How did you meet your (now) husband?
On a road trip to Sydney with girlfriends after I graduated from university.
How long have you been together?
Approaching 7 years.
Do you have a proposal story?
Josh picked me up from work on a Friday, on the premise that we were having a weekend away with friends in the Blue Mountains. He surprised me by proposing before dinner. When we got back to Sydney, he had arranged a party with 60+ friends. I could not have asked for anything more – it was perfect.
What was your wedding date?
20 September 2014
Location (Ceremony and Reception) Where?
On acreage in Brookfield, QLD.
What made you choose there?
The venue was Josh’s parents place. It was an easy decision because the family home has always meant so much to us both.
How was the weather on the day?
The days prior were perfect but clouds gathered as the afternoon approached. Guests said that while they waiting for the bridal party to arrive, rain fell on the paddock next to the ceremony. I had no idea and fortunately, the rain didn’t hang around.
What made you decide to get married on this particular date?
On the advice of my mother-in-law, Mandy. She is an avid gardener and knew when the flowers on the property would be in full bloom.
Bridesmaids – who/relationship? My sister, two sisters in law and two best friends from school.
Groomsmen – who/relationship? Our former roommate in Sydney as well as Josh’s friends from school and university.
Where did you draw your inspiration/ideas from?
I always had a pretty clear idea of what I wanted so tended to shy away from magazines, blogs, Pinterest and the like. It all gets too overwhelming otherwise and can make you feel like you aren’t doing enough.
Were any aspects of your wedding D.I.Y? If so What?
Our flower arrangements were done by Mandy and 10+ of her closest friends. I did our invitations back in Singapore with the help of a girlfriend and our bombonieres (180+ cookies) were baked by a close friend in Sydney.
Wedding Gown (the most important part!)
What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes?
I was in Brisbane and had a four hour window before I had to fly back to Singapore. I had about five stores on my target list and said to my mum that I had a feeling about one store in particular – KAREN WILLIS HOLMES. We went in and well, I didn’t get to the other stores.
How many gowns did you try? Probably 16+!
Where did you purchase your gown from (which store or stockist)? Paddington, Brisbane.
What did you especially like about your gown?
I loved how comfortable it was and how different it was to anything I had thought I would wear.
Who is your bridesmaid dress supplier? I got them online from Revolve Clothing.
Where did you get the groom and groomsmen’s suits? Josh had his tailored in Singapore. The groomsmen wore their own black tie suits.
What accessories did you choose to finish your gown and also for those in your bridal party?
My dress needed to be altered. What was taken off the bottom was made into wrist bands for the girls.
Where did you get your shoes from? Shoes of Prey.
Did you wear a veil/headpiece? Where did you get this from? Also KAREN WILLIS HOLMES.
What advice would you give brides organizing their wedding?
Don’t feel intimated by everything you see, read and hear. Make sure the day it is a reflection of you and your relationship.
What advice would you give brides searching for their wedding gown?
Be open to trying on dresses that you think won’t look great on you.
Florist : My mother in law and her friends did all flowers for the ceremony and reception. Phoebe Stevens in James Street did our bouquets.
Photographer: Sarah and Jason from Lucas & Co. Photography. They were absolutely incredible. Nothing was too hard or too much to ask. Our photos were everything we had hoped for.
Videographer: A good friend, Chris Proud. He made the idea of having a video being the most natural thing in the world.
Music: Sterling Silver (a duo). You would never have known that we didn’t have a band.
First Dance: Josh’s choice, Queen of the Slip Stream by Van Morrison.
MC: Our close friend and one of Josh’s groomsmen, Tom. He speaks like an advisor to Obama and prepared a race call for our wedding. All the horses referred to chapters in our life together. It gives me goosebumps just thinking about it.
Celebrant: Pastor Jake from Brisbane.
Menu: We had shared entrees and mains by Meredith and Russell Jolly at In House Catering. I love feasting style because it encourages people to interact more.
Cake: A close family friend made a fruit cake for us.
Hair and make up: Mia Saunders and her friend Jacqueline.
Wedding Bands: Paul Stoddard in South Australia.
Extra features: Our table names were references to nicknames Josh has given me over the years.