It was the end of a long week and my last day at work before leaving to work overseas in October 2006. Shaun and I had plans to met friends for a drink before heading out for dinner. When I got home to pick him up there were three long stem roses on the dining table, attached to each was a little card with a romantic message, one for the past, one for the present and one for the future. After searching the house I found Shaun waiting in the backyard and he proposed on bended knee to my delight.
My dress was a beautiful latte coloured strapless design by Elizabeth De Varga. It had a rouched silk and chiffon bodice, A-line skirt with a gap where more chiffon spilled out, adding a stunning touch to a very simple dress.
Shaun wore a black suit with fine pin strip along with an ivory shirt, vest and tie. He looked fantastic!
I originally wanted the girls to wear a pale bamboo green dress but when they tried the dress on it made me looked washed out. The girls decided on a fuchsia pink floor length gown with crystal beading on the bodice. I loved the colour, it was so vibrant.
Our theme was to be simple, classic and sophisticated. Our colour theme of fuchsia pink and chocolate/bronze was decided when I ordered the bridesmaid dresses and it followed from the invitations right through to the ceremony and reception.
Ceremony Reception Decor
The ceremony was held at St Francis Xavier Catholic Church, a traditional stone church on the out skirts of Canberra. Our reception was held at The Deck on beautiful Lake Burley Griffith in central Canberra. The venue opened up onto a large outdoor area that allowed guests to enjoy the lovely autumn weather, the view of the city lights reflecting in the water was amazing.
We hired two silver 300C Chryslers.
We had personalised champagne and port made by McWilliams wines in the Hunter Valley.
A two-tiered cake with chocolate ribbon and the same roses as the bridesmaids had in their bouquets. We cut our cake early in the night and had it served as desert.
Three weeks in Thailand - Bangkok, Phuket and Koh Samuii.
Planning, planning, planning. You can never start to early, the sooner the better and then you can relax in the final weeks before your special day.