The ceremony was held in St Andrews Chapel, Palmer Gold Coast. We wanted a venue that was economical and had a chapel and an indoor reception area. The grounds of Palmer Gold Coast are beautiful with so many different scenery spots which allow you get a wide variety of different types of photos but I must admit, we were sold on the place once we walked into their Fairway Room and saw the beautiful view from the balcony over the golf course.
Robert Simmons was very organised, prepared and took care of all the important/official side of things so all we had to do was turn up on the day. He worked with us to write our ceremony and was full of great suggestions to help ensure our ceremony was perfect.
My white satin a-line gown has a beaded bodice and beaded train. It was a strapless dress with a white ribbon that went around the back of my neck to give it a soft, halter neck appearance. On the day I wore a white veil that I borrowed from a good friend, a blue garter that my mother made and brand new glittery silver peep toe shoes.
I wore a pearl and marquisite necklace that was a gift from my father to my mother on her 21st birthday. To complement the necklace, I wore a pair of pearl stud earrings. My bridesmaids wore matching earrings to mine and a simple silver pearl pendant necklace.
My bridesmaids wore black strapless knee cocktail dresses. The black dresses had a silver shimmer woven into the fabric and they wore black open toed high heels. Our two year old daughter wore a frilly yellow dress and sparkly silver shoes and featured as a flower girl on the day.
We wanted photographers who knew the venue well, were experienced and who had creativity. Fotoforce ticked all these boxes and we couldn’t be happier with the photos. We had many factors working against us on the day; an uncooperative flower girl, an early sunset and distracted people, however David just rolled with it without complaint. Our photos tell the story of the day and are a lovely mix. David and Annie were in regular contact with us in the lead up to the wedding, their events plan was a great help and they were so prompt at getting our photos to us following the wedding. We absolutely love our complimentary coffee table book which is a funkier version of our more formal album and so easy to tuck under your arm to showcase our amazing day to family and friends .
I walked down the aisle to ‘Palchelbel – Canon in D major’. We signed our registry to ‘The prayer’ by Mark Masri and walked out to ‘This will be an everlasting love’ by Natalie Cole. We entered our reception as husband wife to ‘I gotta feeling’ by Black Eyed Peas and danced our bridal jive to ‘Crazy little thing called love’ by Queen.
A three tiered round cake with white royal icing and black ribbon around each tier and was topped with white callea lilies. The top tier was Yeners Cakes special ‘delish’ flavour and the lower two tiers white chocolate mud. It was a feature piece at our reception and both Shaun and I were amazed at how fantastic it looked as we designed it on a scrap of paper with Jo from Yeners and weren’t really too sure how it was going to turn out.
Krista from Palmer Gold Coast helped us immensely with decorating our reception. We had silver sashes around each white chair and a simple tea light candle centre piece on each table. Our bonbonniere were little clear plastic tubes containing yellow jellybeans which added a touch of colour to our tables and we had a few large jars of yellow jelly beans spread throughout the room on various tables. We also had a yellow cake table flower arrangement and yellow present table flower arrangement.
Our flowers came from Divine Wedding Flowers by Kyla. Because of the rain in the lead up we used silk callea lilies which looked as realistic as the fresh ones, in fact one of my bridesmaids didn’t realise they were silk until well into the evening! Being silk we didn’t have to worry about them wilting during the day or worry about damaging them. It was one less thing to worry about and all the girls got to take their bouquets home with them to keep.