Real Weddings

Just Married: Penny + Martin


As wedding and events coordinator at The Landing at Dockside, Penny helps plan and organise hundreds of weddings a year, so it’s no surprise that her own wedding plans were often placed on the back burner.

Engaged to partner Martin for three years and with a baby on the way, the two of them had been fooling around with the idea of combining a baby shower and their wedding, when they suddenly decided, “Let’s just do it!”

They didn’t have long to plan. In fact, they only had three weeks. Yep, three weeks to plan an entire wedding and a baby shower. Oh, and did we mention Penny and Martin wanted to keep the wedding a surprise for their loved ones? The Landing At Dockside was the obvious venue choice for their baby shower/surprise wedding. Penny had worked there for six years and not only knew “how amazing the food and service is,” but could also have input where she wanted and then “step back and trust the team.”

On the day, more than 100 guests arrived and quickly realised that this was no normal baby shower – but had no clue what was going on behind the scenes.

Penny and Martin were careful to give nothing away. Guests were treated to canapés and cocktails on arrival and after an hour of pre-dinner and mingling the photographer asked everyone to gather on the terrace for a group photo. In reality, this gave Penny a couple of minutes to get into her wedding dress and begin her walk down the aisle. When the music began it finally clicked for the guests, and more than a few tears were shed. And while Martin’s family are in the US and were sadly unable to attend, the newlyweds made sure to have everything filmed so that they too could share in the memory. “It was very important to us,” says Penny.

Planning her dream baby shower and dream wedding all in one was an exciting challenge for Penny and the team at The Landing at Dockside. “Not sticking to the traditional timeline made it really enjoyable,” she reflects. But such a crazy a timetable is not for every bride. Remember, people – Penny is a wedding professional!

Oh Baby!

Candy buffet

Penny and her handsome groom

The groom waiting for his bride

Penny walking down the aisle


Saying their vows

Cutting the cake

Just married

The wedding of Penny and Martin

The wedding of Penny and Martin

The wedding of Penny and Martin

The bride and her lovely friends

The bride and groom

Happy family

The wedding of Penny and Martin

The wedding/baby shower cake

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