donna & matt
Often a place of betting, socialising, and watching the occasional horse race, the Clare Races aren’t usually the place where a new love blossoms, but it did in 2016. As tradition goes, the night finished up at the Taminga hotel, and the Matt & Donna shared their first kiss in the middle of the round-a-bout (locals will totally get this!). Later that year, on Christmas Day, Matt asked Donna to marry him, and they were able to celebrate with their friends and family that day.
October 2018 saw Matt & Donna tie the knot, with the ceremony held at St Aloysius Church in Sevenhill. With the Church holding a special place in both their lives, the choice was a no brainer. The girls started their day with a visit to Kate at Effigy Hair Studio in Blyth, while Sarah Dunstan finalised the girls’ make up. Donna walked down the isle in a gown she designed herself, and her talented sister in law, helped her vision come to life. The day mostly seemed to go off without a hitch, however even the most strategically planned days sometimes have their speed humps.. As Donna was sitting with Matt on the alter, she soon realised they had left the rings in her fathers car! Once she had dad’s attention, mid ceremony, he sent one of the grandsons out to collect them! The ring rescue occurred quietly, swiftly, and thankfully, on time.
Nadinne Grace Photography was there to capture the day which saw their friends and family make their way to the Sevenhill Hotel for their reception. This wasn't before a quick stop to that famous round-a-bout. Nadinne snapped a re-enactment of that famous first kiss. The couple admit they weren’t as drunk this time around, but it was just as special.
The beer garden of the Sevenhill hotel was transformed into a memorable wedding venue by the team at Mid North Party Hire, and it was exactly what the couple were after. Sam Barlow provided the entertainment, which saw dancing well into the hours of the night. They feasted, danced, and lapped up every moment they could, of the beginning of the rest of their lives.