French-Inspired Outdoor Australian Wedding

We teared up when Joelene told us the story of her wedding day. She says it best.

From the bride:

Rohan proposed to me whilst we were on holiday in Bali celebrating our 10 year anniversary. It was such a magical and emotional time. We knew straight away that we wanted to get married in Northern NSW, Australia, as we spent most of our weekends as teenagers road tripping there for surf. It was also a great opportunity to get our 50 guests away for the weekend. The location we chose was a beautiful French-inspired country guesthouse called Deux Belettes. It was the perfect location for an intimate and romantic wedding. The very first thing we knew we had to do when we started planning was book Jonas Peterson as our photographer. The second thing was finding my dress. My mum, sister and I milked it and took a long weekend to Sydney, Australia. It was Jenny Packham who ultimately caught my eye and we all bawled our eyes out when I found ‘the one’.

Our wedding day, with the risk of sounding cliché, was honestly everything we had ever dreamed it would be. It was a little more wet then we had hoped for but not for a second did that dampen our day. My sister was my maid of honour and Rohan had his best friend by his side. We were all hoping that the rainy weather would pass in time for our ceremony and thankfully it did. We had someone on our side.

Sadly I lost my beautiful mum to cancer 4 months before our wedding day. This was undoubtedly the hardest and saddest time in my life, but I had Rohan, my rock, by my side every step of the way. Having our wedding to look forward to, for not just us but also my family, was what helped us all through such a tough time. It was evident that mum wasn’t missing from the day though. I had been talking to Jonas the morning of our wedding whilst getting ready and told him that it was no surprise the weather was so wet. Since mum had passed every opportunity she had to let us know she was around was through heavy rain and crazy weather. During the reception Jonas tapped Rohan and I on the shoulder and said, “there’s something I want to show you”. He led us away from all our guests into a field and said, “I think you’re right… she’s here”. As we turned back towards our guests, there was a massive rainbow sheltering the entire wedding. It was such an amazing moment, as it was evidence that she was right there with us.

Venue: Deux Belettes | Coordinator and Stylist: Frank and Joy | Hire: North Coast Party Hire | Celebrant: Michelle Shannon | Catering: Olive and Luca | Cake: Bumbles | Florist: The French Petal | Photographer: Jonas Peterson


Once Wed was launched in March 2008 to meet a need in the marketplace for an online listing service for second-hand wedding dresses. Within a short time, the company had developed into an online wedding publication and resource to provide newly-engaged brides with inspiration and tools to plan their dream wedding. 

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