Shannon Neirinckx was only 14 when Stuart Tomlinson asked her to be his girlfriend.
Ten years and two days later, they were married, on October 16, 2016 in the presence of 70 guests. The pair, now aged 24 and 27, met at a youth group. It was instant attraction for the young loves, who stayed strong via text messages, emails and the “odd supervised date,” laughs Shannon.
Their ceremony at St Joseph’s Catholic Church in Enfield, NSW was a highlight for the bride. “The setting was beautiful; spring florals and dusty pink dresses,” she explains. “My father walked me down the aisle of an extraordinary church to my fiancé whose face was filled with tears.”
Shannon’s Dad also took on an important task for the ceremony, after the couple were left without a priest three weeks before the wedding. “Luckily my father found us a very kind priest who would officiate our wedding. He went far and beyond to make our wedding day perfect,” says the bride.
At the reception at Oatlands House, the couple’s wedding dreams came to life. “My overall wedding vision was to have floor-to-ceiling windows behind the bridal table,” describes Shannon. “The moment I saw the Rose Suite I knew it was our reception room. It was decorated with flowers and candles in every corner.”
Photos courtesy of Captured by Pavel.
Ollie’s Place Kidswear had the perfect little dress for Shannon’s flower girl.
Shannon’s gown, made for a princess, was found at Fashions by Farina — located in the heart of Sydney.
Wedding Cars of Distinction – offering everything from horse-drawn carriages to Rolls Royces and Jaguars – provided the couple’s classic transport.
Groom Stuart wore classic and black and white with help from Ferrari Formalwear.
The bride’s sensible but stylish wedding shoes were purchased from Deseo Bridal & Evening Shoes.
“Every supplier involved in our wedding took the time to understand our vision and provided us with what we wanted,” praises the bride.
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