How did you meet your (now) husband? We actually first met more than 10 years ago, we have a mutual friend that I went to school with and Dan ended up working with when we were studying in Melbourne. We knew of each other back then however it wasn’t until I returned to Melbourne 5 years ago that we really hit it off. At that time Dan was actually house sharing with another friend after returning from the UK we started hanging out more and the rest is history!
How long have you been together? Almost 5 years.
Do you have a proposal story? I actually almost ruined the surprise, I took a phone call one day in the car for Dan while he was driving and it was the Lakehouse in Daylesford calling to confirm our booking for New Years Eve, which at that stage I had no idea was planned. Dan acted a little weird when I got off the phone and told him but I didn’t really think much more of it at that stage. Then we went up to Daylesford and Dan suggested we take our dogs for a walk around the lake in the early afternoon before we thought about dinner plans. During the walk it was a little awkward as kept asking me to slow down and was suspiciously quiet, and I wondered what was going on when he suggested we sit down and just enjoy the view over the lake before we head back home, and this is when it happened! Too nervous to get down on one knee he felt safer sitting and popping the question, which he did with a beautiful Tiffany Braclet, we then designed my engagement ring together. He had then organized a beautiful dinner for us and massages and a day of pampering at the Hepburn day spa.
What was your wedding date? Saturday 1st February, 2014
Location (Ceremony and Reception)
Where? The Convent, Daylesford, VIC
What made you choose there? Dan proposed the year prior whilst we were on a weekend getaway in Daylesford so we thought it would be a great idea to marry there also :)
How did you find it? It didn’t take us long, we looked around at a few wedding venues in Melbourne and decided to just take a look at The Convent although it was outside our budget and we just fell it love, it had such a lovely feel and we really liked the idea of creating a weekend getaway for our guests too, many of who traveled from interstate.
How was the weather on the day? It was a scorcher, 39 degrees, thank goodness for airconditioning, but it made for a beautiful evening as our guests spilled out on the decking area of our reception room.
What made you decide to get married on this particular date? We knew that we wanted a Summer wedding and February always looked to have quite nice weather. Also, it was my Dad's 60th birthday the following day so we had a lovely birthday and recovery BBQ the next day so it made for a great weekend overall :)
The Wedding Details
Theme? I knew that I wanted to keep things quite minimalistic and chose white and blush as my color palate with bridesmaid dresses and flowers. Having a venue with such beautiful garden surrounds, large floor to ceiling windows and soft lighting I knew that something quite soft would complement this. I knew that my dress would be something simple and elegant and fell in love with my KWH gown, it was actually the first gown that I tried on, the lace peplum detail was just beautiful.
Where did you draw your inspiration/ideas from? Pinterest and lots of searching online.
Were any aspects of your wedding D.I.Y? If so What? Yes, we actually made our own Bonboneirre's which also doubled as place cards. They were blocks of chocolate (my husband works for a chocolate company) individually wrapped with peoples names. Also, our centrepeices, we had several friends meet the florist and set up the variety of jars with our flowers to make our simple centerpieces. I also made the flowergirl's headpiece.
Bridesmaids – Tai Lennon & Lauren Jorgensen – High School Friends & Rebecca Rennie – Uni Friend.
Groomsmen – Simon Davidson – Friends since birth, Paul James – High School Friend & Chris Doyle – Uni Friend
Flower Girls/Page Boys – Millie Kerr – Bride's Niece & Charlie Pace – Groom's Brother
Wedding Gown (the most important part!)
What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes? I had a friend who was getting married and I had been into the store with her in the past, I loved the style, so elegant and the girls in store were just delightful, it was the first bridal store that I went to.
How many gowns did you try? At least 20!
Where did you purchase your gown from? High St, Armadale (Melbourne)
What did you especially like about your gown? The lace and the peplum overlay had me as soon as I tried it on! The belt (also from KAREN WILLIS HOLMES) was the perfect accessory to complete the look too, my mum actually purchased the belt at this initial try on, she loved it so much!
Who is your bridesmaid dress supplier? White suede
Where did you get the groom and groomsmen’s suits? Country Road
What accessories did you choose to finish your gown and also for those in your bridal party?
Bracelet – Tiffany and Co – my proposal present
Earings – Fletcher and Grace
Bridemaids – Rose Gold bracelets, Pearl earings and Tan & Rose Gold shoes (Steve Madden)
Where did you get your shoes from? Wittner
Did you wear a veil/headpiece? Where did you get this from? Cathleen Jia, a Melbourne stylist made my beautiful headpiece and veil, she has such a lovely range, I actually purchased 2 different pieces and just decided on the day which one to go with.
What advice would you give brides organizing their wedding? Make sure that you are true to yourself and your husband to be, let it reflect your own style and the things that are important to you both. Try not to get caught up in pleasing everyone else as you are the ones that will be looking back on your wedding day for the rest of your lives no one else.
What advice would you give brides searching for their wedding gown? Try to stick with a style and look that makes you feel amazing and comfortable, you will know when you find the right one!
Anything extra that is special or you would like to share about your big day? Once the day is here, relax and enjoy. Don’t sweat the small stuff, at the end of the day, your plan to marry the most wonderful person in your world will still become a reality :)
Florist – Gisborne Country Florist
Photographer – Tess Follett, Tess was recommended by another photographer that was unavailable on the day, and she was amazing to work with. She had such a lovely nature about her and just fit in so well. We LOVE the photo's, they were exactly what we were after, relaxed and candid.
Videographer – Purple Ribbon Weddings, we had this recommendation from Tess (her brother works for Purple Ribbon). Again, we were really happy with this team, great quality videography and they were a pleasure to work with also.
Music –DJ – Sam Sturgess, a recommendation from one of the bridesmaids. The music can make or break the atmosphere when it comes time to the dancefloor, Sammy killed it!!
First Dance –You are the best thing – Donavan Frankenreiter
MC – Jeremy McDonald, mutual friend.
Celebrant - Vicki White – Vicki is the mother of one of my Uni friends, and was another mother away from home when I was studying and living in Queensland. It was wonderful having someone so personal to marry us.
Stationery – Chicreative – Seddon, Melbourne. Local print and stationary shop who were wonderful in assisting with out ideas and plans for our wonderful bonboneirre's/place cards and thank you cards.
Menu – The convent Daylesford
Hair – Fotini Hatzis, hair and make up for all of the bridal party. Wonderful Job. She was amazing and just know what looks to create to perfectly complement all of the bridal party.
Wedding Bands - Bob from Superior Diamonds (Melbourne), helped us to created our engagement rings and both wedding bands.
Extra features - Headpiece, thank you so very much to Cathleen Jia from Cathleen Jia Designs, I took forever to decide on my hair accessories, she was so patient and understanding. I ended up getting 2 pieces and then just decided on the day as I couldn’t decide, there were too many wonderful options.