A Beach, A Wedding, New Beginnings

Last Saturday my eldest son , Zac married the love of his life , Sarah. The wedding was held by the beach at
Bicheno on the East coast of Tasmania, a place holding special meaning for them both.

The proud parents of the groom , enjoying a quiet moment together before the ceremony. As a mother you
can’t help reflecting on the time that has passed to get to this moment in time and the joy of watching the small boy become the kind , caring , compassionate young man he is today.

We are so happy to welcome our beautiful and talented daughter-in-law into our family.

My outfit for the day was a Sarah Pacinni long skirt in an unusual almost olive green and a patterned sequined top from Joseph Ribkof , black patent wedges , a bronze mesh cuff and a pearl necklace.

 Callum , our other son, was over for the wedding and fulfilling the role as official photographer.
The wedding was a family affair with everyone involved in some way, Sarah’s sister made and decorated the wedding cake , Sarah’s brother was ring bearer and my husband John gave the speech.

I was honoured to be asked to make the bridal bouquet and to arrange the flowers for the reception. This was my first bridal bouquet and I was rather pleased how it turned out. Originally the bouquet was to be garden flowers but due to the hot, dry Summer garden flowers are in short supply , so I ordered some from
a local Rose grower. As if by a fluke of nature the week of the wedding a rose by the name of The Children’s Rose flowered on cue , so some blooms came into play.

 A day of celebration shared with family and friends from all over Australia .

A wonderful day to celebrate the love between you as you embark on New Beginnings.

Joining Patti for Visible Monday

and Jess for Elegantly Dressed and Stylish



  1. Jazzy Jack
    February 23, 2016 / 12:39 pm

    Oh how perfect! Lovely weather too.You my dear, totally nailed the mother of the groom look. Love the bubble skirt effect. Looking modern but also elegant.Beautiful!Xo Jazzy Jack

    • Jill James
      February 23, 2016 / 11:00 pm

      The weather was indeed kind , clear blue skies , a bit breezy but not really a problem.Thank you so much for your kind comments on my outfit, that was just what I was aiming for.

  2. Laurie Duncan
    February 23, 2016 / 2:07 pm

    What a beautiful wedding! And I love the bouquet you made <3

    • Jill James
      February 23, 2016 / 11:02 pm

      Thank you Laurie, it was a beautiful wedding but then I am a trifle biased. I must admit to being rather pleased with the way the bouquet turned out.

  3. Patti
    February 23, 2016 / 2:07 pm

    The perfect day, and spot – and the whole family looks radiant! Thanks for sharing, xoxPattihttp://notdeadyetstyle.com

    • Jill James
      February 23, 2016 / 11:04 pm

      You have described the day to a tee, yes we were one happy family. Always a pleasure to join Visible Monday.

  4. Marea Dotz
    February 23, 2016 / 3:49 pm

    Oh, Jill, what a wonderful memorable time in your life and your family's history. Such beautiful pictures and I can't think of a more lovely setting for a wedding. I, too, have two grown sons. Some day I hope to be posting a similar story. Congratulations to all!

    • Jill James
      February 23, 2016 / 11:07 pm

      Thank you Marea , glad you enjoyed a small glimpse of our family's special day.

  5. Natalia Lialina
    February 23, 2016 / 5:04 pm

    Big warmhearted congratulations to you all! What a beautiful, touching post. The bride and groom are such a handsome couple, and I can see both you and your husband in your sons' faces. It sounds like a lovely event, the one to treasure for years to come, and you all look so happy. You are a talented bouquet designer, Jill! And your outfit is just a perfect expression of you on such a festive day!

    • Jill James
      February 23, 2016 / 11:11 pm

      Thank you so much dear Natalia, it was a wonderful day. As a mother it bought so much joy to see your child so happy. I was very pleased with the bouquet, it represented the bride so well.

  6. Tiina L
    February 23, 2016 / 6:11 pm

    What a beautiful beach wedding! Congratulations to you all!

    • Jill James
      February 23, 2016 / 11:12 pm

      Thank you Tiina for your kind words.

  7. Connie
    February 24, 2016 / 9:43 pm

    What a lovely family. Just look at those handsome men! And you are looking quite glamorous. It seems as though you had a perfect day. Congratulations!

    • Jill James
      February 26, 2016 / 8:38 am

      Thank you so much Connie, it was a wonderful day and I was a very proud Mother of those handsome young men. I was rather pleased with how my outfit turned out after a little tweaking.

  8. Olga Rani
    February 25, 2016 / 12:36 pm

    What beautiful photos! Thank you for sharing them, I love looking at other people's wedding photographs. You look glamorous, such a wonderful dress!

    • Jill James
      February 26, 2016 / 8:40 am

      Thank you Olga , I know I am biased but my other son (the photographer) captured the feel of the wedding perfectly.

  9. Jessica Jannenga
    February 25, 2016 / 2:45 pm

    I love these pictures. Congratulations! The last photo is particulary striking with the water in the background. Beautiful, and I love you outfit, the poof at the bottom of the skirt and the lace.Thanks for linking up with Turning heads tuesday!jess xx

    • Jill James
      February 26, 2016 / 8:45 am

      Thank you so much Jess, so happy to share with Turning Heads Tuesday. I must admit I rather like the last photo , I feel it captures the feeling of New Beginnings perfectly.

  10. Melanie
    February 26, 2016 / 5:05 am

    I'm just catching up and am glad I made it to this post. Oh, what a happy occasion! Everyone is glowing, especially your son and your new daughter-in-law. Absolute best wishes for a brilliant future to this young couple. You look fantastic in your outfit choice.

    • Jill James
      February 26, 2016 / 8:48 am

      Thank you Melanie for your good wishes, it was a wonderful day to share.I must admit to being rather pleased with how my outfit turned out.

  11. curtis03 Lewis
    March 21, 2016 / 7:57 am

    Congratulations to the gorgeous couple! Tomorrow I am going to attend my sister’s wedding at one of iconic and popular wedding venues Los Angeles. I am very excited as have never been to any beach wedding before.

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