Samantha Tracey and Patrick Martin’s classic wedding proves that sometimes all you need is a lil’ help from your friends.
“After months of careful planning selecting the music, the iPod stopped working for the walk down the aisle,” Samantha, 27, explains. “The celebrant asked if I wanted them to fix it, I said I didn’t want anything to stop me from marrying Pat then.”
Instead, the guests chimed in to sing a range of songs to fill the silence, including Neil Diamond’s Sweet Caroline. Samantha says they wouldn’t have had it any other way. “Mistakes will happen, things will be forgotten, people might be late, but all that mattered was that my love was at the end of that aisle waiting for me.”
The NSW Central Coast couple, who have known each other since they were eight, wed on March 7, 2015 at Erina’s The Fragrant Gardens in front of 115 friends and family.
Samantha and Patrick, 28, held their reception at Ettalong Diggers, a dream venue of the bride’s for many years. “I always wanted my reception there. It exceeded my expectations,” Samantha says.
The couple says their classic wedding mirrored who they were as a couple. “Our wedding was simple and relaxed,” Samantha says. “All guests had a great time, the vibe was fantastic and everyone mixed well.”
Photos courtesy of Wild at Heart Photography.
Samantha and Patrick dated in high school, before reconnecting in their mid 20s.
Patrick and his groomsmen suited up in outfits from Roger David.
Samantha’s gorgeous lace wedding gown was a strapless design featuring an embellished belt.
The bridesmaids wore champagne-coloured strapless dresses teamed with modern chunky pearl necklaces.
The Stubby Cooler Company created unique keepsakes for the couple’s guests.
Bomboniere: Stubby Coolers Online / Brides Accessories: Angus & Coote / Brides Gown: Kel-Leigh Couture / Brides Shoes: Novo Shoes / Bridesmaids Accessories: Etsy - SukranKirits / Bridesmaids Dresses: White Runway / Cake: Home made / Celebrant: Wayne Cooper / Ceremony Music: Playlist / Ceremony Venue: The Fragrant Gardens / Entertainment: Sean Frazer / Flowers: Family friend / Gift Registry: Honeymoon fund / Grooms Attire: Roger David / Grooms Shoes: YD / Groomsmen Attire: Roger David / Groomsmen Shoes: YD / Hair: Family friend / Honeymoon: USA / Invitations: Something Fabulous / Makeup: MBK - Makeup by Kelly / Photographer: Wild at Heart Photography / Reception Venue: Ettalong Diggers / Rings: Diamond World / Transport: Own / Venue Decor: Material Girlz Styling / Videographer: Moody Walker Productions / Wedding Night Accommodation: The Mantra Ettalong