A surprise proposal during a dinner with friends began a whirlwind adventure for Jessica Peters and Emma Menzie. The pair set forth planning a beautiful and fitting commitment ceremony, to celebrate their love in front of family and friends.
Memorabilia and references to the couple’s favourite TV shows and music provided an entertaining addition to their day. The pair included references to popular shows Game of Thrones and Adventure Time, as well as superheroes from both the Marvel and DC Comics universes. “We just wanted it to be fun and to make sure it reflected us as a couple, that was really important from the start,” Jessica said.
Jessica and Emma set a budget for their day, which they were able to achieve by getting crafty. “There is so much that I decided I could make myself rather than pay someone else to do for me,” Jessica said. “When you have a budget set it’s amazing how creative you can become. I’ve always been big on art so I knew I’d end up making most of it.” A lot of the styling inspiration came from Pinterest, which Jessica said might as well have been a major sponsor for their big day.
The couple incorporated many features of a traditional wedding into the big day. “While being a commitment ceremony, it was treated as any other wedding. We wanted to make sure everything was fun and memorable,” Jessica said. Both women had their turn to walk down the aisle; Emma walked to the tune of Green Day’s Oh Love while Jessica walked down the aisle to Ellie Goulding’s How Long Will I Love You. The pair also shared a special father-daughter dance with their respective fathers. “Everyone that was spoken to said it was perfect and they couldn’t have seen us doing it any other way,” Jessica said.
Soft hues and delicate details were key for the styling of Jessica and Emma’s big day. The couple wanted to keep the decorations rustic and romantic. “The ceremony was kept very simple and romantic with white wicker hearts hanging from early up the aisle, and a remembrance table for those that could not make it,” Jessica said. “The reception was very rustic but a lot of fun, a lot of burlap, lace and twine. Me and Emma both decided we liked the rustic look, it was the one thing we agreed on from the start.”
Jessica's parents: Janelle and Ken Dickson, and Robert and Gloria Peters
Emma's parents: Ronald and Nicole Menzie
Service: Asphodel, Toolamba
Reception: Tatura Hotel, Tatura
Photographer: Liz Arcus Photography, Shepparton
Bride's dress: Gowns & More, Shepparton
Bridesmaid's dresses: Their own
Suits: Matt O’Keefe Mensland, Shepparton
Flowers: The Florist on Fryers, Shepparton
Cake: Get Caked Bakery, Shepparton
Hair: Melissa Catena, friend
Make-up: Le’Dee Makeover, Shepparton