How We Met:
Ben & I first met in high school but travelled in different circles so were not close friends, just knew of each other. We then met again after high school through a mutual friend...after the first kiss we were inseparable. I moved in with him a month later and we have been together ever since! 14 and a bit years later and Ben finally popped the question!
Ben had purchased a ring and kept it for a while, waiting for the right time, stashing it in different places around the house so I didn't find it as I'm a neat freak. He had planned to do something extravagant but felt his ideas were a bit daggy. So one night while we were sitting on the couch he popped the question, it was beautiful to be in the comfort of our home. I didn't beleive him at first and i remember asking him twice really? are you sure?""
By designer Maggie Sottero, bought from Rafaele Cuica. It was an ivory full length dress with intricate hand sewn beading & lace. The shoulder straps were sheer with lace detailing and it had a very long train.
I wore my mums veil that she wore 40 years ago at her wedding, a very long veil that worked well with my dress and became my something borrowed and old. The shoes were a vintage style with silver beading, earrings & hair comb were both vintage inspired silver & crystal. The only other accessory I wore was my engagement ring, on the right hand of course!
Ben wore a grey wool Ben Sherman suit with a self stripe cocktail shirt and ivory tie.
My 2 girls wore black chiffon full length gowns that i had made overseas, they were gathered in the bust with a flowing skirt and a ruffled one-shoulder strap. They both wore Tiffany necklaces that I gave them as presents that morning as well as vintage inspired clutch bags.
The whole event was themed around an 'Elegant Garden'. A lot of white & silver with crystal & glass highlights and a hint of light blue here and there. The colours were chosen to match my engagement ring which is a large aquamarine stone with smaller diamonds surrounding it, set in white gold. I planned and sourced all of the decorations and the way every little thing looked and were it sat. I bought most of the decorations myself and my florist put them together on the day for me with instructions from on how to do it all.
My bouquet was a mixture of white roses, white mini roses, white peonies and a few white & green seasonal blooms. Mother of the Bride wore a pearl bracelet with mini roses. The Matron of Honor & bridesmaid wore mini rose wristlets with black flowing ribbons. The 2 ring bearers wore mini rose circlets on their heads, and the rest of the bridal party, wore white rose corsages & lapel pins.
Ceremony Reception Decor
The ceremony was set in an adjoining courtyard (to the reception room), with beautiful greenery. We hung white poms at the alter area as well as in the trees and white paper lanterns. white chairs with white satin sashes, a white aisle runner and pillar candles along it. Guests had half an hour in the courtyard while we went and had photos at the beach, were they enjoyed drinks, canapes and a huge oyster & prawn buffet that was wheeled out on an amazing mirrored stand. At the reception we had 2 large long tables, no bridal table as we wanted to enjoy the evening with the rest of the guests...not be perched in front of them! instead of the bridal table at the front of the room we had a cake table. Each long table had a centrepiece of large mirrored mosaic vases that my Aunty handmade for us, white branches in the vases with hanging glass teardrop tealight holders and chandelier crystals hanging from the branches. White & blue/purple groupings of flowers and scattered silver tealight holders were set along mirrored runners that ran down the middle of the tables. As well as large silver pillar candle holders and white birdcages filled with pillar candles. The dance floor ceiling was filled with metallic silver helium balloons with long white strings that made for some great photos and were fun to dance under! We hired a photo booth as well as a cocktail specialist, we set up an area that was lounge like with large silver ottomans & cushions. So that guests could sit and relax after visiting the cocktail table & choosing a cocktail and then have some fun in the photo booth. The cocktail table was set up with Kartel Bourgie clear lamps and lots of cocktail glasses, with sparkling accessories.
Myself and my bridal party were picked up by limousine from Crown Towers and then shortly after the groom was picked up from the same location (separate rooms!) by chauffered BMW.
Our bomboniere were laser cut filigree white boxes filled with silver Hersheys Kisses, I had customised stickers made that I attached the the front of each box that said 'Love is sweet'. We also gave our guests white baroque style small frames that were used for name place holders. Guests also took home a piece of cake each in a metallic silver cake bag with doily closure accent that I had made.
The cake was a white 3 tier white chocolate & chocolate mud cake with silver ribboning around each tier, grey beaded stencilling, 2 love birds on the top with white flower accessories.
My brother is a very talented musician, song writer & singer, so we asked him to perform a song for everyone, along with my cousin as backup. Then we chose to have a playlist on an iPod so we could choose what music we liked. For the cocktails & canapes after the ceremony and for the first half of the reception we had a jazz mixture of old crooner & 50's style songs. Then after we performed our bridal dance the music changed to more dance/funky music so we could all boogie!
We spent a few nights at a secluded retreat house in Daylesford, we had the property all to ourselves, with beautiful gardens, pool & spa. We enjoyed amazing food & wine and truly relaxed.
During the wedding the children that were attending decided that they wanted to perform for all of us. I was instructed to stand in the middle of the dance floor, once the music started the 4 children started doing rings around me, throwing pom poms to each other and me...skipping around like fairies. It was a beautiful, impromptu moment that everyone loved.
Get started straight away! Give yourself plenty of time so it doesn't become a huge stress, it's supposed to be an enjoyable time. If you are not an organised person, then hire a planner, they are well worth the money and time they will save you. I am now becoming a wedding planner myself because of the experience i had with my wedding!