How did you meet your partner? We worked together at Safeway, we were friends for about two years before we started going out. We had a huge group of friends that used to all go out from our store, we were lucky enough to have a table filled with these people at our wedding too.
How long have you been together? We have been together for 9 years this year.
Do you have a proposal story? Chris asked me to be his girlfriend at the lighthouse in Aireys Inlet - my family own a home down there and we always head there for a quiet get away, he proposed in the exact spot at the lighthouse where he asked me to be his girlfriend.
What was your wedding date? 31st March 2017
Location? Carousel, Albert Park.
What made you choose there? We both love Melbourne and wanted a venue which we could have the ceremony and reception at the one place and that could be outside so we could have the city as the backdrop – the minute we walked into Carousel, we knew it was the one.
How did you find it? Had seen so many photos on Instagram of Carousel, however, the photos don’t do the venue justice. It is even more incredible in real life.
How was the weather on the day? March was so hot for the beginning of the month; the week we were getting married it rained Monday through to Thursday. Our wedding day was perfect, not a breath of wind and we had perfect blue skies, I couldn’t believe we were so lucky.
Was there a reason you decided to get married on this date? No reason, we just wanted a summers evening and were happy to be flexible.
The Wedding Details
Theme? I wanted a 'simple' theme – mainly whites, lots of greenery and marble. We had the marble touches with our wedding favours and our cake was a ‘marble look’ which looked amazing. Chris and I both love that clean, fresh look so we were happy with how everything turned out.
Were any aspects of your wedding D.I.Y? If so What? I did my own wedding favours; I really wanted to provide Engraved Marble Coasters and they were so difficult to source or really expensive. I was lucky enough that my families business owns a machine that laser cuts different materials. I purchased 200 hexagon coasters online and designed the text and engraved them all myself, was so happy with the final product and they were about 1/6th of the cost I was quoted.
Bridesmaids – who/relationship?
MOH – Mardi Lacey, my best friend of 17 years, Mardi and I got engaged a month apart and she got married 5 weeks before me so it was such a special time for us both.
Bridesmaids - My sister, Jessica. My friend (and now Cousin in Law) Jessica McFarlane and my good friend Camilla Smith.
Groomsmen – who/relationship?
Best Man – Grant Szabo – Friend
Groomsmen - Ashleigh McFarlane – Cousin and Joel Pearce and Craig Lacey, both good Friends.
Wedding Gown (the most important part!)
Brydie wore our BESPOKE 'Sophie' gown.
What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes? I went to the One Fine Day wedding expo in Melbourne, saw the Karen Willis Holmes dresses and loved them, immediately followed your Instagram and knew it was where I wanted to go when it came to looking.
Where have you seen our gowns (if at all) before? As above
How many gowns did you try? I tried on approximately 5 Gowns; I had been wedding dress shopping with my best friend only a month or two before (at other places, not KWH). I was able to get an idea of what I liked and didn't like which helped me narrow down options.
Where did you purchase your gown from (which store or stockist)? The store in Armadale in Melbourne.
What did you especially like about your gown? I originally thought I wanted something simple and not traditional. When trying on other dresses I thought they were nice but I didn’t feel like a ‘bride’. I had seen the 'Sophie' Gown on the website and loved the detail on the bodice but didn’t think it would suit me, I tried it on and immediately felt comfortable - I loved the deep V neckline and how it held me in at the waist, I really feel it complimented my shape perfectly. The moment I came out of the dressing room my mum, sister and best friend all started crying so I knew that it was the perfect dress.
Who is your bridesmaid dress supplier? Pilgrim
What accessories did you choose to finish your gown and also for those in your bridal party? I wore a pair of my mother’s drop pearl earrings, I wasn't going to wear anything else but on the morning of the wedding, my bridesmaids gave me a beautiful Tiffany & Co. bracelet which I wore. The Bridesmaids all had shoes from Joanne Mercer, I bought them necklaces from Linden Cook Jewelry and they all wore pearl earrings I sourced from overseas.
Where did you get your shoes from? Nine West
Did you wear a veil/headpiece? Where did you get this from? My veil was also from Karen Willis Holmes.
What advice would you give brides organizing their wedding? Try not to stress! My family and friends kept saying I was too relaxed and they were waiting for me to 'crack'. I am a really organized person in my day to day life, I used a spreadsheet to help keep me up to date on when things were needed to be done and when they needed to be paid. This was helpful as you book so many things so far in advance and then have to revisit them closer to the day – having a spreadsheet can help you see key dates and what needs to be addressed. Also, remember to ask your wedding venue if they will help you with a run sheet which can be overwhelming if you have to do on your own; Carousel were amazing (my event planner Rachel was incredible) and provided me with one which I was able to alter and pass onto all my other vendors.
What advice would you give brides searching for their wedding gown? Know what suits your body shape and don’t get pressured into a style you wouldn’t normally wear. Also, if you aren’t comfortable trying it on then you won’t want to wear it all day ... so make sure you are comfortable. Also, trust the people who work in the stores, they often can pick something that would suit you that you might not have normally considered.
Anything extra that is special or you would like to share about your big day?
Something Old? Pearl Earrings from my mother
Something New? Bracelet from my bridesmaids
Something Borrowed? Earrings from my mother
Something Blue? The tiny blue bow which is sewn into each Karen Willis Holmes gown.
Photographer – Stuart Leishman
Florist – Grown Florist
Videographer – Life in Light (So incredible, my best friend and I both used life in light for our weddings. Stevan makes you feel so comfortable and you don’t even notice him on the day)
Music – The White Tree Band
First Dance – Wherever you will go, the Calling
Celebrant – Debra Holder
Cake – Lamana Patisserie
Bombonieres – DIY Hexagon Marble Coasters
Hair – Gabrielle Roccuzzo
Make-Up – Karla Roccuzzo – Karla and Gabrielle were sensational, they are sisters and work so well together and were so quick which was great as it meant we didn’t have to spend hours and hours in hair and makeup.
Wedding Bands - Michael Wilson Diamond Jewelers, Eltham - (Which was the same place my engagement ring was made.)
Extra features - Our wedding arch which had the lettering 'we decided on forever' and was AMAZING and so big, we hired this through a lady called Kristine Kopman (I found her on Gumtree so always look at different avenues for items to have for your wedding décor etc.) Also, we had a hanging floral installation that was supplied by White Luxe.