karenwillisholmes

Unit 501 Flourmill Studios, 3 Gladstone Street 2042 Newtown NSW, australia
Phone: 61 2 9519 3901

Anna + Andrew's pretty Victorian garden wedding

Posted on 20 Jun, 2017
Anna + Andrew's pretty Victorian garden wedding

Background

How did you meet your partner? Through ex-mutual partners believe it or not! We came together later on both single at a local bar.

How long have you been together? 5 years in total.

Do you have a proposal story? Andrews proposal was SO Andrew. We had arrived in New Zealand to visit some of my family, first stop after a redeye flight was my Grandpa, he had a big day planned for us so we promptly had a nap, then visited family friends where they have the most beautiful garden and I had always said I would love to get married there. Andrew knew this and took the opportunity to pack the ring in his pocket and to take me down to the garden to propose! Well, I didn’t know any of his grand plans and got chatting to Joanne the lady of the property in her kitchen, Andrew was pacing up and down demanding it was time I came outside and looked at the garden with him. My grandpa could see his eagerness so him and Tom, the owner of the property took him out and showed him around. Obviously not what Andrew had in mind, finally we all met up in the rose garden which runs along a gorgeous little creek, Andrew finally had me alone with him when we heard shrieks from the creek and Tom, who is in his 80’s was just about slipping into the creek – mission aborted and Tom was to be rescued! Time was of the essence we had to make it to my grandma’s nursing home for her Friday night drinks and bingo games! We hurried there and with the ring in tow ... finally, the end of the evening and we were driving home ... Andrew EXTREMELY quiet, we got home and he launched out of the car and hurried off very quickly inside the house. So much so that my Grandpa noticed and asked him he was alright, I said oh he probably was busting to go to the loo not worried at all. Once inside he had collected our jackets and was boiling the kettle, he said 'I think we will have a cup of tea outside and watch the sun go down' I was about to say I was doing something, he quickly said now and went outside and set two chairs up on the edge of the hill looking out to the garden, it really was very beautiful! All of 45 minutes later, great conversation was had and I was about to head inside when a few nervous mumbles of a speech asking me to marry him, and the rest is history! – typing this now I feel like yes I probably should have suspected all his behaviour was odd and that setting chairs up on the hill to watch the sunset in a beautiful garden should have given it away but it really didn’t, that was just Andrew on a daily basis – gorgeous and weird!

The Wedding

What was your wedding date? 28th January 2017

Wedding Location? Private Residence on the Mornington Peninsula

What made you choose there? The location was chosen to be on my parent’s property, they own 10 acres and have a beautiful garden. Holding an event such as their daughter's wedding was a perfect opportunity to showcase their beautiful property that they had put so much time and effort in and built from scratch in the past 10 years. I was extremely proud of them and it made it all the more sentimental.

What made you choose there? I love the concept of keeping the ceremony and reception all in one place, they had a perfect location for a marquee on the tennis court. I had always wanted to do a marquee garden wedding because then you could dress and style the area as you pleased, and no shutdown time so we could party all night long!

How was the weather on the day? The weather was better than you could dream of! A beautiful, warm, sunny day, but not too hot - we were extremely fortunate!

Was there a reason you decided to get married on this date? No real reason, we wanted a warm summer wedding, December was always going to be chaotic and one of my bridesmaid's weddings was in February so it had to be January. We decided a long weekend would be fun for those who have to travel from a distance so the 28th of January it was!

The Wedding Details

Theme? My style is very simple and minimal, so we kept it to white with touches of green foliage and copper.

Where did you draw your inspiration/ideas from? Pinterest and Instagram are an amazing source for inspiration and ideas. I have always known I wanted the classic white with green, garden wedding and I was fortunate enough that I had a beautiful garden to draw inspiration from along with my Dads business ‘Fytogreen’ that supplies vertical gardens and has a whole garden nursery at my fingertips!

Were any aspects of your wedding D.I.Y? If so What? From the moment the property was decided as the location for our wedding we were all busy in the garden planting, weeding etc. you name it, preparing the property for an event took a lot of hard work, time and a group effort. A whole family affair! The plants down the aisle way at the ceremony were a vision I had from the beginning so months out from the wedding I planted seedlings into pots and nurtured with water and fertiliser most days. Believe it or not, I don’t have much of a green thumb but with Dad’s expertise they grew beautifully, I was really excited to have these little babies line the aisle.

Bridal Party

Bridesmaids – who/relationship? All our bridal party was our nearest and dearest. Each of them has been involved in our life in so many ways. We are so grateful to have friends and family like them. We clearly found it hard narrowing it down to we just chose them all!

Sarah Taylor – Maid of Honour, has been my best friend since mid-high school years, and our daughter Milla’s Godmother. A beautiful gem and a ball of fun. She was 7 months pregnant and still bent down to do up my shoes!! Best. Friend. Ever.

Jessica Barker – Another friend from high school years. She is my calming influence we just get each other, she is an absolute beauty inside and out.

Lucy Cahill – We grew up together living as neighbors, Lucy and her family have been a part of my life since I can remember. She has been a massive strength to me since we had our beautiful babies only 1 month apart from each other.

Angela Booth – My sister in law, a gorgeous soul and a huge support to Andrew and I.

Emily Booth – Also my sister in law, a beautiful bright spark who is extremely caring. It was very special having my new sisters sharing this moment with me.

Groomsmen – who/relationship?

Karl Lombardozzi – Andrew was unable to choose a best man so Karl was one of the groomsmen to give a speech which he did alongside Matt Dunne – an elite speech, they did a great job! Andrew and Karl have grown up together playing football since they were young boys, have had some great adventures and I would say most places Andrew has been or stories he tells has Karl involved in some way or another.

Matthew Dunne – Matt and Andrew have known each other since they were 12 years old. Traveled and lived in Canada together, he is an all round great guy and is also our daughter's Godfather.

Damian Russo – Damian met Andrew when they were 14 years old through cricket. He is a great friend who would do anything to help anyone he cares about.

Grant Masterson – Grant has also known Andrew since early teens, has grown up with Andrew through many stages in his life (oh the fashion!). A genuine great guy, both our families are very fond of him, he is like part of the family.

Kyle Docherty – Kyle lived with Andrew in Canada for a few years. Many funny stories and laughs they have had together. All of Andrew’s groomsmen are great guys, they hold a special place in both of our hearts and he is lucky to have such a great group of friends, it’s a real credit to him.

Flower girl – who/relationship? Milla Booth – our little angel who was just 1 year old. She was a little gem, cuddled into Aunt Emily’s arms throughout the whole ceremony watching on curiously without making a peep!

Wedding Gown (the most important part!)

Anna looked divine in our BESPOKE lace 'Annika' gown. 

What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes? I have always loved Karen Willis Holmes since before becoming engaged, they were the first boutique appointment I booked and it was just such a simple and easy process.

Where have you seen our gowns (if at all) before? Instagram and wedding magazines.

How many gowns did you try? Too many, I have lost count but my top contenders were all Karen Willis Holmes!

Where did you purchase your gown from (which store or stockist)? Karen Willis Holmes Armadale, Melbourne. 

What did you especially like about your gown? My dress fitted like a glove, I was extremely comfortable throughout the day/evening you could tell it had just been made for me. Not only was I thrilled with my dress and all its finer details but the customer service I received from the moment I walked into Karen Willis Holmes Melbourne was warm and welcoming and they went above and beyond to assist me and all my many visits (I think I visited 4 times before I decided on THE dress!!) not once did they mind. They were also super supportive of the fact I had just had a baby and was hoping to drop dress sizes throughout the coming months, I will be forever grateful.

Fashion

Who is your bridesmaid dress supplier? I had a set colour I wanted in my head so I actually bought the fabric from a fabric store in Melbourne and had a local dressmaker copy one of my favorite dress styles that I thought would suit all the girls (keeping in mind my M.O.H was going to be 7 months pregnant at the time of wedding) I was super happy with the end result, one dress for 5 different shapes and sizes was nearly impossible.

Where did you get the groom and groomsmen’s suits? M.J.Bale

What accessories did you choose to finish your gown and also for those in your bridal party? I kept it simple, diamond earrings for me and a coffee coloured teardrop earring for the bridesmaids.

Where did you get your shoes from? Mollini from StyleTread

Did you wear a veil/headpiece? Where did you get this from? I wore a teardrop cathedral length veil, simple and didn ’t hide the beautiful back details of my dress, this was from One Day Bridal.

Other

What advice would you give brides organizing their wedding? I would tell other brides to focus on the important items to them and not listen to other people's opinions, too many times I got myself confused or stressed because I felt overwhelmed and asked too many people's advice when I should have trusted my gut. 9/10 I went with my initial thought! 

What advice would you give brides searching for their wedding gown? Don’t have a set idea, the right dress will come and it may be completely different to what you thought you would walk down the aisle in but it will make you feel beautiful.

Anything extra that is special or you would like to share about your big day? I loved having Kate from Events By Kate, she made sure the day ran smoothly and was something I didn't worry about or that my friends and family had to worry about doing and everyone could enjoy their day without any stress! Because ultimately that’s what it's all about, a fun day filled with love, laughter and drink that everyone you care about is celebrating your marriage to the love of your life!

Suppliers

Styling/Planning – Events By Kate. Kate and her husband Mick and team did an incredible job setting up, and making sure the day ran seamlessly – highly recommend the team, especially for private property events they will take all stress and worry out of the day so you can enjoy yourself.

Photographer – Shelley Price Photography.  Shelley is super professional but laid back all at the same time, we were thrilled with our photos and on the day we hardly knew she was there, she was just like another wedding guest!

Florist – Cecilia Fox.  We loved all the arrangements Cecilia delivered, not one was faulted.

Videographer – Life in Light. I highly recommend Stevan, our wedding film was amazing, it really captured the love and energy from the day, it will be cherished forever and I am so glad we did this.

Music – Baker Boys Band and Soloist sister duo Maia and Sage for the ceremony.  Both parties did a fantastic job, we have used the Baker Boys Band previously and they never disappoint!

First Dance – Crazy Love – Michael Buble

MC – George Tothill, A family relative. George did a super job, he had us in fits of laughter, we still have people commenting on what a great MC he was, some even thought he was a hired professional!

Celebrant – Heather Boundy. Heather was marvellous, she ran with all our ideas and got our sense of humour, it also helped she was Andrews teacher back in high school!

Stationery – Simple Press

Menu – Moreish Catering. Elle’s menu to choose from was mouth watering! We were thrilled with the food on the day and her professionalism to making sure everything at her end was superb.

Cake – Regnier Cakes

Hair & Make-Up  Sophie KnoxSophie is a beautiful person, having her with us for the day getting everyone ready was just like having another friend there, not only is she down to earth but I could not fault her work, the hair and makeup she did on every single one of us was beautiful and natural. I was very happy with her.M

Greenery and Vertical Gardens – Fytogreen Australia

Furniture Hire – Place Settings

Marquee – The Marquee People

Photo booth – Shutter Hub Photo Booths