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Jade & Otto – Dreamtime Beach | Margarita Cartel

Newlyweds: Jade + Otto 
Wedding date: 18th of October 2019
Theme of wedding: Indigenous | Boho | Fiesta

Otto and I met through mutual friends, we had a connection from the get go, but the timing was wrong for both of us. A couple of years later Otto contacted me and ask me out for a drink, we have been inseparable ever since.

our big vision?

We are both surfers and ocean lovers so it was a given we would have our ceremony on the beach. Initially it was going to be kind of an elopement but just with our immediate family in attendance. Otto is from Brazil and his family were visiting so that’s how we settled on a date. I come from a large extended family and we both have alot of wonderful friends, the more planning we did, the more we realised we wanted to have all of our loved ones involved. So it want from an elopement ceremony and dinner at a restaurant to a full scale wedding woth 70+ guests. We still wanted to keep it pretty chill so when choosing a venue we decided to stick with the restaurant idea, Margarita Cartel is owned by close friends of ours so, apart from being an awesome venue and amazing food it was an obvious choice to support our friends business.


I always dreamt of honouring my indigenous culture somehow during the ceremony, especially being on Dreamtime beach, which is not my cultural land but I feel a strong connection to. I contacted the local abpriginal land council to seek permission from the elders to hold ceremony on country an once that was sorted, I found Goompi and his crew. Goompi is an amazing local visual artist and he also does cultural ceremonies. We were planing on doing a smoking ceremony and welcome to country however we had high fire danger on the day. Goompi called and explained the situation but reassured me they will come up with a great plan. In the end they did an escort down the beach which was absolutely incredible and we couldn’t be happier.


I knew we had to have Kombi Vans, King Proteas in the bouquet and mostly to create a relaxed celebration of our love for each other rather than a formal vibe. Margarita Cartel was the perfect venue for us because we both love the food and cocktails, it offered the vibe we were looking for and it was a central location for our out of town guests to find accommodation


Write a list and get a friend who has been through it to help. That way you wont be stressing that you have forgotten anything, stick to your guns, people will give you their opinion on everything, some advice will be amazing some not so much, so follow your heart, the day is all about you and your partner afterall. And finally Don’t sweat the small stuff, honestly on the day you wont even notice if you didn’t find the right shade of blue candle for the tables… Oh and remember to take a moment away from every one with your partner to breathe, and take it all in together, it goes so fast and you want to take sometime to stop and appreciate it all!


Other than marrying my Soul mate, The indigenous ceremony was absolutely amazing and I also suprised my partner with a small portion of our fav local band (its a 10 piece band so we couldn’t fit them all in the venue). They played his fav song as we arrived, he was totally surprised and excited and it was a great way to get the party started (@bullhornband)

our wedding dream team

Wedding Couple: @jadehopleyreiche @ottoreiche22 @jadehopleyphotography

| Indigenous Ceremony: @goompi_ugerabah | Photographer @vja_photography | Videography  – julielowephotoandfilm | Makeup @Cristine.Hintalla.makeup |
Celebrant – @Love_Lei Weddings| Our Venue – Dreamtime Beach | Accomodation – @thepinkhotelcoolangatta | Transport @koolkombiandbughire |
Flowers – @coolangattaflorist | Music @bullhornbrassband and Gabriel Garcia

Music featured in Video: @Okacollective – Gorilla Villa

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