Wedding Date: 06/03/2010
Location: Annerley, Queensland
Michael and I met online through a mutual friend at the start of 2003 and began developing a friendship over the next few months. We began dating in July 2003 and had moved in together by December that same year.
The week before my birthday in November 2008, Michael suggested we go out to Brett’s Wharf for dinner to celebrate. Afterwards, he eventually persuaded me to go for a walk and drove me to the park under the Story Bridge. When I was getting out of the car, I began to complain that I couldn’t walk in my high heel shoes – but Michael was prepared and handed me my favourite pair of thongs.
As I sat on a park bench with the Lights of the City reflected on the river in front of me and the Story Bridge lit up behind, Michael got down on bended knee. That was the moment I knew he was about to propose. He said, “You know how much I love you, but I want to show the World. Babe, will you marry me?” and presented me with my gorgeous engagement ring, which he chose himself. I flung my arms around him and cried, “Yes, of course I will!”
After 6 months of desperately searching all of the Brisbane Bridal Stores, dealing with rude, unhelpful and sometimes mean staff, and finding nothing I liked, my Mum persuaded me to visit the 2 Bridal Stores in Gympie (about 2 hours' drive North of Brisbane). In the second store I found the dress of my dreams! A flowing, A-Line dress with a subtle V-neckline, enhanced with a draping of pretty chiffon and decorated with tasteful beading and lace in an ivory/lemon cream colour. I couldn't stop smiling and dancing and singing once I put it on in the store :)
My shoes were from Suna at Stones Corner - Keara Hamilton round-toed ballet flats encrusted with Swarovski crystals.
My earrings and bracelet were bought at Diva.
I wore my Great-Grandmother's Pink Diamond and Diamond, White Gold pin in my hair as my "Something Old"
and Groomsmen's Attire
My Husband and his two Groomsmen wore matching suits from Spurling Formalwear, Camp Hill. Michael wore an Ivory vest to match my dress and the Groomsmen wore Black vests to match the Bridesmaids shoes.
Dresses & Accessories:
My two Bridesmaids wore lime green knee length Cue dresses, which we bought in the Myer Centre in the City.
Their jewellery was from Diva.
Dallas Rodriguez, from River Weddings and Bouquets, fashioned my stunning bouquet from my instructions – “I just want white flowers with green foliage in a messy, round handheld style”. She did an awesome job!
Theme & Colours:
Our theme was Simple, Elegant and Natural and to compliment that, we chose Black and White/Ivory and Lime Green. It flowed throughout the day.
Venue & Details:
We chose Captain Burke Park at Kangaroo Point (under the Story Bridge) for our Ceremony venue, as it meant a lot to us being the place where Michael proposed.
It was an overcast and drizzly afternoon - not ideal conditions for an outdoor wedding. However, all our guests were there waiting to see us get married, dressed in their finest and holding up their umbrellas to shield them from the rain.
We were wed by Nicole Dymock from Dream Ceremonies. Her easy-going nature made it so easy for us to chat and take the time to create and develop our Ceremony. We were also so grateful to her on the day, as she organized our guests into lines on either side of the aisle and instructed them to blow bubbles as Michael and I walked past. She also waited ever-so patiently for us to sign the register, which was postponed due to the rain.
Venue & Details:
Sarah Andrews at The Pavilion rescued Michael and I when we found out our original choice of Reception Venue had gone into receivership only three months out from our Wedding Day. Sarah provided so much information and was so patient and understanding about my continuous questions and requests. The room was magnificent; the staff went above and beyond in their service to our guests and the food – delicious!
My Uncle Gary was our MC for the night and he did a fantastic job. He played games with the guests to find out which table number knew us best and then sent them up to the buffet according to who best knew us to who knew us the least.
Later, Michael and I played the Shoe Game where we each held one of our own shoes and our partner's shoe in each hand and the MC asked questions about "Who is most likely to...?" It was a lot of fun for our guests and apparently we only had 3 mismatches out of over 25 questions!!
Michael's Dad was a driver on the day and drove us in his Silver XR6 Ford. Our friend Brad drove us in his Blood Orange Ford GT.
We bought silver and green foil wrapped heart chocolates and Melon flavoured Heart Candy from Tom's Confectionery Warehouse to scatter on the tables.
Michael and I also bought 20 disposable cameras to place 2 on each table for our guests to take candid photos of our guests, which was a lot of fun.
The Cake Girl, Antonella Veddovi, baked 80 cupcakes, and sculpted our top tier into the shape of a giant cupcake. There were three different designs on each of the cupcakes to reflect our theme. We had chocolate mud and vanilla flavoured cakes.
The Pavilion organised for a DJ from Moby Disc.
We decided to have a relaxing five days on Hamilton Island. After our drizzly, overcast wedding day, we were so stoked to be heading to the Sunny Whitsundays. Staying at the Beach Club, we enjoyed cocktails by the pool, cocktails on the beach, cocktails at lunch AND cocktails at dinner! I never wanted to leave. Although our holiday had to come to an end, I am definitely happy to be spending the rest of my life with my husband by my side.
Despite the wet, I was amazed by the overwhelming feeling of warmth and love from all our guests who came to share the day with us. Even though we were surrounded by approximately 100 guests, as soon as I reached the spot where Michael was standing, he was the only person I could see. The ceremony felt like it was over in a blink of an eye, but I can still remember the look of love in Michael’s bright blue eyes as he looked at me and told me how beautiful I was. He managed to keep me calm and (mostly) tear-free by squeezing my hands, smiling comfortingly at me and continually holding my gaze during the formalities.
Both our Nanny's were our witnesses and signed our Marriage Certificate. It meant more to us to have a family member sign than our attendants.
Brides to Be:
As much time and effort you put into planning this special day, just remember that things can still "go wrong" or may not go as planned. Try to relax and don't get hung up on the negatives. Take a moment out to breathe deeply and see what you created. It really goes so fast, it will be over before you know it.