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& Nic

What advice would you give to other couples leading up to their big day?

Nic and I met about 15 years ago in NYC when we were both living there.  We had been friends for ages and fell in love many years later when Nic was passing through NY after he had already moved back to Sydney. From that weekend on we were inseparable. Nic moved back to NY a month later. When Nic proposed we were living in Sydney and just visiting NY for the weekend. He proposed after dinner in corner booth at Minetta Tavern. One of our favourite restaurants in Manhattan. It was perfect and very us. Good lighting, Steak and Champagne.

Be kind to each other. At the end of the day it is about the two of you. Try to remember that going into every conversation about the wedding.  It should be fun.    

What was the most expensive thing other than the venue that you had to pay for? 

The dress and my accessories of course. Things seem to easily spiral out of control.    


How’d you go about sticking to a budget?

Well… we started with a budget. Then doubled it. Like I said, things spiral!

You’re engaged! Now what? How did you go about planning the big day? Budget? First steps to take…

First steps were locking down Rae’s at Wategos. Watego’s beach is such a special place for us. I’m originally from Chicago and Nic took me to Byron when we first started dating. We were travelling back from NY and it was here I fell in love with Australia and we envisioned our life together by the water in Australia. we loved Rae’s because we could have it all to ourselves for the weekend and also have our family stay with us. It’s a very special, private place.  

“Well, we started with a budget. Then doubled it. Like I said, things spiral!”


What was your beauty and fitness prep leading up to the wedding?

I honestly didn’t do anything different until a month before the wedding. I probably should have thought about it more, haha. But, I really cut carbs and continued practicing yoga, running and swimming. I’ve always been active so I didn’t feel the need to go crazy. 

Ceremony song?

Luke Morris – Mexico

First Dance? 

was suppose to be: Real Hero – College and Electric Youth. Disaster struck and the sound system wasn’t working – we hopped on the party bus and ended up dancing in a mosh pit at The Beach Hotel for our first dance. Jumping in the air with all our friends. It couldn’t have been planned, perfection. 


Ceremony: Our best friend Katie Olsen, who introduced us in NYC, UN- Officiated the ceremony on the steps at dusk at Rae’s. We were married in private with our immediate family the morning of 3.3.18 in our suite by Cara Gallagher from Modern Love.

Reception: Rae’s and after party at the Beach Hotel

Wedding Planner (if any): none

Cake: Coconut Cake by Rebellyous Cake Co

Photographer / Videographer: Lucas and Co Photography

Flowers: Bower Botanicals (florals) & The Wedding Shed (furniture)

Celebrant: Modern Love Celebrant – Cara Gallagher 

Caterer: Rae’s

Dress: Vera Wang 

Shoes: Prada

Accessories: Vintage Necklace & earrings. Vintage Chanel Jacket

Rings: Vintage 

Hair & Makeup: The Future Mrs. – Ava Belle

Music: Luke Morris