The weather, locations and excited anticipation of guests all combined to create a perfect atmosphere for the marriage of Theresa Pitts and John Gray in Wagga on October 27.
Theresa is the daughter of Chris and Joy Pitts of St Ives, NSW and John is the son of Dennis and Vaire (dec) of Bendigo, Victoria.
The couple has lived in Wagga for 12 months. Theresa has made the city her home for the last two-and-a-half years, while John moved from Leeton to be with his bride-to-be after spending the last 17 years in the MIA.
Guests travelled from near and far to attend the wedding, including South Africa, Hong Kong and New Zealand, Darwin, Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Bendigo, as well as closer to hand from Albury, Canberra, Leeton and Wagga.
The rustic charm of Uneke Warehouse was an ideal venue for the ceremony, with two priests – Fr Paddy Sykes of Wagga and Fr Robert Murphy of Leeton – providing a perfect officiating double act for the nuptials.
The bride wore an off-the-shoulder ivory gown with lace train and extra lacework across the back, and carried a bouquet highlighted by purple tulips. She arrived at the ceremony in a 1958 Ford Edsel, courtesy of Old School Wedding Cars.
Theresa was attended by maid of honour Erin Gavin and bridesmaid Emma Witty. They wore full-length navy blue dresses with a sweetheart neckline.
John was attended by best man Edward Mills and groomsman Greg Halloran. All three wore checked grey suits and navy hats to match the bridesmaids. The groomsmen wore navy ties, while the groom opted for an ivory tie and blue waistcoat, as well as custom grey and blue shoes.
Live music during the signing of the register was provided by Nathan Creek, Adele Martin and Anna Van Beek.
Uneke Warehouse hosted drinks following the ceremony then, while the bridal party was off having official photos taken at the Rocks, guests were bused to Magpies Nest for the reception.
They were greeted with music by the stripped back Night Shift as they enjoyed canapés on the terrace. The band would return in full eight-piece party mode later, providing tunes for guests to dance into the night, as well as the bridal “waltz” and a chance for the bride to exercise her skills on the triangle.
Magpies Nest provided meals of mostly locally-sourced produce for guests to enjoy, complemented by local wines. It was also the perfect location for a stunning sunset.
Theresa and John hosted a “recovery” brunch at their home on the Sunday morning for 85 of the guests.
The couple honeymooned for three weeks in South Africa and Mauritius.