Proposing to your girlfriend in front of her entire family is risky business. Like, totally awks if she says no, right? But it was one risk Brenton Gooch, 28, was willing to take.
He popped the big one to Cassandra Fitzgerald, 24, on Christmas Eve. “As a family tradition, each Christmas Eve we play a game,” explains Cassandra. Multiple rounds with a dice leads each player to receive a present and consequently steal them from one another.
Brenton was the last to open his. “As he opened his last present, which turned out to be my ring, he got down on one knee and popped the question,” smiles Cassandra. “It was a total surprise. It was absolutely perfect – proposing in front of my family, in particular my parents and grandparents, just made it so magical!”
The pair were married with a classic wedding on January 10, 2015 in Melbourne. More than 130 guests joined the couple for a ceremony at St Monica’s Church and “after party” at Meadowbank Receptions.
Cassandra says she was preparing herself for a scorching hot day, but closer to the date a wet week was predicted. “However, in true Melbourne fashion, the weatherman was wrong and we did not receive a single drop of rain,” she says.
Photos courtesy of Ateia Photography & Video.
“Having live music really added to the atmosphere at our ceremony,” says the bride.
Brenton and his groomsmen opted for a classic black tie look for the special day.
Cassandra initially struggled to find her dream dress, but after weeks of searching discovered her “amazing” Fairytales Bridal Boutique gown.
Bomboniere: Designer Chocolates by Chocolate Works / Brides Accessories: Jeanette Maree / Brides Gown: Fairytales Bridal Boutique / Brides Shoes: Betts / Bridesmaid Shoes: Novo Shoes / Bridesmaids Accessories: Lovisa / Bridesmaids Dresses: Bluebell Bridal / Cake: Allan's Cakes & Bakery / Ceremony Music: HitZone Entertainment / Ceremony Venue: St. Monica's Church / Entertainment: HitZOne Entertainment / Flowers: Desflora / Gift Registry: Wishing well / Grooms Attire: Black Tie Classic / Grooms Shoes: Black Tie Classic / Groomsmen Attire: Black Tie Classic / Groomsmen Shoes: Black Tie Classic / Hair: Hair by Tiffany / Honeymoon: Pullman Port Douglas Sea Temple Resort & Spa / Invitations: DIY, Cards & Pockets / Makeup: Makeup by Maggie Tamarua / Photobooth: Project Photobooth / Photographer: ATEIA Photography & Video / Reception Venue: Meadowbank / Rings: Diamonds 4 Life / Transport: Must Have Mustangs, Affinity Limousines / Venue Decor: Classique Event / Wedding Night Venue: Crown Metropol Melbourne