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Carly & Sam's Countryside Wedding

Posted on 05 Jan, 2015
Carly & Sam's Countryside Wedding


How did you meet your (now) husband? We met in Armidale during the St Alberts Race Day. Sam was at uni and I was on my gap year.

How long have you been together? 8 years

Do you have a proposal story? Last year we were heading off for an 8 week adventure to Europe. After months of taunting and teasing me that Sam would drop down to one knee overseas, we were on a domestic flight to Sydney and I thought perhaps I was in the clear and that it might actually happen overseas. Sam suggested we book dinner in the city so I just went along with it not thinking any more of it and that night he proposed…. I guess he didn’t think any further past the actual asking (as I asked him a month or so before we flew out to organize the motel for this particular night and he booked the formula 1 at the airport!!!) Such a dag - so we spent our first night as an engaged couple in a formula 1 and only 3hrs of sleep before we had to board a plane to Heathrow.  

The Wedding

What was your wedding date? 8 November 2014

Location (Ceremony and Reception)

1.     Where? Duri, NSW. All Saints Church, Duri and then back to my Mum and Dads for the reception.           

2.     What made you choose there? It was our local church as children and had special meaning to me and my aunt, who passed away last year, and her husband were the last couple married there (over 15 years ago, Duri is not a raging place) .

How was the weather on the day? We’re in the midst of a drought so it was a very hot day. 

What made you decide to get married on this particular date? Ha is was the only date the ‘big three’(caterer, photographer and marquee hire people) all coincided.


The Wedding Details

Theme (if any – colours, features, etc.)? We just wanted a simple and relaxed garden party vibe.

Were any aspects of your wedding D.I.Y?  

-          We did everything ourselves no stylist involved here! By trade I am an accountant so my job can at times be very same same however I found organizing the wedding and making things a nice release after looking at numbers all day. I especially loved hand making a few bits and pieces we had around.

-          My Nanny passed away a few years ago and she used to make one of the best sponge cakes you could ever eat, so as homage to her our wedding cake was a sponge cake made by my great aunt.


Bridal Party

1.     Bridesmaids – who/relationship? I was given the best advice by a friend who married the year before to choose someone from different stages of life. So I chose Shell (my cousin, almost sister and someone from my childhood), Trina (a dear school friend), Ash (a friend from the now).

2.     Groomsmen – who/relationship? Lachie (a friend from uni & also Trina’s boyfriend - I credit myself for this relationship thank you!), Josh (another friend from uni – currently looking for love) and Rob (a childhood friend)

3.     Flower girls/Page boys – who/relationship? Where do I start, Laura (our niece) Oli, Milly, Charlotte and Kate (Sam’s cousins) 

Wedding Gown (the most important part!)

What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes? The fact that the gowns were Australian made. Why would you pay $2000 for a gown made in China out of polyester when you can pay a little bit extra for quality fabric and Australian made. 

How many gowns did you try? Only 4 or so in KAREN WILLIS HOLMES but a few else where

Where did you purchase your gown from (which store or stockist)? KAREN WILLIS HOLMES Brisbane

What did you especially like about your gown? My mum has her own manufacturing business and as such I’ve learnt to appreciate good quality garments and most importantly Australian made garments. However mostly the lace and the feel of the gorgeous chiffon. 


Who is your bridesmaid dress supplier? My mum! She is a clever little thing and made each of the maid’s dresses as well as all the flower girl dresses.

Where did you get the groom and groomsmen’s suits? Handerson’s menswear in Dubbo.

What accessories did you choose to finish your gown and also for those in your bridal party? Just lace look alike earnings. The girls wore a twisted beaded necklace that toned in with all their dresses and matching stud earrings.

Where did you get your shoes from? Lucy Choi – Net a porter

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



What advice would you give brides organizing their wedding? Be true to yourselves as a couple, if you’re not black tie people don’t have a formal wedding. We’re laid back people and having a garden party suited us to a tee.

Anything extra that is special or you would like to share about your big day

-          Instead of having our best man and maid of honor sign the register we asked our grandparents (Sam’s grandmother and my grandfather) to sign the register as they have both been married for 55 and 65 years respectively. Their signature on our wedding certificate is something we can always treasure for years to come.

-          Again instead of having the best man have the rings we thought we would involve our Mum’s and they were supposed to have the rings. Well it didn’t quite turn out like that… Mum left the rings at home so my brother dashed back to the house to get the rings and only made it back in time for the question “who has the rings”. We had no idea, until the story was told at brunch the next day.


Florist – Wedding Only, Tamworth

Photographer – Edwina Robertson Photography

Music – Poly Pipe band

First Dance – Last Request, Paulo Nutini

MC – Mick & Pip Doolan

Celebrant – Reverend Xavier Lukins

Stationery - Minted

Menu – Relish Catering - Narrabri

Bombonieres – Olive trees for the girls and stubby holders for the boys

Hair – Brooklyn’s Hair & Make Up, Moree

Make up – Liz Hann, Moree

Wedding Bands – Danny Designer Jewelers, Tamworth