Scenes from the wedding of Lydia Burke and John Evans. Click for more photos

Lydia Burke and John Evans

Scenes from the wedding of Lydia Burke and John Evans. Photo: CJ Williams Photography

LYDIA BURKE AND JOHN EVANS
ST JOHN’S CHURCH AND THE ESPLANADE HOTEL, FREMANTLE, WA

The meeting
While Lydia and John had their first brief meeting at a friend’s party in 2007, it wasn’t until over a year later that they actually got together. “My friend Sharni held a Halloween party, where we met again. I was actually feeling unwell so nearly didn't go - thank goodness I did!” says Lydia. Being shy, John didn’t say much on the night but rung her the next day to arrange a meeting the next day – Melbourne Cup Day. “The next day, I told my sister that I'd met the man I was going to marry. Less than 12 weeks later, we were living together,” she says. “We just complete and complement each other perfectly, probably because we are both dags and also don't need too much to be happy”.

The proposal
Lydia wasn’t expecting a surprise proposal. “He [John] is terrible at surprises and always seems to give them away beforehand. But he proved me wrong,” she says. John got in contact with one of Lydia’s colleagues to arrange a “client lunch” at Fraser’s Restaurant as a thank you. As they are driving to the lunch, Troy, Lydia’s colleague pulls over. “I ask what he's doing, then I look over, and there is John and our Shih Tzu, Harry waiting on the grass for me with a beautiful picnic all set up,” she says. She walked over to him and he got down on one knee and popped the question. “It was perfect and I still can't get over how he managed to surprise me!”

The wedding day
Lydia managed to surprise herself by going with a traditional style – roses, ivory gown, limousine and an old church. Although it wasn’t all traditional – they chose for their dog Harry to be the pageboy. They had 80 guests who attended the ceremony and reception with many people flying over from Victoria, John’s home state. One of the highlights of the day was the song their MC, Ellen wrote and performed - so hilarious that “even the waiters loved it”.

The dress
Lydia wore a fishtail, ivory dolce satin and crushed organza gown with a sweetheart neckline and a detachable asymmetrical ruffle strap. It was an Essense of Australia design and came from Tuscany Bridal in Leederville.

The cake
They had a three-tiered mud cake decorated with white icing and pink and ivory icing flowers. It was made by Baby Cakes in Tuart Hill.

The photographer
The photos were taken by CJ Williams Photography.

The honeymoon
They went to the Gold Coast.

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