How did you meet your (now) husband? I came over from Germany to study a semester at the University of WA. Nick and I met at a Halloween Party, which was at one of Nick’s friends house in 2008. My then flat mate took me along to the party. I noticed Nick straight away and he started talking to me and offered me a drink. Love at first sight and we have been together since then! I decided to stay and live with Nick in Perth.
How long have you been together? 7.5 years
Do you have a proposal story? Nick took his time, but probably had it all planned and thought through over the years. When we met at the Halloween Party, I was wearing a plastic black bat ring as part of my (not quite existing) costume. Nick took it off me that night and I never got it back. I got it back almost seven years later when he proposed to me at a lighthouse in Peniche, Portugal. I was still very surprised, even though Nick behaved very awkwardly that night. I always thought, that he would propose on a surfboard in Gracetown (family holiday house). We had planned to go on holidays to Portugal since years and it was a destination that was on top of our travel list. Our 4 year old Portuguese Waterdog Betty is the centre of our lives and we love her as much as we love each other, so that was maybe another factor why Nick chose Portugal and made me wait a little bit longer. Looking back, now I think the timing is great and I didn’t want it any other way. After the proposal in Portugal we spent a week together with my family in Germany and Nick got me a custom made engagement ring in my hometown Bremen!
What was your wedding date? Saturday 12th of March 2016
Location (Ceremony and Reception)
Where? Incognito Escape, Cowaramup (South West Australia)
What made you choose there? Nick and I are spending a lot of time together, with our family, and friends in Gracetown (near Margaret River) in Nick’s family’s holiday house. It is the place where we are always happy together. I researched wedding venues as close as possible to Gracetown so that we can have a wedding weekend and have our guests book accommodation in Gracetown. The venue is not quite known for weddings, but they have had a few. So it is a bit of a secret location, which we loved and none of our family and friends have been there before.
It has amazing ocean views, one of the main reasons why we decided on it straight away. I also loved that it was in the middle of the bush, with no one around. We had our guests arriving on a bus from Gracetown and Nick and I enjoyed the house for two more nights for ourselves, which was amazing.
How did you find it? Searching in the Internet: through a photographer blog (the bride wore also Karen Willis Holmes).
How was the weather on the day? Almost perfect! The day started off being really windy and my friend who is a florist and did the flowers for me, had real trouble putting up the flowers on the archway. The wind died off in the afternoon, but it was still quite windy.
What made you decide to get married on this particular date? We just decided on March due to the weather and picked a weekend that is not in the school holidays or a long weekend.
The Wedding Details
Rustic, simple, casual, ocean
Colours: Gold, neutrals and white. Flowers had a bit of blush pink as well.
I chose blue silk cushion covers (zahir.net.au) for the occasional outdoor seating to reflect the color of the ocean.
Where did you draw your inspiration/ideas from? Pintrest, Instagram, the web. But I was trying to stay as much as possible away from all that wedding and bridal hype and deliberately didn’t buy any magazines or went to bridal fairs. I wanted a casual, relaxed and down to earth wedding. I wanted inspiration without getting too carried away.
Were any aspects of your wedding D.I.Y? If so What?
- I made the paper for the wedding invitations myself; it had gold glitter and metallic threads in it. I used the paper as much as I could throughout the wedding decorations. I made a heart garland, used it for the bomboniere gift tags, hand stamped cards and signs.
- I made cards that were holding jewelry as thank you for my Mum, flower girl and best friends.
- I sewed 30m of gold bunting together to go outside with the festoon lights.
- I made Portugese Pumpkin Jam as bomboniere. I wanted to do something with our engagement in Portugal in my mind. I cooked 4 batches of Jam, my friend and my Mother-in-law helped. I ordered a custom stamp ‘spread the love’ with our wedding date for the gift tags (made out of my paper).
- Nick mad all the wooden signs for around the venue
- Our ‘wedding band’ at the ceremony were Nicks mates, they usually don’t play together and formed a band for our wedding
- I up-cycled and painted the chairs for the signing table
- Our family and close friends and us set up everything ourselves the day before the wedding
We decided to keep everything minimalistic and within the family for our wedding. We didn’t want any bridesmaids and groomsmen. Our flower girl Isabel is Nick’s niece, as she is only 2 years old she was accompanied by Anna Nick’s half sister (12 years old). My brother Matthias and Nick’s sister Emily did a reading during the ceremony. Nick’s Dad Wayne handed the rings over and our Mums Sue and Brigitta were our witnesses and signed the marriage certificate.
Wedding Gown (the most important part!)
What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes? Before I even started looking for wedding gowns, I drove pass the Karen Willis Holmes shop in Subiaco, I never noticed it before so I looked it up. I looked up all the gowns on the website and read about Karen and then already really decided that I wanted a Karen Willis Holmes wedding dress. I wanted an Australian designer and I just liked everything about Karen Willis Holmes! All dresses are stunning!
Where have you seen our gowns (if at all) before? I browsed through all collections online and then went straight into the Perth boutique.
How many gowns did you try? 5 I think? I really wanted to try more….but I already had trouble deciding between two dresses. It was such a hard decision and I needed 3 appointments (sorry Perth team! But big thank you for all your time and help!)
Where did you purchase your gown from (which store or stockist)? Karen Willis Holmes Subiaco, Perth.
What did you especially like about your gown? That it is made of silk. I liked that I could customize it by lowering the back of the slip. I loved the lace! So beautiful! The fact that it is a wrap dress, which I though is different for a wedding dress. The dress is very versatile, it looks so different on every bride and with the different slips and belts it can get a whole different look. I chose lace over sequin in the end, because I think it is timeless. I hope that I will look at our wedding pictures in 40 years time and still love the dress! I also thought that it would suit our wedding venue and style of the wedding.
Where did you get the groom and groomsmen’s suits? Nick got his Pal Zileri suit from Parker & Co in Perth.
What accessories did you choose to finish your gown and also for those in your bridal party? I had a bracelet to match my headpiece; Jenny Packham (Stellina) Crystal stud earrings from Samantha Wills. I gave a pair of Samantha Wills crystal stud earrings to my Mum on the day. My best friends got a silver infinity bracelet from Jolie & Deen and my flower girl a necklace with a flower pendant from Jolie & Deen.
Where did you get your shoes from? I bought 4 pairs! I ended up wearing gold Jimmy Choo stilettos and when the dancing started I switched to very comfy block heels from ‘forever soles’. I saw these block heels on the KWH blog just after I ordered the dress and bought them straight away!
Did you wear a veil/headpiece? Where did you get this from? I wore a headpiece from Jenny Packham (Stellina III), purchased from the UK Jenny Packham online shop with the matching bracelet.
What advice would you give brides organizing their wedding? We had the venue, caterer, photographer, MUA, furniture hire etc. confirmed and booked in early on. This was great and it really is the biggest job with lots of decisions to make. But just try to be that organized early on, so you can get the best people. The area where we had our wedding is very popular and so we had to book everything in, before people are booked out. Experienced providers within the industry are great and we had people that work together all the time, they rock up and everything was running. Ask the suppliers who they recommend; for example I got the cake from who the caterer recommended. Order things you decided on already even if its months before. Custom orders through etsy etc.take time.
Looking back I think I should have generated a much more detailed running sheet for each person e.g. the caterer, the DJ etc. Make sure you mention everything to the suppliers even if you think its common sense!
What advice would you give brides searching for their wedding gown? Most important is that you want to be comfortable and find a dress that suits your style. Take somebody along that has a similar style/ taste, but also honest. Think about the venue where you have the ceremony and the weather conditions. Take your time, enjoy and have fun! Best thing ever to go and try wedding gowns on! J It is such a special time.
Anything extra that is special or you would like to share about your big day? I had this all planned/ family and friends offered, but then it ended up being all too hectic! I don’t know…..what happened to my something borrowed? The most important was my something old: an antique sliver cake knife and cake server from my grandma in Germany.
As I am from Germany; I wanted to give the wedding a little German touch:
My Mum brought German schnapps from a little distillery from my hometown in Bremen. Nick and I toasted with our guests before we started our speeches.
We had German music of course and my husband, father in law and MC tried their best to speak German during the speeches. J
Florist – Poppy’s Flowers Nedlands, Perth
Very experienced team and they are making the impossible possible. I have trusted Milly in her taste and just said that I wanted white and blush pink blooms mixed with natives. She supplied also most of the decorations; candles, crystal vases, lanterns, chalkboards etc. The archway was just beyond my expectation! I loved it. The archway itself was made by Milly’s husband and she decorated it on the day with the wedding flowers and the aloe vera I brought out of my garden.
Photographer – Zaneta Van Zyl
Found through the Margaret River wedding directory. We chose her because of her style and the quality of her photos.
Zaneta is a very talented girl. It was great that we had an engagement session with her and I love the photos. She did a fantastic job (!): getting everybody in for a group photo, finding photo locations, getting our dog involved into the photos etc.
Music – Our friends played music before and during the ceremony. We walked in to ‘Wonderwall, Oasis’ and out to ‘Home, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros’.
MC – Nick’s best friend Kris
Celebrant – Diane Moore, She got recommended to us by a couple of people when we were looking for venues. We were very glad that we were able to have her – she is fantastic. I Had already tears in my eyes at our first meeting, 6 months before the wedding. She reminded us that the ceremony is actually the most important part and brought everything so well together.
Stationery – I made the paper myself with Leslie Westerlund
Furniture - Empire Events Dunsborough
Menu – Cowaramup Food, I chose them because they were local and pretty much everybody was raving about them…..so were the guests at our wedding about the food. Our chosen menu:
Feta + truffle risotto balls, sugo
Lime salt prawns, aioli
Harissa spiced chicken kebabs
Smoked salmon + dill labne blini
Seared scallops, fennel puree, micro herbs
Semidried tomato + macadamia pesto tartlets, goats curd, tomato dust
Slow braised pork belly + papaya salad, chilli caramel (boat)
8 hour Texas rubbed braised beef brisket + salsa, taco chips, crème fraiche (box)
Moroccan lamb cutlets
Chicken, mushroom + pink peppercorn wonton cups (veg option)
Thai green chicken curry, coconut rice (box - veg option)
Cake – Bake the Cake Margaret River, Recommended by our caterer - Naked cake, the flavours were Spiced Almond Orange and Chocolate Mud Cake
Bombonieres – Portugese Pumpkin Jam that I made myself
Polaroid photo in custom card holder - My One Sweet Day
Make up – Beautiquelove Cowaramup, Fantastic service, especially loved my eyelashes- they lasted a long time
The Gelato Chart - Gelato Buonissimo, Busselton, beautiful Italian ice-cream as dessert served from the gelato chart.
Silk cushions - Zahir
Dressing gown - Piyama