It was a mutual passion for travel that led to a chance meeting for Danielle Gleaves and Jay Humphreys. In an unlikely twist of fate, the Englishwoman and the Australian met in Las Vegas on a Contiki tour.
An international affair
A chance encounter halfway around the world led to a long-distance romance and a year-and-a-half later Danielle moved to Australia to be with Jay. “I went on a girls’ trip with my sister and came back with a future husband,” Danielle said.
It was on a last-minute trip to Las Vegas five years later, after a twilight helicopter ride, that Jay proposed in a rose petal-filled room.
The couple’s wanderlust inspired a festive wedding – complete with bunting, a food truck serving burgers and fries and a globe for a guest book – on a property that has been in the groom’s family for six generations.
Keeping with tradition
For Danielle it was important for Jay to ask her dad Richard for her hand in marriage before he proposed. “He knew I wouldn’t have said yes if I didn't have my dad’s permission,” she said.
Jay sent his future father-in-law a formal invitation to suit up for a Skype call and at 2am Australian time, over a glass of whisky, he asked the important question.
For Danielle a trip home to the United Kingdom a year out from the wedding provided the perfect opportunity to find her dream dress with the most important women in her life.
“I had always had the romantic idea of going dress shopping with my mum, sister and grandma,” she said.
“I was aware they wouldn’t get to be involved in much of the planning so it was special to have that time.”
In a tribute to Jay’s late mum Sue – who loved Shania Twain – and a reflection on their journey to be together, the couple decided on a mash-up for the first dance.
Combining Still the One by Shania Twain and Jimmy Barnes’ Ain’t No Mountain High Enough they had their guests on the dance floor in no time.
See more photos from Danielle and Jay's wedding day over on our Instagram.
Wedding date: Saturday, April 7, 2018
Bride's parents: Deborah and Richard Gleaves
Groom's parents: Sue (dec) and Ian Humphreys
Service and reception: Tallygaroopna family farm
Photography: Prue Peters Photography
Bride's dress: Agape Bridal Boutique, Alderley Edge, UK
Bridesmaids' dresses: Myer, Melbourne
Suits: Identity Menswear, Shepparton
Flowers: Bunbartha Beef, Shepparton
Cake: Lou Belle Cakes, Shepparton
Hair: Saige Hair, Toolamba
Make-up: Botanical Excellence, Numurkah