It was a cold and windy day but Greg insisted on a walk at our local beach. Not long into the walk the weather got worse so Greg just cut to the chase and got down on one knee. He then whisked me off to the Sofitel for 2 nights and had organised the family to meet us for dinner so we could share the news and celebrate.
An Island Hideaway South Stradbroke. A gorgeous white timber chapel just off the beach was the perfect setting for our beautiful ceremony. We chose to write our own vows with a balance of love and humour which were kept secret from one another until the day, this made the moment even more special and endearing.
We worked together and selected both soft and uplifting songs to support our emotions on the day. The bridal party walked down the aisle to ‘Forever’ by Ben Harper, I walked down to ‘I won’t give up’ by Jason Mraz and as we kissed at the end of the ceremony we chose ‘I’m a believer’ by Smash Mouth. I loved ending it with a fun song as it got us and everyone in the mood to celebrate. We also played upbeat songs to dance into the reception ‘Hey I love you’ by Michael Franti and a remix version of ‘Slice of heaven’. For the reception we used the island’s band Nuttin Betta who did a fantastic job getting the guests involved and had a fun routine for the garter and bouquet toss.
We had such an amazing experience being photographed by Leigh Warner. He made us feel very relaxed and a lot of the time we forgot he was even there. He captured so many beautiful moments and such a variety of scenes for our couple shots. Everyone commented on his professionalism and how hard he worked from beginning to end. We had so much fun looking back over the photos that not only caught all the important moments but all those funny unexpected ones as well.
My wedding dress is nothing like I originally visioned but it was one of the first dresses I tried on and was picked out by Cathy at Pearl Bridal. I continued my search but kept coming back to the original dress. Cathy was great in helping me to make some small changes to make it perfect. We also ordered our stunning bridesmaid dresses through Pearl Bridal.
The beautiful bridal bouquet was a rustic mix of flowers that incorporated the theme colours of the wedding. The bouquet was held together with hessian, lace and a pearl pin which belonged to my grandmother. The bridesmaids had a simple bouquet of baby’s breath which worked perfectly against their peach dresses.
An Island Hideaway. To decorate the reception I hired and made rustic decorations that consisted of mason jars, lace, twine, baby’s breath, peach roses, blackboards, sand shells and a wooden crate for the wishing well. We had small burlap bags with ‘love is sweet’ printed on them filled with love heart chocolates as the favours. We also had a large frame set up with an old suitcase full of photo booth props, this was lots of fun and provided some entertainment for the guests.
We went to Singapore and the Maldives, this was the perfect balance of adventure and relaxation, absolutely loved it.
Your bridal party, friends and family are there to help, let them! We were surrounded by so many special and amazing people on the day that dealt with every little issue before we even knew it existed, we were really able to relax and enjoy every moment.