JADE MACKAY AND AARON COLE
ST GEORGE THE MARTYR CHURCH AND 360Q, QUEENSCLIFF, VIC
Aaron and Jade met sailing in 2007 just after he had returned to Australia from Spain where he had been living for the America’s Cup. “I was sailing on a 52' racing yacht called Cougar II and Aaron joined our team,” says Jade. “We have since sailed together in both big boats and small including four Sydney to Hobart yacht races together!” she says. “We are so blessed to be able to share our love for the ocean and sailing.”
The proposal came three years later on Christmas Day in front of all Jade’s family. “I opened a small wrapped gift from under the tree revealing a beautiful engagement ring that he had designed and arranged to be made!” she says. “And he did so well! The ring is exactly what I dreamed my engagement ring would be!”
The wedding day
“The wedding day really was the best day of our lives,” says Jade. They made their vows in front of 109 guests which included many of their sailing friends and family. “We will never forget the feeling of walking out of the church to the bells ringing, hand in hand, knowing that we had just married our best friend. Absolute happiness!” she says. As they are both active sailors they chose a nautical theme which consisted of a navy and ivory colour theme. “The highlight was certainly sailing down the Queenscliff 'cut' to arrive at our reception in the traditional Queenscliff 'couta' boats,” says Jade.
Jade wore a strapless, ivory, Vera Wang gown with a ruched bodice and hand cut bias skirt. She teamed it with a Vera Wang crystal horsehair sash and a matching hair band.
They had a round, three-tiered cake made up of chocolate orange cake, white chocolate and raspberry cake and lemon and poppy seed cake. It was decorated with ivory fondant icing, navy ribbon and handmade sugar flowers.
The photos were taken by Stephanie Bevan from Stephlee Photography.
They went to the south island of New Zealand.
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