How did you meet your (now) husband? Cruising around Newcastle foreshore
How long have you been together? 9 years
Do you have a proposal story? We started the day with a horse and carriage ride around Central Park in NYC, Nathan then took me to the Empire State building for a sunset viewing and then we came out to a stretch limousine that took us on a drive around the city. We then stopped at Washington Square Park where we viewed the Arc De Triomphe and as we were taking photos, Nathan took out a piece of paper which happened to be the proposal speech and as soon as I was realizing what was happening, he was on one knee with the most beautiful custom made ring. We then stopped to take some photos of our celebration at Brooklyn Bridge and along the Hudson River. We ended the night with a fancy dinner Nathan organized with my favourite meal. It was the most beautiful day!
What was your wedding date? 9th May 2015
Location (Ceremony and Reception)
Where? Ceromony (Sacred Heart Catherdral,Hamilton) Reception (Brown Sugar, Warners Bay)
How did you find it? Wedding magazine
How was the weather on the day? Full Sunny Autumn day
What made you decide to get married on this particular date? May is a beautiful month and wanted a short engagement so we could move into our first home.
The Wedding Details
Theme (if any – colours, features, etc.)? Black and White. I found a company called Exotic Lily that helped me create my black and white elegant theme.
Where did you draw your inspiration/ideas from? As soon as I walked into Exotic lily showroom, I instantly drew inspiration with the décor aswell as a website called Wedding Wonderland
Were any aspects of your wedding D.I.Y? If so What? No
Wedding Gown (the most important part!)
What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes? I saw the matilda dress on a Cosmo bride magazine years ago and thought I wanted that dress.
Where have you seen our gowns (if at all) before? Cosmo bride
How many gowns did you try? 10
Where did you purchase your gown from (which store or stockist)? Paddington store
What did you especially like about your gown? The top lace detail and the way the ruffles were. I just loved the dress in its entirety.
Who is your bridesmaid dress supplier? Kelly Hiney
Where did you get the groom and groomsmen’s suits? Gentlemens Outfitters Newcastle
What accessories did you choose to finish your gown and also for those in your bridal party? Karen Willis Holmes specially made head piece and veil and Swarovski earrings(bride)
Bridemaids – mimco earrings
Where did you get your shoes from? Wanted shoes
Did you wear a veil/headpiece? Where did you get this from? Yes, from Karen Willis Holmes
What advice would you give brides organizing their wedding? Take each step as it comes and make sure you pick up all the details with a checklist and keep family input to a minimum.
What advice would you give brides searching for their wedding gown? Try on gowns that you wouldn’t normally see yourself in as it could be the one.
Anything extra that is special or you would like to share about your big day. I surprised Nathan with a red convertible Ferrari and kept my dress a surprise from everyone which made it special.
Something Old? My grandmothers engagement ring
Something New? Dress
Something Borrowed? Mum’s Swarovski earrings
Something Blue? Garter
Florist – Belfora Newcastle
Photographer – Alan Khan
Videographer – Louie Monaco/Alan Khan
Music – Mobile Millennium DJS
First Dance – All of the Stars – Ed Sheeran
MC – Father of the Groom – Bill Soldas
Celebrant – Father Greg Barker
Stationery – ONA Print
Menu - 2 course meal with canapes and an elegant desert bar catered by Cake Craze.
Cake – Cake Craze
Bombonieres – Boys – Mini Jim Beams, Girls – Pink Vodka
Hair – Nicole Gallagher
Make up – Dean Blaq
Wedding Bands – Whittakers Jewellery Newcastle
Extra features – Exotic Lily, Brown Sugar
Other - Cars (Timeless Travel) Old Citreon and Jaguars and (H2 Hunter Hummers) – Red convertible Ferrari