How We Met:
Jason and I met in year 11 through mutual friends. He was so shy and reserved and I was always boisterous and outgoing. Every time I saw him I would wave happily and he would shyly give a little wave back. Eventually he waved back with the same if not more enthusiasm. We got to know each other more and before long we knew we wanted to be together. We started dating and then a year later we moved in together and then a year after that built a house together.
We had spoken about marriage lots in our three years together. One morning we were laying in bed talking about life and he asked me 'so do you want to get married?' it took a moment to realise he was proposing but once I did I jumped up on the bed and did a happy dance, and then I kissed him of course.
We bought my beautiful dress from Princess Collection in Prospect. My mother and I went into the shop just to have a look but I ended up trying a few on. I'm glad my mum convinced me to try on a dress she picked because I disliked my choices so much but when I put hers on I fell madly in love.
I accessorised with my mums gold bangle, her white pearls and I bought beautiful fake pearl earings. My bouquet was white roses with pearls and ribbons and was made by my mum. I also wore her veil which she altered from chapel length to hip length. She also sewed on small pearls to match my dress and bouquet. I also had ivory roses in my hair.
My husband wore a very handsome suit from Ferrari formal wear, black with an ivory shirt, tie and vest. The groomsmen matched him but had champagne ties and vests to match the bridesmaids. Our two ring boys (our nephews) matched my husband in little black suits with ivory shirts and ties.
My stunning bridesmaids wore floor length champagne Grecian strapless gowns and they looked amazing. We accessoried with simple gold jewellery, gold shoes and ivory roses in their hair. They had matching bouquets but their flowers were spray painted lightly gold. Our two flower girls wore ivory dresses to match my dress with traditional pixie style flower headbands along with ivory shoes and gold jewellery. They had ivory flower baskets and fresh rose petals.
We didn't really have a theme but we wanted something elegant. We chose champagne/gold, ivory and black as our colours and white roses.
Our candelabras were gold and had white roses that matched our bouquets. My mum designed and made them.
Ceremony Reception Decor
We had our beautiful ceremony at Sunnybrae Farm in Regency Park, and were married by the awesome Diana Woods. She understood us in every way and made our ceremony reflect who we are as a couple. We were surrounded by 90+ of our nearest and dearest and the whole time I couldn't stop giggling. I actually cried the first time I heard my husband speak on the day because I had missed him so much the night before. We also had a beautiful harpist who helped make the ceremony magical. Our reception was at The Ballroom Function Centre in Hindmarsh. It was a romantic ballroom with two massive gold chandeliers and massive mirrors along the walls. We paid extra and had pink lights illuminating the walls.
We were very lucky that our family had brand new cars and were willing to drive us to the ceremony and reception. My brother drove the groomsmen and my husband, and my mum drove the bridesmaids. My sister-in-law's father drove me and my dad in his beautiful car and the ring boys and flower girls went with their mothers.
My mother in law bought us gorgeous ivory photo frames that I selected online and I made up little thank you cards to put inside them. The frames had little roses on them and a soft sprinkle of glitter.
My mum being the extremely talented woman she is, made our wedding cake. It was a three tiered traditional fruit cake with marzipan icing. Together my mother, husband and myself decorated it with her homemade sugar roses, pearls and ribbon, topped with a very cute bride and groom.
We spent 11 glorious nights on a tropical cruise through the Pacific Islands and one night before and after in Brisbane. It was the most amazing holiday and we were spoiled with things to see and do.
Everything on the day was so very special but if I had to choose a couple the first would be walking down the isle and seeing my husbands smiling face, hearing his voice for the first time that day (cried a little), our first kiss as husband and wife, and our first dance.
Every bride says it and they are so right, try and take a moment to stop and enjoy everything that is happening because the day flies by so fast! By the time we sat down to our meal at the reception my husband and I looked at each other and couldn't believe that the day was already nearly over. My second tip, make sure you have everything you need for a great nights sleep. I forgot my U-shape pillow and I just could not get comfortable. That added with the uncomfortable sofa bed I was sleeping on, plus the fact I was so nervous and scared and excited and missing my man beyond belief, meant I only got 3 hours sleep.