How did you meet your (now) husband? We met through mutual friends over 8 years ago
How long have you been together? Six years
Do you have a proposal story? Clint had decided to propose to me on St Albert’s bridge, London, when we were over there for Christmas 2014 (to visit my sister and witness the birth of our second niece). I was completely shocked as Clint had always said that he would never propose overseas and that our Pug, Franklin, would be involved if we were ever to become engaged. My parents were in London at the time, and Clint had arranged that they would be waiting as a surprise on the other side of the bridge. On the night of the proposal, we were actually supposed to be having dinner with friends that evening, and when Clint casually suggested that he wanted to take some photos of the bridge on the way, I baulked, concerned that we would not have time; my sister (who was also in on this) convinced me that we would have time. Once we got to the bridge, Clint said he would run ahead to get the photos he wanted – I didn’t suspect anything as Clint always took forever to take photos – so the first inkling I had was when I reached Clint on the bridge and saw that he had a toy pug beside him – with a ring on its tail! It took me some time to get over the shock and to realise this was for real (he had previously jokingly proposed twice before). Clint then walked me to the other end of the bridge where my parents were waiting for us. We all then went to a pub to share a celebratory drink.
What was your wedding date? 28/08/2015
Location (Ceremony and Reception)
1. Where? Powerhouse Brisbane – We had the ceremony at the Ruins/Stones Forecourt area and the reception on the Rooftop Terrace.
2. What made you choose there? We absolutely loved the building and have spent a lot of time there throughout our time together. We liked the idea of having the wedding and reception all in one place. Clint, being an architect, wanted to have the wedding in a character building with an industrial vibe. Further, Clint and I had our first date at the dog park (we both love dogs) right beside the Powerhouse.
How was the weather on the day? It was raining first thing but by lunch time it was really sunny and quite warm.
What made you decide to get married on this particular date? We wanted to have a winter wedding as we did not want the weather to be too hot. We got engaged at the start of the year and decided that we didn’t want to have to wait a year and a half for the wedding (as we didn’t want all the drama and planning to last that long) so we contacted the Powerhouse to see if they had any dates left in late August early September. We liked the idea of a Friday afternoon wedding. We wanted late August/early September so that my sister and her family would have time to organize to come out from London.
The Wedding Details
Theme ? We both really liked the industrial vibe of the Powerhouse with the exposed brick walls and graffiti. To really fit in with that, I wanted to have a lot of greenery in the space. I’d loved, when we lived in London, how there were lots of beautiful exposed brick buildings with lots of greenery everywhere – this was the theme that we were going for. With the ceremony space, Amey (Pack a Perfect Party) did not have to do too much with the space as we chose a place at the Powerhouse that had exposed brick walls and was covered in a green vine. The Powerhouse had not actually used this space before for a wedding ceremony so Amey was able to arrange with them for us to use it. Amey brought in some lovely timber chairs, and lined the aisle with greenery. With the reception space, we wanted to have a nice, relaxed, feel. We chose to have a cocktail wedding to suit this. I asked Amey for lots of greenery and fairy lights – Amey ran with this and the result was amazing. She did such a wonderful job and she was such a delight to work with. Clint and I both love wooden furniture and Amey brought in beautiful wooden tables and a lounge set. With the flowers, I initially wanted a lot of greenery with white flowers. Last minute I decided to include a touch of lavender into the flowers – thank goodness Amey from Pack A Perfect Party was there to help with everything.
Where did you draw your inspiration/ideas from? From living in London. Pinterest was also very helpful!
Were any aspects of your wedding D.I.Y? If so What? No – Initially, I was thinking of doing this. I am very glad I changed my mind though as I felt a lot less stressed once Amey came on board. She was such a sweetheart and made our wedding look so beautiful.
Bridesmaids ? Jasmine Copeland (Matron of Honour) – My sister. Sian Robinson (Friends since the age of 4 – went to primary school, and high school together and grew up in the same street). Sophie Hart (Friend since high school).
Groomsmen ? Phil Inthisan (Best Man – Clint and Phil met at Uni). Greg Foll (Clint’s friend from Uni). Nick Kathage (friend through Greg).
Flower girls/Page boys ? Mia and Isla Copeland (our nieces)
Wedding Gown (the most important part!)
What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes? My parents live near the Paddington (Brisbane) store and I have been driving past the store for years. I’ve always been excited to see the new gowns in the window every few weeks.
How many gowns did you try? I tried on about 15 dresses at other places. I tried on five other dresses at KAREN WILLIS HOLMES before trying this dress on. I wasn’t going to try it on as it felt so heavy. As soon as I put it on, I knew that it was the dress that I wanted. I had really wanted an open back dress. The wonderful ladies at KAREN WILLIS HOLMES suggested that I could take the lace out of the back of the dress.
Where did you purchase your gown from ? KAREN WILLIS HOLMES store at Paddington, Brisbane.
What did you especially like about your gown? I really loved the lace and the detailed sequin/bead work in the gown. I also loved that it was fitted and had cap sleeves as I did not want a strapless dress. I had wanted a dress with an open back. The wonderful ladies in the store suggested that I could take the lace out of the back of the dress. My nana did this and we then used the lace on my veil.
Who is your bridesmaid dress supplier? As the bridesmaids each had their own unique style, I wanted them to pick whatever dress that they wanted and felt comfortable in. We decided on black as it would tie the dresses together. My sister got her dress from a store in London. Sian got her dress from Review. Sophie got her dress from Zimmerman.
Where did you get the groom and groomsmen’s suits? All of the suits came from Michael Innis at West End, Brisbane. They were so wonderful to work with and made the experience of choosing suits really fun. Their suits were also really well priced.
What accessories did you choose to finish your gown and also for those in your bridal party? I was very lucky that I am good friends with Tammy who owns Artisans Gems and Jewels at Paddington Brisbane. She said that I could wear anything from the store. I chose a pair of rose gold diamond earrings. I got my headpiece from the Molten Store (Brisbane based designer). I got the girls earrings from the Molten store as well (champagne coloured earrings).
Where did you get your shoes from? Stuart Weitzman shoes from David Jones.
Did you wear a veil/headpiece? Where did you get this from? My nana made my veil – we purchased $20 worth of ivory tulle from a fabric store. She used the lace from the back of my dress and put this on the veil. I used Pinterest to help me choose what style of veil that I wanted. Everyone really loved the veil which is wonderful given that it cost $20.
My headpiece was from the Molten Store. As my dress was so detailed and I was wearing a veil, I wanted something simple in my hair that could sit at the back of my head. I went into the Molten Store as I love the jewelry and accessories in the store. Jessy (the owner/designer) was so wonderful. She helped me find a head band that sat at the back of my head (so that it wasn’t seen from the front). She also helped me choose the bridesmaids earrings (and the mother-of-the-bride’s earrings).
What advice would you give brides organizing their wedding? Use suppliers that you feel comfortable with. For me, having good working relationships with the suppliers was key as it meant that I could clearly discuss what I wanted and trusted them. I was very lucky to have Amey from Pack a Perfect Party styling the wedding and doing the flowers – she was so calm and lovely. Britt Spring was phenomenal. She made me feel so relaxed despite my hatred of having my photo taken.
What advice would you give brides searching for their wedding gown? Choose a dress that suits your personal style and that you feel comfortable in. I always knew that I did not want a strapless dress with a large skirt. I tried a few on (to appease my mother) but they did not feel like me. As soon as I put on the Alexandra dress at KAREN WILLIS HOLMES I knew it was the dress as I felt like me in it.
Anything extra that is special or you would like to share about your big day? My parents surprised me with a London, black taxi to transport us to the wedding (as I used to live in London and it is my favourite place in the world). Sian surprised me with a donkey to come along for the photos. She did this as I love donkeys and had commented on wedding photos where there had been donkeys present. I was very lucky that Amey had previously styled a wedding with a donkey so she made some flowers for the donkey. Further, Britt had previously photographed a wedding with a donkey in the UK.
Florist and decorating– Amey from Pack a Perfect Party. She was a dream to work with. The flowers were stunning. I told her that I wanted lots of greenery, white flowers, lavender, and very wild bouquets. The flowers looked amazing. For the flowers, Amey used lisianthis, lavender, gum, rosemary, and ranunculus. As soon as Amey saw a picture of my dress and Clint’s suit, she recommended flowers to help tie the wedding together. I found Amey through my friend Sophie (bridesmaid). Sophie had helped Amey with a few weddings. I chose Amey because I had loved everything that I had seen of her work (on FB and Instagram). As soon as I met her I knew I wanted to work with her as she was so happy, kind, and enthusiastic. Amey also ran a flower crown making workshop for my Hens. Amey did such an amazing job and everyone at the hens loved her.
Photographer – Britt Spring Photography. Britt is the sister of one of my friends. I had a look at Britt’s website and straight away knew that I wanted to have her as the photographer. I loved the style of photos that Britt took. Britt (and Suz her assistant) were so lovely. They both knew that I hated being in photos, but they made me feel so comfortable. Britt created such beautiful photos. Again, we both feel really lucky to have had Britt at our wedding.
Music – We used an iPod. We played Sia’s Breathe Me whilst I walked down the aisle. For the signing, we played The Middle East, Blood. For the recessional we played Jose Gonzalez Heartbeats. During the reception, we played a mix of our favourite music including Alt-J, Bloc Party, Chvrches, East 17, Flight Facilities, The Jezebels, Louis Armstrong, and Two Door Cinema Club.
First Dance – Jimmy Durante – Make Someone Happy
MC – Christopher Asnins (Clint’s friend he met through skateboarding)
Celebrant – Dina Browne. Dina used to work at Channel 7 with my parents. Dina was wonderful to work with. She worked with us to create a ceremony that was very reflective of both Clint and me.
Stationery – Jenna Hooper Creative – Jenna did a really beautiful job with our Save the Dates and invites. Jenna is a good friend of mine and is such a phenomenal graphic designer. Clint drew the Powerhouse and Jenna put this drawing on the invites.
Menu – Zen Catering – the food was great. As we had cocktail style, we had lots of canapes and bigger bites going around all night. The food included house-made Alexandrian falafels, beef and burgundy mini pies, soft-flour tortillas, mini Black Angus cheeseburgers, and mini cinnamon doughnuts with espresso dipping custard. The caterers were wonderful to work with and were happy to change anything to meet dietary requirements.
Cake – Flour and Chocolate at Morningside. The cake was delicious. We had a three tiered cake. The bottom layer was chocolate, the middle was buttercream with raspberries, and the top layer was chocolate with raspberries. The layers were separated by white chocolate ganache.
Bombonieres – We had a large range of spices in test tubes from Pepper & Bean. Pepper & Bean were great to work with. They were very helpful in suggesting different spices to include.
Hair – The Powder Room – The women from the Powder Room were wonderful. We all loved our hair and make up. They created a really relaxed and fun environment on the day.
Make up – The Powder Room
Wedding Bands – Artisans Gems and Jewels – they also made my engagement ring. I felt very lucky to have such beautiful, handmade rings. My brother-in-law works there and so Clint was able to help make his own wedding band.