How We Met:
We worked for the same company, in the same role - in different states. Erin had been sent to Sydney for the weekend to see how things were done here and I was to show her the ropes. We adored each other from day 1 and spent all weekend chatting. We were both in relationships so nothing happened but we did become best friends - we spoke almost daily on the phone we loved visiting each other as much as possible. It wasn´t till about 2 and a half years later that we were both single and I finally worked up the courage to tell her I loved her.
Well I dont think youd call it a proposal lets say Discussion. It was Sydney Mardi Gras we were at the Official after Party surrounded by around 5000 GLBQT proud party goers in a corner with fantastic music playing very loudly Over the noise we had a conversation that sort of went... We want to be together always...agreed... We should make sure everybody knows agreed. I think we then turned around to some gorgeous gay boy who called himself Canada and said Were gonna get married and he hugged us tightly, said Congratulations and off he went to dance.
I wore a Steven Kahlil inspired gown in deep red with black shot dupion silk gown gorgeously handmade by dress maker, Gloria Amparo. Erin designed her gorgeous dress - halter neck, corseted back , rouched bust and a flowing Grecian skirt in a deep teal heavy silk with matching georgette overlay also handmade by Gloria Amparo.
I wore a sterling silver handmade rose cuff with matching earrings from Baku and deep red silk roses in my hair. Erin wore Swarovsky teal and gold earrings and bracelet from Glammadonna and a teal and gold feathered fascinator found at Glebe Markets. Our Brides Babes were given Swarovsky purple and marcasite earrings and bracelet from Stella.
The girls affectionally coined Brides Babes (cos we didnt want a maid) wore aubergine convertible dresses from two birds bridesmaids.
Well no theme particularly we wanted it to be feminine, to be romantic, to be remnant of the red wines that we love to drink and a nod to Moroccan Interiors which is very much our style. Deep Red, Deep Teal, Purple, Aubergine
Flowers were by WOW Flowers in Singleton. Erin and I had deep red roses, purple callas and red tulips in slightly different configurations. The babes just had the callas and tulips. Our family has green orchid corsages and single purple calla buttonholes. We carried the flowers through onto the table arrangements, that were blankets of flowers twisted around dotta vine stretching down the length of our banquet table.
Ceremony Reception Decor
The ceremony was held on the lawns of Margan Winery overlooking the vines. Guests formed a spiral and we entered from separate sides the ceremony took place in the middle. It is from an old wiccan tradition and the spiral represents the Labyrinth of life whilst the paths start separately it is in fact the same path. The reception was in the winerys cask hall surrounded by wine casks and candlelight one banquet table with 70 guests (our wish to bring our families together for dinner at one table) vibrant purple satin tablecloths, rich purple and red flowers down the centre intermixed with morrocan lanterns and tealights.
Each guest received a silver wine stopper girls had a fanciful heart, boys a combined beer opener/wine stopper and a thank you note.
It was liquid! A chocolate fountain and we had an honorary dip of strawberries rather then cut anything!
We had two dancers perform our first dance for us in our matching colours we started the dance and spun off to the side and the dancers came on and did a contemporary piece that reflected our story it was stunning. The rest of the evening was catered for by Mobydisc DJs our DJ Simon was fantastic and kept us all thoroughly entertained.
We spent 2 and a half weeks in Thailand 4 days exploring Bangkok together, then 2 weeks of complete indulgent bliss at Club Med in Phuket.
So many! Perhaps when I saw Erin for the first time we had a first meeting and she blew me away with how gorgeous she was. It was a very intimate quiet moment. Then there was the conclusion of our ceremony Pucks last speech from a Midsummer Nights Dream and the ovation and first kiss that followed it or when my wife gave me a rose she had picked when she was a child in the year I was born, kept for 25 years and had just realised that shed done all that to give to me to celebrate our wedding.
Be sure of what you want and Never let anyone tell you no - you cant have that, you shouldnt do that, thats "not right". "There´s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won´t feel insecure around you...as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same". - Nelson Mandela (that includes pesky FMILs and behind the times Governments)