Scenes from Justine and Elliott Wasserman's wedding. Click for more photos

Justine and Elliott Wasserman

Scenes from Justine and Elliott Wasserman's wedding.

Justine and Elliott Wasserman

Dunbar House

When they first met, they were both in relationships and did not have a conversation. But, the meeting made its mark.

Four years later, they literally bumped into each other at a local bar. Elliott exclaimed, "Hi, so nice to see you. You have to come to my birthday barbeque on Sunday."

The only problem was he hadn't actually planned a birthday barbeque on Sunday. He simply wanted an excuse to see Justine again.

So, she was a little surprised when she turned up, expecting a "grand event," and there were only three people there.

But, it worked and the couple quickly found they had plenty in common. "We are both very energetic, ambitious and driven," Justine said. "We enjoy encouraging each other every day to be the best we can be. We are also extremely competitive, which can be really funny sometimes... We are a really good team and best friends, and this makes our relationship special."

The proposal

Elliott is a self-confessed romantic and his proposal did not disappoint.

He took Justine to a waterside restaurant and lit up the beach outside with the words: Will you marry me?

"I bought 44 metres of commercial-grade light rope... it took me about three and a half hours to set it all up," he said.

"It was definitely the most romantic, beautiful gesture anyone has ever done for me in my life," Justine said. "There was no question in my mind then and there that Elliott was the man who I wanted to spend the rest of my life with."

The wedding

It is a Jewish custom that for the seven days before the wedding, the couple do not speak or see each other. So, when they walked into the Bedeken room, where they receive a blessing before the ceremony, Justine and Elliott were overwhelmed.

"It was the most beautiful, special moment and no one can describe that feeling," Justine said. "It makes you realise how much you love that person, and how you cannot live without them."

The joy of that moment continued throughout the day. It was, Justine said, a "classic, elegant and beautiful day, with a culturally Australian feel to it." The "completely dreamy" setting by the sea was the perfect spot to celebrate with their 110 guests.

And Elliott topped it off with yet another romantic gesture. Doves symbolise love, peace, prosperity, good luck and new beginning, he explained. So as a special suprise, he had organised doves for them both to release.

"It is said that if doves are seen on your wedding day, the bride and groom will share a happy and long existence together," Justine said. "It was very romantic."

The details

The dress

A princess cut Lora Eliss Couture dress made from French satin and lace.

The cake

They had aqua blue cupcakes, by PASSION 8, with their initials on them. The cupcakes were layered to made one big cake.

The honeymoon

The couple went to Bali

Photography

Photographs were by PAPER CRANES