The day I married my best friend

Eight years ago, I met Andy on Anzac Day.  12 days ago on Anzac day, I married him.

We were married at our home on the farm, surrounded by 48 of our closest friends and immediate family.  It was a beautiful day, one that we won’t forget for a long time.

Being a wedding photographer, I have had the pleasure of working alongside some of the best businesses in the wedding industry over the past 15 years, most of those have become friends.  I knew that to ease my mind and be able to hand over the controllers, I needed to employ like-minded professionals that I could lay my trust with.  I have to say, there wasn’t any aspect of our day that I was disappointed with.  Yes there were a few little things that happened that didn’t go exactly to plan, but only I knew about them, and no component stopped me from walking down the aisle so I brushed them aside.

I gave Mum (sewing extraordinare) the job of altering my wedding dress.  I was lucky enough to find ‘the one’ hanging at Eve Boutique with my two besties, & with a clearance price tag.  With the addition of soft French lace shoulders from Augusta Jones and the removal of a train, it was ready to roll!  My Grandma altered Andy’s Roger David suit to match his short arms and legs.

Our wedding week started on the Sunday beforehand, when Andy watched the weather report and yelled out ‘it’s set to rain on Friday’.  I never look at the long range forecast because they never seem to get it right anyway, and with a marquee, I knew we had a wet weather alternative for the ceremony at least.

The marquee arrived on the Wednesday and during rainy showers, we managed to put up the frame, canvas, silk lining and 4 chandeliers with the help of some amazing friends who dropped in to volunteer.  The marquee came via our gorgeous friends Bec and Ian who run their own event business EMS Australia in Brisbane.

Over the next 36 hours, the marquee was filled with furniture that I had bought in really bad condition, renovated & painted, handmade trestle tables that my father in law Bob made for me, huge LOVE letters that my cousin Dean had made for his own wedding, a vertical paper flower wall and lots of lovely little things including old china plates and tea cups I’d been collecting over the past 24 months or so.  Half of my studio furniture and bits and pieces came home and filled the vision I had in my mind.  Andy commented regularly as to how long it would be before he would be able to see our dining table for the wedding ‘stuff’ on it!?  The marquee was like another world – it was better than I expected and for minimal cost too.  For those who know me, and my love for second hand shops/tip shops/clearance auctions etc, the tables were filled with stacks of old novels, vintage green bottles, vanilla candles I had made myself and beautiful fresh blooms and succulents by Nicole from Gympie Blooms.  There were so many little things to look at and absorb… The funky cake table made from a stack of timber crates – collected from my parents property.  I supervised my mum as she painstakingly cut and sewed calico napkins and matching tablecloths (I am officially hopeless with a sewing machine).  I bought lace doilies and glass lolly jars off a previous Bride and another ex-Bride turned up at my studio with beautiful Mason jars saying I would be needing them!  One of my dearest friends Mel, gave us a chalkboard sign, complete with our names and welcome to our wedding, totally unexpected and stunningly gorgeous.

We woke the morning of the wedding and had a cuppa together before Andy ducked off to organise a few things around the farm.  He came and grabbed his suit before heading off to his folks house (only 70m away).  My sisters and mum were in full swing of being ‘made up’ by Jodie Tompkins Hair Review and make up with Kimmy Grills Kouture who also made my birdcage veil the day before when I decided I needed one!

Our Caterers, Photographer Orin (Blink Photography) and Videographer Abe (Untitled Film Works) arrived and everything started getting noisy and time seemed to go quicker.  I tried to absorb as much as I could and let the day settle into a slow heartbeat rather than a race.

Monica Cannon,our Caterer and her awesome staff (Tania, Basia, Paula and Lauren) went over and above her call of duty and delivered an exceptional foodie menu and with the idea that I wanted a sit down buffet!  Yes, I had collected 20-odd antique platters to be scattered amongst the tables for guests to help themselves to the sides.  The waitstaff then delivered 4 different cuts of proteins to the guests.  Nibblies were served directly after the ceremony, including paper cones with shoestring fries – Yes Andy got his hot chips!  They were one of the favourites amongst the guests too.  The Cheese Platter (massive one metre wide timber cutting board that my Grandad handmade for me) was incredibly presented!

Our Special Moments:

Mum and Dad gave me my late Grandma Joan’s Sapphire Engagement ring to wear close to my heart.

Melinda and I had organised secretly that she would sing ‘Fields of Gold’ as I walked down the aisle; no one else knew and the looks on their faces were priceless!

We asked both our mums to sign the Register, only announcing it at that time of the ceremony.

Andy and his dad Bob surprised me a week before the wedding by building me the Jetty over the Dam I’ve been asking for for 2 years as one of our locations for photos.

In true Aussie style, we played Two Up to commemorate our Anzac Soldiers and Rosemary was incorporated throughout the table decorations.

On display were wedding portraits of our parents and grandparents, printed on beautiful fine art paper.

Both our parents were congratulated on celebrating 60 years and 34 years of marriage only in the past 5 weeks.

Andy and I had been secretly going to dance lessons and busted out some smooth moves on the dance floor ~ much to everyone’s delight as they know we can’t dance!  We danced to Falling Slowly.

We celebrated the following day with a Wedding Brunch for 100 of our extended family and friends, utilising the Marquee and catching up with everyone which was beautiful.

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Thank you to the following peeps not already mentioned:

Kristy Ellis for being our Celebrant, she delivered beautifully, even the funny bits Andy insisted on including.

Shaun from Tes Oro for designing my Engagement Ring and our wedding bands.

Lara from Chouquette delivered incredible yummy petit fours and macaroons for dessert.

Tracey Carty from Melt Me who made our delightful white chocolate cake.

Amore Wedding Stylists and Decorators for the set up of the ceremony.

The Ceremony Doors were loaned to us by superb friends Tys & Pilch.

Amber from The Paisley Moon made our incredible handmade flower bouquet and Buttonholes.

My $18 sparkly ballet flats Modcloth.

Bronwyn Molloy for teaching Andy how to use his right foot for our bridal waltz – just quietly, it blew EVERYONE away!

Andrew Weller for his musical talents during the Ceremony and Reception.

Andy’s bestfriend Dave and Andy’s son Brandon spent every waking hour making sure little jobs were done and everything was perfect – We would have been lost without your help – THANK YOU!

My long time friend and Photography Mentor Ross Eason was our Master of Ceremonies, and did an amazing job.

Our Guest Gifts were Personalised Screen printed linen Tea Towels with a message to our guests – I love practical gifts! Thank you Invitation TeaTowels! And the boys received a Crab Cracker courtesy of our dear friends Steve & Sonya from Kitchen N Things.

Kimmy designed and printed our Fine Art vintage inspired Invitations, RSVPs, Menu and Brunch Invites in-house.

My special friend and Album genius Jan Ramsay handmade our Guest Book.

Dad, Susan, Willow, Teneale, Ainsleigh, Brandon, David, Michelle – thank you for your beautiful speeches.

I wore Fletcher & Grace drop Pearl earrings.

Aleena from Flirt did my ‘Lava Lava’ coloured gel nails.

Thank you to my Hairdresser Lynne Hall for my colour!  You nailed it!

The Bunting throughout the marquee came from an Esty shop.

Gorgeous tags and ink stamping plus lots of beautiful wedding and styling goodness from Sarah at Style Party Love.

 

Thank you to everyone who contributed and made our day as beautiful as it was.  We are forever grateful. xx

 

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