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Rachael & Nathan's Dazzling Wedding

Posted on 31 Jul, 2015
Rachael & Nathan's Dazzling Wedding


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!

The Wedding

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