How did you meet your (now) husband? In year nine at High School
How long have you been together? We were married on our 9 year anniversary
Do you have a proposal story? Nick proposed to me while we were away on a little trip down to Tassie for our 8 year anniversary. On the day of our anniversary Nick had played it very cool and casual, like it was just a normal day. He booked us in for tours of the Cadbury factory and Cascade Brewery, nothing over the top special. After a day of touring we went back to our hotel to get changed to go out for dinner at a restaurant called “The Mill” (Name appropriate, as nicks last name is Mill). When we got back to our hotel room nick presented me with a book. It was a hand written book called “The Story of Nick and Cara”. He had writing all about us from when we first meet all the way up to where we went away to tassie for our 8 year anniversary. At the end of the book Nick wrote “And our latest adventure is to Tassie where Nick proposes to Cara…..” I did read this line about 20 times before I even looked up at Nick, he took the book off me and got down on one knee and read his carefully worded proposal and presented me my beautiful ring. I was so shocked and had so many happy tears running down my face, I completely missed most of his speech (thankfully he had it written down so I could re-read it later on haha). It was so beautiful and personal. So very us.
What was your wedding date? 27.02.2014
Location (Ceremony and Reception)
2. What made you choose there? Nick is Catholic so we were looking for Catholic churches in Melbourne and as soon as I saw Newman Colleges Chapel I didn’t want to look any further. Its stunning mildly gothic design with a lovely high exposed beam ceiling, along with two massive stunning stained glass windows at both back and front of the church it couldn’t get any better for us.
And where is but to have a better reception party then at Crown. Crown is a beautiful venue with 5 star services. I specially loved the balcony over looking the city lights and the Yarra River and the hourly flame towers were spectacular at night.
3. How did you find it? I found the Church through family friends and Crown through research
The Wedding Details
Theme (if any – colours, features, etc.)? No massive running theme. We just wanted a day that truly represented us as individuals coming together as a couple. We chose blue for the boys (as that is Nicks favourite colour) and to use Bright oranges, corals etc for all other colour aspects such as bridesmaids dresses, flowers, my shoes etc
1. Bridesmaids – who/relationship? MOH:Sonya Imbesi (Best friends since prep), Bridesmaids: Heather Leong (friend from high school) and Brooke Carlile (family friend whom I’ve know my entire life)
2. Groomsmen – who/relationship? Best Man: Nathan Mill (Nicks brother), Groomsmen: Christopher Wong (friend from High School) and Alex Versteegen (My Brother)
How was the weather on the day? Perfect! It was about 24 degrees with sunny blue skies. Couldn’t of asked for a better day!
What made you decide to get married on this particular date? It is our anniversary. That day means the most to us over any other day. We were married on our 9-year anniversary. Making our first anniversary of being married the same day as 10 years since we started dating!
Where did you draw your inspiration/ideas from? I drew inspiration from many bridal magazines, online blogs etc but had very strong ideas myself of what Nick and I liked and wanted to see on our day. We didn’t want anything too over the top. Nothing super glitzy, defiantly nothing tacky or extremely traditional etc. We wanted some traditions but with a twist, such as I wanted a wedding cake but defiantly not white. We instead went for an Ombre ruffled 3 Tier cake with a few flowers on each tier.
The boys wore bright royal blue suits styled with bright brown shoes. Nick wanted the boys to look similar to him but not identical. So the boys wore matching blue suits to Nick but wore skinny blue polka dotted ties, with silver tiepins, where Nick wore a blue polka dotted bow tie and had blue buttons down his wedding shirt. They all wore personalized initial cufflinks too.
I wanted my girls to be in long bright orange/coral coloured dresses as Nick and I both love these colours and they work beautifully with blue. We chose not to decorate the church other then one large vase of flowers at the front alter, as we loved it the way it was.
For the reception we chose to keep the room simple and understated. The tables were black underlay’s, white tablecloths and white chair covers. Each table had a large round mirror with a large fish bow bursting with big arrangements of flowers in matching colours to our bridal flowers just with some greenery, with a few candles surrounding the vase. They also had table numbers that were simple, went with our wedding style and were very affective. They were simple white picture frames that had picture printed saying “This is Table One” etc. Nick and I made each table number along with our guest’s name/place cards. They were scrabble tiles on scrabble tile holders. They were very effective and a huge hit with all our guests.
Wedding Gown (the most important part!)
What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes? I was searching for a wedding dress on High Street Armadale, saw the shop walked in and saw a few dresses I liked. About 2 hours later I left after finding and ordering my perfect gown!
Where have you seen our gowns (if at all) before? I had seen some in magazines but never in person
How many gowns did you try? I lost count of how many dresses I tired on over the many weeks it took me to find my perfect dress. But in KWH’s I only tried I think 2 maybe three on. But once I put on my dress I knew that was it.
Where did you purchase your gown from (which store or couture)? The Armadale store
What did you especially like about your gown? I loved that every part of it represented me. It was classic, simplistic had no beading or lace just a gorgeous satin (which I had never seen and absolutely loved). Specially with the added peplum it was just that bit different but so amazing.
Who helped you pick the gown/who shopped with you? Enza from the Armadale store helped guide me to the right style dress for me. I shopped with my mum and Grandmother on the day I found my wedding dress and Called my father to come approve
Who is your bridesmaid dress supplier? Kylie J Bridal (Mitcham)
Where did you get the groom and groomsmen’s suits? Briggins (Ringwood East)
What accessories did you choose to finish your gown and also for those in your bridal party? I wore a belt (the Kelly belt) and pair of earrings from Stephanie Browne. My bridesmaids had Mimco statement earrings with a tiffany’s beaded silver bracelet each with a different charm to represent each girls personalitly.
Where did you get your shoes from? Karen Millen
Did you wear a veil/headpiece? Where did you get this from? I wore a cathedral length veil from KWH.
We often hear of difficulties experienced by the mother of the bride and groom in finding an appropriate outfit for the wedding day of their son/daughter, do you mind sharing where they found their outfits at all? My mother wore a Carla Zampatti dress and my dad had a tailored made suit from Briggins like the groom and groomsmen, Nicks Mum wore Anthea Crawford.
Anything extra that is special or you would like to share about your big day?
I couldn’t of asked for a more perfect day. I had never felt more beautiful or lucky. Nothing can compare to the way I felt as the church doors opened and I saw Nick standing there waiting for me at the end of the isle with the worlds largest smile. I hope to never loose these memories.
Florist – Jumping Jonquils. A beautiful florist with great flowers but I was a bit disappointed as the two types of flowers I wanted and were promised in my mixed bunch of flowers for mine and my bridesmaids bouquets I in the end couldn’t /didn’t get.
Photographer – Alison Mayfield Photography
Would highly recommend Alison to anyone and everyone. A great photographer who captures the moments you don’t want to forget perfectly.
Music – Dj – was from Disco Factory (Got everyone up and dancing)
First Dance – John Legend - All of Me
MC – Craig Staggard (family Friend)
Celebrant – Priest: Father Terry Kean
Stationery – Invites Papyrus Designs, Church booklets – I did them
Cake – The French Lettuce
3 Tier Ombre Ruffle cake with 3 flavours. Gluten free chocolate cake (as I am a coeliac), then a white mud with raspberries and a chocolate mud cake. Super delicious cake.
Bombonieres – there scrabble piece name card made by Nick and I
Cars/Transport - Black Beauty Limousines
Hair – Andrea from Cherry Hair Designs
Make up – Aleesha Leong from Leesh Designs
Wedding Bands – Paul Bram (along with my engagement ring)