A Storybook Romance: Chanelle+James' Love Filled Wedding Day

This gorgeous pair first met when they sat side by side in primary school. Years later they met again and fell madly in love…

If that wasn’t already the perfect start to their story, this picture-perfect wedding day began with a storybook proposal that a girl could only dream of! Lucky for Chanelle, James had everything organised months in advance. The two had planned for a romantic getaway to Mexico to celebrate their anniversary, but James had something much more special in mind. While on a private yacht James got down on one knee and surprised Chanelle with a proposal and a custom made engagement ring…Of course, she said yes!

Their day was filled with “romance, love, and family” just as they hoped for and the blushing bride was the picture of showstopping bridal beauty. Don’t miss her 4-meter lace veil and glamorous French lace gown.

The Beginning

“We first met when we were in primary school- we used to sit next to each other because the teacher made us sit boy-girl-boy-girl. James was the boy that sat between me and my best friend! We met again at schoolies on the Gold Coast. James thought my name sounded familiar and introduced himself.”

The Proposal

“James proposed to me in Playa Del Carmen in Mexico. The proposal had taken months of planning! After we had booked in our stay at the Excellence Playa Mujeres, James secretly called the hotel to arrange an upgrade. He requested that they pretend that the upgrade and a private yacht trip were complimentary as it was our anniversary when we were staying there. This was all to make sure that I didn’t suspect why James was spoiling me so much!”

“When the Captain stopped the yacht near a private beach, James went down on one knee on the bow of the boat and asked me to marry him with a stunning, personally designed diamond ring from Fairfax & Roberts. Of course, I said yes.”

The Dress

“A stunning ivory couture gown of intricate French Lace, with a four-meter lace veil, made by the team at Personalised Weddings in Earlwood. My mum also had a couture dress made in French Blue and with French lace by Personalised Couture.”


“Spend as much quality time with each other as you can. It’s so easy to be caught up in the day to day, but spending one on one time together is so important.”

The Wedding Theme

“Romance, love, and family.The reception was designed with the theme of roses, silver & crystal in mind. I was lucky enough to have my dream come true with an abundance of draping roses around the room in the softest pinks and whites. The reception venue was perfect because it has the most amazing tea light chandelier hanging from the ceiling, which gives the venue a magical and starry atmosphere. We also had some DIY elements, such as the framed family wedding photographs at the entry to the reception.”

Special Moments

“Our first dance to Can’t Take My Eyes Off You by Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons and it was just perfect.”

“The most important part of the day was Spending time with our families, who were so happy for us! We tried to include as many people in our wedding as possible, for example, the bridal party included 8 cousins aged between 2 and 7 years – 6 flower girls in couture tulle gowns by Olivia Kate Couture and 2 page boys in mini dinner suits from Ferrari Formal!”

Bridal Tips

“Spend as much time with each other as possible on this special day- the day goes so fast, and it’s a celebration of your new lives together, so savour every moment together.”

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Ally Vogl

Ally is the Content and Social Media Exec here at WeddingDates HQ. Beyond being obsessed with all things weddings, she loves a good cup of coffee and splurging on beauty products.

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