How did you meet your (now) husband? We met out one night in Perth during our Uni days. I was having a girl’s night out and met Rhys on the dancefloor of a club in Perth. We had a dance and a kiss and exchanged numbers. We went on a date later in the week and we just clicked, we knew we had something special.
How long have you been together? We have been together for 10 years!
Do you have a proposal story? We both love the beach and Rhys is a keen surfer so it is not unusual for us to have beach/surf destination holidays. We went to a small island in the Mentawai Islands (Indonesia) for a relaxing holiday filled with surfing, snorkeling, diving and sunsets…it was just amazing. One evening, we had a drink and watched another beautiful sunset and then had an intimate dinner for two on the beach. Rhys set up the camera to take a timer photo but when he ran in for the shot, he got down on one knee and proposed! He put a shell ring on my finger and when we got back to Perth he replaced it with the most beautiful ring. I had no idea he had planned any of it, it was such sweet and thoughtful surprise…and of course I said yes!
What was your wedding date? 16th January 2016
Location (Ceremony and Reception)
Where? Wise Winery (Eagle Bay, Western Australia) for the ceremony and the reception.
What made you choose there? We have always loved the South West coast of Western Australia for its beaches, surf, wine, food and relaxing vibe/lifestyle. We spend as much time in the area as we can and we always knew we would get married there.
How was the weather on the day? We had perfect weather on the day. January is a hot time of year but a lovely light breeze and some clouds had come in by the afternoon which made the temperature perfect for our 4:30pm wedding ceremony. It also provided us with an epic sunset and a beautiful balmy night, just the kinds of nights we love.
What made you decide to get married on this particular date? We love warm summer nights so we decided to have a summer wedding. We chose the 16th January because this would be almost exactly 10 years since we met in January 2006.
The Wedding Details
Theme? We didn’t have a particular theme but we love a relaxed and natural atmosphere with our own personal touches. We love the natural greens, pinks, maroons that you find in native Australian bush and flowers. I grew up in South Africa so I wanted protea flowers (native to South Africa) mixed in with Australian natives to be a part of our bouquets and flower arrangements – we also just love the different colours and shapes of the protea flowers. Our florist Zest made amazing arrangements with proteas mixed in with Australian natives and other beautiful flowers so it was an easy decision to have them do our flowers.
Where did you draw your inspiration/ideas from? Looking in magazines, blogs (e.g. Hello May) and Pinterest did help with ideas and easy tips to personalize our wedding. Mostly, we just went with the things we love…
We love warm summer nights, good music and having a good party with our friends, so we didn’t want a long sit down event. Rather we had lawn games, stand up canapés, sit down mains and then following speeches we had everyone on the dance floor with espresso martinis. Dessert was an ice-cream cart in the courtyard outside for everyone to help themselves and enjoy the beautiful evening. Later in the evening we had standup supper (sliders and mini fish and chips) for those who needed refueling from all the dancing.
We love to travel so instead of table numbers we had our favourite places we have travelled to as well as a few photos of that place on each table.
Were any aspects of your wedding D.I.Y? If so What? We put a few easy things together e.g. we collected mismatched jars and put tealights inside for all the tables; we put together the table numbers/places; we ordered the name tags online and we tied these with string and a sprig of rosemary around each napkin.
Bridesmaids – who/relationship? My sisters Lauren and Jenni and Rhys’ sister (my now sister in law), Victoria.
Groomsmen – who/relationship? Rhys’ two good school mates, Rohan and Matt and his brother in law, Adam.
Wedding Gown (the most important part!)
What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes? I found their website and loved every dress they featured…and then loved every dress in the store!
Where have you seen our gowns (if at all) before? I hadn’t seen or heard of Karen Willis Holmes before but I am not the best when it comes to designer names/gowns etc.
How many gowns did you try? Approximately 5-7 gowns at Karen Willis Holmes.
Where did you purchase your wedding gown from (which store or stockist)? Hay St, Subiaco store, Perth.
What did you especially like about your gown? As much as I loved trying on the very formal and structured gowns in other stores, which were all very glamorous and wow… I personally like to feel comfortable in what I am wearing. I found so many of Karen Willis Holmes’ dresses were not only comfortable but also unique and glamorous in an understated way. I loved my dress because I could relax and just be myself.
Who is your bridesmaid dress supplier? The girls chose their own dresses because I also wanted them to feel comfortable and themselves on the day. Jenni’s dress: Forever New; Lauren’s dress: Witchery; Victoria’s dress: Bec and Bridge.
What accessories did you choose to finish your gown? My bridal veil and earrings were also from Karen Willis Holmes.
Where did you get your shoes from? My shoes (again I went for comfy) were from Wittner.
Did you wear a veil/headpiece? Where did you get this from? Karen Willis Holmes.
What advice would you give brides organizing their wedding? It is as big and stressful as you make it. It is easy to get caught up in it all and lose sight of your initial hopes/vision for your day. I always reminded myself of the things I didn’t really need and could cut if I found myself getting too overwhelmed or stressed out. It is also important to accept other people’s offers of help to take the load off yourself. Overall, relax and enjoy the planning and the day, it is such an amazing feeling to marry the man that you love surrounded by the people you love and that is all that really matters.
What advice would you give brides searching for their wedding gown? Go to Karen Willis Holmes!! Again try to stay true to yourself and go with what suits you and makes you feel like yourself.
Florist – Zest. We love the South African proteas and Australian natives and Zest make the most amazing arrangements with these flowers. They are a florist in Dunsborough so I always check out their flowers when I am down there. I love all of Zest’s flower arrangements but I have to say the flowers from our wedding are my favourite.
Photographer – Maz Pederson/Life Photography. You can see from her photos why we chose her, she is an amazing photographer and the way she captures the emotion and feeling of the day is unique. Our friends had Maz as their wedding photographer so that is how we found Maz.
First Dance – “Turn to White” by She and Him
Celebrant – Margaret Dawkins
Stationery – Minted (Invitations)
Menu – Canapes/Mains/Supper provided by Wise Restaurant. Simmo’s Icecream cart for dessert.
Cake – Sweet Sorella Cakes (cake flowers by Zest)
Make up – Amy Kelly Makeup Artist
Wedding Bands – Jogia Diamonds