Chelsea + Jayden

How did you meet?

Jay and I met in high school, grade 9 science class in 2007, we were 14 years old (wow I feel old!). We became friends a few years later, had a bit of a “thing” in year 12, then started officially dating once we left high school in 2010.

When did you know they were the one?

It was always him. Even when I had other high school boyfriends I always had this soft spot crush on him! Then pretty early on into our relationship I almost slipped out “I love you” but only got to “I Laa…” then stopped because I didn’t want to be the first to say it! After being together for many years we had been through so much together. Years of travelling and living overseas, uni, work, pets, family. We basically grew up together, and throughout our relationship everything seemed to just work. I think a huge part of knowing I wanted to marry Jay was that he gets along so well with my family, he is a part of my family, and that is the most important thing to me.

What are your three favourite attributes of your partner?

He is probably one of the most genuine people I know. He’s honest, and says it like it is. I love his silliness, and he never fails to make me laugh every single day.

Who proposed and how? 

We were in beautiful Lake Tekapo, New Zealand, my favourite place in the world, for a family holiday and wedding. Jayden proposed to me, the day after my Auntie’s wedding, with a very hungover and sore head. It was a huge surprise! But now I’m more surprised he was able to get down on one knee and say what he did, in the state he was in – day after copious amounts of red wine, shots, and giving my Auntie’s lap dances hahaha.

Where did you fall in love with your dress and why?

I fell in love with my dress at the Made with Love Gold Coast boutique! Online I actually had my eye on another similar dress however once I put Jordann on I didn’t want to take her off! She was perfect, and everything I every imagined my wedding gown to be.

What was the best moment for you at the wedding?

My favourite moment was standing behind the curtain with my mum just before she was about to walk me down the aisle. The curtains were drawn, we could see all our friends and family and Jayden in the distance. All of the emotions just came over her/us, the feeling of getting married had finally set in and it was all so real and overwhelming. Being able to share that moment with her, she had raised me as a single mum all my life, knowing how proud and happy she was for me was just so special! Then on top of all of that Jayden was also so emotional throughout the ceremony, I could see and feel his love, my heart was so full!

What advice would you tell other brides?

I’m a pretty relaxed and laid back person in general so it’s easy for me to say, but don’t worry about the things you can’t control, like the weather, things not going exactly to plan/run sheet, and take your time soaking up every little detail of the happenings of the day!

What were your favourite details?

The only things that mattered to us for our wedding day was great food, live music, and even better company. Oh, and a killer photographer to capture these memories. Everything we wanted was a huge success and we wouldn’t change any of it!

Any standout vendors?

Our venue, The Refinery – amazing food, staff, and space. Super flexible to make the day unique and your own. Also our photographers Bulb Creative were not only the loveliest people but amazingly talented!




The Refinery


Mixture of Shona Joy, Third Form, and online boutiques


Jayne Perrior


Bulb Creative


Victoria Fitzgibbon


Xennox Diamonds


Groom – Institchu, Groomsmen – Black Jacket Suiting


Gold Coast Boutique