How did you meet your (now) husband? We met at a mutual friends party when we were young he was a handsome, rugby league playing, older guy. There wasn’t much more to tick off a teenagers list.
How long have you been together? We’ve been together for nearly 10 years ! I wouldn’t say we were high school sweethearts. But after all these years we couldn’t imagine spending our life any other way.
Do you have a proposal story? Jack and I were taking our 6 monthly trip to Melbourne and on the way home we were stopping in Bright VIC, in a beautiful little cottage up in the hills. I was getting ready to go out for tea, when he stopped me and asked me to sit with him and look at the stars. Moments later he pulled a ring from what seemed like nowhere and asked me to be his wife.
What was your wedding date? 27th September 2014.
Location (Ceremony and Reception)
1. Where? My Parents farm in Griffith NSW. In the Riverina region.
2. What made you choose there? I had grown up there, and always thought it was beautiful in a simple way. I also knew I would be allowed to do whatever I wanted. I got married in my parents garden, had a cocktail hour and then had the reception in a different part of the garden under beautiful festoon lighting it was everything we wanted.
How was the weather on the day? The weather was perfect ! A beautiful 27 degrees a light breeze and a beautiful cool night.
What made you decide to get married on this particular date? We knew we wanted to get married in the spring because that is the time of year everything is beautiful and green. So we picked Sept / Oct because we wanted an outdoor wedding we knew it needed to be a bit warm. Then we made sure our vendors were available and picked that date.
The Wedding Details
Theme (if any – colours, features, etc.)? I knew I wanted a rustic feel to the day, but with some sparkle added into it. Blush and timber were the colours and then everything just rolled from there. Once I had chosen my bridesmaid dresses everything magically fell into place.
Where did you draw your inspiration/ideas from? I read a lot of wedding blogs and magazines. And pinterest is obviously endless for ideas.
Were any aspects of your wedding D.I.Y? If so What? Living in the middle of NSW we are a bit restricted in what is available for weddings to hire, so there were lots of DIY because I knew that was a way to personalize things. The biggest DIY was from my Dad he made a beautiful rustic arbour, well he calls it a hut it’s huge ! We got married underneath it and no one could believe he made it. My Pop made all the flower boxes with his Men’s Shed which was really special to me. My bridesmaids and I did all the flower arrangements for the tables and made the favours which were little potted plants in biodegradable pots. They were a huge hit ! I still get photos of peoples plants growing in their gardens and now they are starting to flower. To get the garden ready for a wedding is not an easy task but there were many weekends spent with my family and friends and it made it all so much more special.
Bridesmaids – who/relationship?
Sally – Matron of honour and one of my closest friends who now just happens to be my sister in law.
Laura – My sister
Jaimie – One of my friends who I have worked with for just over 5 years !
Groomsmen – who/relationship?
Alex – Jack’s best friend
Will – Jack’s brother
Joe – Jack’s brother
Flower girls/Page boys – who/relationship?
Isla – niece
Maggie – niece
Ruby – cousin
Lane – cousin
Wedding Gown (the most important part!)
What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes? I wanted a dress that was not covered in layers and layers of tulle. I had spent hours on pinterest and had came across KAREN WILLIS HOLMES dresses. I thought that they were incredibly different to anything I had seen and were flowy and simply beautiful.
Where have you seen our gowns (if at all) before? I had never seen one of the gowns in real life, but now after purchasing my own they seem to be popping up everywhere in magazines.
How many gowns did you try? I would have tried what seemed like millions.
Where did you purchase your gown from (which store or stockist)? I purchased my gown the Armadale boutique. It was so refreshing to walk into a boutique and not feel pressured, I was instantly relaxed and had a wonderful time trying on dresses. Sally made me feel comfortable and was extremely honest, which is quite rare.
What did you especially like about your gown? I chose the Jamie gown and I loved the detailed beading on the bodice and how it flattered my waist and just dropped so elegantly. When I tried it on I immediately felt beautiful. I didn’t buy it there and then, I went to a few other store but then found myself comparing them to the Jamie dress, so I knew it was the ONE ! It was so comfortable as well and felt beautiful and soft against my body.
Who is your bridesmaid dress supplier? My bridesmaids are very different girls, so I knew I couldn’t put them in the same dress. Sally and Jamie’s were both purchased from a local boutique, Something & Love and are Eileen Kirby. My sister Laura’s dress was a blush sequin dress purchased from White Runway it’s a j’adore design. The dresses were one of my favourite parts of the wedding I’m so glad I decided to put them in different dresses. They all said they felt beautiful and individual, which was my aim. They all just wore nude heels, I asked them if they could find a pair that they felt comfortable in. Of course every girl has a different tolerance when it comes to heels. My flowergirls wore the cutest dresses from Tutu Demonde. The littlest flowergirl Maggie lost her shoes one minute before walking down the aisle, so she went without and was carried it made for some beautiful photos.
Where did you get the groom and groomsmen’s suits? One of the groom’s main request was that he wanted to wear a tuxedo. So he chose a very dark navy suit with black trim from Man2Man. The groomsmen wore the same suit.
What accessories did you choose to finish your gown and also for those in your bridal party? I chose a headpiece and earrings from Jeanette Marie in Melbourne. I also wore my sisters bangle. The bridesmaids had rose gold accessories for the day which also pulled their look together.
Did you wear a veil/headpiece? Where did you get this from? My veil was my something borrowed from my cousin it was beautiful and matched with my dress perfectly. I did have a headpiece hand made by Jeanette Marie for the reception and it was beautiful.
What advice would you give brides organizing their wedding? Listen to your groom, often they have the best ideas. If they would like something in particular I would work around them, because they don’t really ask for much. Don’t be afraid to ask for help, your family always want to help but don’t want to get in your way. Having mine and Jack’s extended family and friends help made everything more special. As long as you have good people, good food, good music, your new husband and yourself will have a perfect day !
What advice would you give brides searching for their wedding gown? Go to a bridal store which has a big range of dresses to find what suits your shape. Then once that part is done use google and pinterest to find the one you like. Stick to your gut, because you can easily get distracted trying to please everyone.
Florist – Country Eclectic Flowers & Décor. I got in contact with Margie from a local wedding fair. She has designs which were exactly what I wanted. She was wonderful and so organized and really cared what I wanted for the day.
Photographer – Jillian Mitchell. My husband’s incredibly talented Aunty. I have always loved Jill’s photography I have several of her images hanging in my home. For my photography I wanted to include the beautiful landscapes and not just have big pictures of my face. She was perfect, we hardly posed at all and I was completely comfortable.
Music – Jiakamo Thief – Honestly the best live band in NSW I organized my wedding around them !
First Dance – Our first dance was ‘You’ll accompany me,’ Bob Sega
MC – Harry Robertson our very close friend
Celebrant – Learna Brauman
Stationery – An etsy designer Rachel Marvin. She was so easy to deal with and the inviations turned out beautifully !
Catering – Sugarmill Patisserie. Their Food is to die for !
Bombonieres – Potted plants in biodegradable pots.
Hair – Jaimi Thompson – Jaimi has been my hairdresser and friend for many years now and I couldn’t have chosen a better hairdresser
Make up – Candace Vearing. Candace did an amazing job ! I felt beautiful but still myself.
Wedding Bands – Frank Ellis the diamond Centre Griffith