Yet with Emily in Melbourne and James in Brisbane, the connection thrived even in its infancy until the two were visiting each other every week for a year. Emily ultimately moved to Brisbane to work at Prendi, James’s digital solutions company. “It really was and is just all meant to be. We do everything together — cook, exercise, see friends — it just works for us! And so, on our third anniversary, we got married,” said Emily.
For Emily, James was one-of-a-kind, from asking her to be his girlfriend with a handmade flipbook to an elaborate proposal with sunflowers, rose petals, a wooden ring box and another handmade book. The duo wanted to reflect that unique, one-of-a-kind spirit through their rings — they based designs on examples they found on Etsy and hired local designer Ellen Johnston Jewellery to make it for them — and the nuptials.
With her event styling business, Arnold Events, Emily was familiar with managing all aspects of the ceremony, from styling to planning to photography, to create a lovely, intimate wedding. She put her experience to work to enhance the minimalist theme with subtle, thoughtful elements, from a backdrop of custom-made aprons as party favours to smaller details scattered throughout the venue. Timber furniture was accentuated with pops of black, pink and soft pampas grass, but the décor was muted to allow the breathtaking view — and the unfolding love story — to be the central focus.
Before venturing to Crystal Creek Rainforest Retreat for their honeymoon, the pair welcomed friends the day following the ceremony, celebrating with food, drink and a bonfire.
Reflecting on her ring, Emily says the story behind it manifests in the event itself, and the love and individuality that has defined the couple’s journey. “We didn’t want it to be showy, or over the top. We just wanted it to be us. And I absolutely love it,” she said.