LOVE CONQUERS ALL!
THE STORY OF A GIRL, A BOY, A WEDDING EXPO & HOW THEY ELOPED!
When we decided to officially launch at the Melbourne Wedding & Bride Expo, we thought it would be great to celebrate all our hard work by gifting a wedding to a deserving couple and marry them at the Expo in a historic first!
We were looking for a couple that, for whatever reason, had to either cancel or postpone their wedding.
And while it may not be everyone’s idea of a ‘perfect wedding’ – after all we were asking the winners to get up there in front of heaps of Expo goers as well as their family and friends!!
We figured – if you were deeply in love and had a chance to marry the one you love…you’d give it a shot at winning. So, we ran a competition to find a worthy winner.
And boy did we hit the jackpot!
Several entries were received, and while all had heart-wrenching stories, it was Ashley and Josh who stole our
It was a unanimous vote for them after hearing their story.
Ash and Josh had recently experienced two family tragedies and after just getting engaged, Josh had a catastrophic accident and was seriously injured. So badly in fact – it is doubtful if he will ever be able to return to work.
And so it happened one day, when Ash was feeling pretty down, she saw our competition – and decided to enter.
The rest is history!
In four short weeks, Enchanted Elopements organized a Ceremony, Ceremony Space, Reception and Honeymoon night – and liaised with several different vendors and MWB to make it all happen. It was hard work – very hard work!
But as the owner of EE I can’t tell you how proud I was of how the team all pulled together and delivered! Our lucky couple had a beautiful wedding in a Ceremony Space designed by All 4 Divas, assisted by CeeDee Flowers, and Lil Bit of Twinkle .
The bride looked absolutely stunning in a beautiful ivory pink embroidered gown by Bella Bridal Boutique with her sister also dressed by Bella Bridal wearing a gorgeous Red Multiway Gown.
Bella Bridal Boutique made Ashley feel like a princess and even got a gown especially made for her! They went above and beyond to make her feel like the stunning bride she was.
The Groom and his Best man were both very handsome in Suits by Men’s Suit Warehouse
The fresh bouquets and buttonholes were gifted by Basia Puchalski Floral Design and Hair and Make-up for Ashely was done by Teighan Lee Hair and Makeup.
Surrounded by 20 of their closest family and friends and hundreds of Expo attendees, they were married in a gorgeous ceremony by Helen (me!) of Marry Me Helley.
Both Bride and Groom cried tears of joy as I married them!
And much to everyone’s surprise and delight – Channel 7 News filmed the Ceremony and interviewed our lucky couple for the evening news!
We were all very proud of our Ashley and Joshua!
The Reception, held in a private area of Melbourne Exhibition & Convention Centre was styled beautifully by All 4 Divas, with a color scheme that matched the bridal color palette. The styling team also consisted of Click Celebrations and CeeDee Flowers. Gifts awaiting the newlyweds were contributed by Willow & Hutch, CLick
Celebrations and Massaros Winery.
At the Reception, Ash, Josh and their family enjoyed canapes and drinks courtesy of Melbourne Wedding and Bride and cut the cake supplied by Bon-Appetit Sweet – which was absolutely divine! They were simply thrilled!
Everyone had lots of fun at the Photobooth with all sorts of poses and props – thanks to Vish of Phototainment
And all this was captured in the most stunning, unobtrusive way by one of our fantastic Photographers – Sarah Clark of Sare Clark Photography!
Culminating with group and family shots outside by the Polly Woodside and surrounds.
Finally – our couple were also gifted a Honeymoon night at the Villa Rao. Thanks to Jenna Rao who thoughtfully supplied Champagne, Chocolates, Marshmallows (which I’m told Josh loved!) and asked her florist Emily of Red Earth Flowers to decorate with a romantic trail of Rose petals to the Bridal Suite!
We are thrilled that Ashley and Josh (and their families) enjoyed our hospitality and services but most of all, we were thrilled that we made their wedding dreams come true!
Congratulations Ash & Josh and thankyou for allowing Enchanted Elopements & Weddings to be such a big part of your day!