How did you meet your (now) husband? Adam and I met 4.5 years ago through mutual friends. He got my number the next day (as he was too shy that night!).
How long have you been together? 4.5 years
Do you have a proposal story? After 2.5 years of dating, Adam organised a holiday to Surfers Paradise. We stayed in a beautiful apartment overlooking the beach and spent the first day at Dreamworld and looking around Surfers Paradise. That night, Adam had organised dinner at a seafood restaurant by the water. After dinner, we went for a walk along the water but it was getting cold so we started to walk back to the car. Adam took my hand, turned me around to face him and then dropped to one knee to propose. It was such a beautiful moment with so much effort and thought gone into making it perfect. I immediately started crying of happiness!
What was your wedding date? 18th March 2016
Location (Ceremony and Reception)
Where? Robert Oatley Vineyards (ceremony) & Robert Oatley Wild Oats Pavilion (reception), Mudgee NSW.
What made you choose there? It’s such a beautiful venue that allowed us to be married on the lawn, have photos in the vineyards and our reception upstairs of the cellar door. The cellar door was also our wet weather option. It’s so hard to find a venue that has everything and your guests can relax and enjoy themselves without travelling throughout the wedding. It’s a very rustic venue but looked so elegant decorated with chandeliers and floral centerpieces.
How did you find it? We always knew about it as we have both grown up in the Mudgee area. We attended a wedding at Robert Oatley Vineyards after only one year of being together and loved how much it had to offer.
How was the weather on the day? It poured rain all morning on the day of our wedding. The rain began to clear around lunch time, but it then started to rain again at 3:30 (we were getting married at 4). My Dad was on the phone to Adam to determine what the weather was like at our venue, as our venue was 10 minutes out of town. We decided to get married at 4:30 instead of 4 to beat the rain. As I was walking down the aisle, the clouds began to disappear and the sun shone on our wedding arch, making for a beautiful arrival. We had the cellar door as our wet weather option, but Adam and our florist had put so much effort into our wedding arch that we really wanted to get married on the lawn.
What made you decide to get married on this particular date? Autumn in Mudgee is beautiful, especially in the vineyards.
The Wedding Details
Theme? The colours of our wedding were pinks, blues, white /cream and gold. Our venue was very rustic with timber flooring, timber furniture and exposed timber beams. The colours we chose worked so well with the timber, creating a warm atmosphere and elegant venue.
Were any aspects of your wedding D.I.Y? If so What? A lot of our wedding was D.I.Y as we wanted to keep the cost down so we could enjoy ourselves on our honeymoon. Adam is a builder so he built our wedding arch from timber milled by my Dad from his farm. He also built our seating plan ladder/frame and a frame used in our photobooth with left over timber. We dedicated a corner in our venue to a photobooth, allowing guests to dress up and have fun in creating pictures for our guest book. I purchased chandeliers that hung from the timber beams and decorated the lounges with cushions matching our theme. I also purchased our table numbers online and painted them gold, along with tealight holders and candles for the tables and ledges around the venue. In the week leading up to our wedding, I made blackberry jams for the bonbonieres and placed them on the tables with name tags for guests to know where to sit.
Bridesmaids – who/relationship? Justine (sister-in-law), Melissa (sister), Kellie ( MOH & best friend)
Groomsmen – who/relationship? Ethan (friend), Luke (friend), Jake (Best Man & best friend)
Wedding Gown (the most important part!)
What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes? I loved how modern the Karen Willis Holmes wedding gowns were and that they catered for younger brides in wanting something a little different. After seeing Karen Willis Holmes gowns in Cosmo Bride and Facebook I knew I wanted this brand of wedding dress.
Where have you seen our gowns (if at all) before? Cosmo Bride and Facebook.
How many gowns did you try? I tried 4 in total – all were sequin dresses.
Where did you purchase your gown from (which store or stockist)? I purchased my 'Caitlyn' Gown from Karen Willis Holmes Paddington.
What did you especially like about your gown? I loved the sequins, the detail on the sleeves, the sheer back with embroidery and the v-neck. It fit like a glove when I tried it on and suited my body shape. I felt so beautiful wearing it on my wedding day! I traveled 6 hours and based my appointment around the availability of the 'Caitlyn' gown as I loved this gown, even though everyone had warned me that you never buy the gown you have in mind. As soon as I had it on I knew it was ‘the dress’. My dress was made complete with the 'Maggie' tulle Overlay (which I wore for the ceremony).
Who is your bridesmaid dress supplier? Rodeo Show
Where did you get the groom and groomsmen’s suits? Tarocash
What accessories did you choose to finish your gown and also for those in your bridal party? I wore the ‘Alexandria’ earrings from Karen Willis Holmes and a bracelet from Adorne. My bridesmaids wore beautiful tear-drop earrings by Peter Lang, which were a gift to them the morning of our wedding.
Where did you get your shoes from? I purchased my heels online from Styletread. The brand was ‘Skin’.
Did you wear a veil/headpiece? Where did you get this from? I wore a cathedral veil, purchased from Karen Willis Holmes.
What advice would you give brides organizing their wedding? Enjoy the planning process! We loved the wedding planning as it allowed us to involve our friends and family. Also, I created a budget spreadsheet to allow us to keep track of our costs and wrote lists of what needed to be done to ensure nothing was forgotten.
What advice would you give brides searching for their wedding gown? Don’t allow others to dictate your wedding gown – everyone has an opinion when it comes to searching for your wedding gown! Know your body shape and research wedding gowns before you go shopping.
Anything extra that is special or you would like to share about your big day. My Mum passed away when I was only 12. We wanted to include my Mum in our wedding so we lit a candle at the beginning of our ceremony to allow her to be with us.
Something Old? A handkerchief, worn by my great, great grandmother on her wedding day.
Something New? Wedding gown
Something Borrowed? A handkerchief, worn by my great, great grandmother on her wedding day.
Something Blue? I had a little blue bow sewed onto the lining of my dress.
Florist – Red Lily Floral Design.
Photographer – Erin Latimore Photography.
First Dance – ‘Making Memories of Us’, Keith Urban.
MC – Graeme, my brother in law.
Celebrant – Jane Endicott
Stationery – Print Storm Mudgee
Menu – Adam and I decided on the menu with Robert Oatley Vineyards.
Cake – Who Ate The Cake.
Bombonieres – Blackberry Jam (I made these using blackberries from our property and had Print storm create the labels)
Hair – Lila and Allan
Make-Up – Bella Medi Spa
Wedding Bands – James Allan
Other – Wedding cars by Sydney Mustangs