Martin and Darren
We were honoured to play a role in Martin and Darren’s garden wedding in May this year, a spectacular daytime wedding with over 100 guests.
Their love story started when they met in 2014. Darren proposed to Marty 1 year later in the most romantic way possible! In the Eiffel Tower restaurant in Paris of course #swoon.
Their two lovely Beagles, Miss Chilli and Mr. Billie, acted as their ring bearers.
As they were our first same sex marriage couple we asked the guys their thoughts on the legalities of same sex marriages.
“We made a pledge that we would only get married in our own country… that we would not be forced to leave Australia, our own country to get married. We refused to go to NZ or another country. We wanted the same right that our straight friends and straight brothers and sisters had, so we remained engaged and waited until the YES vote succeeded on Nov 13,2017… and that night we chose a date and started planning our wedding!”
The brief for Martin and Darren’s wedding was to be more of a celebration than a ceremony. In their words “glitzy and glamourous, skanky but chic, trashy but upmarket. Cheeky and lots of fun but also romantic and very relaxed! MOST importantly it had to be raw, honest and JOYFUL!”
They certainly nailed the brief. They spoilt their guests with jazz singers, a rock chick, a duo of drag queens, and a cocktail hour. It was themed “Garden Fabulous” and that it was!
“The outfits people wore were truly stunning and the marquees and tents and chandeliers etc that Exotic Soirees provided could not have been any better and matched the fabulous outfits in our fabulous large tropical garden on a beautiful sunny day in May. How blessed were we to have found them!!” (their words not ours but thanks lol)
We loved being a part of this joyous, fun and fabulous celebration and thank Marty and Darren for sharing their story and their day with us.
Photographer – Mark Upton Photography
Celebrant – Josh Withers
Cake Maker – Vas from Frosted Indulgence
Florist – Jeannie from Two Little Rows
Catering – Zen Catering
Bar Tent, Wedding Marquee and Lighting - Exotic Soirees