In 2016 Jackie had been through a difficult experience of a relationship ending and was not looking for a bloke, though her friends had other ideas and convinced her to give Tinder a whirl. The Universe clearly had other ideas for her as well as she was very quickly matched with Chris and they found themselves on a date. As for Chris, he fell in love the minute he laid eyes on Jackie, showing up for their first date, shaking with nerves and brandishing a rose. They were both smitten. The best things can happen at the most unexpected times!
For me what makes Jackie & Chris extraordinary is how they are as parents and step-parents to their blended brood. They are a demonstration of what an amazing blended family can look like. Between them, they have 6 kids, aged between 8 and 16. These kids have dealt with their share of disruption and change in their young lives though it was clear to see that they knew they were loved. Chris proposed to Jackie on NYE 2018 surrounded by all of their children after the fireworks at the MCG. Because nothing happens with these two that doesn’t involve their kids!
Part of their ceremony included (a very emotional) Jackie & Chris declaring their commitment to their step-kids and also a lovely “sand ceremony” where each family member poured coloured sand into a jar symbolising the eternal blending of the 2 families. It was beautiful and heartfelt.
It was a fun, crazy day, full of laughter & love, not even the rain could dampen the mood! And that is exactly how I can imagine the years to come will be for this family. Whatever comes their way will be handled because they have each other.
Thank you Jackie & Chris for be kind, loving & selfless human beings. And thank you for having me around for your big day, it was a blast!
Brides Dress @fairytalesbridalboutique
Bridesmaids Dresses @boohoo
Dress alterations @madebydolores_
Hair & Makeup @Glamorous Armani
Groom and Groomsmen My Tuxedo
Flowers @Desflora and arranged by the Groom
Cake made by the Groom