The Story of Loretta and Clarke
Loretta and Clarke met through mutual friends at the Kalgoorlie Cup about 4 years ago. The next night, Loretta cooked a roast dinner for Clarke. Three weeks later it was Loretta’s birthday. Loretta organised a dinner with Clarke and a group of friends to celebrate, but she did not tell Clarke that it was her birthday. As soon as Clarke realised the significance of the date he rushed out of the restaurant and bought Loretta some flowers and Pandora jewellery. Obviously Loretta was thrilled with this and they have been together ever since!
A year later Clarke proposed to Loretta when holidaying in Tasmania.
Clarke asked Loretta to walk up a mountain at Devil’s Gullet in Tasmania. Loretta was not particularly happy about doing this as she did not have her walking shoes on and it was blowing a gale. Clarke was insistent they walk up the mountain. He found a sheltered alcove on the cliff face with beautiful views where he asked Loretta to marry him.
Clarke excelled in choosing a ring for Loretta. The ring which was purchased from Chappuis Jewellers in Minnesota US, features a 1.2 carat diamond in the middle and 5 diamonds on either side of the ring. After the proposal they went back down the mountain and celebrated with their family.
Loretta and Clarke’s Wedding Day
Loretta and Clarke got married at the Deelux River Spa in Moama on the Murray River. Even though they live in Kalgoorlie, Loretta and Clarke chose to get married in Moama as they wanted their family and friends to experience the beautiful scenery and ambiance this part of Australia offers.
The weather was changeable on their wedding day and they literally experienced rain, hail and shine. Luckily the weather cleared up in time to take photos of the wedding party.
Mac and Mills Event Styling and Hire set up the wedding event which meant that Loretta and Clarke could spend a lot more time with their family and friends. Sadly Loretta’s uncle passed away two days before the wedding, but Loretta said that at least he was able to look over their wedding day without being in any pain or discomfort.
Loretta described her wedding day as ‘magical’ and her dream day. They had a 22 foot marquee, fires were set up on the river bank and they even had a love bug caravan set up as a bar.
Guests enjoyed food such as pulled pork burgers, bruschetta, pork belly skewers, spring rolls and curry and rice. For dessert, cupcakes in flavours such as red velvet, caramel and cookies and cream were supplied by JD Cakes.
The four bridesmaids carried baby’s breath wrapped in hessian, whilst Loretta’s bouquet featured lilies, roses and baby’s breath. Also, Loretta pinned her grandmother’s 100 year old broach and a photo of her uncle to the bouquet.
Loretta wore a dress designed by Peter Trends from Aubery Rose in Perth. This company was recently in the media for giving away some dresses to brides who would otherwise not been able to afford them. This was Aubery Rose’s way of giving back to the community.
Loretta’s dress had lace on the sleeves and cuffs and then tulle to the bottom of the dress. This was actually the second wedding dress that Loretta purchased as when she was shopping with her bridesmaids for their dresses she couldn’t resist buying this dress.
After the wedding, Loretta wasn’t sure what to do with the dress so it is now hanging in the Lion’s Den hotel in Queensland covered in paint after the paint balling tournament that Loretta was involved in the day after her wedding.
Loretta and Clarke danced the night away to the sultry sounds of ‘Essence Duo.’
After the wedding Clarke and Loretta spent six weeks in Cape York.
About My Photography
‘We had seen Zowie’s work before so we didn’t hesitate hiring her as our wedding photographer. Our only concern was that we would not give Zowie an adequate list of all the photos that we wanted of the day. As it turned out we needn’t have worried as Zowie captured all of the photos that we wanted and many more.
Zowie is amazing and when we saw her photos our instant reaction was ‘wow.’ Zowie is a total professional but yet she is so relaxed. As Zowie was so familiar with the area around Moama she was able to take us to all the best spots for photos.
We have already recommended Zowie to everyone we know.’