Tell us a little about yourselves, what you do, what you love, what is unique about you and your relationship…
Aaron is your all round old school handy man, who can fix anything and do anything while at the same time he’s the most generous and kind hearted man who makes me feel oh so loved everyday.
While El is a full time dreamer and a part time receptionist at Aloha Surf house, she constantly is full of ideas about where she’d like to adventure to and what she’d like to do in life – but on her own terms, always being so unique and special in everything that she does.
We love anything and everything outdoors, we strive to reach the highest peak of every tree to hang our hammock, bomb the biggest hills our longboards would let us, and find the sweetest breaks Perth produces (surfing). You could say were a bit of an adrenaline junky couple full of love and spark for adventure.
Tell us about your special day, was there a specific theme or style? Tell us a little about the setting, the styling and some of your favourite details…
Forever we have always wanted an outdoor wedding, and winter wasn’t going to stop that from happening even if it tried. We had looked around for a beautiful open wheat field but was unsuccessful or was just a little too far for people to travel, so one day while playing with the dogs at Aaron’s parents house it hit us!
We have had the most perfect location sitting right under our noses, with the greenest patch of lush grass steps away from the Joondalup Lake, while surrounded by sky touching tree tops.
We thought this would go perfect with our dreamy Boho wedding we had always longed for, and it did. The way the colours of the Persian rugs were picked up from the green of the grass and the wild flowers that draped around the teepee that stood at the end of the isle. Everything was perfect, everything spoke a story from the old signing table to the wooden pews we used as seating. It was like our every own slice of heaven for our very own day that we could call ours, and forever we’ll cherish that very spot in front of the lake surrounded by beautiful trees and beautiful people.
Tell us about your main outfits:
I had searched Perth high and low for a dress that chose me, everything I’d come across either sat uncomfortably or just didn’t scream ‘I’M YOUR DRESS’. Until one day we were driving through the Como in desperation to find a dress as I only had 5 months to order one.
Luvbridal came into view which felt like there was still hope after all, finally we walked in and this place was so much nicer on the inside and had way more of a collection I had predicted, so l dove in and started searching. After trying on a few dress and still coming out empty handed l was beginning to think that I’ll be getting married in my pyjamas at this rate.
As we were getting ready to leave that staff member who had been helping me gave a hesitant look and said she had a dress in mind.
‘It isn’t in your budget, but l picked it as soon as you walked in the door’
And she was right, l came out and as soon as I looked at my reflection everything screamed ‘HECK YES!’
This was my dress, yes it wasn’t in the budget but nothing could deflate my high spirits at this point.
You don’t choose your dress, the dress chooses you.
As for Aaron he’s all about the comfort factor and how practical it is to move around in, typical man type reasoning. He didn’t have much of an idea till he discovered this thing called Pinterest, one night he showed me a picture of what he had in mind and it took me back a little. He had always worn your typical grey, white, black and navy colours with either a pair of what he calls ‘Old man shorts’ or a pair of navy jeans.
So when l saw a man standing there in a tweed jacket, white collared shirt, brown dress shoes and straight cut latte coloured pants l was over the moon! It was very rare Aaron would branch out of his comfort zone, but whenever he would it hit the mark every time.
Have you every tried finding a tweed jacket in Perth? Let alone Australia? IMPOSSIBLE!
So him and his best man hit a few Op shops and still came up empty handed, then he tried online….still nothing. Till one afternoon l had gone over to my aunties for a cuppa and she gets up out of her chair after l tell her about the lack of tweed in the southern hemisphere.
She comes back with four tweed jackets, all had been my grandfathers who had lived in England ‘Sir George Beaumont’ a very smart and well respected man with a dash of cheekiness he had always displayed around us kids when we went to visit him.
Out of the four there was one that stood out, a very classic, textured yet simple jacket that happened to fit Aaron like it was tailored for him! It was really nice for myself, my mum and aunty to have a slice of Beau with us on the day as well in spirit.
As for the hat, this is my all round favourite hat that l wear all the time whether summer or winter. It took a little convincing for Aaron to feel comfortable to wear it, but when he did boy did he wear it like George Clooney would have if he was cool enough to wear a hat just like that.
What were some of the most memorable/unique moments from the day?
For us it would have to be in the field while being photographed by the amazing Alexandra Cohen. Purely because as a Christian couple they don’t really encourage showing your sexual tension and passion out in public let alone before marriage…thats a long story for another time.
Anyway, just being able to say screw it this is our moment we’re married now let’s finally embrace one another like two lovers who just tied themselves to one another for life and let’s soak it up. That’s also when the realisation hit that we were now a together forever couple, something we’d always dreamt of.
You see we’ve known each other a very long time, ten years in fact and we hadn’t started dating till five years in, despite wanting nothing else but each other. We were ‘responsible’ kids who didn’t want to date during school…Aka our parents wouldn’t let us. Until at about the age of seventeen Aaron took me out to watch the sunrise with a cute picnic set up where he asked me to be his girlfriend – then four and a half years later he asked me to be his wife.
Any advice for other couples planning to spend the rest of their lives together?
The number one advice I’d give any couple would be to learn how to communicate about anything and everything, big or small and don’t take offence. Because at the end of the day you love each other and you never intentionally try to hurt one another, most of the time it’s just a misunderstanding.
And always have the intention of making sure the other one is ok, because when you both have this mind set your always so quick to say sorry or to forgive each other. Don’t waste time on feeling mad or upset because this is a short life make the most of it.
Photographer: Alexandra Cohen | Ceremony location: Groom’s family residence | Reception location: Kerem Adventure Camp | Entertainment: Anomaly DJs | Styling: Eleanor Woodcock | Flora: Coastal Blooms Exmouth | Catering: Creative Catering | Cake: Lillie Dee | Bride’s dress: Zanduri Design from Luv Bridal | Rings: The Diamond Club | Bride’s shoes: Midas | Bridesmaid’s dresses: Show Me Your Mumu | Groom & Groomsmen’s attire: French Connection | Groom’s shoes: Florsheim | Groom’s hat: Fallen Broken Street | Makeup: Sophie Barlow | Hair: Taya Jacob