How did you meet your partner? We met 8 years ago at the well known Sheaf Hotel, Double Bay. It was the Easter long weekend, I was hesitant to go out and a friend dragged me along, I was designated driver as well! Dave was with a group of friends and quite the opposite of sober! A friend was chatting to one of his friends and we naturally started talking, while it wasn't an instant love at first sight moment I was taken with his tall, dark and handsome looks. We realised we lived very close to each other and an hour or so later I was keen to head home and offered Dave a lift as he was pretty wobbly on his feet by that stage. On the way home the drink got the better of him and was sick half in and half out of the car, I was definitely questioning my decision in offering a lift at this stage ha! The next day he very kindly offered to clean my car, we started messaging from then on, we actually didn't get together for about a year after that though as he had a partner overseas at the time and we were in different stages of our life, but luckily he messaged again as it was good timing for both of us to start dating and give things a go.
How long have you been together? Seven years.
Do you have a proposal story? We had traveled to Japan a few times for skiing, this was our third trip together and Dave had planned to propose in the snow while skiing one of the days. Unfortunately, we were traveling with a big group, more specifically my Dad and Aunty who didn't give us much alone time for Dave to find the space and moment to do it. He waited until we got to Tokyo for the last few days of our trip where it was just us two, on our last evening he kept asking me to find somewhere really nice for dinner we could enjoy somewhere special to eat, we didn't have a booking but tried our luck at a Mexican restaurant of all places (it actually had very good reviews and recommendations, with spectacular views of the city). After ordering drinks and a snack Dave proposed overlooking the city, it really was such a special moment! I started crying of course and don't think anyone in the restaurant knew what was going on! I especially loved having our last day in Tokyo exploring the streets and relaxing with my fiance before heading home to celebrate with family and friends.
What was your wedding date? 29th April 2017
Wedding Venue? St Isidore Restaurant, Milton, NSW
What made you choose there? We love the south coast of NSW, have grown up holidaying down that way and Dave and I have had lots of weekends away with family and friends down there. We wanted somewhere slightly rural, one location for both ceremony and reception, also a beautiful area for our friends and family to come for the weekend. Dave is from New Zealand and knew we needed a special place for those traveling to spend time.
How did you find it? It's a very well-known restaurant in the area (one chef's hat has upped its popularity!), we had lunch there exactly a year before the wedding while down there for a weekend. It was so beautiful the food was amazing and after chatting to Jo the manager we had decided it was definitely the place for us to get married.
How was the weather on the day? Perfect! Can't believe how good it was, classic Autumn day – 22 degrees, no wind, not a cloud in the sky and a gorgeous afternoon. We still can't believe how lucky we were with the weather!
Was there a reason you decided to get married on this date? We love Autumn and this was out of peak time (school holidays etc).
The Wedding Details
Theme? While we didn't have a specific theme, we wanted the venue to be the highlight as it was already so lush and beautiful. We hired Monica from Hoorah Events who is well known for her wedding styling, she went above and beyond what we wanted from her and couldn't have asked for it to be better. Mainly lots of fairy lights, flowers, and beautiful seating areas for everyone.
Where did you draw your inspiration/ideas from? Instagram, Blogs, Hello May Magazine, and Pinterest. We just wanted a really fun wedding, with great food, music, speeches and lots to drink. We have been to a lot of weddings recently and knew what worked, what could be left out. We weren't overly traditional but still had all the important bits.
Were any aspects of your wedding D.I.Y? If so What? We had the help of Monica from Hoorah Events, she did an amazing job at highlighting the already beautiful venue. A stunning arbour for the ceremony, loads of fairy lights, decorative vases and flowers, beautifully styled seating areas for our guests as it was a cocktail style reception. We had a special swing seat under this amazing tree, guests could sit and take polaroids to add to our guestbook. The tree was covered in lights, frames and the seat had a sheepskin rug to keep you cosy, it was such a nice addition to the already beautiful space.
Bridesmaids – who/relationship? Claire (sister), Katie(school friend)and Marissa (school friend).
Groomsmen – who/relationship? Chris Voyce (Best man, a friend from University), Chris Milne (School friend), and Nick Murley (University friend).
Wedding Gown (the most important part!)
What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes? I had known about the label for a long time, other friends had gowns previously from them and followed on social media. Loved their variety of style too.
Where have you seen our gowns (if at all) before? Friends, social media and magazines.
How many gowns did you try? 4-5
Where did you purchase your gown from (which store or stockist)? Paddington, Sydney
What did you especially like about your gown? It was stunning! I wanted a very classic style but also fun, the sequins were not originally what I wanted but when I tried it on it was definitely 'the one'. It was very comfortable on the day, I wore it right up until the night ended! It looks amazing in photos, shimmered beautifully in the sunlight and had so many compliments about how well it fit me.
Who is your bridesmaid dress supplier? Zimmermann
Where did you get the groom and groomsmen’s suits? Myer
What accessories did you choose to finish your gown and also for those in your bridal party? The bridesmaid had simple hoop earrings, I had small simple Swarovski studs. As the dress was already so decorative I didn't want to overdo it with jewelry.
Where did you get your shoes from? Windsor Smith
Did you wear a veil/headpiece? Where did you get this from? Yes, I had a classic straight long veil, this was also from Karen Willis Holmes.
What advice would you give brides organizing their wedding? As much as you stress over the small details, it really does come together in the end! If you start to go crazy over budget really think if those extra things are worth it. Our wedding was not a huge expense and it was the best day ever, and pick good quality vendors!
What advice would you give brides searching for their wedding gown? Try on the dresses you don't expect you will like! It will most likely be the dress when you least expect it.
First Dance – Hey Ho, The Lumineers
MC – Thyson Steentjes. Who was a school friend of Dave's.
Celebrant – Amy Watson from I Do Me Too creative ceremonies, she was fantastic! Recommended by a friend, she was so lovely, funny and warm. We had a lot of compliments on our ceremony, most people find it the least interesting part of a wedding but she really engages everyone and tells a beautiful and honest story about the couple.
Stationery – our friend, Melissa Martin, did our wedding invitations, she drew the illustration and had them professionally printed.
Menu – Food from St Isidore was amazing. We chose to have a selection of canapes, substantial bowls and desserts. It was amazing!
Hair – Natalie Newton
Make-Up - Anneke Knock
Wedding Bands - Cerrone
Extra features - I kept my skin looking radiant for the wedding by visiting regularly to Tribe Beauty in Bronte, Nicole is amazing at what she does, best facial in Sydney!