The benefit of a backyard wedding is that your favourite doggo can be there too. 

When Lisa’s pup, Chloe, gave her stamp of approval, Lisa knew that Joel was the man for her. To Lisa’s annoyance, pup Chloe soon favoured Joel, leaving Lisa to have to work hard to win the pup’s affection.

Lisa and Joel’s wedding was a relaxed, family occasion, held in the backyard of Lisa’s parents. Long tables and chairs were hired and decorated with gum leaves and lanterns, creating a magical setting without having far to travel. 

Lisa’s wedding dress was sewn by her mum, Carol, with lace from her grandmother’s wedding gown.

Celebrant Cheryl Landsberry told the story of the couple’s first date at Longboard’s in Townsville. Joel was a little shy at first, but Lisa soon had him laughing with stories of her adventures and misadventures in the town which was to become home for them.

Photos by Leanne James

Video by Maple and Mist