How did you meet your (now) husband? I use to work with Tim’s sister Nelly.
How long have you been together? 5.5 years.
Do you have a proposal story? Tim proposed when we were on holiday in New Zealand on an island in the Bay of Islands. He had secretly had a ring designed and made for me. It was a special day and it’s a really special ring.
What was your wedding date? 15th May 2015.
Location (Ceremony and Reception)
Where? Fig Tree Restaurant, Byron Bay.
What made you choose there? We had heard about Fig Tree and it was the first place we wanted to check out for a wedding venue. After having an amazing tasting there and meeting with Che (the owner) we just knew it was the right place for us so we locked in the date we wanted and didn’t look anywhere else. Che is a lovely genuine human and the property is so homely. We love it there
What made you decide to get married on this particular date? We wanted to get married in May as we love the weather at that time of the year. Not too hot or cold.
The Wedding Details
Theme (if any – colours, features, etc.)? Colours: White, light grey and royal blue.
Where did you draw your inspiration/ideas from? The Fig Tree Restaurant is a beautiful old farmhouse that has been converted into a restaurant. It has a lot of charm and the property is so beautiful, we wanted to keep everything else quite simple as to not distract from the beautiful backdrop and views of Byron Bay and the lighthouse.
1. Bridesmaids – who/relationship? Becky (Brides sister) &Nelly (Grooms sister)
2. Groomsmen – who/relationship? Dean &David (Grooms bestmen)
3. Flower girls/Page boys – who/relationship? Evie &Hunter (our niece and nephew).
Wedding Gown (the most important part!)
What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes? I spotted a gown on the KAREN WILLIS HOLMES Facebook page and called the Brisbane store to arrange to come up and try it on.
Where have you seen our gowns (if at all) before? On the KAREN WILLIS HOLMES Facebook Page.
How many gowns did you try? I probably tried on 5 dresses. Deborah from KAREN WILLIS HOLMES helped me and I really enjoyed the experience!
Where did you purchase your gown from (which store or stockist)? I purchased it from the Paddington store the same day I tried it on.
What did you especially like about your gown? When I put it on I thought ‘Wow’! I loved that it was unique and fun to wear. I got so many compliments on it and a few people at our wedding asked if the gown had been made for me.
Who is your bridesmaid dress supplier? Forever New.
Where did you get the groom and groomsmen’s suits? Tim’s suit &bow tie were from M.J.Bale in Brisbane. We got the groomsmen outfits from Connor.
What accessories did you choose to finish your gown and also for those in your bridal party? My earrings are from KWH Paddington and I had a simple sparkly hair comb from Colette.
Where did you get your shoes from? Forever soles in Byron Bay. www.foreversoles.com They were simple, a good height and comfy!
Did you wear a veil/headpiece? Where did you get this from? I didn’t wear a veil.
What advice would you give brides organizing their wedding? When you make a decision, lock it in and move onto the next thing. Smash the to-do list. It all gets done in the end and it’s so exciting!
What advice would you give brides searching for their wedding gown? Browse the net for inspiration. There are plenty of pretty gowns out there you just need to find the one that best suits you and your personality.
Florist – Estelle: The French Petal. www.thefrenchpetal.com Estelle is such a sweet lady and we loved all our beautiful flowers. It was exactly what we wanted and we didn’t need to give her much direction- she’s a pro!
Photographer – Jason & Sarah: Lucas &Co. www.lucasandcophotography.com Jase & Sair are an awesome duo, so relaxed and down to earth. We love their style and we’re so so happy with our wedding photos! They captured so many special moments.
Videographer – Bernice: All your memories. www.allyourmemories.com.au We have always loved the work of ‘All your memories’ so it was an easy decision. We will be getting our wedding film back soon along with the coverage of the ceremony and speeches- we can’t wait!!
Music – James John Anson (also our Jeweler) www.ansonjewellers.com Awesome live acoustic musician- always creates the best atmosphere. And for later in the evening we had DJ Pip: www.byronaudio.com.au Pip was great- we gave him a small song list and let him take charge from that. We were up dancing all night long. He also supplied our pool lighting.
First Dance –James Morrison – ‘I won’t let you go’. Our first dance was outside down by the pool. It was especially beautiful as it gently started to rain half way through the song but that didn’t stop our family and friends from joining in and dancing in the rain with us.
MC – Ben (Brides Brother) Benny did a great job! He was in his element.
Celebrant – Cara Gallagher: Modern Love Ceremonies. www.modernloveceremonies.com.au When we met Cara at a Byron Bay Wedding Fair we just laughed and laughed. We instantly knew she was the right celebrant for us and we booked her in the same day! She made our ceremony so personal and engaging for all our guests. So many of our family and friends commented on what a beautiful unique ceremony it was. Cara will always be a special friend.
Stationery – Lisa Brown: firstname.lastname@example.org A very talented lady. She designed all our stationary including ‘save the date’ cards, formal invitations, map &info cards and ‘how it’s going to go’ cards for the day.
Menu – After canapés by the pool we sat down for a banquet feast. Our guests shared large platters which included 3x mains and 3x sides. The food at Fig Tree is unreal! The vegetables and salad ingredients come straight out of the huge vege garden on the property. Che is the owner and head chef- awesome guy!
Cake – Rebel: www.rebellyouscakeco.com.au We had a lime and coconut cake with white chocolate ganache. It was decorated with fresh flowers. It was so yummy! Really happy with the flavor we picked. Rebel was highly recommended to us by Fig Tree.
Hair – Alana Mevissen: www.alanamevissen.com Alana looked after my hair and make-up for me and my bridesmaids. She is very talented and professional. I absolutely loved how she did my make-up- it was so natural and I never needed to top it up. Loved my hair- a really relaxed romantic look.
Make up – Alana Mevissen: www.alanamevissen.com (see Hair)
Wedding Bands – James Anson: www.ansonjewllers.com James helped Tim to secretly design an engagement ring for me. It is a stunning blue sapphire and diamond ring. He also made both our wedding bands. Check them out- their work is amazing!!