How did you meet your (now) husband? We met through his sister, Katie, who invited us both to be on a social sports team. I was terrible at the sport (touch football) but kept showing up for every game to see the cute guy on the team! It turned out that Kane was doing the same, and after the season ended we started dating.
How long have you been together? Three years
Do you have a proposal story? Kane organised a summer picnic on Sydney Harbour, and half way through the picnic he popped the question and pulled out a bottle of hidden Moet to celebrate as we called our family and friends to share the news.
What was your wedding date? 22.01.16
Location (Ceremony and Reception)
Where? Ceremony & reception were at Centennial Vineyards, Bowral
What made you choose there? We love Bowral, it’s so relaxed, and we immediately fell in love with Centennial’s beautiful vineyard and grounds.
How did you find it? Through looking for venues in Bowral
How was the weather on the day? Pouring with rain just as the outdoor ceremony was about to start! We luckily had a nice indoor option for the ceremony with a view of the vineyard, and our photographer was amazing and was happy to stand in the light rain and capture our photos after the ceremony.
What made you decide to get married on this particular date? We wanted to get married in summer, and a January date allowed all of our overseas friends and family to be present. The number 22 is a special number for me, and was also the number on the back of my team shirt, where Kane and I met.
The Wedding Details
Theme? We wanted the day to be relaxed and elegant, so we went for a relaxed elegant vineyard theme – gold and white were our colours, and our invitations, placecards, and clusters of floral arrangements all focused on a variety of beautiful summer florals. Amazingly on the day, the florist chose Star Jasmine as one of the varieties on the tables, and the entire venue had a beautiful Jasmine scent all night, our guests kept mentioning it, it was a lovely accidental touch.
Where did you draw your inspiration/ideas from? A little bit of everywhere, there was a lot of Pinterest inspiration and my sisters were wonderful for ideas and inspiration. Never one to make my mind up and stick to it on anything design related, the theme and details changed until the last possible moment!
Were any aspects of your wedding D.I.Y? If so What? I love making things and Kane is very creative, so we couldn’t help but get involved in some of the decorating. Kane and I spent weeks spray painting 250 vases, wine bottles, and candle holders in gold paint for the florist, it was quite a task. We used them in clusters on the long reception tables. The pale pine timber logs on the tables were cut from a tree next to Kane’s parent's house and sanded and prepared by Kane.
Bridesmaids – who/relationship?
- Erica – maid of honor, bride’s sister
- Lisa – bride’s sister
- Prue – bride’s best friend
Groomsmen – who/relationship?
- Luke – best man/best friend
- Tamara – groomslady, groom’s sister
- Katie – groomslady, groom’s sister
Flower girls/Page boys – who/relationship?
- Amy’s two nieces, Sara and Catia
- Kane’s niece and nephew, Summer and Jack
Wedding Gown (the most important part!)
What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes? As soon as I saw the gowns I loved the styles, they were what I’d imagined – elegant. I also loved that Karen Willis Holmes is an Australian designer.
Where have you seen our gowns (if at all) before? Everyone around me had heard of them, but I hadn’t because I didn’t know many (any!) wedding gown designers before I started looking.
How many gowns did you try? All together, about 6 different gowns
What did you especially like about your gown? I loved that it was elegant, modern, and it felt sleek and minimal yet dramatic. I loved the perfectly designed bodice, the buttons down the back and the waist belt, and the way the skirt added a touch of drama and elegance. It was also surprisingly comfortable.
Who is your bridesmaid dress supplier? Pia Glady’s from White Runway
What accessories did you choose to finish your gown and also for those in your bridal party? We chose green Mimco earrings for the bridesmaids, and I had a bracelet, earrings, and a hairpiece that I put on for the reception when my veil came off.
Did you wear a veil/headpiece? Where did you get this from? I wore a veil that my alterations lady made for me, it was over the face to walk down the aisle. I had a small headpiece for the reception.
What advice would you give brides organizing their wedding? Enjoy the process and include your friends and family because those times organizing, and chatting about ideas, and running around to appointments are some of my best memories.
Something Old? A gold charm of an angel, pinned inside my dress, which was bought for me from my uncle/godfather when I was born.
Something New? My earrings
Something Borrowed? My sister’s wedding bracelet
Something Blue? A small blue traditional Turkish good luck charm, from my best friend whom I was a bridesmaid for last year, which I pinned inside my dress
Florist – Flowers on Norton, Sydney. Penny Clarke, owner and floral designer, really amazed us with her outstanding design, endless ideas, and professionalism. We couldn’t recommend her more. Penny brainstormed the entire theme with us and helped us coordinate the 250 vases and candles that were spread down the long tables. She arranged a room full of different varieties of white flowers, and the entire reception room smelt like star jasmine all night – the guests are still commenting on it.
Photographer – Zoe Morley Photography, Zoe was wonderful, endlessly happy and enthusiastic and put us completely at ease. Her photos are stunning and speak for themselves and we would recommend her to anyone getting married. She was so professional and didn’t stop taking photos in the rain until she had everything she wanted.
Videographer – Inkster Productions, Matthew Inkster. Matt’s video’s are very personal and touching, and the perfect memory of our day. He captured every little detail and moment.
Music – FJ Entertainment (DJ)
First Dance – Nora Jones, Love Me Tender
MC – Relative
Celebrant – Cari Worstencroft
Stationery – Designed by Amy, printed by Tomcat Printing
Cake – Delaney’s Cakes, Wollongong
Bombonieres – they were candles by ‘Light and Lather by Bel’. Bel makes the most beautiful candles and soaps and runs a small store in Wollongong. She was so professional and helpful and made us so many candle samples to choose from to help us select the right ones. Everyone loved the bonbonieres!
Hair – Erica Tremopoulos. Erica helped me think of ideas for hair, and for the bridesmaid's hair and consulted with me on the dresses and hairstyles to suit. She is a true perfectionist which is exactly what every bride needs.
Other – The bridal party stayed at Heritage House at The Rift, Bowral. The old converted coachhouse building and interiors were simply stunning, with the lovely Janet overseeing our stay. It was an amazing place for photos, especially since it was raining and we weren’t able to venture out into the gardens.