How We Met:
Corey and I met through my sister and her husband. Corey went to college with my brother in law. I also knew Corey from our local sailing club. But at that stage, he was just always someone my sister knew.
Take 1 was not the most romantic proposal! After waiting for the bling for 6 years and no mention of it ever in all those years. I asked him if it was ever going to happen. He asked me then and there. It was a Sunday morning and we were still in bed. No one imagines getting proposed to dressed in a daggy tracksuit and bed hair.
Take 2 was much better: I made him propose properly for the 1 year anniversary of our engagement. It was just what I dreamed of. He took me up to the Mt Coot-tha look-out that over looks the whole of Brisbane and popped the question - complete with another ring for me! I cried. I was so shocked he thought of getting another ring to do it properly with!! Then we went and had a no expense spared dinner at the restaurant there. It was so romantic.
My dress was just what I wanted - A princess dress (Corey calls me his princess). It was ivory. It had a satin skirt with a soft chiffon overlay. It had beaded detail all over the bodice, around the waist and down the back of the train. I wore a 4-hoop petticoat under it. I had shoestring straps added. The original design was strapless.
Corey wore a black suit, white shirt, black and white striped tie. He also had funky thermomotor cufflinks. He wore a pink frangipani button hole.
My Bridesmaid, Corinne, wore a fuschia pink Mr K dress. It was just what we wanted; light and airy to match the springtime feel of the day. She wore silver shoes. I bought her a beautiful crystal necklace and earrings set that just set the whole outfit off perfectly. Corinne wore her hair in a French roll with her fringe swept to the side.
We stuck to hot pink for our colours and used the springtime theme. Our invites set the scene from the beginning. They had pink frangipanis and were decorated with pink and silver ribbon.
Ceremony Reception Decor
Our ceremony was at St Andrews Anglican church at Lutwyche. We made our own order of services and used pink pew decorations. Our unity candle had ribbon matching the ribbon from our invites. We also placed a frangipani embellishment on the candle to tie it all in together. Our Reception was at North Lakes Golf Club. We had hot pink chair sashes over white chair covers. We had hurricane vases with white sand and candle and 5 pink frangipanis in each.
We used white boxes for our bomboniere with Cadbury Eden chocolates in them. I tied big pink bows on them so they looked like little presents. These also doubled as our place cards.
Our cake was made by Deliberately Delicious. We had a 2-tier fruitcake. Our cake was bright pink for the top layer and bright green for the bottom layer. The 2 tiers were cut on the diagonal and our cake topper was a bride and groom in a get away car. We had sugar frangipanis and pink love hearts stuck around the side of the cake. We also had a chocolate mud kitchen cake which was served for dessert with ice cream and berry coulis.
We used a DJ for our reception entertainment.
Our honeymoon took place in 2 parts. We went to the Hunter Valley for a 2 day wine tour. Then we went up to Hamilton Island for 4 days and relaxed in Island luxury. Complete with a free upgrade to our package. Ahh bliss.
Plan everything to the best of your ability, have what you want, not what is going to make others happy. Remember why you are getting married. And that is because you are in love with a very special person and at the end of the day all that matters is that the 2 of you get married. Also take a few moments to stand to the side at the reception and just take it all in. Be a by-stander for couple of moments and smile.