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Natalie Tara Halfacre & Gavin Leslie Wilkinson

February 10, 2012 | The Resort at Pelican Hill, Newport Beach

During the wedding, the bride wore a Priscilla of Boston gown from The White Dress in Corona del Mar. The pair exchanged a watch (for him) and a wedding band (for her), both engraved with “Love is the journey.”

Wilkinson’s daughter and junior bridesmaid, Bridie, escorted the bride’s Maltese, Bella, down the aisle.

Coral-colored roses by Enchanted Florist decorated the reception.

The mother of the bride gave her daughter away on behalf of the bride’s late father and herself.

Pelican Hill created the four-tier vanilla sponge cake with pearl-like piping.

The bridal party shoes included the bride’s sparkling Jimmy Choos.

The Couple
Halfacre, the vice president of Traditional Jewelers, met Wilkinson at the Australian Open more than three years ago, sparking a long-distance courtship.

The Venue
After attending their first wedding together at the resort, the couple knew they’d tie the knot here.

The Details
The bridal bouquet’s blue ribbon included a photo of Natalie’s late father.

The Party
As a play on the groom’s move to O.C., a friend of the couple, Kellie Abbott, made a groom’s cake shaped like a suitcase and green card. In a nod to his heritage, tables were named after Australian cities, and the menu included barramundi flown in for the event.