They were just 14 when their romance began, engaged at 20 and married at 22.
Queensland teachers Ellen McKay and Joshua Taylor held their Paronella Park wedding on July 2, 2015. The pair knew they would be together forever and, apparently, despite getting together so young, everyone else did too!
“As teenagers, we both knew we’d never part and, as revealed in my dad’s wedding speech, our parents had a strong inkling too,” smiles Ellie. “It was pretty profound to hear that from my dad, and to look around and see so many our wedding guests nodding along in agreement.”
Ellie chose the Cairns historic rainforest attraction, having had a strong love of the park for years. “Josh and I got our first-look photos before travelling to the park with our photographer for bridal portraits,” explains Ellie. While they were taking loved-up photos, guests were boarding the wedding bus and enjoying pre-ceremony food and drinks.
Ellie says choosing that itinerary for the day meant a smooth-flowing event where the couple didn’t have to leave their guests. “Our guests arrived to the ceremony location and were overwhelmed by the whimsical beauty of the historic castle,” she says.
The couple honeymooned not far away from their wedding spot at Ramada Resort Port Douglas.
Photos courtesy of Kelly Adams Photography.
Ellie wore a J’adore lace piece from Andrea’s Brides & Grooms.
The couple didn’t have a specific wedding theme, letting the venue’s natural beauty speak for itself.
“My parents walked me down the aisle to “Can’t Take my Eyes Off You” by Frankie Valli,” says Ellie.
Bomboniere: Etsy - Carlie Rees / Brides Accessories: Tiffany & Co. / Brides Gown: Andrea's Brides & Grooms, J'adore / Brides Shoes: Myer / Cake: Cake This / Celebrant: Amanda Loftus / Ceremony Music: Playlist / Flowers: Nine Blooms / Grooms Attire: Myer / Grooms Shoes: Windsor Smith / Hair: Hair & Makeup Girl / Honeymoon: Ramada Resort Port Douglas / Invitations: DIY / Makeup: Hair & Makeup Girl / Photographer: Kelly Adams Photography / Rings: Michael Hill Jeweller / Transport: SunPalm Transport, Cairns Bus Charters / Venue: Paronella Park / Wedding Night Accommodation: Hilton Cairns