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Rachel & Paul's Colourful, South Australian Wedding

Posted on 08 Sep, 2016
Rachel & Paul's Colourful, South Australian Wedding


How did you meet your (now) husband?

Originally at school and then we re-met 10 years later through our local church.

How long have you been together? 3 years

Do you have a proposal story? 

This is our story…

Sometimes two people can meet, and the timing isn’t right. Sometimes those two same people can cross paths again and everything aligns. This was certainly the case for us. We actually went to the same school, had lockers only metres apart, a yet this was not the time that sparks flew.

A decade on, after journeying through life separately, our worlds collided at precisely the right moment. Paul literally walked back into my life unexpectedly, one morning when I was at church. The conversation was effortless, and laughter became our trademark. It did not take us long to see that what we had was worth holding on to.

After two years of adventures, trials, and stupid dancing, Paul decided it was time to ask me to be his wife. He proposed on the block of land we had purchased to build a home upon. He had been secretly landscaping a private courtyard, full of flowers and fairy lights, two of my favourite things. We arrived there in darkness and the pretty lights sparkled in the distance, I knew what was coming and my heart was beaming. When Paul was down on one knee, all I could utter through my tears was, yes, yes, yes. Our families then came and surrounded us with love and excited words, embracing us both as we embraced each other.

The Wedding

What was your wedding date?  26th September 2015

Location (Ceremony and Reception)


St John’s Anglican Church, Norton Summit and Barristers Block Winery, Woodside SA

What made you choose there?

We live in the Adelaide Hills and adore all the facets of hills life- especially the quaint buildings, the inviting wineries and the vibrant colours that fill the landscape during spring.

How was the weather on the day? Sunny and spectacular!

The Wedding Details

Theme (if any – colours, features, etc.)?

We wanted a colourful, crisp look. I adore flowers so I wanted plenty of floral features to the day.

Bridal Party

Bridesmaids – who/relationship?

Maid of Honour: Amy (Brides sister)

Bridesmaids: Sian, Claire and Kate

Groomsmen – who/relationship?

Best man: Dylan Groomsman: Rupert, Daniel and Phil

Flower girls/Page boys – who/relationship?

Isla (bride's niece)

Wedding Gown (the most important part!)

Where have you seen our gowns (if at all) before? Only on the internet

How many gowns did you try? 5

Where did you purchase your gown from (which store or stockist)? Sydney

What did you especially like about your gown? The sequins, the love sleeves and the classic shape.


Who is your bridesmaid dress supplier? The Frock Parlour

Where did you get the groom and groomsmen’s suits? Peter Shearer, they were Wolf Kanat suits

What accessories did you choose to finish your gown and also for those in your bridal party? I went with Samantha Wills, Cat Hammill and Palas Jewellery for both myself and the bridesmaids.

Where did you get your shoes from? Nine West

Did you wear a veil/headpiece? Where did you get this from? The Frock Parlour


Florist – Sam Burnell Floral Design

Photographer – Kylie South Photography

Videographer – Briadwood Presents

First Dance - Always you, Ingrid Michaelson

MC – Michael Nitschke and Matt Williams

Celebrant – Rev. John Venus

Stationery – Paul Charles Graphic Design

Menu – Barristers Block Winery

Cake – The Gourmet Bakery

Bombonieres – The Chocolate Company

Make up – Jess Bailey Make up

Extra features - My Grandparents spoke during the ceremony about their love story and what it takes to build a successful and fun marriage- it was divine. My sister in law wrote us the most beautiful blessing for our lives together and my mother sang a spectacular rendition of ‘Amazing Grace’.