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Briony and Jacob's polished vintage wedding

Posted on 04 Feb, 2015
Briony and Jacob's polished vintage wedding


How did you meet your (now) husband? We met at school when we where 17.

How long have you been together? 7 years

Do you have a proposal story? I am a ballet teacher with my own business and was teaching an adult class as I do every Monday night.  This particular Monday night Jacob phoned several times during class to find out how long I was going to be.  I explained that with the adults you never know I will be home when I will be home!  When I did arrive the front curtains were closed and the house was in darkness.  I was furious thinking after all his calls he was not waiting for me.  Upon opening the door I was greeted by Jacob in a suit the house was full of flowers and written in candle filled tins was “Will You Marry Me”.  I burst into tears and accepted then realized the adult class was coming back to our house for a costume fitting.  Within in minutes our front lawn was full of screaming woman and our neighbors all congratulating us.  PS I did have concerns about amount of spaghetti Jacob had been feeding our dogs prior to the proposal!!!!!!

The ring was first seen in an antique shop when I was 19.  I told Jacob about the ring and how much I loved it.  We as a couple were nowhere close to marriage.  The ring disappeared from the shop window and I was secretly crushed.  Jacob had kept the ring for 5 years a secret from everyone until he was ready to propose. When I opened the box and saw “THE RING” I could not believe it.

The Wedding

What was your wedding date? 22nd March 2014

Location (Ceremony and Reception) 

1.    Where?    Mavis Kitchen, Mount Warning UKI 

2.     What made you choose there? The wedding was at Mavis Kitchen, Mount Warning in UKI. The venue chose us, as it looms over our valley and we see the peak every day. On a week end family lunch at Mavis’s Kitchen we were told by the owner that they do wedding s.  It was meant to be.

How was the weather on the day? Stunning

What made you decide to get married on this particular date? March is a very luck month for our family and the month that is my birthday


The Wedding Details

ThemeVintage, country and Grace Kelly. Our venue was so spectacular that I chose the colors of our surroundings, Cream, Greens, hessian and lace with a sophisticated edge.

Bridal Party

Bridesmaids – who/relationship?

Amy O’Keefe Maid of Honour and my twin sister

Erin Singh 1st Bridesmaid and older sister

Cailin Ginn 2nd Bridesmaid and only female cousin

Jacqueline Carter 3rd Bridesmaid and Jacobs sister

2.     Groomsmen – who/relationship?

Andrew Carter Best Man and Jacobs only brother

Brett Carter 1st Groom man Jacobs Cousin

Rhys Koenig 2nd Groomsman and childhood friend

Lewin Talbot 3rd Groomsman and childhood friend

3.     Flower girls/Page boys – who/relationship?

Ava Singh my god child and neice

Lucas Singh page boy and nephew

Oliver Singh ring bearer and nephew


Where did you draw your inspiration/ideas from?

I am a dance teacher and love all things eclectic and arty.  My home is full of vintage finds and I live in a community of people who help me “find” treasure.  For my wedding day there was only one choice. 

One of my very special treasures was a lace gown given to me on my wedding day by my students.  Each student donated a special piece of loved lace with a story that was sewn into a robe for me to wear whilst I got ready.  Jacob made a door way out of vintage doors which represented our journey to our new life in which we were married in front of.  The lace curtains were given to me by an elderly neighbor for luck.  I employed a company who specialize in vintage furnishing to arrange seating for the wedding and reception.  Little Grey Station was wonderful and the accessories were perfect.  I chose cream
 linen lounges paired with vintage wooden chairs and scattered rugs on the lawn that were complimented with handmade cushions made by my mother that were trimmed in hand knitted lace borders. 

The tables were decorated with large cream jugs filled with baby’s breath and roses, the table runners were made of vintage lace that was found in an Op shop.  The order of service was presented in hand made calico pouches with vintage lace and hung on the back of the chairs.  The guests were given lace umbrellas and vintage linen handkerchiefs for the ceremony.  The aisle was lined in cream wrought iron bell stands and decorated with flower wreaths of roses.  


Wedding Gown (the most important part!)

What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes? As a dance teacher everyone expected me to wear tulle and lace.  I had a dream of a Bespoke gown that was unique and made with love.  I had to go to Brisbane to collect dance costumes and was driving through Paddington when Karen Willis Holmes shop beckoned.  Once I walked into the store met the staff and touched the gown my choice was made.

Where have you seen our gowns (if at all) before? Magazines

How many gowns did you try? 5

Where did you purchase your gown from (which store or couture)? Paddington Brisbane

What did you especially like about your gown? I loved its simplicity the fabric and the way it fitted.  It made me feel like a princess and hurt my heart.  Mum always said if it hurts your heart you have to have it.

Who helped you pick the gown/who shopped with you? My mother and twin sister


Who is your bridesmaid dress supplier? Shieke Brisbane

Where did you get the groom and groomsmen’s suits? The boys suits were all purchased at David Jones including the shoes and shirts.  They were the first things we bought once the boys were comfortable it then set the tone for the rest of the wedding.  Two of the groom’s men lived abroad so it was trial and error getting the right fit.  I wanted the boys to be relaxed and very natural so I chose a beige linen vest and pants.  It was timeless and they all loved their outfit.  Jacob wore a tie pin on his pocket that belonged to his great grandmother.

What accessories did you choose to finish your gown and also for those in your bridal party?   

I wanted my gown to be the centre piece of my day so I was very cautious to ensure that I looked timeless.    I wore small pearl drop earrings from Karen Willis Holmes that my sister surprised me with.  They matched the patina of the gown perfectly.

I wore a piece of lace from my mother’s wedding gown in my hair and a blue satin garter that my grandmother wore on her wedding day and my mother wore on hers. Jacobs’s mother gave me an antique pearl bracelet that was her mothers and a brooch that I wore on my garter.

Where did you get your shoes from? I wore Chloe ballet flats in a soft pink from David Jones in Brisbane

Did you wear a veil/headpiece? Where did you get this from?

Because my dress had no lace I chose an Italian lace veil it was hand stitched with a border of the most amazing hand beaded lace and was bespoken to cover my face.  I purchased the veil from Brides of Brisbane.

We often hear of difficulties experienced by the mother of the bride and groom in finding an appropriate outfitfor the wedding day of their son/daughter, do you mind sharing where they found their outfits at all? 

I was shopping one day and found the perfect dress for Jacob’s Mother.  I know her really well and just bought it for her she loved it and looked amazing.

My mother wore a linen pant suit by Carla Zampatti.  



During the vows I was attacked by a wasp and the ceremony was put on hold for the entire wedding party to compose themselves.

My mother presented Jacob with a poem by Banjo Patterson, which my Grandfather gave to my Grandmother; it was called “As long as your eyes are blue”.  The poem is now our own to share forever.

 My nephew read a passage from “The Velveteen Rabbit’ about the skin horse and love being forever.

I walked down the aisle to “Perhaps Love” a song I chose when I was a little girl and we would play on the car radio on our road trips and dream of my wedding day.

 My first dance with my father was “will you still need me when I ‘m 64” because he would sing it to me throughout my child hood.


Florist – Flower Shed at Murwillumbah 

Photographer-  Lilli May Waters 

Videographer – Roost Film Co