15,000 kilometre romance
Joanna Fellows and Andrew Wheatley
Scenes from the wedding of Joanna Fellows and Andrew Wheatley. Photo: Elkie Photography
ANDREW WHEATLEY AND JOANNA FELLOWS
ST PAUL’S ANGLICAN CHURCH, CASTLE HILL AND PENNANT HILLS GOLF CLUB, NSW
Joanna and Andrew lived about 15 minutes apart in Sydney but didn't meet until they were both in the US studying TV production as exchange students. “It was bit of a running joke for a while that we had to travel 15,000 kilometres to find the love of our lives,” says Joanna. They began dating soon after they got back to Australia. “Maybe it's cliché, but we're both better versions of ourselves when we're together - we work really well as a team. We've seen this in leading groups at church, in encouraging each other in our jobs and in spending time with family and friends.”
Andrew popped the question on their four-year anniversary, with a five day countdown leading up to the day. Joanna was pretty sure there was something going on but Andrew kept insisting it was nothing, so she started to believe him. Leading up to the date there were daily deliveries at her work: “Five red roses, four memorable photos, three of 'our' songs, two cupcakes and one plane ticket to the Gold Coast,” says Joanna. Andrew was away for work in the Gold Coast on the day so she flew up to see him and they enjoyed a seafood dinner. They went for a walk afterwards and once they had arrived at the water, Joanna looked down to see him on one knee.
The wedding day
As they had been to 25 weddings before their own, they had a fair idea of what they wanted. They’d noticed that it can be boring at the ceremony before the bride arrives so they made a video (as a follow-up to one they made on the night of their engagement) for the guests to watch. It included answers to a quiz they had made for their engagement party. They had a big ceremony with 250 guests at St Paul’s in Castle Hill and a more intimate reception at Pennant Hills Golf Club with 105 people. “Our reception venue was beautiful; my Dad's been a member of Pennant Hills Golf Club for 25 years, so it was really special to have all our friends and family together there.”
Joanna wore a dress by Sottero and Midgley. It was a strapless, A-line gown with a corset closure at the back and made from soft shimmer satin. It featured a sash and bow on the waist and hidden pockets at the side seams.
A three-tiered traditional fruit cake with white fondant icing. It was made by Andrew’s grandmother, Elaine Solomons.
The photos were taken by Elkie Photography.
They went to Qualia Resort on Hamilton Island.
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