Echuca holds a special place in the hearts of Chloe and Dan Kavanagh.
The couple grew up in the town and first crossed paths when they met as teenagers at Echuca High School.
That was 12 years ago and the happy couple have been together ever since.
They moved out of home when they were 19 and built their first home three years ago.
After a two-year engagement, the only thing left to do was tie the knot and they did that in style, surrounded by family and friends on Chloe’s Grammy and Pa’s property at Wunghnu – in their beautiful garden.
“The block has been in my Grammy’s family for 100 years. She was a florist and has such a beautiful garden so it was nice to celebrate that as part of our wedding,” Chloe said.
Chloe described the wedding as a chilled out and relaxing affair, with lots of laughter and a few tears.
“Our ceremony was very casual and didn’t go for very long.”
Chloe arrived at the ceremony in her dad’s 1928 Model A Ford Roadster.
“Dad has had the Roadster for 15 years and it has been a fairly big part of our lifestyle over that time. We go hot-rodding once a year as a family and dad had a huge smile on his face when I arrived at the ceremony in it, he was very proud.”
The Roadster even featured in the wedding photos, which were taken by Erica Smith from Mathoura.
Chloe decided to add a little fun to her photographs, purchasing a black leather jacket online, with the words ‘Just Married’ on the back.
Flowers were by Clementine.
After the nuptials the couple and their guests headed into the Moama Bowling Club for the reception.
“We decided on the Bowling Club because they seemed happy to have us and happy to let us do what we wanted in terms of decorating. I did all the decorations myself and we went with a rose gold and black colour scheme with red gum and candles.”
Guests had a delicious two-course meal and were treated to doughnuts and cake for sweets.
“Dan and I love doughnuts so we had 90 of them, along with a cake.”
Chloe said the Bowling Club’s wedding planner Cindy was helpful, but really nice and laidback, which made planning the reception easy and stress free.
And she said the wedding day was everything she thought it would be.
“We had such a great time and I am so glad we held it in Echuca. We did have thoughts of maybe going to Bright (another family favourite destination) but Grammy’s garden was just perfect and too good to pass up. It was also easy for family and friends
“We had a beautiful day, weather wise, and it was just perfect.”
The couple chose to honeymoon in Tasmania and have another holiday planned for this year.