How did you meet your partner? Gareth and I met on a night out through mutual friends.
How long have you been together? It is coming up to 5 years!
Do you have a proposal story? He was very stealthy and used my birthday as a cover! He plotted with work and surprised me with a weekend get-a-way to Hamilton Island. After arriving and settling into the beautiful Beach Club resort, he went one step further and promised me a picnic (first time ever). So we hiked up to the highest peak and had a delicious lunch pre-prepared by Beach Club and topped off with champagne. Just as we finished lunch he asked me to close my eyes for one last surprise.. the proposal! It was all perfect and we got to spend the rest of the weekend enjoying the occasion and exploring the Island ... and my birthday!
What was your wedding date? 25 March 2017
Ceremony Location? Lucinda Park, Palm Beach.
What made you choose there? We wanted to be near the water but didn’t want to be surrounded by lots of beachgoers. Lucinda Park was perfect, a small quiet little reserve on the foreshore looking out across the water. It also had some great photo backdrops, with the boat storage and sands tone features.
How did you find it? We knew we wanted to get married on the beach somewhere along the northern beaches so, after a little research and site visits, we found Lucinda Park!
Reception Location? Moby Dicks Whale Beach
What made you choose there? Moby Dick's was everything. We knew instantly that this was the place: the staff and event coordinators (Tamara and Anna) were absolutely amazing, they went above and beyond and were faultless on the night!! The styling and feel of the venue was just right for us- it was modern, light and had the beautiful floor to ceiling glass running all the way along giving you the gorgeous view of the ocean. We made sure to book before daylight savings so that we could make the most of the amazing view at the start of our reception.
How did you find it? We loved The Boathouse Shelly Beach venue but unfortunately, could not fit our guest list to the room. Once I researched more venues on the northern beaches, I was so excited to find out that Moby Dick’s was part of the same collection of venues!
How was the weather on the day? It had just been three weeks of rain so we were pretty happy to wake up to an overcast day that wasn’t too threatening! The weather held up and we even managed a brief ray of sunshine during the vows and just after the ceremony. Everyone wants the sun shining on the day but we wouldn’t change a thing, it was actually too hot the few minutes the sun did come out!
Was there a reason you decided to get married on this date? We love being outdoors and wanted a wedding where the weather was still nice but not too hot. Originally we were planning the following weekend until Gareth figured out it was April Fool’s Day, so we chose the weekend before!
The Wedding Details
Theme? Definitely coastal, we have always loved the beach and naturally just kept coming back to the blues and greens with clean whites and natural colours. I had my mind so set on a colour scheme for the bridesmaids that I ended up getting the dresses in white and having them dyed!
Where did you draw your inspiration/ideas from? A lot of my inspiration came from looking at Instagram, and things that I had seen previously at different events. I had been looking at the company Little Lane Events to style the ceremony location when our friends actually took over the company. They did an amazing job on the day and the styling was perfect.
Were any aspects of your wedding D.I.Y? If so What? Yes, I love planning, I love events so if I had an idea I just went ahead and did it. The Order of Service I designed in the shape of a fan and printed onto a heavy card stock that was a light pearlescent green/blue; double purpose bonus if it was hot guests could literally use them to fan themselves! The flower toss I had purchased some dried lavender and jasmine buds earlier and a couple of days before the wedding I rolled all of the cones from beautiful Kaisercraft paper and then filled them on the morning of the wedding! The name tags I designed and printed myself and purchased these beautiful pink cone top shells to hold them in place. The backdrop for our photo booth, I just wanted a simple black and white background to go with the wooden frame and flowers provided by Moby’s. It was cheaper to buy the fabric (and get my mum to do the edges) rather than pay for a custom one!
Bridesmaids – who/relationship?
MOH - Ishani – she has been my best friend since Kindergarten.
Tarryn – my sister, we are now planning for her wedding for April 2018. Larissa – now my sister in law. Jacy – best friend and wife to Gareth’s Best Man.
Groomsmen – who/relationship?
Best Man – Trent – Gareth’s best friend, he had been Best Man for Trent just 8 months earlier.
Keiran – His brother, made the trip from Hong Kong. David and Ryan – Gareth’s friends he grew up with.
Wedding Gown (the most important part!)
Sheri looked stunning in the BESPOKE 'Ava' gown, worn with the 'Circle Train' by KAREN WILLIS HOLMES
What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes? I had gone to a David Jones Bridal to get an idea of shapes and styles to begin my search. It was here that I first saw KWH and from then I just had to go to the store to see the range!
Where have you seen our gowns (if at all) before? Social media
How many gowns did you try? Probably around 12-15 dresses, from 4 different boutiques.
Where did you purchase your gown from (which store or stockist)? Paddington store, Sydney for the gown and the overlay skirt from the Alexandria store! The KWH girls were amazing at both stores, and it made such a difference to the experience.
What did you especially like about your gown? The detailing was just stunning, it was just beautifully intricate and yet elegantly simple lines at the same time. All of my wedding guests kept commenting that they had not seen anything like it. The ovals skirt gave me that little extra wow for the ceremony and photos, and then I removed it for the reception to show off the dress on its own.
Who is your bridesmaid dress supplier? Rodeo Show
What accessories did you choose to finish your gown and also for those in your bridal party?
Bridesmaids – Samantha Willis evening star earrings, Swarovski bangle and clutches from Karmme. The Groomsmen got their shoes and belt.
Where did you get your shoes from? Zomp Shoes, they were a last minute decision after my puppy decided to chew my favourite heels!
Did you wear a veil/headpiece? Where did you get this from? Just a few little pearl ended pins from Chrysalini, very simple but elegant.
What advice would you give brides organising their wedding? Pictures are your best friend, your suppliers have a reference and know exactly what you want. Deep breath, it is hard not being able to see everything together before the actual event but it will look amazing and trust the suppliers, they know what they are doing. Have fun, dance classes were actually really fun to do together and take a quiet time out afterwards for dinner.Take time out before the reception, just a quiet moment with your new husband to reflect on the day so far and the people.
What advice would you give brides searching for their wedding gown? Be open minded, everyone says it and I definitely ended up in a completely different dress to what I had imagined. Keep it simple. I just took my mum or my maid of honour during the initial phase of trying so that I didn’t have too many opinions flying around and confusing me. Once I had found the one then I took my other bridesmaids to show them.
Something Old? My grandma’s wedding band, and I tried on my mum’s wedding dress for some photos when we were getting ready. It was a lot of fun to have that with mum!
Something New? My dress of course.
Something Borrowed? I forgot this but ended up borrowing mascara at the reception, does that count?
Something Blue? My shoes were a lavender blue.
Photographer – Alex Marks Photography, amazing full stop! He was just like a good friend at the wedding making us feel so at ease. The results were beautiful! He was the first photographer I found on Instagram and I just fell in love.
Ceremony Stylist – Little Lane Events, Instagram and then some friends of a friend took over the company. The set up was amazing and the girls were so great helping fix my dress and after the ceremony helping with the drink station!
Videographer – Hummingbird Videography.
Music – Mo’vida Collective - Paul Chenard was amazing, we couldn’t decide between a DJ or band so when we found Mo’vida through online searches it was the best of both worlds. Our guests loved the combination of the live singer and Paul doing a very talented multitask of DJ and live saxophone.
First Dance – Bloom by the Paper Kites, we had dance lessons at Arthur Murray School.
MC – Nicholas Sutton, part of the family on Gareth’s side.
Celebrant – Coral Kortepel, she was a recommendation from a friend’s Dad who drives wedding cars. He said she was by far the best and absolutely agree, she covered everything and went the extra mile offering advice. On the day she was perfect and our ceremony wouldn’t have gone so smoothly without her.
Stationery – Story of Us, I loved our invite layout and envelopes they were so different to anything I had seen and the girls were amazing going back and forth with the design work.
Menu – Roaming Canapes of sausage roll, arancini, kingfish ceviche and rice paper rolls. Mains of braised lamb shoulder with basil and Eugalo farm veggies and blue eyes trevally with cauliflower and saffron. Sides; two salads, baby carrots and crispy skin potato. All washed down with Bollinger, Henscke, French Rose and Mt Difficulty Sav Blanc. Ten out of ten and the share platters were so great to allow everyone the choice of what they wanted and how much.
Cake – we went with Moby’s supplied cake, two tiers, bottom chocolate fudge cake with layers of chocolate ganache and topped with a citrus and poppy seed with lemon cream cheese icing! The Dessert jars included in the menu package meant our sweet cravings were more than satisfied!
Bombonieres – Hey There Sugar, again I found Brooke through Instagram and our bonbonnieres were amazing, delicious little custom made chocolates, macarons and chocolate dipped pretzels!
Wedding Bands – Stedman’s Fine Jewellery in Lane Cove worked with Gareth to custom make my engagement ring. He went to them because our family has visited them for years. They also designed and made my gorgeous wedding band, I love the combination of princess and baguette cut diamonds. Gareth’s band came from Uniform Black in Melbourne, titanium.
Extra features – Photo booth was by Photo Corner.