Naomi Hitchcock and Joel Thomas let the majestic views of the high-country mountains take centre stage and opted to make the most of their simple touches, beautiful table greenery, flat shoes and an unplugged wedding.
Romance is in the air
When Naomi and Joel saw that there was an option to book a helicopter ride to the scenic Craig’s Hut on Mt Stirling for their wedding photographs – they knew it was too much of a “happy coincidence” to ignore.
That’s because Joel’s epic proposal in 2016 involved taking Naomi on a scenic helicopter while they were holidaying on the Gold Coast and flying over a deserted island where the words “Marry me Naomi” were written in the sand below.
“I think helicopters are our thing now, we’ll have to organise a helicopter ride to celebrate the birth of our first child or something.”
Go flat for comfort
For Naomi heels versus comfort was a no-contest decision.
“I knew I’d be walking up mountains and going in a helicopter when we got our photographs done," she said.
“It was the best choice I could have made. We danced all night and I was so comfortable, and the dress was long so no-one even knew anyway.”
Taking professional advice
Naomi’s photographer told her she would not get amazing wedding photos if she was too worried about keeping dress clean – so she didn’t.
“It had rained all morning before the wedding and I was climbing in and out of the helicopter, walking up and down the mountain, and I didn’t focus on the dress once and now we have these amazing photos.”
Naomi and Joel combined thank you with fun when they chose gifts for their flower girl and page boy.
“I know how restless kids get with all the speeches and I knew there wouldn’t be any other kids at the wedding so I wanted to give them some special things so they could have some fun too," she said.
“They loved it, they thought it was like Christmas.”
Naomi and Joel didn’t just opt for an unplugged ceremony, they asked guests to avoid posting any solo photos of the duo so the newlyweds could choose the perfect photo to mark the event online.
See more photos from Naomi and Joel's wedding day over on our Instagram.
Wedding date: Saturday February 24 2018
Bride’s parents: Donna Hitchcock and Geoff Curtis, and Tony Hitchcock
Groom’s parents: Michelle Thomas and Paul Thomas
Ceremony, reception and catering: The Sebel Pinnacle Valley Resort, Merrijig
Photographer: Andrea Sissons Photographer, Yarrawonga
Celebrant: Kate Wilson, Celebrations of Life
Transport: Alpine Helicopter Charter
Invites: By Breanna Maree Foster, BMF Designs
Signage: More than Words Custom Signs, Bendigo
Flowers: The Flower and Function Studio, Numurkah
Bridal gown: Made with Love
Bride and flower girl headpieces: Wren Floralista, Finley
Bridesmaids’ dresses: Esther & Co
Hair: S & Co. Hair Styling by Shan, Yarrawonga
Make-up: Gloss Makeup & Beauty Studio, Wangaratta
Groom and groomsmens’ suits and shoes: Judds, Yarrawonga
Page boy outfit: Axel Meets Koa, Yarrawonga