Early on in their relationship, Jake Swalue told Paige Grocke that in three years he would pop the question.
Paige, 24, laughed it off but, true to his word, three years and 29 days later Jake, 26, got down on one knee.
The South Australian hairstylist and fisherman, from Port Lincoln, were visiting Jake’s family in Croatia, at his baba’s (grandmother’s) house right on the water. After a swim Paige was dozing off when she heard Jake clear his throat. “I opened my eyes… there he was with the most beautiful ring!” she smiles.
“When I asked, ‘Why like this?’ he replied: ‘One day this house could be ours and I can’t imagine anything better in years to come, when we sit on this exact balcony with our children, that I can say this is where I proposed to your mum,'” Paige recalls.
The couple returned to Port Lincoln for a truly romantic wedding, which was celebrated at Tanonga Eco Lodges in a gorgeous outdoor ceremony on October 4, 2014. One hundred and eighty-five guests joined the couple and headed to the reception celebrations at The Port Lincoln Hotel, which was draped in flowers and fairy lights for the occasion.
“The wedding day was nothing short of amazing,” Paige says.
“It was full of emotion, so much love, laughter and we both felt completely at ease.”
Photos courtesy of Jade Norwood Photography
Paige added bling to her outfit with a beautiful art deco-inspired headpiece that complemented her hairstyle of flowing, long waves.
The bride’s party looked stunning in white bridesmaids’ dresses in strapless and off-the-shoulder styles.
“I never thought I could love Jake any more than I already did, but our wedding day exceeded my expectations,” Paige says.
Video by Kim Power Photography.
Bomboniere: Initial Reaction / Brides Accessories: Bo and Luca, Swarovski / Brides Gown: Pallas Couture / Brides Shoes: Nine West / Bridesmaid Shoes: Windsor Smith / Bridesmaids Accessories: Swarovski / Bridesmaids Dresses: Bridesmaids Only / Cake: Sugar Daisy Cakes / Celebrant: Tracy Kenny / Ceremony Music: The Pedro Boys / Ceremony Venue: Tanonga Eco Lodges / Entertainment: The Pedro Boys / Flowergirl Dress: Angel Kiss Designs / Flowers: Golden Sable Florist / Grooms Attire: Ted Baker / Grooms Shoes: Julius Marlow / Groomsmen Attire: Tarocash / Groomsmen Shoes: Julius Marlow / Hair: Anita Prosek, Colby Sturguess / Honeymoon: Bali / Invitations: Port Lincoln Copier Service / Lolly Buffet: Bouncing on Eyre / Makeup: Zwar Beauty / Pageboy Attire: Mensland / Photobooth: EP Happy Snaps / Photographer: Jade Norwood Photography / Reception Venue: The Port Lincoln Hotel / Rings: Leading Edge Jewellers / Transport: EP Bus Services / Venue Decor: Ultimate Celebrations, DIY / Videographer: Kim Power / Wedding Night Accommodation: The Port Lincoln Hotel / Wedding Planner: The Port Lincoln Hotel