Ashleigh + James

From a pink hair bow, to a black bow tie –

The Newcastle Wedding that had everyone smiling

The story of Ashleigh and James began seven years ago, when they first met working together at the CBD Hotel in Newcastle. The first thing James noticed about Ashleigh was the pink bow in her hair. The first thing Ashleigh noticed about James was the stud in his ear. Oh, and his biceps.

And whether you believe in love at first sight or not, according to James he knew there was something special about the girl with the pink bow straight away. As he explained in his wedding vows:

“I knew there was something special about you ever since you started chasing me around CBD. Every day I would see you and your pink bow, and it would brighten my day and bring a smile to my face.”

Whilst the days of Ashleigh and James working at a hotel in Newcastle have since ended, their ability to make each other smile is still going strong. As is Ashleigh’s pink bow, which just so happened to make an appearance on the big day!

Taking place on Saturday, January 20th Ashleigh and James’ ceremony was held at Green Point Reserve in Valentine, Lake Macquarie. It was a location with significance for the couple, being close to the lookout where James had proposed. It was also the spot where we shot their wedding portraits.

The beautiful foreshore at Green Point Reserve made a stunning backdrop to their wedding ceremony photography.  There were a few sneaky happy tears when it was the bride’s turn to speak:

“I can’t promise that my hair won’t get stuck in your clean socks. I can’t promise that I won’t leave the cutlery draw open a smidge or leave empty water bottles all over our house. But, if there is one thing I can promise you, it is that I will love you with everything I have for the rest of my life….

You are my person. The one I want to turn to when I need a hug or a shoulder to cry on. The one I want to share everything with, good and bad. You are the one I want to make a family with, share my life with and grow old with.”

The reception followed at Swansea Surf Club and so did the smiles and laughter. We also captured some beautiful black and white photography from the wedding reception where the love, laughter and dancefloor were overflowing.

Ashleigh and James’ wedding was an epic day of joy from beginning to end and we feel so lucky to have been a part of it.

"I can't promise that my hair won't get stuck in your clean socks. I can't promise that I won't leave the cutlery draw open a smidge or leave empty water bottles all over our house… But, if there is one thing I can promise you, it is that I will love you with everything I have for the rest of my life."

Epic Wedding Vendors:

VenueSwansea Surf Club

Hair: NLC Hair & Makeup

Makeup: NLC Hair & Makeup

Cake: Create by Jordie

Celebrant: Monty King

Flowers: Sophia Wilde

CatererFennel & Co.

To learn how the Hello Charlie photographers can be a part of your special day – be it wedding, engagement, maternity or newborn photography across Newcastle, the Hunter Valley, Sydney or Lake Macquarie – get in touch with us via [email protected]. Alternatively, take a squiz at our featured photography.

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