Proposal: Seven months pregnant, Anthony took me away to the Sunshine Coast for my birthday. Ever the attentive man, he planned a special day for me doing things that I love and pampering me with a glorious massage. Later, laying in the park I turned to him and said that I didn’t believe I could be any happier than I was at that moment. Anthony just smiled and kissed my forehead. Upon arriving at our hotel, he blindfolded me and told me to count to 10. Anthony had come to the hotel and decorated the room with rose petals and candles. As I removed my blindfold I was met with soft music and a candlelit path of rose petals leading to my beautiful partner on bended knee. I think the shock overwhelmed me for a few seconds and the tears probably muffled my reply. It was the perfect proposal, intimate and beautiful.
Ceremony and reception: Both were held at Eco Studio Fellini in Mudgeeraba. We instantly fell in love with the venue. A picturesque setting that felt worlds away from anywhere. An intimate affair with 60 guests, Fellini was perfectly suited to the rustic, vintage style that we wanted. We cannot praise the staff and wedding coordinator Ashleigh Boileau highly enough. No task was too difficult and Ashleigh ensured that every request was met. The whole process was made effortless.
Gown: A collaboration of ideas designed around a vintage lace styled wedding dress. Not one for a flashy elaborate creation, I opted for a demure, backless, mermaid style gown with 3/4 sleeves, slim fit and a small amount of pearl beading around the train and neckline complimenting the gown.
Jewellery: Not wanting to detract from the gown, my jewellery consisted of antique jade green Japanese yen earrings from my mother and a rose gold cross necklace from my father which was worn on my wrist.
Hair and makeup: Wanting a classic and elegant look, I chose natural makeup and a boho styled fishtail braid complimented with baby’s breath flowers.
Bridesmaids: The girls wore soft pink A-line knee length dresses made with chiffon and lace to match the style of my gown. The soft pink tied in with the men’s bow ties and pocket squares.
Suits: Anthony and his groomsmen wore two piece tailored suits in a flattering slim fit design. Anthony chose a navy blue wool blend fabric that complimented the vintage style of the wedding. The boys all wore plaid bow ties and pocket squares from the Tie Bar to complete the outfit.
Flowers: Simple yet elegant, the bouquets consisted of white and pale pink cluster roses, white peonies, daisies, spinning gum and baby’s breath. The bouquets added a delicate finish to the wedding.
Décor: Wanting a vintage, rustic themed wedding, the decor was minimalistic with hessian and lace runners and chair sashes. Simple table settings consisted of mason jars filled with daisies, cluster roses and floating candles. Anthony created and painstakingly cut out the pint size name tags on recycled card and dutifully tied them onto fresh Packham pears. Simple yet elegant the decor perfectly complimented the gorgeous venue of Eco Studio Fellini.
Music: I walked down the aisle to Ben Harper ‘Not fire, not ice’. A perfectly worded song that tugged at both our heart strings. Whilst completing the signing, we played a mixture of Van Morrison, Bob Dylan and Ben Howard. Once married, our recessional song was ‘Friday I’m in Love’ by the Cure. We danced to ‘Mango Tree’ by Angus and Julia Stone which was cleverly sung by my cousin Joey Hughes and his 9 piece band ‘Me and My Monkey’. The rest of the musical entertainment was also provided by the band, allowing our guests to kick up their heels to a wonderful collection of songs spanning many decades.
Photographers: I am blessed to have grown up with two talented God-parents that have photographed every significant moment of my life. My wedding to the love of my life was of course no exception. After taking our gorgeous engagement photos, Annie and David of Fotoforce were adamant that they wanted to be the ones to capture our precious moments. Enter a huge sigh of relief.. Having grown up with amazing photography, I wasn’t keen on searching for something that may not have met my expectations. Regardless of our family connection, Fotoforce remained professional throughout. Annie and David provided us with a specifically timed schedule that allowed the day to flow as smoothly as possible. A bubbly vivacious couple that ensured all involved felt comfortable and relaxed. A major benefit of Fotoforce is the pair of photographers, allowing the preparation of both the bride and groom to be photographed and also different perspectives to be captured. They have a beautiful and creative style that I have grown to love, Annie and David have perfectly captured every moment of our day with images that we shall cherish for a lifetime.