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Amanda & Peter's Classic Beachside Wedding

Posted on 04 Dec, 2015
Amanda & Peter's Classic Beachside Wedding



How long have you been together?  We have been together for 5 years.

Do you have a proposal story?  Pete took me away to the Hunter Valley on Christmas Eve 2013, after a lovely dinner, Pete proposed on a Ferris wheel at the Gardens. It took me completely by surprise and made for a very memorable Christmas celebration the next day.


The Wedding

What was your wedding date? Saturday, 1st August 2015

Location (Ceremony and Reception 

Ceremony: Balmoral Beach Rotunda

Reception: Sergeants Mess, Chowder Bay

What made you choose there? Ceremony: Originally we were having the ceremony at our venue (Sergeants Mess).  About 4 months out we decided that we wanted an earlier ceremony time to take advantage of the Winter light, we are so glad we did this, some of our favourite pictures captured by our photographer were in a beautiful afternoon light on Balmoral Beach. Reception: We loved this venue from the moment we stepped through the front door and they sat us down over a coffee to chat. The staff, the location, the food, the service was just exceptional.


How was the weather on the day? The weather was so perfect, it is so rare to associate Winter with a balmy temperature, but that is exactly what we had. We were very lucky.

What made you decide to get married on this particular date? August always brings beautiful Winter sunshine. Which is what we were hoping for, but we ended up getting an amazing balmy afternoon, it felt like Summer! 

The Wedding Details

Theme? – Classic, simple. We wanted our flowers to be simple whites with an array of green foliage. Pete always wanted the groomsmen in navy suits with tan shoes. They were the two ideas that we both had in mind, we started with these two ideas and everything else seemed to flow from here.

Bridal Party

We knew we wanted our wedding to be family orientated. I’m so glad we both got to share our day with all of our siblings. I had 3 Bridesmaids and Pete had 4 Groomsman, I like that this was a little unconventional, people seem to think that everything has to be balanced but it doesn’t.

1.     Bridesmaids – who/relationship?

Krystle – Best Friend

Melissa – Best Friend

Lauren – Pete’s sister

2.     Groomsmen – who/relationship?

Drew – Pete’s best mate

Michael – Pete’s brother

Anthony – Amanda’s brother

Daniel – Amanda’s brother


Wedding Gown (the most important part!)

What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes? I looked up the gowns on the KAREN WILLIS HOLMES website and swooned over the sequined gowns. After trying on a few traditional bridal gowns at other stores I knew I wanted something unique and timeless. I went to the first KAREN WILLIS HOLMES appointment with mum and a picture in hand of the ‘Josie’ gown. Unfortunately that gown was sold out and not expected until after our wedding date. I tried on the ‘Caitlyn’ gown which was beautiful in its own right; however I needed a second opinion from my Bridesmaid. So I went back for my second appointment in the hope that I would go home with the ‘Caitlyn’ gown after her approval. I’m not sure what it was about that Sunday, but someone was definitely watching over me. I remember I got prime parking right in front of the Paddington store (a miracle in itself). When we walked into the store I spotted the ‘Josie’ gown hanging on the rack, I was so excited, I tried it on and as I walked out my bridesmaid looked at me and started crying, I just knew it was meant to be.

Where have you seen our gowns (if at all) before? I had come across them on the internet previously.

How many gowns did you try? I think 4 gowns in total, 2 of those gowns were at KAREN WILLIS HOLMES. 

Where did you purchase your gown from (which store or stockist)? KAREN WILLIS HOLMES Paddington Store.

What did you especially like about your gown? The gown was just so beautiful, even when it was sitting on the rack, it was breathtaking. My favourite part was the detachable train that was added to the dress. On the day I was to pickup my altered gown, the KAREN WILLIS HOLMES Warehouse sale was happening in the same building. I thought that there would be no harm in looking at the dresses. I wasn’t planning to buy anything, but after trawling through all the beautiful gowns I came across a gorgeous ‘sample’ train with a sequined top. I knew that this was what I had been looking for to make my dress ‘unique’. I purchase it and took it into my fitting and asked for it to be added to my dress. The finished product had my mum and I in tears. 


Who is your bridesmaid dress supplier?  We ordered the BM dresses through Kel-Leigh Couture at East Gosford, when we saw them we immediately knew that these were the ones. I have never seen a colour quite like these dresses, they were absolutely stunning. The Bridesmaid dresses were bought before I had even started looking for a wedding dress

Where did you get the groom and groomsmen’s suits? We purchased the suits from a stall holder in Birkenhead point, and the bow ties from David Jones.

What accessories did you choose to finish your gown and also for those in your bridal party? As my train was detachable I took this off after the ceremony and added a sequined belt that I also purchased from KAREN WILLIS HOLMES. The Bridesmaid dresses had so much detail in them already, there was no need to over-accessorize.

Where did you get your shoes from? The shoes were from a little boutique shop. I love everything nautical and always wondered how I could get something nautical into the wedding, I’m so thankful that I came across these. They were on the discount table that happened to be in my size.

Did you wear a veil/headpiece? Where did you get this from? Originally I was going to wear a veil but after the train was added to the dress, I didn’t want to detract from the dress by adding another layer. The hairdresser added some flowers in my hair, and after the ceremony I took my hair out for the reception.



What advice would you give brides organizing their wedding? Keep it simple; make your wedding a collection of things you both love, things that characterize you and your partner. Remember the whole reason you are both getting married and when you get too caught up in everything remind yourself of this. Finally, weddings = tears, I felt like I cried over everything. Keep tissues handy.

What advice would you give brides searching for their wedding gown? You will just know, if you are hesitant then it is not the one.

Anything extra that is special or you would like to share about your big day.

At our Ceremony, my Mum did a reading which was a poem about love written by my grandma 30 years ago. It was so beautiful.

My oldest brother walked me down the aisle, we were getting ready at an apartment across the road and we could see the guests arriving. I remember the moment that he was walking across the road to come and collect me to walk me down the aisle. He walked in the door and we both started crying.

My Grandmothers brooch which was pinned to my train, this was passed down to her from her grandmother.

Our wedding was very family orientated; it was lovely having all of our siblings with us in the bridal party.


Florist – Merrin Grace Floral Design.

PhotographerMy Lens of Love

Music – Something Borrowed

First Dance – ‘Marry Me’ by Train

Celebrant Kay Linton-Mann from Weddings with Style

Cake Create Cake by Sharon Brideson

Bombonieres – Lindt Chocolate by Personalised Chocolates

Hair Jaala Hair Artistry

Make up -  EyeDo Makeup