The ins & outs of the dress
Wedding of the Week ~ Tara & Jason
16 feb 2017
Wedding of the Week:
Tara and Jason found
love after meeting
while on duty
LESS the stars aligning, the magic moment for
armed services personnel Tara Riley and Jason Rowe
was finding their bucket lists in alignment when
they met at a military training course in 2012.
“We share a passion for adventure,” Tara says.
“Climbing Everest was at the top on both
our bucket lists.”
Tara, who signed up as a bosun’s mate with the
Navy eight years ago, and Jason who joined the
Air Force eight years ago as an air ground defender,
met during a suitability course for defence force
physical training instructors in September 2012.
Also sharing a common interest in fitness food,
and a “love for life”, Tara says Jason’s
“kind heart won me over”, while Tara’s
“drive for life” was a key attraction for Jason,
who proposed on the morning of Tara’s birthday
on May 31, 2015.
“He took me up in a hot-air balloon over my
home town at Camden,” Tara says.
“The balloon pilot said ‘Oh, this is the point
where we ask for birthdays, anniversaries, and
even proposals, does anyone want to propose?’
“And just like that Jason did, with my best friend
in the balloon filming it.”
Jason was familiar with Tara’s dream ring,
a pear-shaped diamond surrounded by pink
diamonds with a retail price of $200,000.
“He planned ahead and had a replica ring made
overseas, which a friend of ours on a foreign
posting brought back for him,” Tara says.
“My ring is rose gold with a pear-shaped
diamond, surrounded by pink sapphires.”
When Tara discovered her dream dress from
Israeli designer Inbal Dror retailed at $22,000 in
Australia, she consulted Personalised Weddings
at Earlwood, who created a similar design in
white organza and French lace.
“I took a photo along and then we put a bit
of a spin on it,” she says. “The skirt was fuller
and better than the original,
but my crown headdress was my favourite part.”
Jason opted for a black-trimmed white
shawl-collar tuxedo jacket over black pants.
Tara and Jason’s wedding ceremony was held
outdoors at Miramare Gardens at Terry Hills,
attended by six bridesmaids and five groomsmen.
Their reception for 120 guests, including relatives
of Tara’s mother who travelled from the Philippines,
at Miramare Gardens reception centre featured
a gold, black, white and marble decor,
highlighted by baskets of flowing greenery.
A saxophone player and a DJ provided entertainment.
Tara and Jason chose a cover of I’m Gonna Be
(500 Miles) by Sleeping At Last for their bridal waltz,
switching halfway through to the original version
by the Proclaimers, so “everyone could have a fun dance”.
Although their sentimental highlight of the day
was walking down the aisle to see each other,
perhaps the most memorable moment was when
Tara tossed her bouquet as the DJ played
Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It) by Beyonce,
changing to Marry Me by Train.
“I handed the bouquet to my brother Sean’s
girlfriend Daniella, then spun her round,”
Tara says. “My brother was on one knee behind her,
ready to propose to her.”
Although some mutual friends later admitted
being dubious about a proposal at a wedding,
Tara admits to organising the (successful)
proposal with her brother during
her wedding planning.
Tara and Jason used their honeymoon to tick
a life event off their joint bucket list, spending
two weeks climbing Mt Kilimanjaro.