How We Met:
Paddy and I met at a South Melbourne nightclub in November of 2006 after a day out at the races. We just started talking and then he had to go! Luckily we swapped numbers before he left.
Paddy messaged me one day while I was at work asking to meet him at Century City in Glen Waverley after work. This is where we went for our very first date. We met exactly where I met him on that first date but I noticed he was rather twitchy and nervous. All of a sudden he got down on bended knee asking me to marry him! There were tears and followed by a big yes. Soon to be told to stop crying because "I was embarrassing him".
I was looking through wedding magazines with my mum. After flipping through a few pages she said "this is it" pointing to a gorgeous dress from Martina Liana. We went to Fairytales Bridal in Moonee Ponds, I tried it on and loved it. The dress had a French lace bolero jacket which was just gorgeous!
I was going for an elegant, not so formal look so I opted to wear a headpiece with diamantes and matching earrings (instead of a veil) which were purchased from Fairytales Bridal Boutique. I had always wanted simple and elegant shoes to match the style of the dress and found the perfect ones in ivory at Alan Pinkus, Lt Bourke St, Melbourne. On the morning of the wedding I was given a ring from my mother which belonged to her mother, it was such a special moment.
I wanted a burnt orange colour for the bridesmaids which was very hard to find in a suitable dress! Luckily after much looking, Satch in Chadstone had the perfect dresses.
I always wanted to look at a different colour for the wedding and thought burnt orange would look great against the green of the vines at the winery we were getting married at.
We chose white calla lilies for my bridal bouquet and orange calla lilies for the bridal party.
Ceremony Reception Decor
We wanted a venue where we could hold our ceremony and reception in one, and we knew we wanted to be near water. After looking at Stillwater Restaurant at Crittenden Winery, Dromana we thought it was the perfect venue. A lake to be married next to and a reception venue which reflected the informality we wanted for our wedding. I wanted to keep the room decoration to a minimum so we used natural coloured candles to add elegance and atmosphere.
We were so lucky to have a close family friend make a three tier cake for us as a wedding gift. Each layer was a different flavour and covered with chocolate icing, and sugar calla lilies which she also made.
We booked Millenium through Jag Entertainment after viewing them at a preview session. Great fun and they certainly got the night going.
Seeing Paddy at the end of the alter when I was walking toward him, realizing this is the start of the rest of our lives together.