How we met: We first met at primary school, aged 8 and 11 where we played husband and wife! We met again at a friend’s 18th and began dating before I moved from Scotland to Australia with my family. Stewart followed his heart for love and the rest is history. We have now been together for 11 amazing years.
Ceremony and reception: The beautiful setting at Ecostudio Fellini of jasmine infused gardens, lake with lilies and ‘Queenslander’ style veranda was the perfect setting for how we imagined our special day. Ecostudio Fellini provided a quiet, peaceful setting for our outdoor ceremony at their open air ‘chapel’. The reception was held on the veranda overlooking the gardens, with fairy lights sparkling once it became dark. The venue and staff were amazing from the word go. We had heard that the food at their other restaurant, Fellini at Marina Mirage was to die for, so, as expected, the food was absolutely beautiful.
Dress: I bought my dress from Luv Bridal, Sheree was so helpful and encouraging. The dress was a white Mia Solano A line dress with tulle and beaded lace applique over satin. It had a V neck front and back with a sweeping train. I wore a veil and a silver, pearl and diamante hairpiece at the side of my head for the evening when my veil came off. Shoes were simple white peep toes with small diamantes.
Bridesmaids: These also came from Luv Bridal. Sheree and the girls helped heaps when choosing the style and colour to match Stewart’s kilt. We chose a dress that would compliment the body shape of all three girls. It was really important to me that they had a say in the choice, and felt beautiful and comfortable in their dresses too. We chose a simple yet elegant royal blue peacock full length chiffon dress with a soft sweetheart neckline and lace up corset back.
Menswear: All those lovely kilts! Stewart had always said he would get married in his family ‘Dunlop’ tartan. St Kilda Retail in Ipswich provided all the hire kilts.
Photography: We clicked with Annie from Fotoforce straight away and fell in love with her portfolio of work that she showed us. We used our pre-wedding engagement shots at our reception venue and in our seating plan. Annie provided us with an ‘info pack’ of what to expect and general tips on planning a wedding – more than what I consider to be expected of a wedding photographer. Her run sheet for the day and organizational skills are second to none and made the day run like clockwork. We really couldn’t be happier with the pictures we got on our special day, which will last a lifetime. The only difficult bit is choosing which ones we want to get printed into our album!
Music: I walked down the aisle to Ronan Keating ‘This I promise you’, we signed the register to Bruno Mars ‘I think I want to marry you’, first dance to James Morrison ‘You make it real’ followed by Lonestar ‘Amazed’ slow version, which followed into a faster dance track. We also had a piper playing the bagpipes as guests arrived to the venue.
Cake: We went with a simple three tier (one fake tier) white iced sponge. One tier was chocolate jaffa and the top tier (which we kept) was lemon and coconut sponge.
Décor: One of the things we wanted was our wedding to be very personal – we had a guest book table, and also a family table – where we had photographs in beautiful white frames of each of our parents and grandparents on their wedding day, and remembering those who couldn’t be there with us.
Recommendations: There are stressful times, so my advice would be to keep a book with ideas, photos, write lists, delegate and try not to stress! It’s never too early to begin planning!