How did you meet your partner? We actually met through my dad, who very sneakily introduced us when he invited Matt and a few of his friends over for dinner!
How long have you been together? Three years
Do you have a proposal story? Matt surprised me by taking me horse riding in the morning, followed by a beautiful lunch at Mt Tambourine and then a drive out to Tumbulgum. He had told me that he was taking some engagement photos for another couple (Matt is a wedding photographer) that afternoon and that we were meeting them there. When we arrived, he set up his camera on a tripod and had me stand in front of it so he could “get his light right”. He hit record and then walked over to me and proposed. Just when I thought it couldn’t get any better, he walked me around the corner where his sisters had set up a hidden picnic for the two of us to celebrate, complete with all our favourite food! He is such a romantic, and I love that we now have a video of the proposal that we can keep forever!
What was your wedding date? April 17th 2017 – Easter Monday
Ceremony & Reception Location? Branell Homestead in Laidley
What made you choose there? Matt is a wedding photographer and really wanted to pick a venue where he hadn’t taken photos before so that it could really feel like 'our' venue. We loved the look and feel of Branell, and the staff were so incredibly lovely and helpful throughout the planning process.
How did you find it? Google
How was the weather on the day? Perfect, we seriously couldn’t have asked for better weather! Clear skies and a really nice temperature.
Was there a reason you decided to get married on this date? We really wanted to get married in April/May because of the nice weather that time of year. We picked Easter Monday because it was the only date Branell had free during that time, and it worked out great because most of the vendors we wanted were free that day too!
The Wedding Details
Theme (if any – colours, features, etc.)? We didn’t have much of a theme, but I really wanted the wedding to be full of natural tones and colours. We had loads of wood and greenery with touches of white and soft lighting around the place.
Where did you draw your inspiration/ideas from? Pinterest! I think I got mildly addicted to scrolling through Pinterest boards for most of my engagement. I also got a few ideas from past weddings that we had attended.
Were any aspects of your wedding D.I.Y? If so What? Almost every part of my wedding was DIY! I had a very clear picture in my head of how I wanted everything to look, so the easiest way to achieve that was to do it myself. I did all our own stationery, flowers, signage and more.
Bridesmaids – who/relationship? I had Matt’s two sisters, Jess & Becky, my friend Zoe & my future sister-in-law Mareli.
Groomsmen – who/relationship? Matt had his friends Marnus & Matt, and his cousin Campbell.
Wedding Gown (the most important part!)
What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes? I saw a photo of a Karen Willis Holmes gown last year in a bridal magazine and then showed it to my mum who insisted we book an appointment to try on some gowns.
Where have you seen our gowns (if at all) before? Stacks of bridal magazines and Instagram!
How many gowns did you try? Probably about 8 or 9 from Karen Willis Holmes.
Where did you purchase your gown from (which store or stockist)? I bought my gown from the KWH boutique in Brisbane. The girls were so lovely and helpful and made the whole experience fun and completely stress-free!
What did you especially like about your gown? I LOVED the beading on my gown, and that it was so unique. It was completely different from the dress I had pictured myself wearing, but the moment I put it on I just loved the way it fitted. My mum also cried, so I knew it was the one.
Where did you get the groom and groomsmen’s suits? Yd. Suits
Where did you get your shoes from? Billini
Did you wear a veil/headpiece? Where did you get this from? I wore a veil for the ceremony and swapped over to a beautiful headpiece from Ulyana Aster for the reception.
What advice would you give brides organizing their wedding? Don’t stress about small things. Put more thought into making the day enjoyable for your guests and think about them the whole way through. And don’t forget to take it all in on the big day – it goes past so quickly.
What advice would you give brides searching for their wedding gown? Be open minded and go with your gut – when you know, you know (even if it wasn’t the dress you’d pictured yourself wearing!)
Photographer – Edwina Robertson
Florist – DIY
Videographer – Sam Fregonese
Music – My Brother was our DJ!
First Dance – Nothing Like You – Dave Barnes
MC – James Bazley & Michael Kelly – close friends
Celebrant – Peter Barson
Stationery - DIY
Menu – Woodfired pizza from Fire’n’Dough
Cake – Emily Smith – Love Well Project
Hair – Erika Alexander from Alexander-Woulfe hairdressing
Make-Up – Chelsea Burns
Groom – Natalie Marie Jewellery