How did you meet your (now) husband:
Simon sold me leather jacket while he was working at General Pants Co. I fell instantly in love and went home to the two girl friends I was living with at the time and said "I have to marry this guy". We dug the receipt out of the bin to find his name, I tracked him down on Facebook and the rest is history.
How long have you been together:
Just over 5 years
As Simon knows, Christmas is my favourite time of year! I was out of town for almost a week in early December, in which Simon frantically decorated our front garden with 2800 gold fairy lights. The day he proposed he picked me up from the airport, we went and bought a Christmas tree and new decorations. We spent the afternoon putting the tree up with a Christmas movie on in the background! As soon as it was dark, Simon said he wanted to show me the Christmas lights he put up outside (I had been asking him for weeks to put up the Christmas lights). It was hot summers night in Brisbane. He asked me to close my eyes and walked down our front steps. When he asked me to open my eyes the whole front garden was lit up in twinkling lights with Simon on one knee holding an engagement ring. The stone wall behind him had written in fairy lights 'will you marry me'. Our little kitten was jumping around the garden amongst us. It was just perfect.
What was your wedding date: 04.10.14
James Oates reserve, Minnamurra
A friend of ours had her wedding there and I loved it. Sime and I also love the water so that made it feel more 'us'. My favourite thing however, was the little bush walk you had walk through to reach the destination. It was decorated with hanging jars and flowers. It's gave it such a magical & tranquil feel.
City Beach Function centre, Wollongong
It was really difficult to find a reception venue in the Illawarra that I loved. I found this one of my hardest tasks. I ended up choosing City Beach because the function room itself was nice and big with really high ceilings, so it didn't feel cramped. It was right on the ocean, so it had a beautiful view of moon lit water from the balcony. And I knew there was a lot of potential to style up the room. The staff were also great! They always got back to me so efficiently.
This was the only down fall on the day. Even though the sun was shining and the sky was blue, it was so windy. Or how I phrased it on the day "like a tornado". It did however make some beautiful photos. My veil certainly was flowing and the canopy felt alive. As one of the groomsmen describe the girls "it made their dresses flow like flags" Being the perfectionist that I am, I hated that all our gorgeous hair became slightly wind blown lol lucky I packed mini hair brushes, bobby pins and mirrors in each of the girls clutches.
What made you choose this date:
We wanted a spring wedding. It was the long weekend, and city beach was available that day!
Maid of honour- Kate (sister)
Bridesmaid- jess (best friend)
Bridesmaid- Ashley (cousin)
Bridesmaid- Nicole (other really good friend)
Bridesmaid- Stephanie (cousin)
Best man- Mat (best friend)
Groomsmen- Kane (other best friend)
Groomsmen- Kain (brother in law/ good friend)
Groomsmen- Nathan (brother)
Groomsmen- Aaron (brother)
Theme: The only way I can describe my theme would be 'ivory & lace' I wanted a classic white wedding with a rustic edge.
DIY: We contemplated making our own invitations but decided it was defiantly too much effort and time we just didn't have. We made our own guest book. We just bought a brown spiral book from typo with thick brown pages and put some of our favourite photos and quotes through out the book. My cousin took some pictures of us in the backyard with her Polaroid camera which looked great and flowed with our rustic feel to the wedding. We also made confetti bags for the ceremony. We went through a company called Piccolo & Poppi for the printed tote bags, and then filled each one with paper colourful confetti and sealed it with a small peg.
WEDDING GOWN (The most important part)
What made you decide to go to Karen Willis Holmes:
I did a lot of research on the Internet before even starting to look in shops. I had a look on KAREN WILLIS HOLMES web page and fell instantly in love with the Matilda gown (I think that's what it was called). Also thought they were reasonably priced.
Where have you seen our gowns (if at all) before? I've seen the gowns in the window of the Paddington store in Brisbane. A friend of mine also wore a KWH gown for her wedding. Such elegant gowns.
How many gowns did you try? The dress I bought was the first dress I tried on. Fell in love with it straight away. I waited a month to try it on again when my mum was up visiting, and we both agreed it was the one.
Where did you purchase your gown from? I purchased the gown from the Paddington store on Brisbane. The ladies were fabulous help!
What did you especially like about your gown? My favourite thing about the gown was the tiers in the skirt. I loved the tight bodess and lace that fringed the boob area. I felt the gown complemented my body shape perfectly and I felt really great in it. The veil was my other most favourite part! I didn't plan on wearing a veil but when the girls suggested trying this particular one on, It completed the whole outfit
Bridesmaids: Zimmerman silk maxi dresses in 'pearl' colour (Ivory)
Groomsmen: Navy blue suits from Topman, Sydney. Each suit was then tailored to fit each person perfectly. Shoes were also from topman. White shirts from Roger David and belts from tarocash. Bow ties were bought online. Groomsmen wore black and the groom wore an ivory bow tie.
Bride- Anna Campbell bracelet, Tony Bianco heels, plain diamanté ear rings and a KAREN WILLIS HOLMES hair clip/comb
Bridesmaids- Samantha Wills bohemian ring in cracked white. Gold stud ear rings, and plain off white heels from Payless ($50 each) which actually looked great. I bought each girl a white clutch with gold trimming across the flap, pure packed with bandaids, Panadol, neurofen, mints, mirror, small brush, wet ones, tissues.
Advice for brides: It's really easy to get caught up in everything being perfect. Something someone told me that stuck "it's not a production, it's about you and simon making a commitment to each other" this always help put things into perspective for me when I found myself stressing because I wasn't sure how many tiers the cake should be.
Gown advice: Do your research! look online first. Most designers/shops will have a webpage. It saves you time, helps narrow down your choice, and gives you an idea of styles you like/ don't like. You have to feel GREAT in it.
Something old- My grandmas hankies that I kept in my clutch
Something borrowed- My Great Grandmas lace table cloth which went over a small table at the ceremony to hold the confetti bags as people arrived
Something blue- My Piccolo & Poppi garter
Something new- My dress!!
Florist: Carly from 'Botany & Co' Kiama. My stylist actually recommended her. She was amazing! By far my favourite supplier of the entire day. My bouquets were exactly what I had in visioned. And the floral work on the canopy at the ceremony brought so much beauty and colour to the venue. I just loved her work. Really easy to work with as well
Photographer: Holly Prins. She is a rock star this girl. Funny, chilled, and extremely talented! I love her use of colour with photos and I couldn't of been happier with the end result.
Videographer: Joel Francis and his assistant Sanita Khandrixiay. Joel is just starting out in the videography business but wow he did an exceptional job! And so reasonably priced for a whole day's work!
Walking down the aisle- Ava Maria by Beyoncé
Signing register- how long will I love you by Elle Goulding
Cutting the cake- over the rainbow by Israel Kamakawiwo' Ole
First dance- all of me by John legend
Bouquet toss- single ladies by Beyoncé
Garter throw- oh my god by usher
We used a local supplier to Wollongong called 'Essentric'. I was extremely happy with the end product and flowed with our theme beautifully! Well priced too!
Cake: Again we went with a local supplier called 'Delaneys Cakes' we had a three tier white chocolate & raspberry swirl mud cake, with butter cream icing. We had flowers from the florist used as decoration on the cake with 'love birds' cake topper from etsy.
Bombonieres: Lollie bar decorated by our stylist and tote bags from 'Piccolo & Poppi'
Hair: Natasha Papac and her assistant styled my hair, mother of the bride and x5 bridesmaids. Extremely happy with what she produced! All our hair looked fabulous and elegant. I didn't want a stale and original hair style for any of my bridesmaids. They were much too pretty for that.
Make up: The incredible Lauren Symons. Her attention to detail and talent is out of this world. I couldn't of been happier with her efforts!
Wedding bands: Diamonds International, Brisbane. Both plain gold 18c
Extra features: Cars were 10 seater Chrysler white stretch limos
We used giant Ivory helium balloons for photo props (3foot in diameter) hanging from thick white ribbon. They looked great in photos and were a lot of fun