Real Wedding: Majella and Dan

Majella and Dan McGowan
Venue: Eton Church and then The Eton Hotel
Photography: Joanna Hodge Photography

Dan 26, and Majella, 28 first met when they worked together at the local surf shop. "He was 16 and I was 18. Dan reckons he asked me out back then but I knocked him back - however I don't recall this!"

Years later, they were both living in the UK. "I'd booked a flight to come home to Oz," says Majella. "Two weeks before I was due to fly out I caught up with a friend to say goodbye. She happened to be going to Dan's birthday party. I decided to tag along and well I guess the rest is history!" Majella cancelled her flight and a year later they were engaged living back in Australia together.


I went into Jill Burston For Brides one afternoon with mum just for a look. I wanted a Maggie Sottero wedding dress and Mum convinced me to try on the Reese. Mum and I fell in love with it instantly and knew we didn't have look anywhere else. A few weeks later I was flicking through a magazine when Dan pointed to the dress and said 'that's awesome'. I knew he was definitely going to love it.


Dan wanted to wear grey as being a morning wedding we thought black would be too harsh. The suit he chose was perfect for him; modern and stylish. We started joking around with hats and braces and before too long they were in the bag. Everyone commented on how great all the guys looked. Even Dan's dad and granddad got into the spirit and wore braces, too.


I wanted a soft colour to suit our morning wedding. The light yellow 'Sugar Dress' from was elegant, modern and unique. The staff at Chic Collections Sydney store were so helpful and delivered safely to me in Mackay


I loved Jo's work as soon as I saw it on her website. She was happy to travel from Brisbane for our wedding and took on all our ideas with great enthusiasm. After the ceremony, the bridal party went to a nearby cattle property to have photos


A couple of months before the wedding, we happened to drive past Eton Church and couldn't believe how beautiful it was. I said to Dan "If that church is Catholic we are getting married there" and before we knew it our whole wedding location had changed.


Instead of table numbers we chose to name each table after a place we had travelled to together. On the name card we also added a photo of us in each location.


We had round tables with fish bowl vases filled with lots of fuchsia pink carnations as centerpieces and scattered diamante-crystals to add a bit of sparkle. Yellow sashes were tied on white and the bridal table featured corrugated iron to keep with the country garden party theme.


Our dance floor was under the trees with fairy lights and fuchsia pink and yellow lanterns hanging everywhere. We had bales of hay scattered around. It was very relaxed surrounding which is just what we were aiming for. For entertainment, we flew Chris Talbot up from Brisbane. He's a brilliant musician that got the crowd dancing.


Our cake was a 3 tiered mud cake each tier being a different flavour - chocolate, white chocolate and rocky road and all with white chocolate icing. It was delicious.


I wanted full and fluffy bouquets and carnations were perfect. I carried a short, round and full bouquet consisting of white carnations. The bridesmaids carried fuchsia pink to add brightness to their soft yellow dresses and extended the yellow and fuchsia pink theme for the whole day


Walking Down the Aisle; 'Feels Like Home To Me' by Edwina Hayes
Signing the Register; 'Everlong' by Foo Fighters (acoustic version)
Concluding Song; 'My Island Home' by Christina Anu
Entering Reception; 'Banquet' by Bloc Party
Cutting the Cake; 'You've Got The Love' by Florence And The Machine
First Dance; 'Groovin Slowly' by John Butler Trio


The boys all travelled out to the church in a Mercedes 4WD and; the girls travelled in a little white school bus for a bit of fun which the guys then jumped on to for the photo shoot. It was so much fun all traveling together


We had booked a two week holiday to Ireland traveling around the country in a Winnebago. Unfortunately due to the Volcanic Ash our trip was cancelled. We were devastated at first but decided not to let it get us down and spent a couple of nights in Melbourne instead.


{Photography} Johanna Hodge
{Wedding dress} Maggie Sottero
{Bridesmaids dresses} Chic Collections Sydney
{Wedding cake} Judy Ellul (07) 4959 2076
{Grooms suit} Roger David
{Flowers} Starcut Flowers
{Ceremony venue} Holy Cross Catholic Church, Eton, Mackay, Qld
{Reception venue} The Eton Hotel, Eton, Qld
{Catering} ZestĀ  Catering, Makay (07) 4953 4683
{Entertainment} Chris Talbot 0413950599
{Wedding cake} Judy Ellul (07) 4959 2076

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