Louise & Tony’s Wedding

Wedding: 22/09/2007

Posted by Rebecca | 22 September, 2007

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How We Met:

We met overseas in Holland, through mutual friends in a by chance meeting. I was walking around the cobblestone streets of Utrech on my last night in the magical city when I recognised a friend from back home. I called out across the street. He was showing Tony around the city on his first night there.

The Proposal:

On New Years Eve 2006, we walked down to have a picnic under the harbour bridge and watch the fireworks. As the bridge lit up with a diamond I got mine, in a very simple, humble and personal proposal. Our friends cheered us on and gave us a bottle of Moet to celebrate the rest of the night and years to come.

Wedding Dress:

Bought from an Ebay company. White satin strapless bodice, with chiffon overlay on skirt, three tier hoop skirt, lace up back. I hand sewed 800 swarovski crystals onto the bodice. Hand sewing the crystals gave me a personal attachment to the dress and was a favourite lace pattern of mine. The overlay of chiffon over the skirt softened the movement of the dress in the outdoor breeze.

Accessories:

The jewellery was hand made by my Aunt to match the drop crystals on my veil and on the bodice of the dress. This added a really special personal touch. The shoes were crystal dress thongs, making walking and dancing on the sand comfortable. Blue and white garter to keep with tradition. Our wedding rings were hand made and designed by a friend.

Groom's Attire:

Grey with a fine yellow pinstripe for an afternoon wedding. A white shirt and corsage to match my white dress. Shoes and belt made out of imitation snake skin and sunglasses to add a little flair and fun.

Wedding Theme:

"Thai style" in Ko Samui with vibrant and fresh colours. The main colours were pink and white. We incorporated a few Thai customs throughout the day, and kept some customs that were important to us.

Flowers:

Thousands of vibrant, tropical and fresh flowers. They came as part of the wedding package from the venue. Married under a huge intricate flower arch, fire torches decorated in flowers lined our path. Table, chairs and the marquee were all decorated with sprays of exotic orchids. The bouquets were an exotic mix to match theme colours.

Ceremony Reception Decor

Ceremony on the beach with a heart shaped platform of sand and petals. The reception was outside, with a marquee draped in white fabric and accentuated with flowers. The palm trees were lit up. Guests danced and mingled in the garden.

Transport:

The bridal party travelled by SUV to the venue ahead of the guests. A mini-bus for guests to and from the resort to wedding venue. Bride and groom departed in SUV home to the resort.

Bomboniere:

Sandelwood fans with personalised pink thank you tags, a must in the heat. Personalised pink Love Hearts from Swizzler Matlow. Pink orchid candles.

Cake:

3 layers of sponge cake with white icing and decorated with fresh flowers. The sponge cake layers had different flavours and filled with fruit fillings. The cake was made at a 5 star resort.

Entertainment:

A Thai long drum procession and Thai dancing to begin the ceremony. I used my IPOD to select the music I knew would suit our needs and theme, creating different play lists for cocktails, dinner and dancing.

Honeymoon:

We had 13 guests travel from Australia to join us in Ko Samui for 2 weeks. We all stayed at the Centara Resort at Chaweng Beach. The real honeymoon will take place next year when we return to Ko Samui for our one year anniversary, alone!

Special Moments:

A Thai long drum procession, with Thai dancing music and customs. Feeding and spending time with our elephant. Planting a love tree, raising the just married flag and releasing a fire lantern - all Thai customs. Fireworks to finish the evening. We received a small time capsule like a message in a bottle with some sand from the place we were married, our wedding vows and to seal it - the champagne cork from our first toast.