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Our wedding day was perfect, everything went to plan. We had our wedding at Noosa on the beach. As I was walking along the beach to get to the ceremony my nerves vanished as walkers by wished me their best wishes. As I arrived to the String Trio playing beautiful music and I could see all my family and friends waiting. I felt amazing walking down the aisle to be with my soon to be husband. As we spoke our chosen vows we did not take our eyes off each other. I felt so overwhelmed with emotions I hugged him when we were announced husband and wife. Afterwards we were whisked away to get private photos along the beach and boardwalk along Noosa. Our photographer was fantastic, helping us feel comfortable and taking natural photos. Afterwards we walked 5 metres to our reception at Seasons Restaurant for a celebration with the people close to us for lunch. The food was delicious with the most important part - sharing our special day with our families and friends. We had some funny moments, like when my veil got caught on the step walking down the aisle and after the reception we got changed and on our way back to our honeymoon suite from my brother's beach house for dinner a police car pulled us over to do a breathalyser test. Daniel passed the test and we continued our amazing wedding day through to our honeymoon and now continue to love each other every day sharing our precious moments together.
February 3rd on a 29 degree day and everything re-confirmed. My hair and makeup were complete and my dress on ready for photos. Once photos were done, I was ready to go....but wait, where were the cars LATE! They arrived and got me to the church at 2.20pm for a 2pm mass. The men looked anxious and Paul nervous but we got through it! The wow factor when I walked in the church was amazing! We then went to 3 locations for photos including the venue which had incredible landscaped gardens and enjoyed a well planned wedding reception with 170 guests at Ballara Receptions where the staff, food, location and atmosphere were perfect. A truly unforgettable experience that was enjoyed by family and friends. The band Melody Line were the best band I have come across in a long time, she was so accommodating and professional the dance floor was never empty. They event had to ad-lib with the songs at the end of the night as our farewell circle went a lot longer than anticipated. The bridal couple departed Ballara Receptions about midnight and were welcomed by the night staff at the Sofitel Melbourne On Collins with congratulations and a brilliant room with champagne and strawberries and late departure was a must. This really complimented a long day and welcomed a much needed rest.
Wonderful all around except the sound system at the reception. The venue provided it and we didn't think to check it, I recommend that everyone does! It was very echoey and most people couldn't understand what was said. But otherwise beautiful.
Our day went without a hitch, everyone's dresses and suits fit perfectly, no-one was late, the make-up and hair was fantastic, the flowers were gorgeous, the day was sunny. I actually got to the garden a little early so I spent a bit of time watching people arrive at my wedding (and noting the late-comers!) The only hitch we had was that our celebrant wouldn't let us kiss after we'd said our vows, we had to wait until AFTER we'd signed the register - which I thought was very weird - but the kiss was still awesome! We had picked some great locations for our photographs and the reception was like walking into a fairytale, the tables were set beautifully, the lights were just right, and everyone had such a wonderful time. Nothing will ever beat that first dance with my husband.
The day was perfect - the weather was warm and sunny. I had stayed overnight at a hotel with my mum, Maid of Honour and auntie. We had a leisurely breakfast before showering and taking turns to get our hair done. As the time drew closer to leaving for the ceremony things started to get a little more hectic and I was worried about being late. Little did I realise it wasn't myself I should have been worried about. My brother (who was giving me away) my MOH and I arrived at the ceremony venue about 10 minutes after the scheduled start time - 'fashionably late.' The groom was waiting nervously, the guests were seated. But there was no trace of my mum. We waited five, ten minutes - still no mum. After fifteen minutes she arrived and made a mad dash inside, and we were relieved that we could finally start proceedings! The ceremony was a bit of a blur, I just remember Brett whispering to me that I looked stunning, and I tried to commit to memory the look on his face as we said our vows. We had a guard of honour as we left the chapel as Brett used to be in the Navy, so that was a nice touch. It was such a glorious moment as the sun streamed down while we walked under the swords raised in honour. We had a great time getting the professional shots done. Our MOH and BM kept us laughing the whole time, it was really good fun. The reception was great, a really happy, joyous atmosphere. The most memorable part for me was the speeches. They were all fantastic, didn't go too long, and had just the right amount of humour and touching sentiment. Great day!
We decided to have our wedding at Hamilton Island. The idea of an island wedding seemed so magical. We wanted a simple, elegant and personal wedding. My wedding dress was the only one I tried on and it was a perfect fit, no alterations necessary at all. My veil was borrowed from a family friend, and was a long full veil. I had a beautiful bunch of cream roses which were so perfect. We had 45 of our closest friends and family. We were able to have a short holiday with our guests a few days before the "big day", which gave us time to relax and unwind from all the wedding planning. Our ceremony was at the All Saints Chapel, followed by our reception at Marinars Restaurant. The morning of the wedding went smoothly and I arrived in a cream Rolls Royce. I walked down the aisle at All Saints Chapel to “All my life” by KC and Jo Jo. When I first saw Scott I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry I was so excited. It was such a special and intimate day. The small number of guests made it relaxing, and gave us the time to enjoy the day with those that meant the most to us. We had our photos on the beach, and One Tree Hill lookout, which was on the top of a cliff. The view was amazing. The small group meant we could have a reception with the finest food and drink. The reception was a private affair with just family and close friends. Our stunning two-tiered cake was covered in perfect iced cream roses, in which we still have the top tier today. We spent the next 2 nights on the island and then flew to the USA for our honeymoon
It was 30 degrees, but quite overcast so the sun was not beating down on us. We held both our ceremony and reception aboard a boat from the Docklands, which cruised up and down the Yarra River and into the bay. Several guests were a bit hesitant due to potential seasickness, but it was quite calm and everyone had a great time. We surprised everyone with our wedding dance, we had been having dancing lessons for 3 months prior and with the help of our dance teacher had devised a choreographed dance, which everybody loved. Our cake was beautiful and delicious. We also obtained a canvas that was prepared by a painter with cartoons of us, our wedding date and the first two lines of our vows. This was our guest book, everyone wrote on it with their best wishes to us.
It was magnificant. It was 30 degrees, so very hot. My matron of honour wasn't sure if she could make it, as she'd gone into labour, however the hospital gave her permission to attend the ceremony. The ceremony was beautiful and simple, and the people most important to us where there. We had 4 photo locations after the ceremony, and then an afternoon cocktail reception at the local racecourse. Given that we did the wedding on a tight budget - we are both still students - you couldn't tell at all. Everything was wonderful.
The day was all that I hoped for, not without its hiccups... I spent the morning with my family and my bridesmaids (my sister and a really close girlfriend), getting hair and makeup done, and trying to find a new videographer... I actually woke up with the reddest eye possible, but I thought "I'm not letting this stop me, what are you going to do?". I rode to the church with both of my parents and the most fantastic car people. Naturally I walked down the aisle with my Dad, I wouldn't have wanted to do that with anyone else. Seeing Paul at the alter, words can't explain the feeling that I had. The ceremony was great, followed by photo shoot. Our reception was at Manor on High in Epping. The first time that Paul and I walked in there we were amazed by it and knew straight away that this was the place for us to celebrate! I think one of the most nerve-racking moments for me was to walk into the reception for the first time as "Mrs" to have everyone there waiting and looking, despite the fact that they are your closest family and friends, but it was really good. The nerves settled and the partying began! I had one of the best days of my life!!!