How We Met:
In August 2003 we met at our jobs at the cinemas, we were both in grade 12. There was a group of us that were all really good friends and we would go out together every weekend, to the movies, each others houses etc as I wasn’t 18 yet! We started dating in July 2004, officially becoming girlfriend and boyfriend late July.
David had been working long hours at work and I had had a really busy semester at uni so as a treat for us both David booked us in for 2 nights in rainforest cabins at Springbrook, Queensland. They cancelled on us on the day (November 1st 2008) when we were on our way. Disheartened we decided to choose a beautiful place at Monteville by the time we got there we were exhausted to we ordered take out Indian and picked up a bottle of wine. We lit candles and after dinner David proposed. He had the most beautiful ring there. It had all made sense why he had been so upset when the other place cancelled. Turned out to be the most romantic weekend.
I tried on 33 dresses before I choose The One. The day we went into Brides by the Bay, in Capalaba, we were about to leave and the girl asked if we needed help, we explained we hadn’t seen anything. She said she had something out the back and went to get it. When she described it I thought I’d hate it. I knew it was perfect when I didn’t want to take it off and when Mum bawled her eyes out. I loved it and ordered it even though the wedding was 12 months away.
Shoes - Alan Pinkus. Hairclip - a boutique store. Veil - made by Mum. Mum and I had bought earrings a few months before but Mum surprised me with the most beautiful diamond earrings on the day, a gift that can be passed down for years to come. I also wore Mums hanky from her wedding day in my garter. Hair and Makeup - Pink for Brides
Ferrari Formal at Capalaba. Shoes from David Jones.
Designed myself and made by a dressmaker. The girls are all so unique and one had just had a baby so I thought it was important for them to be unique so they had 3 different dresses, 3 different shoes and 3 different hairstyles. The beautiful dress colour and flowers tied them together. Earrings from Zamels.
Pink and chocolate brown. There was no set theme we just fell into the pink and chocolate brown by eliminating other colours because it was classic but modern also.
Pink and ivory roses and gerberas Flowers by Shelley.
Ceremony Reception Decor
Ceremony - St Brigid´s Red Hill - white pew bows and flowers on alter. Reception - Brisbane Golf Club Yerongpilly. I handmade all the place cards, menus and seating chart in ivory chocolate brown and pink with hand glued diamantes (using toothpick and tweezers!). The bows on the chairs were chocolate brown and pink alternating. The centre pieces were roses immersed in water with floating candles.
Golden Gate Limos Chrysler 300 11 seater stretch, we just wanted to travel altogether. On the way to the church it was my parents and my brother and the girls then after the church the boys joined us and my parents had their own car.
I ordered the bomboniere online they were double love heart stainless steel bottle stoppers. Mum and I then placed 5 almonds in tulle circles and tied them to the boxes with pink and chocolate brown ribbon, with personalised name tags that I made.
We wanted a unique designed cake that we hadn’t seen before, so together we picked parts of different cakes we love and designed what we thought was a stunning cake. We had white chocolate and milk chocolate marble and also one tier of milk chocolate and jaffa mud cake marbled. Dad also made us a fruit cake as the kitchen cake which was really special. Taya from Deliciously Decadent designed and made our cake she is AMAZING!
We had G&M solutions through the Golf Club - they were fabulous. Everyone commented on the music and how much fun they had.
We waited 6 weeks for our honeymoon but it is well worth it as we are off to Dubai, London and Europe for almost 5 weeks!
My mum´s Mum - Nonna, hand knitted my white shawl and she also wore the dress she wore 25 years ago to my parents wedding which was at the same church! Our maid of honour sang her speech to the Brady bunch theme. Getting married in the same church as my parents. On the way to the church a car that was exactly like my late Nonno's (grandfathers) with a very similar number plate drove next to us, it was like a sign that he was with me.
Don't stress on the day! We didn't and everything flowed naturally. DO as much as you can yourself, it is then so rewarding to see it all put together on the day. Shop around for things on the internet - like stationery, bomboniere, decorations.