Although Chewn + Tim both grew up in the town of Saskatchewan in Canada, they didn’t meet until Tim was at University, when they both joined a share-house with 3 other people. At first, it was a friendship that was struck up, but eventually it grew to love and they moved into a loft, just the two of them, during Tim’s final year of University.
After Tim finished school, Chewn was offered a job in Adelaide, South Australia, and so they packed up and commenced their adventure Down Under. Four years later and they have only cemented their bond through travelling regularly around Australia and the world, and they only continue to grow closer to this day.
It was on one of these trips, to Japan, that Tim proposed to Chewn. After a cable car trip through the town of Hakone, they boarded a carriage on the Hakone ropeway, which carried them up Mount Hakone to the Ōwakudani crater – a location that is still currently an active volcanic region. In Ōwakudani it is common for tourists to try the “kuro-tamago” which are actually eggs that have been boiled in the natural springs. The minerals in the water of the springs turn the eggs black, and legend says that eating one of these black mineralised eggs will extend a life for 7 years. Therefore, needless to say, Chewn + Tim had two each! The adventurous pair then continued down the other side of Mount Hakone to Lake Ashi, where they sailed across the lake enjoying amazing views of Mount Fuji.
Once their day of exploring was done, they checked into a traditional Japanese hotel, ate a delicious traditional Japanese meal and took a nice long soak in the hot springs. Then, to top off a truly spectacular day, Tim proposed to Chewn with rings he had made out of birch bark that he had collected from around his parents’ cabin back Canada – the location of their first official date.
The wedding date was set for August 13th, 2016, 140 guests were invited and the ceremony and reception venue chosen as Mt Stephen Hall at The Fairmont Banff Springs in Canada. For photography, Chewn + Tim locked in Allison Seto and they then enlisted Alan Yuen at Insomniak Media to video the day. To officiate on the day, Chewn + Tim selected Michael “Big Mike” Andrews. For entertainment, Myles Biblow from MylesAway Entertainment was booked to DJ and arrange the lighting, while Chuong Pham was brought on board to style the day and Shana Ng at Cakes by Shana Jane was asked to create the cake. And finally, to bring a bit of their new home to Canada, Flowers by Janie was arranged to provide stunning Australian Natives for the floral arrangements and the venue was asked to compile a wine list featuring only Australian and Canadian varieties.
As the day arrived, Chewn + Tim as well as their wedding party were primped and primed by Leah Skjonsby Beam from Platinum Hair Design and Anh Pham from Makeup by Anh Pham, who also happens to be Chewn’s sister! The grooms dressed in MJ Bale with matching MJ Bale cufflinks, shod themselves in Florsheim with Happy Socks sock and wore scents of Viktor & Rolf Spicebomb and Tom Ford Noi.
Chewn + Tim made promises to each other to continue with their life of adventure together and exchanged platinum rings with a Buckeye Burl wood inlay especially made by Jonathon at Chasing Victory in California, USA. Their Groomsmaids were dressed in a selection of Zimmerman, Le Chateau, Sweet Mommy and Banana Republic while the Groomsmen were also dressed in MJ Bale. One groomsmaid who was unable to attend was Tim’s sister Shelagh. 9 months pregnant with her second baby, she was unable to make the trip, and so the wedding of Chewn + Tim was livestreamed on Facebook to allow her to at least attend electronically. Then, once they were wed, the happy couple made the trip to see Shelagh and while there, Tim’s family all got dressed in their wedding suits and dresses and took wedding photos with Shelagh and her new son Harrison in the prairies by her house.
A beautiful story, to match a beautiful couple and beautiful images. Enjoy xx
PHOTOGRAPHY BY ALLISON SETO
Matty is the brains behind the beauty that is Groom + Guy. Dreaming up the concept while browsing bridal magazines, Matty started Groom + Guy from his kitchen, designed the launch-in-print edition on his iMac and continues to be the publisher, creative director and editor behind the whole site.
On top of that he is one half of The Chroniclers and runs a digital creative agency, Hello Thrive, creating websites, defining brands and marketing a range of businesses from wine to hair & beauty salons.
Bendigo born and raised, Matty now makes home in Melbourne and his loves outside of business are his partner Tony, his miniature dachshund Aleksandr and a good french rosé, champagne, pinot noir, well any drop of wine really!