How did you meet your (now) husband? We met at a fairly unfortunate pub in Fitzroy in Melbourne, introduced by a mutual friend.
How long have you been together? 5 years
Do you have a proposal story? Nick suggested on Christmas Eve at my parent’s property (where we ended up getting married) that we go for a drink on the back hill, I drove the quad bike whilst he carried the esky and drinks. When I accidentally went over a big bump and broke the bike we had to stop. Sitting in the long grass looking over the valley nick pulled out my mum’s good crystal champagne flutes I got cross at him for taking them – imagine if they had broken on the bike!!! Nick told me to stop worrying – then bought out some beautiful French Champagne and I started to get a little suspicious! Whilst watching the sun setting over the valley Nick pulled out a beautiful ring, I burst into tears and of course said yes! We then had to walk all the way home! It was so special to celebrate our engagement with all our family present on Christmas.
What was your wedding date? 7 December 2013
Location (Ceremony and Reception)
1. Where? Private Property, Glenburn Victoria. The ceremony was in the Olive Grove on the property and we had the reception in a marquee in the garden.
2. What made you choose there? Mum and Dad’s property, where we got engaged and a very special place for both of us.
3. How did you find it? Grew up there!
How was the weather on the day? We were so so so lucky, two days before the wedding we had torrential rain, storms, hail and gale force winds. Considering we had spent the best part of a year getting the garden ready this was a concern (it also made installing the marquee pretty tricky!) on the day though we woke up to 25 degrees, sunny and no wind – it was absolutely perfect!
What made you decide to get married on this particular date? No reason really – we wanted to avoid the heat of the later part of the year, and to make sure it was still green around the farm!
The wedding details
Theme (if any – colours, features, etc.)?
We wanted the wedding to reflect us as a couple. We are classic but not stuffy and we really wanted our bridal party to be comfortable. We chose Navy as our hero colour. The flowers were all in green/white tones. And the boys wore beautiful grey suits. As the wedding was in an olive grove and a garden we tried to reflect this where we could.
1. Bridesmaids – who/relationship? My sister, Sarah, was our maid of honour. We also had Hanna, a best friend since primary school, and two of my best friends from senior school.
2. Groomsmen – who/relationship? Nick had his two brothers, Edward and Charlie, Edward was the best man. We also had two of Nick’s oldest and best friends Chris and Tom, Tom flew all the way from Rotterdam in the Netherlands for the big day!
Where did you draw your inspiration/ideas from? I spent a fair bit of time on pinterest I’m not going to lie! I have also had some very dear family members have beautiful country weddings. We loved the relaxed feel that they had and wanted that for ours as well. The brief for the night was that we wanted a relaxed day with a great party at night – and that is exactly what we got.
Wedding gown (the most important part!)
What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes? I live nearby to the Armadale store and always loved the dresses in the window.
Where have you seen our gowns (if at all) before? Never seen them before in person.
How many gowns did you try? My mum and sister will tell you too many!!!! Funnily enough I went into KWH on my own for a look just after getting engaged and tried on a couple of dresses, I went back there after visiting about 5 other stores – don’t know why I bothered going anywhere else!
Where did you purchase your gown from (which store or couture)? Armadale
What did you especially like about your gown? It was just me from the word go! I loved the detailing of the swoosh to the side of the bottom of the dress as well as the neckline and the beautiful lace. The dress moved really beautifully when you walked as well.
Where did you get the groom and groomsmen’s suits? Oscar Hunt tailored the beautiful suits, shirts were tailored from Tailor’s Mark, and we got the gorgeous bow ties and suspenders from Turnbull & Asser on a recent trip to London.
What accessories did you choose to finish your gown and also for those in your bridal party? I bought a pair of pearl earrings for each of the girls, I wore some beautiful drop earrings from KWH, my something old and borrowed and blue was a sapphire ring that was my grandma’s.
Where did you get your shoes from? Seed
Did you wear a veil/headpiece? Where did you get this from? I didn’t wear a veil, I wore fresh flowers in my haid.
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? Mum’s outfit was from Perri Cutten, and my Mother in Law’s outfit was from John Cavill
Anything extra that is special or you would like to share about your big day.
Keeping ourselves amused getting ready on the day, the girls all got to laugh along to Sex and the City re-runs – kept us amused amongst all the hair, makeup and champagne. The boys all played golf in the morning and played pool.
My dad is a big bow tie man, one of his most important jobs (aside from walking me down the aisle) was tying all the boys bow ties when they arrived for the ceremony.
We had a lovely recovery breakfast at the farm the next day, it was great seeing everyone stagger back in, dance floor weary, and recap on the great night.
Our first night was at Flowerdale Estate (this is also where the boys got ready) which was where a lot of our guests were staying. Instead of having our own cars drive us back there – we jumped on the party bus with all our friends at the end of the night – we didn’t want to miss out on the fun!
Florist – Clarence of Healesville. They were recommended to me as a great florist and we couldn’t have been happier. The team were so delightful to work with and couldn’t have been more easy going!
Photographer – Dan O’Day – I actually met Dan about 6 years ago on a backpacking trip, we met in Prague and travelled together for a while. I have followed his career and work and when it came to choosing a photographer there was no other choice. It was so special to have an old friend taking such good care of us on the day!
Music – The Baker Boys – a good dance floor was a critical part of the brief, and it is fair to say we nailed it. You know it’s a good night when all generations are on the dance floor! The band was incredible and so lovely as well.
First Dance – ‘Your Song’ Ellie Goulding
MC – One of my oldest friends and the closest thing I have ever had to a brother. Richard was amazing and really got the night off to a great start!
Celebrant – We had Graeme Bradbeer the reverend from Nick’s old School. My parents also got married in his chapel so it was a lovely piece of symmetry.
Stationery – My sister designed the invites
Menu – Catering was done my Yarra Valley Catering – they were wonderful!
Cake – A dear friend of ours (and the mother of the MC!) made the cake for us – it was so beautiful and special!
Bombonieres – As we produce our own Olive Oil on the property we decided to give everyone a bottle of oil, these also served as the place cards on the table.
Cars/Transport – We didn’t have wedding cars – we ordered bus transport for the guests from Fallons Bus Service
Hair – M.Y. Salon Tecoma
Make up – A friend, Natalie, did it for us.
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