With only a few days to go before this wedding gets underway... it seems the perfect time to blog and share the love! An e-shoot that took place in the wonderful surrounds of Blackbutt Reserve, Hayley, Jake and their little one Talulah
How did you two meet?
We met through mutual friends. We had met a few times at drink things but never really spoke or remembered each others names. Then we were invited to a night at strike bowling with some friends to compete for a trophy for who could win bowling, laser tag and pool.
It ended up being couples versing each other and we were the only singles so we were put on a team together.
What was it like on your 1st date out?
It was like going out for dinner and timezone with a best mate, it felt so natural from day one.
Hayley thought that I just wanted to be her friend at first.
What's the reason you both fell in love with each other?
Jake: Because we got along well and we have fun together.
Hayley: It just felt so natural being with Jake, we have so much fun together and I love how kind he is.
What have been the most exciting parts of planning your time as a couple?
Overseas holidays to Bali and a 6 week trip around Europe.
Finding out that I was pregnant with Talulah was such an exciting time.
What have been the most exciting parts of planning your wedding?
Going for drives to look around Wallalong house on a Sunday afternoon and exploring the area of Wallalong and Morpeth.
How do you think marriage will change your relationship?
We don't think anything will change, we will just continue to love each other.
Only thing that will be different is a ring on our fingers, a certificate and Hayley's last name.
What do you most look forward to about your wedding?
Getting married and partying with our friends and family.
Also having our daughter there will be really special.
What are the most important things that will create a long lasting and loving marriage?
What we have learnt from our grandparents and parents is love, honesty and being best mates above all else.
Funniest story or memories you have about each other?
Jake: Hayley is a huge Newcastle knights fan. Hayley's dad won a package at an auction to go to a knights v tigers game which included lunch and drinks. Hayley was drinking champagne which she doesn't normally drink. The knights won and Hayley was crying and kept saying "I can't believe they just won". For the rest of the night she kept saying "i can't believe I cried".
Hayley: We were in Glasgow when on the day we were leaving, Jake realised he had left his jacket on a bus. Instead of just letting it go, we had to call the bus station and work out how to get there so he could pick it up.
What special ways do you express your love to each other?
Having date nights to go out together or spend quality time together baby free haha.
What made you choose this location for your engagement shoot?
We live in New Lambton and Blackbutt's Richly Reserve is located at the end of our street. We walk through Blackbutt every morning and we absolutely love seeing all the animals that wander through the paths.
What are your favourite ways to spend time together?
Exercising together, having drinks, eating good food, watching trashy tv shoes and going to the movies.
What’s your relationship advice for couples planning their big day?
As much as your family wants you to do things a particular way, just make sure you do what you want.
What's been the hardest thing about planning your wedding day?
Honestly, trying to keep everyone happy.
What’s the best relationship advice anyone has given you?
Jake: It's all about compromise (from my dad)
Hayley: To be with someone that is your best friend (from my mum)
Wedding Photographer Gez Xavier Mansfield Photography
Gown Designer - Watters (bought from Lily Grace Bridal)
Bridesmaid Gown Designer - N/A (individually sourced)
Suit Designer - Roger David
Hair and Make Up Artist - Bellus Bridal Hair and Make up
Invitations Design - Vista print
Florist - Oh Fleur
Music / Enterainment - The Hummingbirds
Catering Company - Mason Catering
Videographer - More Life Films
Walk-down-Aisle Song - Ed Sheeran - Tenerife Sea
1st Dance Song - Ed Sheeran - Thinking Out Loud