How did you meet your partner? We met at the local RSL we both worked at on the Sunshine Coast and Robyn had just come back from three months in Europe and a few months prior I had moved back to the coast from Brisbane. We spent four years on the coast working and having fun then decided to make a move to Mount Isa to benefit our futures are still here five years later.
How long have you been together? Nine years this year.
Do you have a proposal story? We went to Byron Bay for a long weekend for a music festival ‘Splendour In The Grass’ as we both have a love for many genres of music, once we checked in to our beach house we decided to have afternoon tea at the lighthouse but it was a cold and rainy day. We watched the storm roll over the hills and onto the beach taking in the beautiful view. We had packed cheese and crackers and an urn full of hot tea which is my favorite as I drink so much of it, Robyn poured a cup of tea for me and was intently looking at me until I realized the black mug had turned into a picture of her on one knee holding a sign saying ‘Will you marry me’ she then pulled a box out of her pocket and when she opened it the ring was so sparkly and to die for then after a few tears I said YES! It was a surreal day and one of the happiest.
What was your wedding date? 15th October 2016
Location? Yandina Station – Luxury Country Estate, Sunshine Coast. Neill and Sally were a pleasure to deal with!
What made you choose there? It was the first place we looked at and couldn’t go past it.
How did you find it? Robyn’s family live nearby and we wanted it to be near where we both grew up on the coast and so our friends and family didn’t have to travel far.
How was the weather on the day? From the cottages, you could see there was a sprinkle of rain coming over in the morning which was worrying but then it cleared up and was a gorgeous day. The ceremony took place under the unbelievably beautiful fig tree followed by canapés on the lawn then onto the reception in the dairy barn for a sit-down banquet dinner which was the most delicious food I have ever eaten. Followed by copious amounts of laughter, dancing and celebrating all night long.
Was there a reason you decided to get married on this date? Just the available date for the venue and it was a great month for the flowers we wanted.
The Wedding Details
Theme? Yandina Station is a luxury country estate and a working cattle property, it was a unique combination of vintage beauty, history, incredible views and open spaces. Rustic, relaxed and fun, Colours – dusty rose, gold, neutrals, dusty blue/greens.
Where did you draw your inspiration/ideas from? Magazines like Hello May and The Brides Tree, Instagram and Pinterest was a big help for inspiration as we are currently living and working in a rural mining town but we wanted to keep it simple as there was so much history and beauty in the venue already. We hired the fairy lights that filled the room and the rose gold sequin table runners for the bridal table from Splash Events in Noosa.
Were any aspects of your wedding D.I.Y? Anything that could be made we did it! We bought and cut the hessian table runners. The wedding invitations were an Etsy template then we printed and cut them all out. Robyn’s brother made the table numbers. Weup-cycled and painted the rose gold glass jars on the tables. We made and hand painted ceremony and lawn game signs for around the venue We made some of the lawn games We borrowed the Cordwell’s wooden crates that are from Robyn’s Grandparents who owned a pineapple farm and some of the suitcases as well. The bonbonniere’s were vintage teacups collected from various garage sales with homegrown succulents and Robyn’s mum helped us make homemade marmalade & ginger jam in mini jars with hessian covers
Bridesmaids – who/relationship? Mine were Bec, Nikkita and Charms – all lifelong friends and Robyn’s were Dee, Stacey and Marissa – all high school friends Page boys – who/relationship? Lync and Mace – Robyn’s Nephews
Wedding Gown (the most important part!)
Whitney looked stunning in our ''Saskia' gown from the BESPOKE collection.
What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes? It was the first place on the list to make a booking! I had pretty much already decided that I wanted a Karen Willis Holmes dress but had to try on other designers just to be sure. I love that Karen Willis Holmes is an Australia designer too. The shop front is so inviting and all the girls were a pleasure to deal with and helped make my decision easier (Lisa in the Brisbane Store is just so lovely!).
Where have you seen our gowns (if at all) before? I browsed all of the collections online after one of my close friends got married the year before and she chose a Karen Willis Holmes dress that was stunning!
How many gowns did you try? Too many I loved them all haha probably about 5 or 6 but I finally decided on the Bespoke – Saskia gown.
Where did you purchase your gown from (which store or stockist)? Karen Willis Holmes in Paddington, Brisbane
What did you especially like about your gown? It was so damn gorgeous, the detail in the bodice and the hint of shimmering blush that you could only see through the lace when the light caught it, and the silk was so beautiful. I also chose to customise it and change the shape and colours of the layers in the skirt, I think it was timeless and I will still love it in many years to come. I didn’t want to take it off at the end of the night.
Who is your bridesmaid dress supplier? We gave our bridesmaids a colour theme each and said, go find a dress that suits you and something that you love and will wear again. My bridesmaids were in dusty rose and they all looked gorgeous.
Who did your partner wear? Pippin by WToo from BellaDonna Bridal in Brisbane.
What accessories did you choose to finish your gown and also for those in your bridal party? I gave my girls a pair of earrings and a clutch to wear for the day and I had Samantha Wills stud earrings and bracelet.
Where did you get your shoes from? I bought a pair of Rose Gold Jimmy Choo stilettos which didn’t last long and I changed into something more comfortable for the photos and dancing as we were climbing up what looking like a mountain of logs and trapesing through the pineapple fields but I will wear those Jimmy Choos every chance I get.
Did you wear a veil/headpiece? No, I didn’t really want one but I had the florist make me up a little feature flower from the bouquets to put in my hair.
What advice would you give brides organizing their wedding? Lock in all the big things first like your date & venue, photographer & videographer, the celebrant and a band or entertainment as they book out quite quickly and it can be stressful if things are left to the last minute.
What advice would you give brides searching for their wedding gown? Take your time don’t rush and go looking a few times and take different family members or friends with you as they know you best and can help you decide and make the experience fun and exciting as it is a celebration. Anything extra that is special or you would like to share about your big day.
Something Old? My Portuguese grandmother’s pearl ring which was tied onto my bouquet
Something New? My dress and shoes
Something Borrowed? Robyn’s grandmothers rose gold ring.
Something Blue? All of Karen Willis Holmes gowns have a blue bow sewn into the dress but Robyn’s mother gave me a bracelet with blue birds that I also tied onto my bouquet.
Photographer – Bonnie Jenkins Photography
Florist – Julia from Ginger lily and Rose
Videographer – Beccy from BXCSMXTH
Music – Unique DJ’s and Photobooth Hire
First Dance – City & Colour - Northern Wind
MC – One of our good friends Christie helped us out.
Celebrant – Johanna Murray from Vogue Vows
Savoury Canapes - Caramelised Pork Belly, Sweet and Sour Pineapple (GF/DF), Wagyu Rump Cap, Tonnato Sauce, Crisp Capers (GF/DF), Prawn and Glass Noodle Spring Rolls with Baby Cos, Herbs and Chilli Caramel Roasted Duck, and Caramelised Onion and Rosemary Puff Pastry Pies
Mains - Chicken Galantine, Pork Stuffing, Pancetta, Parsnip Puree, Lemon Thyme (GF) , Dry Aged Sirloin, Horseradish Relish and Watercress (GF/DF) , Slow Roasted Shoulder of Spiced Lamb, Sofrito and Toum (GF/DF)
Sides - Seasonal Greens, Crisp Garlic, Hazelnuts and Brown Butter (V/GF), Honey and Thyme Roasted Carrots, Goats Curd (V/GF), Hand Cut Desiree Potato Chips with Rosemary Salt (V/GF/DF)
Cake - Red Velvet Cake with rustic cream cheese icing, a lovely red colour when cut with layers of cream cheese. This was the wedding cake. Hummingbird Cake with textured buttercream Icing and Coconut.
Petite Desserts - Mini Raspberry and White Chocolate Cheesecakes, Mini Lemon Meringue Pies
Bombonieres –The bonbonniere’s were vintage teacups collected from various garage sales with home gown succulents and Robyn’s mum helped us make homemade marmalade & ginger jam in mini jars with hessian covers
Make-Up - Bec James Makeup (Also my maid of honor)
Wedding Bands – Stuart McLean from Underwood’s Fine Jewellers Kawana
Extra features – Our day wouldn’t have been possible without all the wonderful suppliers and their exceptional hard work and talents to make it as special as possible which is what every bride hopes for!