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Traditional isn't always best

When the dreaded "C" word played havoc with Emily and Jordan's wedding plans, not once, not twice but FIVE times, the sixth attempt at their wedding worked a charm! In fact .... their Jackalope, Mornington Peninsula micro wedding couldn't have been more 'them' if they tried.


Along the way, Emily and Jordan worked with their suppliers to continually refine their dream day to eventually create something that 100% reflected their interests and passions and something that included all things essentially important to them as a couple. Honestly, it was an absolute honour to be involved in the end 'product' and I know that despite the crazy ride they went on to get there, Emily and Jordan wouldn't have changed a thing!


In order to spend ample time together on their wedding day, Emily and Jordan opted for a first look at their nearby accommodation, before arriving at Jackalope in style, together. They found this took any perceived pressure off them, and allowed them to enjoy their wedding day 'together' sooner in the days proceedings than originally scheduled.


Meanwhile, something they were adamant about was that they wanted to really treat their intimate guest list to a day that celebrated them as a couple in every way possible, so their guests arrived at the Jackalope courtyard to a spread of some of the couple's favourite foods and beverages including sensational canapés, freshly shucked oysters, local cheeses and antipasto platters, champagne and cocktails.


Emily and Jordan then made their grand entrance to a sea of the smiles of their biggest fans who were so evidently thrilled for them. The love and anticipation was high and as an outsider waiting for the opportunity to make things official, I couldn't help but be drawn into the genuine excitement of the occasion for all present.


After mingling with their family and friends and sharing in the gastronomical experience, it was time to get the guests of honour married, so Emily and Jordan's VIP's took their seats, before Em's very proud brother walked her down the aisle to Jordan.


A sentimental, romantic, fun-loving, comical, inclusive and heartfelt ceremony (quite the rollercoaster) was an absolute pleasure to deliver for the utterly gorgeous and deserving duo that are Emily and Jordan and an experienced that reminded me just how privileged I am.


Following the ceremony, the congratulatory hugs and kisses and some family photos and portraits by the ever impressive Dan Brannan, Em and Jordan and their beloved guests were treated to a fine dining experience in their private room complete with the most epic special request custom giant cake by none other, than Miss Ladybird Cakes (scroll down to see this!)


Emily and Jordan, despite your day being so far removed from plan A, all the date changes and delays over the year or two in planning gave you the opportunity to really work out what your wedding day should look and feel like, and resultantly you deviated well off the traditional path, instead forging your own. It's couples like you, that are leading the way, changing the face of weddings, and showing society that 'traditional isn't always best.' What IS best is you, doing you!




Celebrant: Shannon Jeans

Photographer: Dan Brannan

Venue: Jackalope Hotel

Florals: Poppy Culture

Hair and MUA: Make Up By Sophie Knox

Cake: Miss Ladybird Cakes




"Shan, wow what a day!! We can’t thank you enough for all of your support, advice and love on this wild journey. Yesterday was absolutely perfect, better than we could have imagined, thanks to you and your A-Team.

The ceremony was perfect, heartfelt, we will remember it fondly forever. You were so loved by our family and friends too. We received so many compliments about the ceremony - thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

Our day just wouldn’t have been the same without you." Emily & Jordan.


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