Hayley & Gary tie the knot | Geelong Carousel Wedding

This post is going to be incredibly heavy on the images, as this wedding was so visual, I just had to show everything! Please be patient as the images load, I promise you, it’s worth the wait. In the meantime, have a read as I try to describe all that was Hayley and Gary’s wedding day!

When Hayley and Gary phoned me up to see if I was free to photograph their wedding, I felt incredibly excited! I’ve gotten to know Hayley and Gary (and their families) over the years, through photographing both of their families, their engagement, and of course, their gorgeous little dog, Bronte. I know how much Hayley likes to focus on the details of things, and I just knew that her wedding would be the same. Wow. What an understatement!

From the very moment I walked into Hayley and Gary’s home, I knew that there was to be nothing left to the imagination. The bridesmaids were all dressed in matching hot pink pjs, with the word “Bridesmaid” printed across the back. Even their underwear was printed, not to mention Hayley’s Dad’s undies which of course said “Father of the Bride”. Thanks for the flash too Ross!

Hayley had made up gorgeous gift bags and little emergency kits for the bridal party, containing everything that they could ever need! The invitations were all handmade with natural papers, burlap and lace, and certainly set the theme for the day.

The ceremony was held on the decking outside the Carousel at Geelong’s Eastern Beach, and was conducted by Celebrant, Shane Bourke. The reception followed that evening at The Pier. The tables were decorated with sliced tree stumps, tin cans of summery flowers and jars of candles, all sitting on crisp white tablecloths. Guest’s place settings were identified with scrabble-inspired letters (to match Gary’s cuff links!)! Upon entering the room, guests were greeted by a gorgeous little table that looked like something out of Alice in Wonderland, with the framed seating plan pegged up on a mini clothes line. The bonbonniere were a mix of old-fashioned sweets from Sovereign Hill in Ballarat, and pretty little gift boxes tied with twine, completed with a paper doily. Hayley had gone all out with the Candy Buffet; elaborate glass urns and filing drawers bursting with old-fashioned favourites.

This post is dedicated to Hayley’s Grandmother, who very sadly passed away in the early hours of Hayley and Gary’s wedding day.


Ceremony Venue: The Carousel, Geelong
Reception Venue: The Pier, Geelong
Celebrant: Shane Bourke
Bridal Gown: Maria Chiodo
Groom’s Suit: Formal Red
Flowers: Amy’s Flowers, Hoppers Crossing
Makeup: Glamour By Anita
Hair: Lauren Brown

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