Couple overcome ‘no dating rule’ to later marry at classic wedding

Wedding: 13/11/2016

Posted by Anna | 19 March, 2017

Beverley Stacey met her future husband in high school – the only problem was, she wasn’t allowed to date.

Luckily Earl Hopkinson was a patient man, and he waited until they graduated to ask her out. “Since then we have been inseparable,” says Bev. “We have travelled together and grown together through university and all the ups and downs that life brings.”

The Perth couple, aged 29 and 28 respectively, married at their classic wedding on November 13, 2016. A ceremony at St Michael the Archangel Chapel in Leederville was followed by a reception with 120 guests at Rambla on Swan. “We had family and friends come from interstate and also family from New York,” explains the bride. “It was a lovely 28-degree spring day in Perth and the sun was shining down on us.”

Bev and Earl describe wedding planning as an “enjoyable experience”. “We only decided around February 2016 that we would get married in November 2016 so things were booked last-minute which we think made it easier,” reflects Bev. “Not being stressed about details made the process enjoyable – although some of our suppliers often stated that we had left it too last-minute!”

While the couple weren’t keen to cut too many corners, they did seize an opportunity to save. “We decided not to book transport to our wedding night accommodation and jumped in the back of a friend’s Mazda,” laughs Bev.

Photos courtesy of Peter Edwards Photography.





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Elicia Rudd Hair & Makeup was entrusted with transforming the bridal party. “She was amazing, we didn’t even feel the need to have a trial,” praises Bev.




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“We had a beautiful old fashioned limousine to go with our classic theme.”



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“Peter and Tegwyn were awesome. Their experience with weddings meant everything went smoothly and we got some amazing photos,” says Bev of Peter Edwards Photography.







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More praise from the bride: “The food, service and staff at Rambla on Swan were amazing. All our guests are still commenting on how good it was.”






The pair headed to Pagoda Resort & Spa for their wedding night.

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22 March, 2017

Jackie says:

Love everything about Beverley and Earl’s wedding! Credit to them both for pulling it off without a single glitch, in such a short time. It was a very special day for everyone, including the guests as the whole day was filled with so much love and admiration for the couple! Beverley’s nana who passed away a few months before Earl proposed, would have been very proud. I am sure that Nana and Beverley’s late Aunty Beverley (whom she was named after), was right there by her side! This was a wedding that everyone was waiting for as it finally happened after the couple had known each other for 10 years since Year 11 High School. Yes it’s true, Beverley was not allowed to date or even consider having a “boyfriend” till after High School. So full credit to Earl for hanging in there!! I guess patience paid off and now Earl is like the Son we never had!! The speeches said it all and the feeling from all guests was that they told the story of true love!!! Even the staff at Rambla (reception centre) commented on how they could feel the love for the couple, from everyone in the room! Well done Earl on finally “putting a ring on it”! Wishing you both a very, very long healthy, happy and loving life together! Love mum & dad Stacey

23 March, 2017

Linda says:

What a beautiful couple and a perfect celebration. Thank you so much for allowing us to share your special day. Wishing you a wonderful life together. much love, Linda and Craig

23 March, 2017

Sharon says:

Truly beautiful wedding. Felt honoured to share this special day. Xxxx

24 March, 2017

May & Winston Rennick says:

Thank you Bev and Earl (and Jackie & Michael) for including us cousins on your guest list. Right from a little baby, Beverley was a “perfect child” – not just beautiful but a kind, loving, caring person and Earl is very lucky indeed. The wedding day itself from the church ceremony through to the reception was perfect in every way, and the sun did shine brightly on this beautiful, happy, awesome couple. Once again we wish you both a long, happy, loving marriage filled with fun and laughter and experiences that make your lives together very special. Our love and many blessings….May & Winston xox

25 March, 2017

Troy says:

This is beautiful!! We were so glad to be able to make it.. Much Love -Troy & Adi

12 April, 2017

Christine and Ken says:

We were just delighted to share your special day with you. The ceremony was so moving and the reception such a joyful celebration. Love to you both for a long and happy life together. Christine and Ken

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