Following a romantic proposal while enjoying a seven-course dinner cruise of Sydney Harbour, Monique and Justin began planning their luxury castle wedding.
On August 1, 2018, two years after the proposal, Monique and Justin wed before 31 guests at a beautiful garden ceremony, before celebrating well into the night at real-life Fairy Tale castle Relais & Chateau Hotel Grad Otočec.
Otočec in Slovenia was chosen for the destination wedding as it allowed the newlyweds to immediately jet off for their European honeymoon visiting Croatia, Bosnia, Santorini, Positano and Switzerland and end the trip of a lifetime with a cruise stopping at Copenhagen, Tallin, St. Petersburg, Helsinki and Stockholm.
“I planned nearly two years in advance through email and skyping,” recalls the bride. “For destination weddings, I recommend do your research!”
Monique also advises couples to take everything in and make sure at the end of the night there’s time to talk about the special day and remember it.
Monique specified two must-haves for her Luv Bridal & Formal gown – “It had to cover my arms and complement my figure.”
Monique says her favourite moment from the day was looking up at her groom while approaching the aisle.
Monique and Justin’s main priority was to have everyone happy, relaxed and having fun.
“He brings out the best in me,” says Monique.
Brides Gown: Luv Bridal & Formal - Designer Direct / Brides Shoes: Betts / Ceremony Music: Egzi & Katrin / Entertainment: DJ Jure / Flowers: Florist gallery MarjanLovsin / Grooms Attire: Roger David / Hair: Dachic Dasa / Invitations: Giant Invitations / Makeup: Stanka Skledar / Photographer: Katjasimon / Rings: House of Windsor Dubai / Venue: Relais & Chateaux Hotel Grad Otocec