How did you meet your (now) husband? We were friends during school growing up. We ended up marrying each other years later and couldn’t be happier!
Do you have a proposal story? He completely took me by surprise! We were heading away for the day so had decided to get up early and take our dog for a walk at the beach. It was early and we climbed a lookout to check out the beach and beautiful sunrise, when I turned around and he was on one knee proposing with a stunning ring! It was the start of an amazing weekend of celebrations.
What was your wedding date? 30th January 2016
Location (Ceremony and Reception)
Where? We had a garden ceremony at my mum’s home in Warrnambool, followed by dinner and dancing at the Wharf Commons in Port Fairy.
What made you choose there? The garden had a gorgeous canopy of trees we decided to get married under, enough space for our guests to enjoy a celebratory champagne after and lots of picture opportunities for us without leaving our guests. We wanted our wedding to be very relaxed, fun and casual! The Wharf Commons was the perfect setting for our canape style reception. An old wharf shed with lots of character, spacious outdoor decking for sunset beers and lots of space for dancing.
How was the weather on the day? Perfect! We had a sunny morning, blue skies and a balmy night. Very comfortable and summery.
What made you decide to get married on this particular date? We wanted a summer wedding so January was the perfect month.
The Wedding Details
Theme? Relaxed, fun and colorful!
The garden and house provided a beautiful setting, lots of greenery, flowers and character.
I love fresh flowers, especially native florals, bright dahlias and gum so these were featured throughout of reception venue! Lots of candles, hanging lace bunting and pontoon lighting set a fun vibe for our indoor reception space. We wanted our guests to have as much fun as possible.
Where did you draw your inspiration/ideas from? Flowers and colours we love! I drew some inspiration from wedding inspired magazines but in the end created a look based on the venues chosen.
Were any aspects of your wedding D.I.Y? I styled the wedding myself, set up the venues and my beautiful and talented friend Jacinta made our delicious cake! It was perfect!
We continued with our relaxed theme and decided not to have a full bridal party, just my sister Clare as bridesmaid as I couldn’t have walked down the aisle without her.
Wedding Gown (the most important part!)
What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes? I began following Karen Willis Holmes on Instagram after our engagement and loved the gowns. I popped the Armadale boutique on my list of wedding dress designers to check out, and was definitely not disappointed. Every dress in the boutique was amazing!
Where have you seen our gowns (if at all) before? Instagram, White and Hello May magazines and online blogs.
How many gowns did you try? About 10 all up from different stores. I tried three gowns on in Karen Willis Holmes, but none compared to the Danna gown.
Where did you purchase your gown from (which store or stockist)? Armadale boutique, Melbourne Victoria.
What did you especially like about your gown? The stunning long sleeve lace detail and the beautiful train. I knew I wanted a long sleeved gown and with a small amount of alteration the Danna was perfect. Sarah from the Armadale store altered the design to include a low V back and tailed the dress to fit my frame perfectly. I felt elegant, beautiful and most importantly the dress represented the perfect mixture of my fashion styles.
Who is your bridesmaid dress supplier? We had Clare’s bridesmaid dress custom made by a local seamstress.
What accessories did you choose to finish your gown and also for those in your bridal party? Fresh flowers were chosen for our hair, simple jewelry and a bohemian anklet added a sparkling touch.
Where did you get your shoes from? Shoes were from Tony Bianco. I loved the colour and I wanted a shoe that I would be comfortable in to dance the night away.
Did you wear a veil/headpiece? Fresh flowers.
What advice would you give brides organizing their wedding? Keep the organization as relaxed as possible. Once all the major decisions have been made and bookings made, the rest will fall into place and enjoy the day as it goes far too quickly!
What advice would you give brides searching for their wedding gown? Intuitively you will know what styles will suit your body shape and which fabrics you will love. Go with your initial feelings and you will find a dress that makes you feel comfortable and beautiful.
Anything extra that is special or you would like to share about your big day. It was filled with fun, friendship, dancing and amazing food! We would not have changed a thing.
Something Old? My great grandmothers pearl.
Something New? My wedding dress.
Something Borrowed? My dad’s wedding ring. He passed away when I was younger so it meant a lot to me to carry this with me on my wedding day.
Something Blue? A pale blue bag that held both the pearl and dad’s ring, which my mother gently stitched into the inner lining of my dress.
Florist – Designed and put together by Michelle Phillips, Warrnambool.
Photographer – Shirley Andrews from Swirltography Photography, Noosa. She was absolutely AMAZING! Our photos are just what we hoped they would be. She felt like an old friend to us and we were honored to share our day with her.
Music – Cooper Lower and Cristo Rooke, both talented local musicians.
First Dance – ‘Is this how you feel’ The Preatures.
MC – My brother in law Ben Bowring.
Celebrant – Rebecca Riddle, Marriage Celebrant.
Stationery – My sister Clare Jellie. She is a freelance graphic designer. She designed our save the dates, invitations and welcome board. They were divine!
Menu – Wytons Catering & Events, Warrnambool. INCREDIBLE food!
Cake – My friend Jacinta Lenehan designed and made our delicious cake.
Hair – Shay Young. A friend who happens to be a talented hairdresser.
Wedding Bands – James Alan Jewelers and Thomas Jewelers Warrnambool.