How long have you been together? Three years
Do you have a proposal story? We were visiting Ben’s family in Cairns, he grew up there. We were hiking around the Mossman Gorge when we swam out in to the river and he asked me to climb a very large rock that was in the centre of the river. Once we were up on top of the rock ben pulled a ring box out of his pocket and proposed to me. The view was spectacular as we were up so high you could see much of the way down the river. We engaged on my parents 25th wedding anniversary.
What was your wedding date? 9th April 2015
Location (Ceremony and Reception)
What made you choose there? As soon as we walked in to the beautiful garden courtyard we fell in love with the intimate space. It was the only venue we visited that we could both close our eyes and see ourselves surrounded by our friends and family, exchanging our wedding vows.
How did you find it? We had eaten at the Boathouse Palm Beach and had a soft spot for the decor, friendly faces and amazing food. We chose Moby Dicks as we wanted a more private, intimate setting.
How was the weather on the day? We woke up at 6am to an overcast day, it didn’t rain throughout the day though. At 3pm the clouds parted and the sun came out ready for our guests to arrive at 3:30pm.
What made you decide to get married on this particular date? Both of our families work within the education department, so we always new that we wanted to get married during school holidays. Both of our families travelled to attend so they both hired beach houses for one week prior so that we could spend as much time together as possible. Autumn is our favourite time of year, so it was easy to choose April to be our wedding month.
The Wedding Details
Theme (if any – colours, features, etc.)? Our colour palate was neutral, incorporating blue and grey tones. We tried to encapsulate a relaxed but elegant vintage feel while taking advantage of the beautiful coast line and surrounding ourselves with a mix of white florals and Australian native flowers.
Where did you draw your inspiration/ideas from? As soon as we found Moby Dicks we drew much of our inspiration from their beautiful styling techniques and simply tried to add to the natural beauty of our surrounds.
Were any aspects of your wedding D.I.Y? If so What? Ben made our bamboo arbor that we we married beneath. He also made the chalk boards that greeted our guests. Ben also made the photography peg board that our friends and family took happy snaps and pegged them on to twine for us.
We also did our own florals. My mother and two sisters went to the Sydney flower markets the day before the wedding at 3am to choose the florals and we spent much of the day before the wedding putting together all of the flowers for the day.
We also put together our own sweets table for the day, this formed part of our favours for our guests. We put together seed bags so that our guests could watch our love grow and hand made place settings from chocolate and lavender.
Bridesmaids – who/relationship? Emma Wilson, sister and Chloe Wilson, sister
Groomsmen – who/relationship? Joshua Leyden, Best Man, brother
Wedding Gown (the most important part!)
What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes? Every single gown by Karen Willis Holmes took my breath away, they are so special. As soon as I tried on the Sienna gown I felt like a bride.
Where have you seen our gowns (if at all) before? All of my favourite bridal magazine.
How many gowns did you try? I tried on four KWH gowns, but many more before that, I was looking for something really special.
Where did you purchase your gown from (which store or stockist)? Paddington Store
What did you especially like about your gown? Everything! The lace bodice, the drop button back, the dropped silk waist, the stunning circular train.
Who is your bridesmaid dress supplier? Fame & Partners
Where did you get the groom and groomsmen’s suits? David Jones
What accessories did you choose to finish your gown and also for those in your bridal party? I chose crystal and sapphire tear drop earrings by Swarovski. For my bridesmaids I chose Swarovski earrings and necklaces, with a Forever new clutch and Nine West flats.
Where did you get your shoes from? Nine West
Did you wear a veil/headpiece? Where did you get this from? I wore a Karen Willis Holmes veil.
What advice would you give brides organizing their wedding? Don’t rush big decisions, like the venue or your dress, the perfect thing will come along and you will be glad you waited.
What advice would you give brides searching for their wedding gown? Try the gown you’re not sure about, the wild card. Get the gown that compliments your beautiful shape and that you feel beautiful in. Wait for the perfect gown, don’t rush it!
Something Old, Borrowed and Blue? My mums garter
Something New? My crystal earrings
Florist - DIY, I would highly recommend it, it was so much fun and I loved the finish product!
Photographer - At Dusk Photography. We found Chris online, we fell in love with his photography immediately, and his pricing was very reasonable. We wanted two photographers to be with us from when we were getting ready until the last guest left and At Dusk gave us that. We also wanted all of the little moments captured, as our friends and family are incredibly dear to us, we couldn’t be happier with our wedding photographs.
Music - Chantal & Cesar. We found these guys online too and just loved their relaxed folksy style. They were very relaxed and easy to work with. Our first dance was a live rendition of over the rainbow, it was just perfect.
First Dance - Somewhere over the rainbow, live acoustic version
MC - Ben’s best friend Cody was our MC for our wedding, He is an incredibly funny, outspoken and loyal friend. He did a fantastic job at keeping timings and telling funny stories.
Celebrant - Claire Belford. Claire is a joy to work with. She made every single aspect of this process easy and really made the ceremony feel extra special. We had so many compliments about our ceremony and it was all because of Claire, she really is amazing, highly recommend.
Stationery - Little Paper Pantry
Menu - By Moby Dicks Whale Beach. We had our beautiful food served on share platters on beautiful wooden cheese platters in the centre of the tables. Our guests loved the ‘family’ atmosphere and that they were able to try all of the food.
Cake - All Sweet Things by Carissa. We had a three tier naked cake. The bottom layer was white chocolate, the second layer was white chocolate/butterscotch, the top layer was butterscotch. There was a caramel buttercream filing and salted caramel drizzle. Carissa has won awards for her incredible skills. She was so flexible and helpful, a real gem to work with.
Bombonieres - We put together our own sweets table, we also put together hand made seed bags for our guests to take home.
Hair - The Bridal Hair Co. Vanessa was absolutely amazing, I was worried about my hair until I did my trial and she was an absolute dream. It is clear that she loves what she does and her skills are nothing short of perfection. I absolutely loved working with her.
Make up - The Bridal Makeup Co. Shelley was really great, she is passionate about her work and really does deliver perfection.
Wedding Bands - Custom designed by Ben from Mark Bridges Jeweller.