HEIDI & SHAUN
Choosing my dress was surprisingly easy! I went to a total of three Bridal Gown shops, but my chosen gown was from the first one I visited. I took along my best-friend and bridesmaid, Tegan, and my mum. Having someone else to give me advice and a second opinion was important to me, and I knew that they would not be too pushy or critical!
I bought my dress from The Bridal Atelier, on High Street in Armadale. Tegan chose it from the rack, I think she was drawn to its simplicity and delicate lace. I tried it on first, but it was way too big (as sample sizes usually are). After trying on multiple dresses and visiting other dress shops, I still couldn’t get the image of that fist dress out of my mind. Although it was too big when I tried it on, I could tell how beautiful it was and could imagine what it would look like if it actually fit. So I arranged to try it on again at a later date, and I knew it was the one! It still needed altering so I took it to Parissima in Port Melbourne who did a superb job at making it fit like a glove come my wedding day. I am so thankful to her for all of the work she did to make the dress I loved the dress that loved me back!
I loved my bouquet! I always knew that I wanted to have really bright, vibrant flowers to contrast against the navy colours of the bridal party and my white dress.
My favourite flowers are peonies and roses, which I discussed with my amazing florist Sara from Botanica Fresh Flowers. We met on a a few occasions to share ideas and I showed her a lot of photos I had saved on my phone as inspiration.
The end result was a bit of a surprise, and I was more than impressed!! She created amazing bouquets that were exactly what I was wanting- a bit whimsical and non-traditional.
Shaun was involved with the planning of the wedding, he has a good eye for design and wanted to be part of it just as much as me. He came with me when we chose the venue, he chose and organised his suits and his groomsmen’s suits, he met the celebrant with me and he had a big say in the food and drink for the night! I took care of the other stuff, like invitations, florist & photographer.
THE WEDDING DAY
Our wedding had an elegant atmosphere, which was what we were aiming for when we envisioned our big day. It wasn’t over-the-top, but it definitely had a romantic and classy feel, with our choice of vibrant flowers and navy bridesmaid dresses and groomsmen suits.
We chose to have both the ceremony and the reception at the same venue so that our guests did not have to wait around or spend time getting to a different location, we wanted it to be an easy transition from the formal aspects of the wedding into the laid back, cocktail reception.
The Deck was the perfect location, with its spacious outdoor area and plenty of room inside as well. All of our guests commented on how beautiful it looked up there and how easy the whole day was.
CAPTURING THE DAY
Our Photographer and Videographer were both really great. Kyla was our photographer and Jacques did our video, from Love and Other Photography, and they were both very personable and professional throughout the night.
The weather was a bit dreary and drizzly, so to avoid getting caught in the rain we decided to have our ‘posed’ photos taken in Circa Restaurant downstairs. I actually think the lighting and furnishings really complimented our photos.
Our reception was a stand up, cocktail style event. We wanted it to be easy and enjoyable for our guests so we chose to have the ceremony take place in the same location.
I think we really achieved what we set out to, which was a fun, party atmosphere where everyone was encouraged to drink and eat lots, and let loose on the dance floor!
We had a 6-piece band play, called Like This Corporate Band. They were AMAZING! We had heard about them from a few different people and they certainly lived up to every expectation. Cade, the male vocalist, and the guitarist played during the ceremony, and once the reception began the whole band began playing and got the party started! They really interacted with the crowd and in between sets, they dj’d, so we had the best of both worlds!
We were very selective with the food, we wanted there to be a mixture between classic favourites and more modern, daring dishes. We had an antipasto grazing table, wagu beef burgers, salmon, oysters, fish and chips…everything! I was so busy on the dance floor that I hardly ate all night! That was my only regret!