How did you meet your (now) husband?
We met on the dance floor at a local pub. I was left by myself after all of my friends had gone off with other people and Adam came up to me, held out his hand and said “you look like you need saving”. The rest is history.
How long have you been together? 6 years
Do you have a proposal story?
We had been talking about marriage for a while and then about 6 months after living together (March 2013) Adam proposed on the cliff tops between Freshwater and Curl Curl with a gorgeous ring one Sunday morning during our walk. That spot holds a lot of meaning to us as we had our first “fancy” date at Pilu’s a few months after meeting at the pub and we went to that lookout beforehand. I did suspect the engagement was coming very soon especially since the day before when Adam was driving my drunken-self home from the races he got a text from his mum. His phone was in the centre console so I had a look at the message and it was something along the lines of “Take Danielle out for dinner at Jonah’s and then go for a walk along the beach and get down on bended knee”. The surprise was ruined then and there, which is fitting since Adam has never once kept a surprise from me, he always has to tell me what it is!
What was your wedding date? 14/11/14
Location (Ceremony and Reception)
1. Where? Ceremony: Lucinda Park, Palm Beach. Reception: Moby Dicks, Whale Beach
2. What made you choose there? We wanted an outside ceremony where our guests could mingle afterwards with a few drinks and some live music until it was time for the reception to begin. We didn’t want a typical on-the-beach wedding, so Lucinda Park was the perfect fit. Moby Dicks was the second reception venue we looked at and we kept going back to it. It had such a relaxed, easy-going vibe and wasn’t like all other typical wedding venues where the bridal party are seated at a long table up the front with a dance floor separating them and the guests. Our table was amongst our guests and we got the chance to mingle with them before dinner, during dinner, and after, which is exactly what we wanted. We wanted to celebrate with our guests for the duration of the reception and not just at the end of the night on the dance floor.
3. How did you find it? We found Moby’s through Adam’s mum’s friend who had gone to a wedding there and said it was the best wedding he’d ever been to. We knew we had to check it out. Moby’s then gave us a listing of ceremony sites in the local area and that’s how we found Lucinda Park, which turns out is a very popular spot for weddings!
How was the weather on the day? We couldn’t have asked for better weather! The day before was sunny, but extremely windy and cold in the afternoon. The day of it was quite hot but by the afternoon had cooled down a little but the sun was still out with a few clouds in the sky. The day after was cloudy and raining on and off, so we were very lucky on the day!
What made you decide to get married on this particular date? We knew we wanted a Spring/Summer wedding. As we got engaged in March 2013 we decided on November 2014 so we could have a little bit more time to plan and be a bit more relaxed about it and just enjoy our time being engaged. We wanted a Friday wedding as the beaches get crazy busy on the weekend and we didn’t want our guests to have put up with that. So, 14/11/14 became our wedding date – easy for the husband to remember! Plus, if we had done the Friday before (07/11/14) our anniversary would forever be known as Free Slurpee Day at 711.
The Wedding Details
Theme (if any – colours, features, etc.)? Relaxed, fun, colourful
Where did you draw your inspiration/ideas from? Lots of bridal magazines and websites! But mostly Hello May.
Were any aspects of your wedding D.I.Y? If so What?
Definitely no DIY! Although we love the look of it and the sentiment behind it, we were stressed enough as it was planning the wedding. We didn’t want to add any more stress than needed!
1. Bridesmaids – who/relationship?
Ashleigh Russell (Maid of Honour/best friend), Lauren Tracey (Bridesmaid/best friend)
2. Groomsmen – who/relationship?
Darren Weiley (Best Man/best friend), Jake Hargraves (Groomsman/best friend)
3. Flower girls/Page boys – who/relationship? None. This was a child-free wedding. We wanted all of our friends and family to have a good time without having to worry about children getting tired and wanting to go to bed.
Wedding Gown (the most important part!)
What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes?
As I was the first of my friends to get married (I think I started a trend as half of them are now getting married!) I had no idea where to begin. I bought a whole lot of bridal mags and scoured through them, reading every real wedding and looking at the vendors for each of them. I then saw an ad for KAREN WILLIS HOLMES in one of the mags I was reading and loved the dress in the ad so I went online immediately to have a look. I noticed Karen’s style was very different to the other designers I had been looking at. Her designs were unique and modern and not for a traditional bride (not that there’s anything wrong with that!). I loved how fashion-forward and youthful her designs were and that they weren’t your typical princess dresses. I went into the Paddington store right away with my mum in tow in September of 2013 (14 months before the wedding!). I actually fell in love with a different dress to the one I ended up deciding on. I thought the “Jasmine” dress was the one for me. But when I went back a few months later I found my true dress, the “Jillian”. It fit my body perfectly and I just had to have it!
Where have you seen our gowns (if at all) before?
In wedding mags, but before that I had no idea.
How many gowns did you try?
I tried on probably 8 KAREN WILLIS HOLMES gowns, and 4 gowns from another wedding boutique. But I kept going back to Karen Willis Holmes.
Where did you purchase your gown from (which store or stockist)?
Karen Willis Holmes, Paddington
What did you especially like about your gown?
I loved the mixture of the French lace and tulle. I always knew I was going to have a lace wedding dress and this particular gown had lace that was very young and fresh, unlike a lot of other lace gowns which can look a bit old. I never thought I’d get a dress with tulle but it worked perfectly with the design of the dress. The fit was spot on as well. I’d never felt more comfortable in a dress ever. And although it was completely corseted I was comfortable all day and night.
Who is your bridesmaid dress supplier? Zimmermann
Where did you get the groom and groomsmen’s suits? MJ Bale
What accessories did you choose to finish your gown and also for those in your bridal party?
I had a fresh flower crown made by the lovely girls at Wild Lotus florist in Newport. I had seen so many flower crowns in other real weddings and in fashion shoots and I knew I wanted that over a veil, but I hadn’t seen one that I was absolutely in love with. The ones I’d seen were either too big and theatrical, or were too small and not the right flowers. Jess at Wild Lotus took the time to find some inspiration for me and we discussed flower colours and size of the crown, but I was in the dark as to what it would look like until it arrived on the day. And it couldn’t have been more perfect. I was very, very happy with it.
Where did you get your shoes from? Wanted Shoes. The shoes I originally wanted (Valentino Rockstud pumps in ivory) were sold out, so I bought about 5 different pairs of shoes that I wasn’t completely in love and decided on the day – and then returned the others afterwards!
What advice would you give brides organizing their wedding?
The first few months of your engagement is your time to enjoy each other, don’t worry about planning anything! Then a few months after start looking at bridal mags and websites for inspiration and find vendors who fit your style instead of choosing vendors who may be on the cheaper side and you trying to get them to change their style to suit your wedding, it just won’t work. We did spend a little more than what we thought we would but we don’t regret a thing. Quality vendors are essential and will make or break your big day. Also, organization and time management is key! I got a wedding checklist book as an engagement present and it count down the months and had what you should have done at each stage. I used this as a basis and made a spreadsheet of all the vendors we need/have, the budget for each, the actuals for each and the deposits we’ve paid and have left outstanding and when they’re due. It made it much easier having it all in the one place, you really don’t realize how many different people it takes to put on a wedding! We also tried to do things way before we needed to. For example, our thank you cards, we wrote them out as we got our RSVP’s back so that we didn’t have to do it when we got back from our honeymoon.
What advice would you give brides searching for their wedding gown?
Start looking for your wedding gown early on but also keep in mind when designers release their new collections. I thought I’d found my dress the first time I’d tried on dresses, but my true dress was in the new collection a few months later. Also, if you’re not a fan of strapless dresses (like me) keep in mind you can always add sleeves to the dress. Don’t just purely look at dresses with sleeves. And of course, once you’ve found the dress, stop looking!
Ceremony Stylist – Ashdown & Bee We found the amazing Mel and co. by chance. I Googled “Lucinda Park wedding” and an image popped up of a couple under a flower arch at Lucinda Park, I clicked on it and got linked through to the website. We had been looking for AGES for a ceremony stylist who didn’t have the typical Tiffany chairs and a signing table with a white tablecloth over it and Bali flags flagging the aisle – it was hard! We were so lucky we found Mel as she has the perfect quirky, relaxed, rustic style we were looking for.
Florist – Wild Lotus, Newport – Found these lovely girls at Moby Dicks Fair (our reception venue) and loved their stuff the minute I saw it. They were exactly the aesthetic we wanted and the girls were so lovely to deal with.
Photographer – Story of Us Found these awesome guys through The Boathouse Palm Beach’s website when we were looking through photos of real weddings at the venue and then up popped the memory film they did of a wedding there. We absolutely loved the video as it was easy-going and fun and not dramatic and cinematic like a lot of wedding videos can be. We contacted them and asked to see some photos and loved them as well! Kate and Graeme are pros and an absolute pleasure to deal with. We couldn’t have asked for anyone better!
Videographer – Story of Us – see above
Music – Ceremony music: James Eunglund from Pinnacle Entertainment http://pinnacleentertainment.com.au – James was perfect for our outdoor ceremony. He was chilled and passionate and everyone had a good time having a few drinks and listening to his tunses.
Reception music: The White Tree Band – These guys got the party going. We couldn’t have asked for a better band for the reception. Everyone was up and dancing having the best time! We all formed a circle and belted out Wonderwall, we all danced like crazy to Mr Brightside. It was sad when it came time to leave, everyone just wanted to keep dancing!
First Dance – Florence and the Machine – You’ve Got The Love
MC – Greg Punch
Celebrant – Katrina Holt– Katrina put together a ceremony that was fun and light-hearted and very much us. She is an amazing celebrant!
Stationery – Story of Us for the seating chart, Vistaprint for the invites
Menu – Moby Dicks provided
Cake – Indulge Me Cupcakes Absolutely awesome coconut and red velvet cake
Bombonieres – Engraveworks shotglasses
Hair – The Whitehouse Productions
Make up - The Whitehouse Productions – Suzi’s makeup is stunning. There’s no other words for it. It was a warm day and my bridesmaids and I were sweating up a storm but our makeup stayed in place the entire day.
Wedding Bands – Forever Diamonds