It was the perfect choice for their amazing country-chic King Island wedding and was cleverly teamed with hand made bouquets with flowers they picked from the property the morning of the wedding. D.I.Y components in weddings are rapidly growing and becoming very popular with many couples opting to do decorating and adding personalised touches themselves. I love the idea! Weddings become more personalised and it helps to include others in preparations for the wedding and makes things all the more special to the couple. With the beautiful bride and bridesmaid doing their own hair and make-up, making their own flowers, friends and relatives cooking and preparing desert buffets and their parents many contributions, it was a real testament to the love and support this family have for one another.
Noble Photography had a wonderful time with this wedding! Thank you to all the lovely guests and family, the lovely people of King Island and, of course, Kathryn and Charlie for being a wonderful and fun couple to be around! We hope you enjoyed your honeymoon in the south Island, New Zealand and we look forward to seeing your reaction to the remaining beautiful photos we have for you!
Thanks for the hospitality and your lovely feedback! – “Andrew and his assistant/colleague Liz were absolutely fantastic. They certainly exceeded any expectations and made the entire process very enjoyable. They fitted in well with my family and even better with the bridal party where we were in stitches almost the entire time (my main concern thereafter being we would have no ‘demure’ photos that didn’t show us in hysterics!). The group photo in particular was a huge success – Andrew’s people skills are excellent and, from the group photo I have seen, it clearly shows!
Advice from Kathryn to upcoming brides –
“Don’t underestimate the time needed for photos after the wedding or the enjoyment to be had! Secondly, write a list of thank-yous – don’t try and wing it on the day. I did – and forgot almost everybody I was planning to thank…”