From Halloween to Hawaii, wedding dream comes true
NEWLY married couple Carl and Janelle Jensen were 'technically homeless' when they were looking for a wedding dress.
"We moved to the UK in the new year. Living in a bed and breakfast, we were technically homeless but knew we had to find the dress immediately," Mrs Jensen said.
"Luckily, in a local bridal shop, we found the dress we were looking for."
The Mori Lee dress from a UK designer was worn by the Gladstone bride at a Hawaiian wedding.
"We were married at a private ranch overlooking the ocean in Hawaii," Mrs Jensen said.
"Our wedding doubled as a reunion with our closest friends and family.
"We spent the week leading up to the wedding exploring the island, snorkelling with turtles and standing atop a volcano."
The wedding had 25 guests from England, Belgium, United Arab Emirates and Australia.
"Carl and I are so grateful for our friends and family who took time off work and travelled a long way to be with us," she said.
"It was great to spend quality time with the people we love, and we learned that distance means little between friends."
The wedding may have had a foreign influence but it was very Hawaiian.
"Our celebrant sang a Hawaiian Mele (song) before marrying us," she said.
"The wedding planner had helped to create an elegant and timeless wedding and the backdrop was simply amazing."
Mrs Jensen said the romantic setting was a vast contrast to the way the couple met.
"We met at CQUniversity during our first year in 2007 at a campus Halloween party. Our relationship slowly unfolded from there," she said.
"Now we have had an intimate, emotional, sincere, fun and beautiful wedding.
"We had to remind ourselves that we weren't dreaming and convince ourselves we deserved a celebration so beautiful."