Our very own KAREN WILLIS HOLMES Team Member, Prea tied the knot in a stunning & intimate wedding. Prea has been working for KAREN WILLIS HOLMES for the past three years, and looks absolutely stunning in a custom couture gown. We wish Prea & Lee all the happiness in their marriage.
How did you meet your (now) husband? Lee is a chef and he used to work at a pub I frequently visited. I had been admiring him each time I walked past the kitchen for about a year. Then one time I mentioned to a friend of mine, who also worked at this pub, that my future husband was in the kitchen. Lee had noticed me too and told the same friend… not long after that friend convinced me to give Lee my number, so after a few drinks, I wrote my little love letter on a coaster (which he still has) and awkwardly gave it to him haha, it was very high school. He must not have minded though, as he messaged me the next day and we have spent nearly every day together since.
How long have you been together? Not very long, coming up to 2 years.
Do you have a proposal story? Well, after only about 6 weeks Lee ‘proposed’ to me with a plastic ring. We didn’t tell anyone, because we knew they would think we were crazy - I thought it was crazy! But I had not a doubt in my mind that this was the man I would spend the rest of my life with. We had planned to save for a ring and then he would propose again and that is when we would tell everyone.
We hadn’t yet saved for the ring nor told anyone we were secretly engaged, when we got the surprise news that I was pregnant! Wedding plans were not really in our thoughts now we had this news, but one night we decided it would be nice if we got married before the baby was born, as we may not have time or money afterwards. We were thinking of eloping, but when we told my Mum & stepdad, my Mum really wanted to be there (I wanted her to be too) so we decided to have a very intimate wedding at their place in the Blue Mountains.
I didn’t buy the ring I had dreamed of (well not yet anyway) but we got a ring that I love (for now) and Lee proposed again one morning while I was still in bed and he was leaving to go to work. It was one week before the wedding haha - but it was perfect!
What was your wedding date? 28.06.14
Location (Ceremony and Reception)
1. Where? At my parents house at Wentworth Falls in the Blue Mountains. The ceremony was in the front garden and the reception in the house.
2. What made you choose there? We organized the wedding in 6 weeks on a very small budget, so even if we wanted to go somewhere else we probably wouldn’t have been able to. But also it was perfect for a small wedding, with just our family and a couple of friends.
They have a beautiful garden, even in winter, and we both loved the idea of an outdoor garden wedding.
How was the weather on the day? Oh my gosh we were lucky.The house was fine for the reception, but we definitely wanted a garden ceremony, so needed good weather. It was middle of winter so we knew it would be cold but we thought so long as it didn’t rain that was ok. We had purchased and decorated a beautiful arch so really wanted to have the ceremony in the garden. The night before we looked up the weather and there was a severe weather warning! I was pregnant and hormonal and tired but we tried to stay positive.
The next morning we were counting our lucky stars as it was very cold but blue skies and sunny. The weather warning was for around midday, so we decided to set up and hope for the best.
The beautiful blue skies stayed for the ceremony (it was freezing but I did not care), we went and got some photos and as we arrived back at the house, the clouds were deadly and the severe weather started!
We were so relieved; we couldn’t believe how lucky we had been! There was central heating inside, so we were fine for the reception.
What made you decide to get married on this particular date? With only about 6 weeks to plan, that was the date every one was free!
The Wedding Details
Theme ? The florals were mauves, lavender, white and green. We had a somewhat rustic theme, being up at the mountains in winter, it seemed most fitting, but we didn’t have too much time - probably a good thing because I could have gotten very carried away!
Where did you draw your inspiration/ideas from? Having worked at KAREN WILLIS HOLMES and dealing with all of our real brides, I was looking at weddings nearly all day every day! Like most ladies of today I am Pinterest obsessed… and of course love all of the wedding blogs - the lane, ruffled blog, green wedding shoes, style me pretty, polkadot bride, not to mention magazines!!! So much pretty not enough time!
Were any aspects of your wedding D.I.Y? If so What? Yes, everything really. As my husband is a chef, we decided to make the cake ourselves. We also did my bouquet, the floral arrangements and decorated the arch with flowers we got from Sydney Flower Markets. All the décor we did (which wasn’t much really), but the table decorations etc. were done by us. Hessian, candleholders from ikea, jars with flowers and also a friends sister had some jars left over from her wedding that she had decorated, which we used also.
Flower girls/Page boys – who/relationship? My two nieces appointed themselves on the day, they were both 5 years old and loved running behind me, carrying the train on my dress. At one stage they got a bit excited and nearly lifted it right up haha.
Wedding Gown (the most important part!)
What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes? I guess I was already there.
Where have you seen our gowns (if at all) before? Every day for nearly 3 years.
How many gowns did you try? Hmmm, spread over the years, quite a few! I’ll never forge my first, Daphne! That led to the Prea gown being called the Prea gown!
What did you especially like about your gown? The lace! The sleeves, the buttons, the beautiful French seams!
Where did you get the groom and groomsmen’s suits? Grooms jacket was from Zara, and the pants, coincidentally in the same fabric, were from David Jones (forget the brand oops).
What accessories did you choose to finish your gown and also for those in your bridal party? I kind of left it to the last minute, but while my Mum and now Husband had popped to the shops, I asked them to get me a delicate gold bracelet or something from somewhere cheap like Sportsgirl (in case I didn’t like it he he) and they cam back with this cute little one that had a dream catcher on it. Everyone was commenting on it… I’m pretty sure it was under $10!
Where did you get your shoes from? I had some great shoes from Zomp, which were flat as I was 22 weeks pregnant.
What advice would you give brides organizing their wedding? If you are not an organised person, spend your money on a wedding planner and save yourself the stress! If you are organised, save that money for the dress!
As hard as it is not to get stressed about this magical day, which hopefully only happens once in your lifetime, try not to lose sight of the fact that the reason for a wedding is to celebrate the love and commitment that you and your partner have decided to make together! Don’t get me wrong, the dress is almost as important as the man you are marrying, but other little details can get the better of you - and they shouldn’t.
The planning of a wedding only happens once too, so enjoy it!
Lastly, photos are forever!!! Get a photographer that will capture your day in the way you want, because you will keep wanting to relive that day over and over!
Write lists ladies! Lots of lists and get ticking!!!
What advice would you give brides searching for their wedding gown? It can be overwhelming, especially if you have about 5000 dream gowns like I did. So leave enough time, don’t go to a thousand dress shops in one day, you’ll end up having a panic attack. Most importantly, chose something that is you and that suits your body shape. Try on lots of different styles to start with too!
Anything extra that is special or you would like to share about your big day.
Lee’s family are in the UK and weren’t able to make it over, but they watched on Skype, which was nice to have them be apart of the day. We wrote our own vows, which was special… Lee is rather poetic and had everyone there in tears!
My dear friend Kiri is a photographer and captured our day for us! She is so talented and we absolutely love the photos. She has since then also taken my maternity photos and our baby Tyler’s newborn photos!
Something Old? My nans engagement ring
Something New? My dream catcher bracelet from sportsgirl.
Florist - Sydney Flower Markets
Photographer - Kiri McPherson Photography
Music - Lee’s best friend is a DJ, and made a great playlist for us.
Stationery - We made the invitations ourselves. They were love heart origami invitations.
Cake - We made it ourselves.
Bombonieres - We made short bread biscuits in love heart shapes and put them in little brown paper bags to give to the guests.
Hair - My Mum did my hair.
Make up - I did my own makeup with Mac products