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Jo & Lydia- casual and boho vibes at Margaret River.

Jo & Lydia- casual and boho vibes at Margaret River.

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Jo and Lydia liken their wedding day to their overall approach to life, which is nice and casual. Nonetheless, this took nothing away from their magical wedding at Margaret River.

How long have you been together, and how did you meet?

Lydia: Five incredible years and we meet on Tinder! 

J: Okay, but to elaborate on that. We were both on Tinder looking for friends, and we had explicitly stated that in our bio sections! Lydia had just moved to Perth from Sydney, and she didn’t know a single soul, so I invited her out one night with my friends, and the rest is history.  

Aside from your wedding, what is your favourite memory together?

Lydia: One of my favourite memories was actually the first time we ever met. I had never really believed in love at first sight until the night I met Jo. I remember walking over to her as she stood at the pub entrance and feeling like a bolt of lightning shoot through my head – she stopped me dead in my tracks! She didn’t even say anything to me, just gave me this big hug, smelt my hair, and grabbed my hand to twirl us inside. We had such a great connection from the moment we met, and it was unlike anything I’ve ever felt before. I knew for sure we were like two souls, destined to be together, interacting for the first time in this life. 

Jo: I think it would be impossible to pick – there are way too many! All of my memories with Lydia are my favourite. One of my favourites was this one boiling hot day we went to the beach and spent hours playing a game we made up called ‘baby pearl’ in the ocean. I don’t even remember what the premise was, but I remember laughing so much. I definitely peed myself a few times. 

We would love to know about the proposal!

Jo: There actually wasn’t a formal proposal. We had literally been speaking about getting married since the day we met. At first, it was a joke, but after a week, I know I was super serious. I think we did most of our planning while we were tipsy on a plane back to Perth from Bali. All of our notes, ideas and dates are just scribbles in the back of a book I was reading! 

Lydia: There was no big proposal. We almost got married two weeks after meeting and although sometimes I wish we had done it back then; I am really happy we waited because the day couldn’t have been any more perfect.

Any stories from the lead-up to the wedding, stressful or funny?

 Jo: We took our wedding planning as seriously as we take bin day, and we always forget to take our bins out. We rocked up to our accommodation around 1 am on our wedding day – I think that’s pretty funny. In all honestly, I was meant to sort out a permit for us to get married in the beautiful Boranup Forest. I only realised a few days before the big day that I had forgotten to send it in. Thankfully, the place we had chosen for accommodation was breathtaking and also surrounded by nature. Our amazing hosts showed us a magical spot that we used for our ceremony.

Talk us through your wedding day.

Jo: Considering we arrived so late to our accommodation on our big day, we had a bit of a sleep-in. We then hit up the town to try and find some coffee and other small bites for our photographer and videographer. I had champagne for lunch, and then we started getting ready! The only traditional aspect of our wedding was that Lydia didn’t know what my dress looked like before our day. We helped each other get ready in the same bathroom, so we were all over the shop, kind of like we were getting ready for a Saturday night. Our photographer and videographer made our experience so much more. 

Lydia: After rushing around town, we showered, and both had an allergic reaction to a new face mask we were trialing just as our amazingly talented photographer and videographer, Emma Macaulay and David Ebbott, rocked up. After the rash went down and we finished getting ready, we took a little stroll through the forest to a spot that our hosts at Margaret River holiday cottages had picked out for us. 

Our lovely celebrant, Nikki from South West Weddings with Nikki, opened our ceremony with a beautiful hand-tailored speech, and we followed with the vows that we had written for each other. After a quick cheer with the drinks we’d managed to pull together from that morning, we got to feed and take some pictures with the rescue donkeys, cows, and lama’s that live on the property. From there, we jumped in Emma’s car to take some photos at the Boranup Forest and then went off to red cliff beach with a perfect sunset to finish the day. The whole experience was magical and couldn’t have turned out more perfect.

Advice for other couples planning a smaller wedding?

Lydia: My main piece of advice for anyone planning a small wedding would be just not to stress too much about tradition and do exactly what you both want. Have the day exactly how you want it, cater to yourself only, and do what makes you happy. 

Jo: I definitely agree with Lyds. We decided to have such an intimate wedding was because was wanted the day to be just about us and each other. We wanted each moment to be an expression of our love for each other without any outside stress or pressure. I love attending big weddings, and I think they’re incredible. But, I think for us and the type of people we are, we just wanted something that was easy-breezy. 

What does the future hold for you both?

Lydia: We are currently moving interstate and hope to start trying for our first little bub within the next twelve months.

Jo: I am looking forward to starting our family together and exploring a career in forensics. We are a pretty spontaneous duo, so it’s always a little hard for us to plan for the far future, but it doesn’t really matter what we do as long as we’re together. 


Photography by Emma Macaulay

Accommodation Margaret River Holiday Cottages

Celebrant South West Weddings with Nikki

Videographer David Ebbott 

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