Category: Real Weddings
Our wedding was the 7th June in the Dandenongs. Poet’s Lane was our venue and it was magical. The misty drive up the mountain was a beautiful beginning to our Winter wedding. The day went off without any issues, the weather was perfect (no rain yet overcast so our photos turned out beautifully) and the initial stresses were quickly forgotten once I commenced walking down the aisle with my Father escorting me and I was looking at my future waiting for me at the end with a huge smile. It was an amazing feeling and it was as though future Hubby and I were the only ones in the room with our music playing for us. Having our closest family and friends with us to share such a special occasion made us feel so loved and honoured. The day goes by so quickly and our one piece of advice to future couples is to take a step back on the day, as a newly married couple, to enjoy the moment. It is so easy to be overwhelmed and caught up with all that is going on that taking a simple moment to spend time together as a married couple was a beautiful part of the day. Looking around at the room and seeing everyone there was such a warm feeling to know they were all there for us two. We chose our vendors with requirements of class, style and professionalism in mind and all vendors delivered above and beyond our expectations. Looking back on our day, there isn't a single thing we would change.
I had so many expectations about what the day would be like and although there were a few hiccups throughout the day, for example: the photographer turned up two hours late, the groomsmans suits were missing one of the vests so Matt had to run out last minute and purchase one, Matt's car-key broke in the ignition and immobilsed his car and it rained (which was a challenge because we were getting married outside).Although all these things didn't go to plan, the day was still everything I had hoped for.... I got to marry my best friend and the actual ceremony was just beautiful! It was made even more special because our beautiful daughter was a part of the whole day.If I could offer anyone advice, it would be to get married at least 2 hours prior to the reception to enable sufficient time to say hello to guests and get the photos taken with minimal stress due to time restraints. It really was a beautiful day!
Cliff and I both wanted a sophisticated, though casual and fun, wedding.Planning a Brisbane wedding from Sydney (to be close to family) at first seemed like a daunting task, but was very straightforward in the end, thanks to our wedding coordinator at Hillstone, and the honestly, the vast amount of options that flooded in through this site, since I knew absolutely nothing about suppliers/locations/venues/prices in Brisbane. Having the ceremony and reception at the same venue made things just that much easier.Hillstone is on a golf course, but due to Council insurance we weren't allowed on the grass. Our table decorations were trays of wheatgrass, to bring the grass to us!We didn't actually have wedding favours, as such, but Cliff and I both spent time writing a comment about each guest, and sourcing guest photos, and I put them together in a booklet that also acted as the place cards with guest names on the cover. We thought people might enjoy the silly comments and it also helped break the ice between those who didn't know others on their table.It was an afternoon wedding, but I remember feeling like the day just went on and on, it was fabulous. After the photos were done, we spent time talking to all of our guests. The meals were really excellent, but with all the excitement I wasn't hungry. I ate a bit, and then walked around the room between courses, having a chat and a laugh. We also had the 'bridal' table sat in amongst all our guests' tables, right in all the action. Fun!For a day that is so highly anticipated by every bride, it's impossible to sum up every 'favourite' detail. We're glad we didn't get bogged down in trying to be too perfect, though.
I'm sure every bride would say it was perfect but this really was!We purposely chose 2012 to hold our wedding to give us time to save and achieve a few other milestones and settled on May so it wasn't too cold or too hot.Leading up to the big day, the forecast went from overcast, to showers, to thunderstorms and absolutely bucketed down on our rehearsal day 2 weeks prior. So here i was preparing for the worst and it ended up being a gorgeous sunny day of 29c.With frangipanis in our arrangements and butterflies being released for the ceremony, what more could we ask for? The venue was perfect, Husband's Aunt was our celebrant and we had all our family and friends there to celebrate our special occassion.From the moment waking up I had my support team of best friends with me to keep me calm (and fed) and knew the groomsmen would do the same. And when we finally arrived my dad had to basically stop me running down the isle to get to huby as all i wanted to do was hug him!Beautifully tailored ceremony, the most caring reception managers and the whole day ran smoothly until the moment when we left to go home and relax, recover and begin our journey together as husband and wife. :)
We had both our ceremony and reception at Glen Ewin Estate. We fell in love with this venue immediately after seeing it, and knew it was perfect for us. We loved having everything in the one venue, and after the ceremony our guests were able to enjoy drinks and h'orderves while we had out photos taken. We wanted ourselves and our guests to have a relaxing day, and we felt we couldn't have picked a better venue for this. The setting was gorgeous, and provided a laid-back and relaxing environment for our guests. We were so happy with the service here as well.My wedding dress was designed and made by Caleche Bridal in Norwood. I was extremely happy with the service here and they made my dress exactly how I requested! My bridesmaid's dresses were purchased from Forever New, at a fantastic price! The suits were purchased from Peter Shearer. I wanted an elegant wedding with feminine and classy touches. I therefore chose black to contrast the white and added touches of pale apricot through the bouquets and table centre pieces. It was simple, but I thought it created a nice effect. My mum and I designed and made the stationary and bomboniere.For the bomboniere we purchased white espresso cups and saucers, and kept the Italian tradition of the white sugared almonds, wrapped in black organza and placed in the cups. All in all we were very happy with how everything came together on the day.
We came back from Spain to get married so our grandmothers could be there. We got married on a 12 acre country estate in Bowral, in the Southern Highlands. 150 of our closest family and friends were there for the ceremony and the reception which were both on the property. I designed my own dress (a very pale blush pink with white french lace) and my maid of honour and I made all the flowers that cascaded down the skirt. I presonalised every place card and had a table honouring the marriages that came before ours (our parents' and grandparents' wedding photographs were on display) I recorded 'Marry Me' and it played as I walked down the aisle, surprising Tobias, who wasn't expecting to hear my voice!
After 9 years together and the birth of our daughter we decided on a small intimate wedding. We had 45 guests including our 5 neices. We had the most important people there to share our day.Our ceremony was in a private home with beautiful gardens in Wakerly. The couple who owned the property were wonderful, they had so much pride in their home. We were married 2 months after the devestating floods in Brisbane 2011. Although there was a lot of rain leading up to the day.The sun was shining, on our day, the grass was green and all the flowers so bright.My sisters were my bridesmaids and our 2 best friends were the groomsmen, our 5 nieces were our flower girls. I walked down the isle to Three Doors Down 'Your arms feel like home'.Our ceremony was perfect with a small poem read by my brother in honour of our daughter.We had photos in the gardens, there was also an old shed with antique items. A short drive from the gardens, is an area with old boats and jettys which made for an amazing backdrop.Our reception was held at a local restaurant on the patio area which we decorated. The restaurant also has an outdoor area with lots of trees and a small waterfall, the perfect setting. There was also a little playground for the children to use.Our parents sat with us on the bridal table as we wanted them to be by our side, this meant our bridesmaids and groomsmen could be with their children and partners during dinner.I married the man of my dreams, the best husband and father for our daughter I could have asked for.
We got married on the 2nd of July 2011. I always wanted a winter wedding as it's my favourite season. The ceremony was held at our church, where we first met. And the reception at Sky High in Mt Dandenong, where we had our first date, so both locations were close to our hearts.Even though it was the middle of winter, we had beautiful weather and sunshine all day.The service started at 2pm and it was very special to have my dad marry us and involve my mum and Awities' parents in the service too.We had a dinner reception at 6pm overlooking the night lights of Victoria.As Awities is originally from West Papua, we had some friends do a traditional West Papuan dance for us. At the reception we had 150 guests and it felt very intimate and cosy with an open fire and all our family and friends their.We couldn't decide on a single cake, so we actually had 13 big cafe style cheesecakes and cakes, and everyone got to choose which cake they wanted. That was really popular!After the reception we spent the night at Mantra hotel near the airport so first thing in the morning we were able to take a plane to Bali and have the most wonderful honeymoon.
We were set to get married on the Rooftop of St Kilda sea baths, only to wake up to the wettest day in march, Venue had to be changed at 11am the day of the wedding!!!My Maid of honor went into labour early, 2 days before wedding ,I was so worried that she would miss it, was a stressful lead up, But shes made it from start to finish to be by my side..along with her 2 day old baby boy.. Truly amazing.Ceromony and reception was held at Red Scooter St kildaCleabrant was Greg Evans from perfect match, which caused some laughsGuests dined on an assiette platter of Chicken, salmon and steak all on one plate to save meal swaps and desert was roming pink fairy floss served in martini glasses..and candy bar.I wore a self designed White tafetta ball gown dress,with a Diamond and pearl headpeice and lace cathedrel veil.Bridesmaids were on Black, with draping pearls down the back, carrying Orange prasoles and orange rose wrist corsages.Boys all wore personalised Nikes. Grooms had our names and best man and Groomsman were etched on the back , In our colour scheme of black and orange.Even with the stessfull lead up with babies born and heavy rain, our day was truly beautiful and glamorous filled with Love, laughs and tears.Love it when people say its the BEST wedding they have been too.
The day started with lots of nervous excitement, everyone buzzing around having showers, eating breakfast, waiting for the hair and make up ladies to arrive.Once they arrived it was all just a whirlwind, everything happened so fast, we were made to look stunning, with gorgeous hair, gorgeous make up, beautiful dresses. We had photos done at the house and then went to a garden nearby for some more.By the time we arrived at the ceremony those butterflies were going crazy in my stomach!Marco had forgotten the music so luckily the venue (All Smiles Sorrento) had some back up Brian Adams on hand so I walked down the aisle to I Finally Found Someone. I hardly heard it though because as I walked down the aisle everyone clapped, it was so lovely!The ceremony was so lovely, our celebrant Nicki was truly wonderful, the words she used were so thoughtful and caring and loving and just perfect. We had Marco's two boys read out a poem they had written about us, there was not a dry eye anywhere!Once the ceremony was over we had photos and our guests had cocktails by the beach and nibbled on some canapes. We entered our reception to Beyonce's Crazy In Love and from that moment on it was a total party. We had the best night chatting, dancing, eating, drinking with all of our family and friends.The night went SO fast so for all of those yet to be married my advice would be to ENJOY every single moment!It was a day we will remember and cherish forever!