Real Bride |
A romantic Autumn wedding in Perth.
How did the two of you meet?
Stephen and I first met each other in June 2009 at a London bar during my travels through Europe. While in the same vicinity, Stephen and were I introduced to one another and found common ground straight away. We exchanged Facebook contact details but nothing romantically happened at the time as I was travelling. 3 years later, Stephen and I met up again in Sydney. We hit it off like a house on fire and I planned to make a trip to London later that year to see him again and it was at this point our relationship blossomed. We did long distance for nearly a year arranging to see each other every 3 months which included him flying to from London to Perth to meet my family. Once my UK visa was granted, I packed up my life in Perth, Australia and moved over to London to live with Stephen and start the next chapter of our lives together. 6 years later the rest is history and on Friday 5th April 2019 we became husband and wife.
What was the proposal like?
Stephen proposed to me while holidaying in Florence, Italy. We started the day by driving around Tuscany to various wineries and the last winery we visited is located on top of a mountain with an ancient castle overlooking the countryside surrounded by green vineyards and olive groves called Castello Di Meleto. Upon arrival, we were given a tour around the castle and concluding the visit with some wine tasting at the end. It was approaching sunset at this point and the winery was just about to close so Stephen asked one of the staff members to re-open the gates so he could propose. Meanwhile I was completely oblivious at this point admiring the view and taking it all in. As it was just Stephen and I on the grounds overlooking the view, I turned around and there he was… on one knee and asked me to marry him. I was in complete and utter shock and crying with excitement. It was an incredibly special moment; something like out of a fairy-tale.
What advice would you give to other couples leading up to their big day?
I would say to make sure you and your partner have time to yourselves on the day; just the two of you to take it all in – you are high on emotions throughout the day so it’s also important to stop and take some time to watch everything you have planned for unfold.
Stephen and I were lucky to have some time to ourselves on our special day. We had a separate car from the bridal party that took us from the church to the venue and in that time, we were able to talk about the lead up of the morning, the ceremony and becoming husband and wife. It’s so important to have that time together.
Another piece of advice is to be selfish with your time on the day. This will allow you to speak to all your guests yet still manage to enjoy yourselves.
What was the most expensive thing other than the venue that you had to pay for?
Our wedding photographer, however we justified it by the fact he gave us memories that will last a lifetime and photos are forever. Both James and Liv captured our day so perfectly.
How’d you go about sticking to a budget?
Once we set a date, I created a wedding budget excel spreadsheet with a list of vendors we wanted to use and from there I reached out to the appropriate vendors to request quotes. We definitely went over budget but that was excepted. It’s so easy to get carried away with the spending but on the day you really don’t sweat the small stuff, the little details don’t matter.
Also we were quite strict with our guest list and we wanted to invite only our nearest and dearest. We always said we wanted our day to be intimate so that it gave us time to speak to all our guests yet still manage to have enjoy ourselves. We also decided last minute to surprise our guests with a saxophonist in the evening once the dance floor began and it was one of the highlights of the night so was that definitely worth the money.
You’re engaged! Now what? How did you go about planning the big day? Budget? First steps to take…
I did all the planning myself and Stephen got involved in the process also which it more enjoyable. When we got engaged we wanted to make sure we gave ourselves enough time to plan for the wedding without being overwhelmed or stressed. Plus I wanted to enjoy the time being engaged.
We gave ourselves around 18 months to plan for our wedding. Once we decided on a venue and set a date the fun planning began. We both agreed to get married in the month of April given it’s off peak season which worked well for our international guests who were travelling and is apparently the best season for sunsets.
I was lucky to know on what vendors to reach out – this was either though recommendations or from Instagram. Spending the last year with liaising with our vendors made the wedding planning an absolute breeze. We enjoyed every single minute of it and never once felt overwhelmed or stressed which is surprising seeing as I planned the wedding all the way from London! It also helped that I had the most wonderful bridesmaid who always offered to help out where possible.
“I had a number of facials 3 months prior to the wedding and had purchased a skincare range that suited my skin type. In addition, I cut out alcohol completely for 2 months prior to the wedding as I wanted my skin and body to feel the best it could be.”
What was your beauty and fitness prep leading up to the wedding?
Stephen and I wanted to make sure we looked and felt the best version of ourselves. We would often attend Barry’s Bootcamp classes together in London. We would try do a class around 3 times a week.
I had a number of facials 3 months prior to the wedding and had purchased a skincare range that suited my skin type. In addition, I cut out alcohol completely for 2 months prior to the wedding as I wanted my skin and body to feel the best it could be.
Canon – Pachelbel
Green Eyes by Coldplay