How did you meet your (now) husband? We met briefly on a night out in Brisbane. His friend bought me a drink and we ended up having a quick chat… I don’t really remember what was said, but it must have made an impression. As any true love story goes … I was stalked down the next day via Facebook - despite not giving my last name. And so the saying goes ‘the rest they say is history’
How long have you been together? Four years
Do you have a proposal story? Angus and I went to visit my best friend in France. I wasn’t expecting anything at all but I had always given Angus three main criteria to follow if he was ever to propose!
1.Make sure Im dressed well (heels and dress).
2. Make sure my nails were done.
3. Make sure my makeup was looking good and my hair was done nicely.
So in true Angus style he dropped his knee on an early morning walk in the rain. I was makeupless, hair in a two day olf bun and wet, a chipped nail, in gym wear, wearing sneakers. Luckily we were surrounded by the beautiful country side of South France in Agen and I didn’t even notice that I wasn’t glammed up… plus it helped that the ring was a breath taxingly beautiful! It truly was one of the best days on my life and I wouldn’t change a thing. Afterwards I got to celebrate all day with my bestie and her husband! I hadn’t seen her in year so it was extra special.
What was your wedding date? 22nd April 2016
Location (Ceremony and Reception)
Where? Maleny Manor - Maleny Queensland
What made you choose there? We currently live in Hong Kong and were trying to plan the wedding from there. We weren’t able to see any venues but thankfully my mum has impeccable taste and knew exactly what I wanted. I was very keen on having ceremony and reception at the same venue and wanted something that enabled us to be married outdoors and have a garden party vibe. Maleny was amazing at adapting their space to suit my needs.
How did you find it? My mum was onto wedding venues from the moment I put the ring onto my finger. Maleny Manor has also been voted ABIA’s best wedding venue for the past 4 years so it was easy to find… just not so easy to book a date!
How was the weather on the day? Just as I had wanted it. Cloudless, sunny, with a slight breeze- how perfect!
What made you decide to get married on this particular date? Angus used to play rugby and a lot of the guests (including one of the groomsmen still do). We had to have a wedding day that coincided with the Hong Kong, Japan, Australian, and French Rugby season. As it so worked out there only happened to be 3 weekends that worked for majority. Friday the 22nd was the only date Maleny Manor had available out of the three options.
The Wedding Details
Theme? Boho chic. I really wanted to have an outdoors garden party feel despite the reception being indoors. We used a colour pallet of blushes and creams, olive leaf green, and dark plum tones.
Where did you draw your inspiration/ideas from? I was a massive stalker of Pinterest, any spare moment I got I was pinning ideas and creating mood boards! Our stylists were fantastic too, they really seemed to understand the concept and offered great ideas to achieve the look I was after.
Were any aspects of your wedding D.I.Y? If so What? My mum was amazing at adding personal touches. We had photographs on every table of Angus and I through out our years and also a table of pictures dedicated to past generations of wedding in both of our families dating back to my great great grandmother. A few nights before we hand did the signage using wood and copper leaf. Also the name tags and menus cards were designed by me and professionally printed in Hong Kong.
Bridesmaids – who/relationship? Maid of honor - Janene (my gorgeous older sister), Bridesmaids: Becky, Emily, Jasmin - Three of my best friends from school.
Groomsmen – who/relationship? Best man - Chris, Groomsmen: Dallan, Andrew - Best friends from school.
Wedding Gown (the most important part!)
What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes? I actually had a bit of a disaster to begin with. I always envisaged my dress to be really unique with a high fashion feel. I follow allot of blogs and had fallen IN LOVE with a particular dress I had seen. I won’t mention any names, but the designer was a well known Israeli label. Unfortunately for me there was no stockist in Hong Kong. After viewing what felt like a million dresses, I hadn’t found one that made me feel the same as this dress did - I decided to bite the bullet and do the tabo - buy online. I got in contact with designer and got them to ship my dress to Australia. I arrived in Aus for a holiday (and to try the dress on) a few months after it had arrived, and I was horrified. Despite the very hefty price tag, the dress looked so cheap! The sewing wasn’t straight, the fall and drape was off, and the ‘pearl beading’ was plastic! From previous experience looking for dresses I knew Hong Kong didn’t really offer much to cater for what I was wanting which left me with one week to look for a dress in Australia. I had one week in Australia and then the next time I was coming back was a week before the wedding. To say I was totally freaking out is an understatement. We looked at a few places in Queensland but nothing was really standing out as different or high fashion - until a friend suggested Karen Willis Holmes. I looked online and automatically fell involve with the bodice. Karen Willis Holmes was amazing at adapting the dress to make it exactly what I wanted. In the end I got something different, sexy, and high fashion but still elegant and in some ways traditional - the 'Abbey' bodice and 'Emmeline' skirt. They worked with my time schedule and I had my first dress fitting the week I got back for the wedding.
Where have you seen our gowns (if at all) before? I hadn’t actually seen any before! I had been too focused on other international brands to look at Aussie designers.
How many gowns did you try? In total probably close to 50… maybe even more.
Where did you purchase your gown from (which store or stockist)? The Paddington shop in QLD
What did you especially like about your gown? I loved how subtly different they are, you still get the elegance and tradition of a wedding dress but with a modern and effortlessly sexy twist. I think Karen has really mastered fitting the female body. The quality was also incredible, it felt luxurious to wear.
Who is your bridesmaid dress supplier? We used a trusted Tailor in China who makes all Angus' work suits and majority of my wardrobe. She did absolutely everything for the wedding. Bridesmaids gowns, dresses, crop tops, pants, suits for all the groomsmen, Fathers and grooms suits, bowties, shirts, pocket squares etc. She did such an amazing job and got it all done in a month!
What accessories did you choose to finish your gown and also for those in your bridal party? I bought a beautiful belt form Karen Willis Holmes bridal which I really feel finished the dress. For jewellery I borrowed a diamond pendant from my mum and wore it on a thin chain. My clutch was a blush coloured Valentino. I had a chunky drop earring for the ceremony but changed to a delicate winged diamond earring once I removed my veil and added a head floral piece! The girls had very delicate rose gold accessories.
Where did you get your shoes from? Giuseppe Zanotti
Did you wear a veil/headpiece? Where did you get this from? I never thought I would wear a veil but when I was trying on the dress the shop assistant- Lisa suggested i try one on. I couldn’t go past how pretty and bride like it made me feel like. I wore a veil during the ceremony (from Karen Willis Holmes) and then had a floral headpiece at the reception which changed up the look of my dress and made it more relaxed and boho.
What advice would you give brides organizing their wedding? Go with reputable vendors, a great team behind you is what makes for a great day… and it eases a hell of a lot of stress!
What advice would you give brides searching for their wedding gown? Don’t get too caught up in preconceived ideas what your dress will look like. It’s good to have an idea of what you like, but obsessing over a particular dress you have seen on pinterest or a catwalk that isn’t actually realistic in price is going to cloud your judgement on other amazing dresses. Also go to designers that offer a customised range rather then individual dress makers - so much easier and you can still get exactly what you want! Lastly… never underestimate the importance of comfort MAKE SURE YOU CAN SIT AND WALK!!
Anything extra that is special or you would like to share about your big day.
My husband is half Maori - the day incorporated beautiful elements of his heritage which made it so extra special for both of us. Our entrance was greeted with a surprise Haka performance from all the male Maroi guests, after every speech the woman stood up and sang a beautiful prayer in Maori, and for the ceremony Angus was presented with a Korowai cloak - a great sign of honour in the traditional Maori culture.
Something Old? My grandmas diamond broach which was on the bouquet
Something New? Everything
Something Borrowed? Mums diamond necklace
Something Blue? My toe nail polish
Florist - MONDO FLOWERS
'Mondo came highly recommended to us by Maleny Manor. Terrianne is amazing - I honestly can’t recommend her more. We used a eclectic mix of brass and crystal vases to hold the flowers in which suited the style of the wedding perfectly. She understood the look I was after from the moment i met her. I kind of let her do her own thing in terms of picking types of flowers and what she came up with was absolutely amazing. I had also given her the brief of brining the outside in- which she made happen by wrapping the reception polls in beautiful cascading greenery!'
Photographer - SHANE SHEPHERD
'Shane had previously shot Angus' sisters wedding. Her photos were so beautiful and still give me chills when I look at them. We didn’t even look at other photographers. He was so incredible and easy going. The last thing Ang and I wanted was to ‘pose’ for photos and them end up looking fake. Shane snapped away and worked so hard he was actually sweating. We got our photos done within an hour , and as a result got to spend some time with our guests at the garden party before the reception. The photos were effortless and absolutely stunning. We think they capture the whole mood and feel of the day perfectly. Absolute legend and couldn’t be happier with the outcome!
Music - RUSS WALKER DUO
He is Stan Walkers older brother and just as talented. I used to listen to him play years ago at a pub that used to be across the road from where I worked. When it was wedding time we got in contact and he agreed to play, even though he doesn’t usually do weddings. His voice is out of this world and he really set the entire tone of the wedding! Keeping it slow and soft to start and picking it up as the guests got rowdier - he is very good at reading the audience. I believe at one point my dad was dropping it pretty low on the dance floor and I was rapping at the bridal table!
First Dance - ‘Real Good Hands’ by Gregory Porter which Russ sang so magically.
'Being big fan's of jazz, we wanted something a little different. We first heard the song in Japan while having a little slow dance in a living room of a friends dinner party. We both knew that was it - and almost said “wedding song” at the same time.'
MC - OUR HONG KONG BESTIE BEN ROBERTS
Celebrant - JARRAD BAYLISS
Jarrad was also recommended to us by Maleny Manor. What an amazing human, we met him and instantaneously clicked. I don’t think people put enough thought into who their celebrant is going to be - but basically they are one of the most important parts as they set the whole tone of the wedding! The ceremony was funny and filled with so much love. It was so personal that it felt as though Jarrad was one of our close friends who had known us for years. I think people where blown away at different the ceremony was, all our guests were so involved and engaged which they absolutely loved!
Stationery - We designed our own and got them made through a manufacturing contact I had in China
Menu - We designed our own and got them made through a manufacturing contact I had in China
Cake - EDEN CUPCAKES
Hair - HAIR BY NICOLA
Make-Up - PRU EDWARDS MAKEUP