Sitting in her lounge room with fiancé Ryan Morrow, watching Ellie Drennan audition for The Voice 2015, Suzanne Call made a wish out loud: “I want her to sing at our wedding.”
But never in a thousand years would the NSW Central Coast bride believe that contacting the young singer on social media would result in a little star-power at their rustic wedding.
“When Ellie first appeared on the show, I said to Ryan, ‘I want her to sing at our wedding,'” explains Suzanne, 40. “So I sent her a Facebook message, not really expecting anything but hoping all the same.”
Incredibly, that hoping turned into reality when Ellie and her mum wandered into the Bonds store where Suzanne works! “I suddenly felt like a 12-year-old girl, a little shy and star-struck – smiling at them saying, ‘I’m the one who would like you to sing for us at our wedding.'”
Numbers were exchanged and then the wait was on – how far would Ellie make it and would she be available on their November 14, 2015 wedding date?
“Our wedding date was looming and we still didn’t have our music finalised,” says Suzanne who remained unusually calm during that time. “Then we received the YES we had been waiting for. Ellie had won The Voice, AND she was free to sing on the date we needed – we were beyond EXCITED!”
The then 16-year-old Gosford singer learned and performed her rendition of Christina Perry’s ‘A Thousand Years’ for the couple and their 66 guests during the ceremony at Greenfield Farm Estate, Martinsville – a surprise Suzanne and Ryan, 38, kept up their sleeves until that moment.
“Knowing she learnt the song for us was very touching,” says Suzanne who describes the moment as a real highlight. “She was down to earth, incredibly talented and even kind enough to have photos with guests who had watched her through her journey to winning The Voice.”
Photos courtesy of La Bella Vita Photography.
“On my 40th birthday Ryan handed me a jar of 40 notes, handwritten by himself, each note sharing something different that he loved about me and our relationship,” Suzanne says of his thoughtful proposal.
The then 16-year-old Ellie Drennan, coached by Jessie J to win The Voice 2015, entertained guests on the lawn during the ceremony and while photographs were being taken.
“We were so incredibly lucky to have Ellie as part of the day,” smiles Suzanne. “A very special young lady.”
“Plan your wedding with the essence of it being ‘your day’,” Suzanne advises future brides.
“We wanted something made with love and authentic to our rustic farm setting as a gift for our guests,” Suzanne says of the selection of jams, chutney and vinegar given to guests.
Bomboniere: Dots Dlites / Brides Accessories: Brides to Be / Brides Gown: Brides to Be / Brides Shoes: Betts / Cake: Janelle Honor / Caterer: H & H Catering / Celebrant: Peter Hurley / Ceremony Music: Ellie Drennan / Entertainment: Central Coast DJs / Flowergirl Dress: Linda / Flowers: Buttercups Florist / Gift Registry: DIY web registry / Grooms Attire: Roger David / Grooms Shoes: Betts / Hair: Pritty Witty Hair / Invitations: Design Twenty FIve / Lolly Buffet: DIY / Makeup: Kimidoll Makeup Artistry / Pageboy Attire: David Jones / Photographer: La Bella Vita Photography / Rings: Michael Hill Jeweller / Venue: Greenfield Farm Estate / Videographer: Bowline Media / Wedding Night Accommodation: Watagan Guest Retreat