In their own words, Melissa and Tom wanted to be “married somewhere in the great outdoors… encircled by awe-inspiring sandstone monoliths” which was precisely the scene upon arrival at the Rock Cathedral within the Kangaroo Valley Bush Retreat.
The photos tell the story of a couple who are as bold as they are unique. Mel & Tom are the kind of couple you want as friends if only to hear of their adventures, they are the sort who dream up their own surname, ‘Wolfe’, and run with it. Hidden in plain sight are references: wolves on cufflinks, socks and bowties. Naturally, the friends they keep are the kind who honour their quirks and howl, not clap, during speeches or unveil a surprise family crest (hand-illustrated) that enshrines their new totem.
The bridal suite also hit us hard from left field – a bell tent amongst the rainforest, complete with welcome matt, plush bedding, designer chairs and all the glamping bells and whistles you would expect for your wedding day.
After a night of dancing and piñata-whacking (moon and wolf papier-mâché keeping with theme, of course) the more nocturnal guests continued on by the bonfire (the ‘Boma’). More singing and howling was had, marshmallows melted and ham’n’cheese toasties grilled – which I am told is yet another signature ‘Melissa & Tom thing’. Midnight neared and the moon dipped behind trees, so we said goodbye to the Wolfes and their merry pack of friends… leaving behind what we felt to be, only partly tongue-in-cheek, a fairytale wedding.