JEN + CAM by Free the Bird

Cam is co-owner of Lune Croissanterie in Melbourne. Jen is an international flight attendant for Qantas. It was a whirlwind relationship.

We met in April 2016, got engaged and had our daughter in 2017, and finally had our wedding in 2019. We are both pretty chilled and private people. We’d both come out of pretty bad relationships and when we met, it was obvious it was the real deal. 

We were blessed with our beautiful daughter. Having her as our flower girl on the day was the cherry on top. We met in a little place called Tinder. Luckily, we had both set our age range to quite wide! We love to talk, laugh, dance and travel. We don’t take life too seriously and we never take each other for granted. We put our family first and always make sure the other one is okay. When we met, it was a challenge, as Cam was working so much and Jen was always overseas. Being honest and open with each other from the beginning was important, and it is something we will always be with each other.

As for the proposal, there’s not much to tell. Cam had elaborate plans, but his impatience got the better of him. Jen had just arrived home from Los Angeles so Cam went to her apartment and woke her up with her favourite jet lag snacks and a beautiful diamond ring. On the wedding day, managing a 21-month-old and her nap and bedtime was tricky. She is still breastfed and Jen’s dress wasn’t breastfeeding-friendly so we had to keep leaving our party. Other than that, everything went to plan. We were so proud of our daughter. It was a big day for her at such a young age. 

Our theme was ‘elegance with edge’. We chose the venue as, before we had our daughter, we loved going out for a nice dinner in Melbourne’s CBD. We wanted our guests to have that feeling, instead of feeling like they were at a wedding reception. Jen had found a dress by Inbal Dror, an Israeli designer, but was resigned to the fact that it would be impossible to find. By a stroke of luck, she stumbled across an Instagram post from [Sydney bridalwear stockist] Helen Rodrigues, who was bringing out an Inbal Dror trunk show. Jen managed to lock in one of the few available viewings. It was the first dress she tried on and it was love at first sight. 

The first look was definitely memorable, and the ceremony was also really emotional and beautiful. The reception was all a bit of a blur, but the first dance was lit! Now that we’re a married couple we can work on all the big things in life knowing we have each other’s help, support and love through everything. Married life is a lot like life before (wonderful!), but Cam is very happy he has a ring now, too. 

 Photography: Free the Bird |  Groom’s suit: Oscar Hunt Tailors |  Planner: Aine McKevitt |  Venue: Alfred Place by Rockpool Events |  Bride’s dress: Inbal Dror at Helen Rodrigues Bridal |  Bride’s headpiece—Keren Wolf |  Bride’s shoes: Christian Louboutin | Groom’s fragrance: Dark Lord by Kilian | Groom’s cufflinks: Mont Blanc | Groom’s shoes: Edward Green from Double Monk | Bride’s veil: Helen Rodrigues Bridal |Bride’s handbag: Jacquemus from Her Uniform | Bride’s earrings: Paspaley Pearls  | Bride’s fragrance—Bottega Veneta Eau de Parfum | Makeup: Sophia Pafitis | Hair: Hair by Rozi | Flora: Cecilia Fox | Celebrant: Kate Morgan | Groom’s ring: David Neale at Pieces of Eight Gallery | Bride’s ring: Kallure Jewellery | Best woman’s suit: Giorgio Armani | Maid of Honour’s dress: Dion Lee