Jacinda and Aaron came to a mutual agreement it was time to marry. “We’re not traditional people. We were both at the age and time in our lives that we knew what we wanted. We knew we were each other’s forever person and so we made the decision together that we wanted to get married.”
And their wedding day wasn’t traditional either but was there’s a sweet pink cottage, a beautiful flower-filled garden, and Hannah Redman Images behind the camera made this sweet elopement absolutely perfect. “I loved how easy and relaxed it was” noted Aaron. “Close family without any distractions so I could focus on my beautiful bride and our day.”
The pair, who were both in relationships when they first met at work, took a few years, until both becoming single and a Facebook message, to truly connect and hit it off. And their wedding day wasn’t just special for the fact they got to tie the knot, but also special because of Jacinda’s own news. “I was six weeks pregnant at the wedding and while the morning sickness was my least favourite part of the day and the weeks leading up to it, we will always find it special to look back on.” Settle in for this one, it’s an utter treat.
Jacinda and Aaron were married in the gardens of the bed and breakfast property Norwood Roses. “I don’t like planning little details (if you couldn’t tell!) but I’d been looking for an Airbnb for my birthday when I came across Norwood Roses and instantly knew I had to get married there. It was the most natural and easy part of the whole planning process. It was originally built in 1985 and has been restored into a charming pink cottage with the most beautiful gardens full of so many delightful flowers.”
Jacinda’s beautiful bouquet was made with flowers from the cottage garden of Norwood Roses. “I reached out to our Airbnb host Caitlin and asked if she would be so kind as to make me a bouquet with flowers from the garden. I did not give her a colour palette or any preferences. She dropped it off discreetly on the morning of our wedding and every detail right down to the colour of the ribbon she used was perfect.”
Ditching traditions meant ditching the wedding party, Jacinda and Aaron inviting just their parents to their day. “We didn’t really have a style or theme, we really wanted our day to be fuss free. The atmosphere was very relaxed and calm. Jacinda’s Dad and Aaron’s Mum were our only guests and I suppose our unofficial wedding party. Aaron’s mum wore a lovely dress and my dad wore a button-up shirt and jeans..”
The couple were married by Suzanne Venn. “Having Suzie be our celebrant as she had been the celebrant for both my Mum’s and my Grandad’s funerals the year prior.” Right down to the ceremony, it was important that the wedding embraced the ease and calm for Jacinda & Aaron. “We just wanted everyone to feel relaxed, comfortable and happy. We had a quick and easy-going elopement, so apart from the reading that we asked to be included, we really left it up to our celebrant to guide the way.
I lost my mum unexpectedly in December 2020 so we had a candle lighting and our celebrant did a beautiful reading so that our passed loved ones were thought of and included on our day.”
The bride wore an Aje dress she found online. “I fell in love with the sleeves and the whimsical vibe of it. I already owned the boots I wore, from Django and Juliette. I had Aaron pick up a headband from Lovisa on the morning of the wedding.” And for Aaron? “I had a certain idea of what I wanted. Mostly with the fuss-free theme. I shopped around online and found pieces that suited the image I had in my mind while not being expensive. My shirt, pants and belt were from MJ Bale .The tie and lapel pin set was from Bowtie & Arrow. My boots are Timberland that I already owned.”
With such a specific vision in mind for their day, their vendors needed to match the vibe. Photographer Hannah certainly did just that. “Her profile on Instagram used to say something like “the happiest photographer” and it couldn’t be more accurate! She is always smiling and she made us feel so comfortable from the very beginning. This was so important to us because we are both quite awkward in front of a camera.”
“I couldn’t possibly choose a favourite photo of Aaron and me” tells Jacinda, “They are all so beautiful. However, the photos of Aaron popping a bottle of champagne and our facial expressions always make me giggle. There is also a photo of my Dad and me together, looking at each other and he just looks so proud of me. That is a special one.”
The golden sunshine really turned it on for these two says Jacinda. “It was raining heavily the day before our wedding, so it was wonderful to wake up to a beautiful, bright, sunny day with my husband to be.”
These two have sage advice for you, especially if you’re stuck in the stress and uncertainty of what you want when it comes to your wedding. “Elope! I hear so many people say that they wish they’d eloped because their wedding had been stressful and expensive to plan. We have no regrets!” says Jacinda. Aaron adding “Focus on what you want and not what others want. It’s your wedding, do it your way.”
With a tiny wedding, the vendors these two chose were important, and one they’re thankful for is their choice of photographer. “Her photography style, in our opinion, is natural, candid and light-filled which is exactly what we love and wanted from our photos.”
The five things these two treasure most about their day? ” For Jacinda 1. Marrying my soulmate (that’s a given!) 2. Having only 2 guests so we could be in the moment and not worry about others on our day. 3. Having Suzie be our celebrant as she had been the celebrant for both my Mum’s and my Grandad’s funerals the year prior. 4. Being surrounded by flowers and nature. 5. Aaron’s beautiful vows.” And for Aaron? ” 1. Also marrying my soulmate. 2. Having a relaxed wedding where we could just focus on ourselves. 3. The venue was beautiful. 4. The photography was amazing 5. Drinking good whiskey.”
A big beautiful congratulations to you Jacinda and Aaron! Thank you for taking the time to share the stories of your day with us. Thank you both and thank you to Hannah Redman Images for sharing today’s beautiful story with us.