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Brides in Brisbane - Wedding Profiles - Christie Riley & Mark Alberts

Wedding Profile - Christie Riley & Mark Alberts

Wedding Date: 09/10/2010
Location: Broadway Chapel & The Landing, QLD
How We
 Met:
We met online. Thank you RSVP!
The
 Proposal:
We went away to the Sunshine coast for our 4 year anniversary. After a day of walking around Caloundra looking at all the restaurants, I couldn't figure out what Mark was looking for, but knew something was up. After looking around for the most romantic restaurant, the only one we could find was a seafood one (which I am allergic to), so we opted for Alfies. Still nothing - but I could tell something was up, like he was looking for a moment or something. Then after a romantic walk on the beach - interrupted by some intoxicated kids being sick - we returned back to our room, which had a spa on the roof top. We sat in the spa for a while, to which under the stars, he finally found the right and perfect moment, asking me to be his wife, to which I said 'yes'.
The Wedding
 Dress:
I promised myself I wouldn't buy the first dress, but I simply couldn't pass it up, I felt like a princess in it! It was a Mia Salano dress, tulle overlay with allot of Swarovski crystals and beading.
Accessories:
I wanted a flower in my hair, but didn't want fresh flowers. So I had a hair flower handmade from the same colour soft tulle as my dress. Thanks to Wendy Makin Bridal.
The Groom
 and Groomsmen's Attire
The boys all wore suits from Formal Express wear. They even helped match my page boy and ring bearer's ties, by cutting a hanky up to make them ties to match the groomsman (as the ties I had chosen didn't come in children’s sizes). Thanks Formal Express wear!
Bridesmaids
 Dresses & Accessories:
My girls wore dresses from Inpink at Aspley Hypermarket. It was hard because all my girls ranged in various sizes, so I wanted them to be comfortable on the day, but also had a specific idea on the dresses I wanted. I love one shoulder style dresses and loved the rose’s that sat on their shoulders. The girls looked amazing with a black flower in their hair also.
Flowers:
Our flowers came from Bliss Floral. They were stunning!
Wedding
 Theme & Colours:
Our theme was simple but classic and elegant. Our colours were black and white.
Ceremony
 Venue & Details:
We were married at 'The Broadway Chapel' Woolloongabba, by the wonderful celebrant Anne Campbell. As I was not Christened it was hard to find a church that would accept us without being Christened and I have always wanted to have my dad to walk me down an aisle. So the chapel was perfect! Our celebrant was Anne Campbell she was excellent, so relaxing and calming throughout the whole ceremony which was very short, informal and sweet - exactly how we wanted it.
Reception
 Venue & Details:
Our reception was held at 'The Landing at Dockside'. The team there were amazing! The team bent over backwards to ensure everything was setup perfectly, the night ran smoothly and we didn't once have to ask for anything. The food was also amazing!
Wedding
 Cars:
I didn't want to spend a lot on cars and I also wanted to the bridal party in one car (more fun than being separated). We hired a 9 seater limousine from Hughes Limousines to transport the entire wedding party.
Bonbonniere:
I purchased some black and cream filigree tent style bonbonniere boxes from eBay. I then decorated them by gluing small diamantes on each one, highlighting the filigree part. We had some heart shaped chocolates inside.
Cake:
I wanted our cake to be big in tiers, but classic and elegant in look. Our cake was made by a friend of a friend. She did an amazing job of our cake! It was 4 tiers high, two tiers were white chocolate mud and the other two tiers, chocolate mud cake. She finished it off with our initials on top and the lace from our wedding invitations around the base. Our florist also added some roses to finish.
Entertainment:
Our DJ Greg from Spin City sound was the best. Highly recommend him!
Honeymoon:
We jetsetted off to Phuket for 8 nights and Bangkok for 4 nights. Had an amazing and relaxing time there.
Special
 Memories:
Walking down that isle with my proud (and nervous dad), seeing Mark's face as I came around the corner. The feeling of this moment I will treasure for the rest of my life.
Advice for
 Brides to Be:
Because many of our planned shots were outside, the rain made it extremely hard to get photos done. If only someone had suggested to us prior to have some alternate undercover locations, such as the Government House or University would have been great. My advice is have a plan of what shots you want taken and have backup locations for your photography shots in case the weather isn't so kind.
Photographer:

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