Surprise marriage ceremony

By Bride and Groom 07 June 2016

Guests gathered at The Vault for Jenna and Jim’s engagement party and were greeted with a slideshow depicting the day’s activities including a surprise marriage ceremony at St Brendan’s Catholic Church. As the newlyweds entered they were overwhelmed by the excitement of their family and friends. 

Jenna Morris and James (Jim) O'Brien
June 7, 2014



ALL DAY CELEBRATION: A morning wedding, followed by a luncheon and an evening celebration allowed Jenna and Jim to spend quality time with the most important people in their lives. “We loved having our family and friends all together,” Jenna said.

SURPRISE WEDDING: Guests gathered at The Vault in the evening for what they were told was an engagement party, but was actually a surprise wedding reception. The astonishment and delight on guests’ faces was clearly evident while they viewed a slideshow of Jenna and Jim’s marriage ceremony at St Brendan’s Catholic Church earlier that day.

LIT UP: Candles and the bride’s favourite flowers decorated the rustic reception room. “We didn’t have any particular theme, we just wanted everything very casual and fun for everyone,” Jenna said. 

QUIRKY CAKE: A three-tiered red velvet wedding cake decorated with colourful sprinkles and ribbon was topped with fresh flowers and set on a large slab of timber at the reception venue. 

BRIDE’S ADVICE: “Take everything in, it goes so quickly; and don’t fuss over the small details. At the end of the day if you’ve married the love of your life, everything went perfectly to plan.”


Bride’s parents: Pat and Maree Morris 

Groom’s parents: Kevin and Clare O’Brien 

Service: St Brendan’s Catholic Church, Shepparton 

Reception: Olivehouse Event and Function Venue, Kialla West, south of Shepparton and The Vault, Shepparton 

Photographer: Liz Arcus Photography, Shepparton 

Bride’s dress: Karen Willis Holmes, Armadale 

Groom’s suit: O’Keeffe Mensland, Shepparton 

Flowers: Imported from Holland, arranged by bride’s aunt 

Cake: Goulburn Valley Cakes, Kialla 

Hair: Gloss Hair and Beauty Boutique, Shepparton 

Make-up: Kara Blizzard, Shepparton

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