Ben + Jordan by The Ivory Story

Tell us a little about yourselves, what you do, what you love

I work as an Early Childhood Educator. I love teaching and run my own side business, teaching children aged 2-5yrs, music and movement. Ben works in construction during the day and trades currencies and commodities at night. We both love Scotch Whisky!

How/where/when did you meet – and what were your first impressions?

Ben and I met at SeaSalt at Henley Beach. I worked there with Ben’s friend Jason, and at the time and Ben would often come and order Asahi after Asahi before he finally asked me for my number. The rest is history! Ben’s first impression of me was that I was very pretty, he liked my smile and thought I was very genuine. My first impression of Ben was that he was ruggedly handsome and easy to talk to.

When did you first realise that this was someone you’d like to spend the rest of your life with?

We felt comfortable with each other straight away. Conversation flowed and even though we are both so different, our core values are the same. We were willing to love each other through the tough and ugly times.

Was there a proposal? Tell us a little about it…
Ben proposed to me on the 40th floor of the Park Hyatt in Tokyo, Japan, the view was epic! We had a lovely meal at their contemporary Japanese restaurant called Kozue and he popped the mid-meal/conversation. The restaurant had organised a bottle of champagne and personalised cake for us to celebrate. We FaceTimed our family shortly after!

Tell us about the vision you had for the mood or style of your wedding…
We were lucky in the fact that we chose such a breath-taking location so subtly was the essence of our theme. I wanted colours that were neutral enough to make the Autumn leaves stand out at the Manor but still bring an element of difference. Apart from that, I would say we went with a slightly rustic theme. Laid-back, relaxed and romantic.

What was one element you were happy to splurge on?
Food, alcohol and photography.

Did anything happen on your wedding day that you laugh about in hindsight (even if it was stressful at the time)?
The bus we ordered to bring our guests to the Manor never showed up! Luckily we were able to get
another booked fairly quickly but otherwise, we would have had no guests at our wedding!!

Tell us about your main outfits, what was unique, is there a story?
I found ‘the one’ on my first day of trying it on. I went into Caleche with a particular dress in mind, which I had seen photographed at our wedding venue. I always knew I wanted a long sleeve dress. When I got to Caleche and tried on the dress I had in mind I didn’t get ‘THAT’ feeling. My Mum had picked out a beautiful gown but it was sleeveless. When I tried it on I felt ‘IT’. There was just enough material left to add long, flare sleeves and it was fate.

Ceremony and Reception Location The Manor Basket Range / Photographer The Ivory Story / Celebrant Alix the Celebrant / Entertainment On The Decs / Flora By Imogen / Catering + Beverages The Manor Basket Range / Cake Thistle and Whey / Favours Personalised Favours / Lighting Bulb Lighting / Bride’s Dress Caleche Bridal / Groom’s Attie Peter Jackson and Tailors of Distinction / Grooms Rings Oak Town Rings / Bride’s Ring Brilliant Earth / Groom’s Shoes Florsheim / Bride’s Shoes Famous Footwear / Other Jewellery/Accessories Ayla and Oak / Makeup Millie Herd / Hair Ali Hair Bridal / Fragrance Chanel / Bridesmaids Attire Wedding Whispers / Groomsmen’s Attire Peter Jackson / Flowergirl’s Attire – Handmade by Groom’s Mother / Page Boy’s Attire – Industrie Kids